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The complete fifth series of the legendary BBC Radio comedy series starring Tony Hancock.

Created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson in 1954, Hancock's Half Hour was the radio vehicle that made Tony Hancock a household name. Each week listeners would be admitted to the sometimes fantastical, sometimes mundane life of 'the lad 'imself'. Aided and abetted by Sid James, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques, Hancock would enter into the spirit of each episode with characteristic dolefulness.

This volume contains all 20 episodes from the fifth radio series, collected together for the first time. In these hilarious Half Hours, Hancock has a makeover; turns his home into a private school; stands in the East Cheam by-election; presents three short plays from the East Cheam Repertory Company; takes in a wrestling match with Miss Pugh; and gets more than he bargains for when he wins a TV quiz show.

The episodes are: 'The New Radio Series'; 'The Scandal Magazine'; 'The Male Suffragettes'; 'The Insurance Policy'; 'The Publicity Photograph'; 'The Unexploded Bomb'; 'Hancock's School'; 'Around the World in 80 Days'; 'The Americans Hit Town'; 'The Election Candidate'; 'Hancock's Car'; 'The East Cheam Drama Festival'; 'The Foreign Legion'; 'Sunday Afternoon at Home'; 'The Grappling Game'; 'The Junk Man'; 'Hancock's War'; 'The Prize Money'; 'The Threatening Letters'; and 'The Sleepless Night'.

This new set includes improved audio quality and extended edits for five episodes plus a previously unreleased mini episode recorded to coincide with the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

Duration: 10 hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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  • Philly Willy
  • 03-17-16

Best series of the lot

Finally Series 5 comes out and in my opinion the best of the 6 radio series with a lot of the classic episodes here

Well worth investing in!!!!

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  • Andi Radburn
  • 11-24-16

A great collection of some of the finest comedy

A great collection of some of the finest comedy sketches of its time. As funny today as then.

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  • Phil D
  • 09-28-16

HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR

Hancock was a great situation comedy from the fifties with Sid James ,Bill Kerr , Hattie Jaques , and Charles Hawtrey . HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR kept people glued to the radio when it was aired . the first series is not that great as Galton and Simpson honed their character . this series has some great episodes. my only criticism is each episode is given a number rather than its original episode title. well worth purchasing you will not be disappointed.

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  • Samantha Gibbons
  • 09-27-16

The best series yet

Some of the best ever Hancock is in this series. There is real chemistry be the team, although I miss Snide.

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  • Mr James Bond
  • 06-03-17

Fan-ruddy-tastic

So good to hear the old classics that IS, HANCOCK, JAMES, KERR, WILLIAMS, HATTIE JAQUES. absolutely brilliant, well worth a listen 👂

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  • Dan Ware
  • 01-28-17

Classic - at his peak!

This is the series where the lad's half hour was at its peak - great series with lots of laughs!