Fifty Years Of Hancock's Half Hour


Author: Richard Webber

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446409988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 7942

Many people consider Tony Hancock to be the finest comic actor of them all. November 2004 sees the 50th anniversary of his best-loved work, Hancock's Half-Hour, which began as a radio series, penned by the writers Galton and Simpson. Two years later, the first of 58 TV instalments had been screened, and Hancock's genius, coupled with Galton and Simpson's brilliant scripts, ensured that the show soon became a yardstick against which all subsequent British sitcoms have since been measured. Amazingly, no book has ever been written about the show. Fully authorised by Galton and Simpson, Fifty Years of Hancock's Half-Hour is a full history of the show, including how the show came about, behind-the-scenes stories from Hancock's fellow artists and members of the crew and production team, and the story of its demise. Incorporating extracts from the shows, the book will also feature photographs and a full listing of the radio and TV episodes.

Hancock's Happy Christmas


Author: Ray Galton

Publisher: BBC Worldwide Publishing

ISBN: 9780563535133

Category: Comedy

Page: N.A

View: 5577

Celebrate Christmas in East Cheam with Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock in these four episodes filled with his own unique brand of seasonal cheer.

The Lost Hancock Scripts

10 Scripts from the Classic Radio and TV Series


Author: Ray Galton,Alan Simpson

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 9781906779887

Category: Hancock's Half Hour (Radio program)

Page: 208

View: 4943

Over 100 episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour were produced and broadcast, first on BBC radio in 1954 and then on TV in 1956. Receiving critical acclaim at the time, and making a star of the cantankerous Tony Hancock and roguish Sid James, Hancock’s Half Hour made history as the grumpy grandfather of British sitcom. Galton and Simpson, who also wrote the internationally successful Steptoe and Son, became writing legends. Thanks to them, we are able to enjoy these lost scripts from the early series. Stories range from observational comedy to the surreal and include Father Christmas being put on trial (part of a Christmas special), and Tony and Sid entering the ‘Mr East Cheam’ beauty competition.Not only are the scripts transcribed in their entirety, but we also show where some amendments were made, and the text is peppered with photos of the cast and background information.A great gift for Hancock fans young and old, as well as followers of comedy classics.

The Code of the Woosters


Author: P. G. Wodehouse

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393342204

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

View: 4393

“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.”—Ben Schott Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. When Aunt Dahlia demands that Bertie Wooster help her dupe an antique dealer into selling her an 18th-century cow-creamer. Dahlia trumps Bertie's objections by threatening to sever his standing invitation to her house for lunch, an unthinkable prospect given Bertie's devotion to the cooking of her chef, Anatole. A web of complications grows as Bertie's pal Gussie Fink-Nottle asks for counseling in the matter of his impending marriage to Madeline Bassett. It seems Madeline isn't his only interest; Gussie also wants to study the effects of a full moon on the love life of newts. Added to the cast of eccentrics are Roderick Spode, leader of a fascist organization called the Saviors of Britain, who also wants that cow-creamer, and an unusual man of the cloth known as Rev. H. P. "Stinker" Pinker. As usual, butler Jeeves becomes a focal point for all the plots and ploys of these characters, and in the end only his cleverness can rescue Bertie from being arrested, lynched, and engaged by mistake!

Comedy and Distinction

The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour


Author: Sam Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135009007

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 578

This book was shortlisted for the 2015 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries. Defying the recent economic downturn, it has exploded into a booming billion-pound industry both on TV and on the live circuit. Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing comedians or comic texts. This scholarship tends to assume that through analysing an artist’s intentions or techniques, we can somehow understand what is and what isn’t funny. But this poses a fundamental question – funny to whom? How can we definitively discern how audiences react to comedy? Comedy and Distinction shifts the focus to provide the first ever empirical examination of British comedy taste. Drawing on a large-scale survey and in-depth interviews carried out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the book explores what types of comedy people like (and dislike), what their preferences reveal about their sense of humour, how comedy taste lubricates everyday interaction, and how issues of social class, gender, ethnicity and geographical location interact with patterns of comic taste. Friedman asks: Are some types of comedy valued higher than others in British society? Does more ‘legitimate’ comedy taste act as a tangible resource in social life – a form of cultural capital? What role does humour play in policing class boundaries in contemporary Britain? This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social class, social theory, cultural studies and comedy studies.

The Masters of Sitcom

From Hancock to Steptoe


Author: Christopher Stevens

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1843177730

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 656

View: 2946

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are two of the most influential and celebrated television scriptwriters of our time. Praised for inventing the sitcom, their own seminal creations are still standing the test of time with modern audiences - Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son are two of the most successful sitcoms ever made. This book is a charming tribute to their career in comedy, written in collaboration with Galton and Simpson themselves and with exclusive access to their personal archive of scripts. Readers will discover the fascinating story of their progress from variety shows to television, and how they came to create characters and programmes that have captured the nation's heart for generations. Their insightful comments on their own writing, along with their first-class understanding of the television writers' craft, make this anthology unique, informative and incredibly entertaining.

Best of the Britcoms

From Fawlty Towers to The Office


Author: Garry Berman

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 1589795261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 194

View: 3280

With crisp dialog, outrageous characters, and an absurd sense of humor, it's no wonder British sitcoms are so well-loved! Best of the Britcoms covers the most noteworthy situation comedies ever to cross the pond. Each entry combines a show summary with descriptions of standout episodes and behind-the-scenes details, plus gives you production data and full cast listings. And now, the revised edition of this Britcom classic contains seven new chapters on programs that have aired in the U.S. since the original edition was published, such as The Office, Extras, and My Family. Fans of old-school Britcoms won't be disappointed either, as the revised edition also includes the later developments of older series' storylines and detailed information on specials and cast reunions that have occurred in the intervening years. Pick up this book, kick back, and get to know a Britcom!

Tony Hancock: The Definitive Biography


Author: John Fisher

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000728778X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 4672

Tony Hancock was regarded as the best radio and television comic of his era. A man whose star burned brightly in the eyes and ears of millions before his untimely death. This is the first fully authorised account of his life.

The Goon Show Scripts


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780722160749

Category: Goon show (Radio program)

Page: 191

View: 6614

The Sitcom


Author: Brett Mills

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748637524

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 182

View: 7878

The Sitcom explores the production, viewership, and script of this popular genre, drawing on a range of examples and case studies in order to map its characteristics, social significance, and guilty pleasures. Brett Mills takes a global approach, examining international examples as well as British and American broadcasts, isolating the relationships between sitcom, nation, and identity.

Wake Up At The Back There: It's Jimmy Edwards


Author: Anthony Slide

Publisher: BearManor Media


Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

View: 3242

‘‘ Jimmy Edwards was a Great British Entertainer ’’ Ken Dodd ‘‘ Not merely a peculiarly British comedian but an authentic English character ’’ The Times The holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, in recognition of his World War Two career with the RAF, Jimmy Edwards came to fame as an exuberant and bombastic, trombone-playing comedian in the 1940s, with early success at London’s Windmill Theatre. He went on to star on radio in Take It from Here and on television in Whacko! as the cane-happy headmaster of a run-down school for the sons of gentlemen. He was definitely politically incorrect and audiences loved him for it. While Jimmy authored two autobiographies, Wake Up at the Back There!: It’s Jimmy Edwards is the first book-length study of the comedian, providing both a full biography and a critical appraisal. For the first time, the full Jimmy Edwards story is told, with documentation on his relationship with his family, his domestic life, his “outing” as gay, and the man in his life. Jimmy Edwards was a complex human being, who embraced alcoholism perhaps as a means of handling his homosexuality. Ultimately, the gay life proved more of a concern to Jimmy than to his audience, while the drinking helped create a persona that the same audience loved and accepted. Presently and sadly, it would seem that Jimmy’s homosexuality has tended to diminish his legacy not only as a major British comedian but also as a genuine World War Two hero.

Quinlan's Illustrated Directory of Film Comedy Stars


Author: David Quinlan

Publisher: B. T. Batsford Limited


Category: Comedians

Page: 302

View: 4148

This reference guide looks at the career histories of nearly 300 comedy stars, some of whom have a prodigious reputation resting only on one or two outstanding films. The author examines their methds and their sense of physical comedy with background stories as to how comic effects were achieved. Over 350 photographs illustrate entries for nearly 300 comedy stars, including John Cleese, Steve Martin and Danny De Vito and older favourites, the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Danny Kaye. Each entry is accompanied by a complete filmography, including film, TV and guest appearances, plus voice-over narrations and films directed.

The Listener


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Radio broadcasting

Page: N.A

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: High-fidelity sound systems

Page: N.A

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