Series 3

Broadcast between 19th October 1955 and 29th February 1956, this series comprised 20 episodes of which just 9 survive in the archive plus a further 2 episodes survive as low quality off air recordings. The series was broadcast on Wednesdays at 20:00 with a Sunday repeat at 1700.

Cast comprised Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andree Melly, Kenneth Williams and Alan Simpson.


1 The Pet Dog 19.10.55

Andree wants a pet for her birthday and Hancock buys her a puppy. But it keeps on growing until it is bigger than Hancock


2 The Jewel Robbery 26.10.55

Hancock buys a new Rolls-Royce and asks Sid to act as his chauffeur to collect it. But Sid uses the car in a jewellers shop robbery and escapes with Hancock. Bill and Andree in the car!


3 The Bequest 2.11.55

Hancock is left £40,000 in rich Uncle Ebadiah's will on the proviso that he gets married. No-one wants Hancock...then a later will is found...


4 The New Neighbour 9.11.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot . It also received a further repeat in March 1956. This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 28th November 2014 on Radio 4.

Hancock is worried by his new neighbour who keeps bringing in bodies and dumping them in an incinerator in the back garden. Hancock decides to investigate...


5 The Winter Holiday 16.11.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot.

This episode was recreated for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and  is being re-recorded by the BBC in the fourth series of The Missing Hancocks.  Both feature Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock.

Hancock takes 2 weeks holiday from his job as a lift attendant and decides to spend the fortnight in Brighton...in November!


6 The Blackboard Jungle 23.11.55

Wiped by the BBC and missing from the archives for many years, an excellent quality reel-to-reel off-air tape recording was discovered in 2003/ 2004 and the episode has subsequently been restored to the archive.

In this episode, the cast depart from their usual characters and instead portray the story of a young teacher in a school full of delinquents. The episode was inspired by the 1955 film of the same name and starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis and Louis Calhern.


7 The Red Planet 30.11.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot.This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 30th November 2015 on Radio 4.

Hancock takes up an interest in Astronomy but panic sets in when hew discovers a red planet is approaching the earth. The authorities take no action, so Hancock decides to set off for Mars in a rocket bought from Sid!


8 The Diet 7.12.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot and again in April 1956. A reasonable quality off air recording of this episode does exist.

Hancock needs to lose weight for the part he is playing in a film and goes on a diet. But things go wrong when he visits a Turkish Baths.


9 A Visit To Russia 14.12.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot.This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 14th December 2015 on Radio 4.

Hancock decides to do broadcast the next edition of 'Hancock's Half Hour' from the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow an East-West goodwill gesture. But East-West relations will never be the same again!


10 The Trial of Father Christmas 21.12.55

(with Graham Stark and Ray Galton) This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot. This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 21st December 2015 on Radio 4.

Hancock dreams that he is Father Christmas and is charged with failing in his job. The prosecutor in the celestial court is Sid!


11 Cinderella Hancock 28.12.55

(with Dora Bryan) This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot and again in June 1956.

This episode was a new recording of the 10th episode of the 1st series (the original does survive in the archives). This re-make features the same cast as the original other than Paul Carpenter.

The episode due to be recorded as number 11 in the series was The Counterfeiter.  However, the script was rejected by Hancock and so the writers adapted one of their earlier scripts at short notice. Ray and Alan can't remember why the The Counterfeiter was rejected but there were long scenes in the script without Tony (Bill had the starring role in these scenes), so this may have been the reason.

In true pantomime fashion, Bill forces Hancock to do the housework and forbids him to go to the National Film Ball. However, he manages to escape and goes as Sheikh Aly Aga Khancock but his costume has to be back by midnight.

As this episode is a remake of theSeries 1 episode which does survive, it has not been recreated in the series 'The Missing Hancocks'.


12 The New Year Resolutions 4.1.56

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot. A 5 minute poor quality extract from an off air recording does exist.

This epsiode was recreated for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and is being re-recorded by the BBC in the fourth series of The Missing Hancocks.  Both feature Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock.

Hancock makes his New Year resolutions and then breaks them one by one each time having to pay a fine to Bill.


13 Hancock's Hair 11.1.56

Hancock is in a panic as he believes that all his hair is falling out. He goes to Sid the hairdresser for treatment but there are side effects and Hancock's hair will never be the same colour again.


14 The Student Prince 18.1.56

Sid manages to get Hancock a theatrical engagement in Moravia in 'The Student Prince'. But it's all a ruse as Sid has lured Hancock to Moravia to impersonate the Crown Prince who is in danger of assassination. Unfortunately, all does not go well for Sid!


15 The Breakfast Cereal 25.1.56

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot and again in April1956. This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 21st November 2014 on Radio 4.

Hancock believes the claims made in an advert for the cereal he has for breakfast and then sues the manufacturers when the claims don't live up to his expectations.


16 How Hancock Won The War 1.2.56

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot and again in both May and June 1956. A poor quality off air recording of this episode does exist.

This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 23rd November 2015 on Radio 4.

Andree notices that Hancock has a scar on his chest and Hancock invents a story as to how he got the scar as a Commando in Africa and Japan.


17 The Newspaper 8.2.56

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot. This episode was re-recorded by the BBC in the series The Missing Hancocks.  Featuring Kevin R McNally as Tony Hancock, the re-recorded show was broadcast on 7th November 2014 on Radio 4.

Hancock takes over the running of the family newspaper intent on increasing the circulation. But Hancock appoints Sid as the Crime Reporter and Sid starts to report the crimes before they happen!


18 The Greyhound Track 15.2.56

Hancock has recently completely renovated his country mansion but then discovers that Mayor Sid intends to build a greyhound track on the land.  Hancock refuses to move but then Sid discovers that there is an ancient public footpath that runs right through the house!


19 The Conjurer 22.2.56

Hancock decides to change his act and takes up conjuring.  For his first performance, he is hired by Sid and Sid persuades him to include a disappearing cabinet little suspecting that he is part of an escape plan.


20 The Test Match 29.2.56

(with John Arlott, Godfrey Evans, Colin Cowdrey and Frank Tyson) Sid James becomes Chairman of the MCC and makes Hancock Captain of the English Cricket Team and then bets on Australia to win.


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