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Tony Hancock's premature death, in 1968 at the age of 44, deprived the entertainment world of perhaps the greatest post-war comedian to have emerged from this country. It makes his 80 hours of material originally broadcast by the BBC on radio and television between 1954 and 1961 seem all the more priceless and rare. With his impeccable timing and brilliantly subtle shifts in intonation, he could create sound pictures that bore the unmistakeable hallmark of a genius. Supported by Galton and Simpson's marvellous scripts, which so astutely complemented Hancock's talents, and admirably in the studio by Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jaques, Bill Kerr and others, the work of Tony Hancock, here represented by four fine examples, lives on, sustained by a quality that transcends decades of cultural change and which sounds as hilarious now as it did more than 30 years ago. This collection includes four more great episodes: Agricultural 'Ancock, The New Secretary, The Insurance Policy, and The Election Candidate.
© and (P)1998, 1999 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-01-06

Good but not great collection

What we have here are two fantastic Hancocks in the shape of the Insurance Policy & The Election Candidate, and two other ones. Fun Fact: The version of the New Secretary is not the original but an inferior rerecording for the international market. How about dem apples huh!
This collection will certainly pass the time nicely enough, even if you never do listen to Agricultural 'Ancock a second time (Tony buys a farm from Sid, 'hilarity ensues'). The real meat here is the scene at the begining of the Candidate in which the regular cast sit around the breakfast table reading the paper. It's up there with the very best of Galton and Simpsons' most beloved moments and you are sure to come back to it again and again. The collection is worth buying for that alone, unless of course it's this weeks episode on BBC 7....

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