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On the edition of Mastermind on 20th October, one of the specialist subjects is the life and work of Tony Hancock.
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James Hurn has recorded The Counterfeiter.
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Two long-lost Tony Hancock radio scripts from the 1950s receive their belated premiere in Wolverhampton this November as part of the city’s Funny Things festival (Monday 23 October to Tuesday 7 November 2017).
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James Hurn has announced new dates for his one man show.
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Recording of The Missing Hancocks Series 4 started on 3rd September.
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The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society presented at a Kaleidoscope Missing Presumed Wiped Event on 2nd September in Birmingham.
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Fantastic news that the BBC has commissioned the fourth and final series of The Missing Hancocks
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Julie Warren has signed with the crowd funding publisher Unbound for her book: Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens.
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Tom Dommett went to see James Hurn's Hancock and Co at Bath on the 6th July.
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Julie Warren has signed with the crowd funding publisher Unbound for her book: Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens.
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James Hurn will be back on tour with his one man show from July - November.
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The artwork for the Hancock Collectibles CD release has now been issued.
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The Missing Hancocks Series 3 will be released on CD on 5th October.
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From the Archive - A second podcast featuring more rare recordings of Tony plus a lost episode of Comedy Playhouse and new material from Steptoe & Son.
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Kaleidoscope, Britain’s longest-established television heritage organisation, has issued a fantastic podcast featuring our archivist Tristan Brittain Dissont.
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James Hurn will be back on tour with his one man show from July - November.
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A Holiday in France, the first episode of The Missing Hancock's Series 3 is being broadcast at 6:30 on 14th March.
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A Farewell Ceremony to celebrate the life of Alan Simpson was held on 27th February.
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The Missing Hancocks Series 3 starts on BBC Radio Four on the 14th March
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As a reminder, James Hurn is back on tour in March with his one man Hancock show.
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Sad news that Alan Simpson has passed away.
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The Real Comedy Controllers to be broadcast on 18th March on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 9:00.
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The January 2017 edition of the Magazine has been published and is available to read on-line
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Further details of this excitimng new CD release are now available.
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James Hurn is back on tour with his one man Hancock show. New shows added for Bedford and Bath.
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Very exciting news just before Christmas of a new Hancock CD release.
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The East Cheam Cultural Progressive Society needs you. We've designed a T-Shirt to advertise the East Cheam Cultural Progressive Society - as featured in one of the most popular Radio Hancock Half Hours ever, The Poetry Society.
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The Missing Hancocks Series 3 were recorded on the 2nd and 3rd December.
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The recording dates for The Missing Hancocks Series have been confirmed as 2nd and 3rd December.
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James Hurn is back on tour in March and June with his one man Hancock show.
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James Hurn, the Voice Wizzard has written and recorded Halloween Hancock.
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The Show 'Dead Funny' is on at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand, Londom from 27th October - 4th February 2017.
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The BBC Lost Sitcoms DVD now has a new release date of 24th October 2016.
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James Hurn adds 2 more dates to his tour in March 2017
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The “Funny How?” exhibition features surreal portraits of legendary faces from the world of comedy including Tony Hancock, Laurel & Hardy, Spike Milligan and Victoria Wood.
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Poetry Pur-lease is on Radio 4 Extra at 9:00 and 17:00 on 1st October.
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Keith takes over BBC FOUR for three nights of dusk-to-dawn programming, in a pirate broadcast. From the 23rd Sept - 25th Sept Keith wil be replacing the usual channel programming practice or convention we hear Keith's worldviews, life philosophy and survival strategies, as well as all things nocturnal.
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We have been advised that the Lost Sitcoms DVD has been cancelled.
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The latest one man recording from James Hurn the Voice Wizzard is on You Tube.
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James Hurn is back on tour in November with his one man Hancock show.
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The BBC lost Sitcoms series will be released on DVD on 19th September.
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Liz Fraser in conversation with Robert Ross is on at the Leicester Square Theatre on 28th August.
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The BBC has announced the broadcast Date of new Hancock's Half Hour which is 8th September at 9pm on BBC 4.
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How much of an H H Hanorack are you? Take the Terribly Tricky Tony Hancock Quiz to find out.
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The first images from the Lost Sitcoms series have been released. The series is to be broadcast in September.
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A BBC Comedy Photographic Exhibition is on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July to 2nd October.
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The July Edition of The Missing Page has now been published.
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Our THAS archivist Tristan Brittain-Dissont has tracked serveral lost copies of the radio show that introduced Tony Hancock to Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
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Check out this new sketch filmed at Pinewood studios in conjunction with the British comedy guide and starring James Hurn as Tony, Sid and Kenneth.
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A copy of the Tony Hancock stories in the 1961 Film Fun Annual have been added to the website.
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James Hurn appears on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Berkshire ahead of his one man Hancock's Half Hour shows.
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James Hurn's One Man Tony Hancock Show in Kentish Town is almost upon us. Watch James in the latest fantastic trailer.
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A third series of The Missing Hancocks has been commissioned with 5 more 'lost' episodes to be recorded.
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Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are to be awarded a BAFTA Fellowship at the annual ceremony on Sunday 8th May.
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hancock's half hour, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, James Hurn a talented actor and impressionist will be performing two great episodes of Hancock's half hour, voicing the entire cast.
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The 29th March Edition of The Daily Mirror inlcuded an article on the new Lost Sitcoms series.
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The BBC announced details of it's new series 'Lost Sitcoms' on the 10th March.
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We are pleased to announce that Archie Andrews will be joining us as a guest at this year's Reunion Dinner to be held on 7th May.
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The BBC are remaking an epsiode of Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Do Us Part as part of their new 'Lost Sitcoms' strand to be broadcast later this year.
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One of our members is currently preparing a new book called Tony Hancock - The Bournemouth Connection and is currently looking for a publisher.
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A new production 'Becoming Hattie' is touring from 5th March 2016 to 2nd July 2016.
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Musical Variations: The Life of Angela Morley is on Radio 4 at 11:30 on Tuesday 23rd February.
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Following its sell-out success and standing ovation at Grassington Festival last year, Mark Bamforth’s one-man tribute show to comedian Tony Hancock is being staged at Bingley Little Theatre on February 27th and 28th.
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The Round The Horne 50th Anniversary show will be on at The Museum of Comedy The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR from 18th January - 12th March.
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The latest edition of The Missing Page is now available on-line.
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BBC Radio 4 transmitted a drama on 3rd December about Angela Morley and her work on the filmscore of Watership Down
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Broadcast dates for the 2nd series of The Missing Hancock's are now available.
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A new performance of Hancock's Half Hour will be taking place on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October
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This quarter's magazine The Missing Page has now been published.
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As 2016 marks 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour launched the sitcom on BBC television, BBC One will enlist big names to write and perform remakes of much loved classics.
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The British Comedy Society celebrates 35 years of the professional careers of comedy-writing and producing duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, Living Legends of Comedy.
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New CD releases in Sept 2015, February and March 2016
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A new audio CD has been added to the audio library and a new DVD has been added to the video library.
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We have recently added 8 new Film Fun to our archive.
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The Missing Hancock's are now on at the Edinburgh Fringe
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Roger Ley has just published his new book: ' A Horse in the Morning'.
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Mark Bamforth's Homage to Hancock was performed on Monday 19th June. The show was reviewed by Leslie Kerkham.
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The next edition of The Missing Page has been published. Also, we are pleased to announce that we have secured guests for next year's Bournemouth Reunion.
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Details of the Edinburgh Fringe shows plus a new series for Radio 4
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We are currently running The Tony Hancock Archive Appeal; please help us raise money to save an historically important archive of material related to Tony
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On the BFI website is a film of the 1962 carnival in Bognor Regis which includes Tony Hancock.
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A Homage to Hancock - The Octagon, Devonshire Institute (Town Hall), Grassington, BD23 5AA, Monday 19th June at 9pm. Tickets £6.00 Mark Bamforth’s bitter-sweet tribute to his hero of comedy and pathos, Tony Hancock. Featuring Hancock’s Half Hour classic ‘The Bedsitter’ by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and Heathcote William’s piece ‘Hancock’s Last Half Hour’.
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Four 'missing' editions of Hancock's Half Hour to be staged at this year's Edinburgh Fringe in August and a further 5 shows will be recorded on 21st and 22nd July. and in September.
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Simon Heffer's celebration of British Film on Radio 3 turns to comic actors this week.
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Following on from performances of 'Seriously Funny' in Cheltenham in February, the show is now moving into the West End in May.
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The latest edition of The Missing Page has now been published.
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Series 4 box set will be released on 3rd Sept 2015. Also, artwork has now been released for Series 3 which is due for release on 16th April 2015
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We are pleased to anounce that Beryl Vertue will be our Honoured Guest at this year's Annual Bournemouth Reunion Dinner on Sunday 3rd May 2015
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The January edition of The Missing Page is now available on the website and we are pleased to announce that there will be a new Guest Editor for the next magazine.
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The show Seriously Funny is being performed at the National Star College Cheltenham on 24th and 26th February 2015.
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The audio CD library (available to all Member's to borrow CDs for a small charge) has been expanded.
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Just prior to Christmas came the sad news that John Freeman has died.
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The Missing Hancock episodes are scheduled for a December 18th release date on CD; also Hancock's Half Hour Series 3 is scheduled for release on April 16th 2015.
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Radio 4 will be presenting an Afternoon Drama at 2:15 on 29/10/14 entitled 'Hancock's Ashes'
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Neil Pearson will be interviewed on 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4 Extra at 11:15 on 27th October 2014 on The Missing Hancocks series.
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The Telegraph has published an article on The Missing Hancock's under the headline: 'Bringing Hancock's Half Hour back to life'.
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Following the broadcast on Radio 4 of the first programme in the series The Missing Hancock's on 31st October 2014, there will be a discussion on Radio 4 Extra with Neil Pearson and Kevin McNally
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The BBC has now confirmed the date of the first broadcast of The Missing Hancock episodes featuring Kevin R McNally as the Lad Himself.
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Very sad news that Bill Kerr died on the 29th August. The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society sends their condolences to his family.
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Alan Simpson interviewed on Radio 4
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The Edward Alderton Theatre are performing a four night show entitled 'Another Helping of Hancock's Hour and a Half' which consists of three radio shows.
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The Lord Chamberpots Men, will be staging three episodes from Hancock's Half Hour and Hancock in October, 2014.
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The BBC are releasing 2 CD box sets later this year.
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This September, the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham will be staging 'Seriously Funny'; a play about Tony Hancock and Kenneth Williams.
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Tony Hancock appears in the 20 Great Quotes section of the Daily Telegraph website accompanyed by a selection of rare photographs.
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Freddie 'Parrotface' Davies' autobiography: 'Funny Bones: My Life in Comedy will be published by Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd on 31st July.
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A new interview with Ray Galton & Alan Simpson will be broadcast as part of the G&S 60th Anniversary with the BBC.
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Hancock's Half Hour makes a return to TV screens this May on the new Heyday Channel (Sky 192; Freesat 402).
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The BBC has now completed the recording of 5 re-makes of Hancock's Half Hour radio episodes where the original recordings have been wiped.
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A new Museum of Comedy opens soon in Bloomsbury London.
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The latest edition of The Missing Page magazine has now been published and is available on-line.
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Guests for the Annual Reunion Dinner have now been announced.
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary since Hancock's Half Hour started on the radio, the BBC are re-making 5 episodes that have been wiped.
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Publication details of Lady Don't Fall Backwards
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The THAS proudly present our annual reunion dinner to be held on the 4th May. Details have been added to the website including menu, honoured guests and booking details
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Beyond Eternity Promotions are undertaking 2 performances entitled The Best of Tony Hancock. Over fifty years since they were first performed, award-winning actor Iain Barton, recreates the best-loved scenes and sketches from Tony Hancock's career in a 90 minute show that proves that some comedy is simply timeless.
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Ben Miller: My Hero Tony Hancock will be broadcast at 22:35 on Tuesday 27th August at 10:35pm (11:35pm in Scotland)
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The Museum of London is holding an exhibition entitled 'Cover Story: Radio Times at 90' to celebrate the magazine's 90th birthday. The exhibition includes a section on 50's radio comedy which includes Tony Hancock.
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To celebrate it's 90th birthday Radio Times is running a competition over the next few weeks for voters to choose from a selection of programmes what would make a great night of TV programmes.
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The Latest Edition of The Missing Page magazine has now been published and is availble to view in the Member's section of the website
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Dan will be giving a talk on the 8th JUne entitled Tony Hancock: The Man, The Comedy, The Legacy at the Epicentre, West Street London on 8th June.
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Hancock's Half Hour Collection will be released on 22/4/13
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The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man receive individual DVD Releases
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Some members have been having difficulty logging in to the website. If any Member does have difficulty logging in or has not yet received their log in details please contact the website administrator Martin Gibbons
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Ray and Alan have published a 2013 update on their website including details of a new missing epiosde project and the development of a TV version of the 'The Day Off' script.
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Latest additions to the website include detials of recent CD releases and the completion of the episode guide for the 5 ITV Series.
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The Hancock The Lost Episodes Show is currently running at The White Bear Thetare Kennington until 5th January. One of our members went along and has written a review of the show.
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The latest release in the Vintage Beeb series will be released in April 2013
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Liz Fraser has just published her autobiography entitled 'Liz Fraser and Other Characters
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Tony Hancock rare original radio scripts are put up for sale by actor and rare book collector Neil Pearson.
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Bookings are now being taken for the Annual Reunion Dinner.
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Hambledon Productions announce new Hancock's Half Hour - The Lost Episodes Shows between 28th December and 5th January.
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Tony's House 'Macconkeys' is for sale at a price of £1.275m.
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There have recently been two new CD releases and there will be a further release due in November.
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A new play about Tony Hancock, which has already been performed at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe is about to go on tour.
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The latest website update is that the radio episode guide is now complete.
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Radio 4 Extra broadcast Welcome to London 1958 on Sunday 29th July.
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We recently received the sad news that our dear friend and huge comedy fan Malcolm Chapman has lost his fight with Motor-Neurone Disease and sadly passed away on 15th June 2012.
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All Railway Cuttings Magazines have now been uploaded into the Member's section of the website.
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Great news, the PayPal link for new members is now up and running and there's a new Merchandise section for Members. Also there have been some new additions to the website.
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Latest CD release combines most of the early 60's Pye Recordings / releases into 1 set.
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Hambledon Productions are proud to present two of the original "lost" episodes from the ground-breaking BBC sitcom Hancock's Half Hour. Featuring the radio episode A Winter's Tale and the television episode The Italian Maid, take this humorous trip down memory lane and indulge in some vintage British comedy unheard for nearly 60 years!
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Only previosuly available on the original 7" vinyl single, both the 'A' and 'B' sides of Frank Cordell's 1961 single are now available on CD and digital download.
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After months of painstaking work, the new Tony Hancock Appreciation Society Website has gone live! You’ll find all of the content from the old website here but in a clearer, brighter format.
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Legendary comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who wrote Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son among others, will be in conversation with their biographer Christopher Stevens at the Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon on November 23rd 2011.
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Vintage Beeb Comedy Favourites No: 9781445861517 6/10/11.
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Last year the Old Hamptonians Amateur Dramatic Society undertook a stage production of Hancock scripts in a production called "Hancock". The performance of "Hancock" received three nominations in last year's Richmond upon Thames "Swan Drama Awards" and Andy Smith received the award for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Tony.
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Galton & Simpson The Masters of Sitcom From Hancock to Steptoe ISBN 978-1-84317-633-6
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It was with a minor amount of trepidation that we arrived for the Bournemouth weekend. This was because, after 20+ years of attending the THAS reunion dinners the society had broken with tradition and changed the venue to the Queens Hotel.
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The soundtrack of the film Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines has just been released on CD on the Intrada Special Collection label (numbered Vol 161).
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