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Score: 9.5/10  [1 review]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 1593 - Hancock's Half Hour - Volume Four
Type of Show: Comedy Series

Hancock's Half Hour - Volume Four
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September 2007

Hancock's Half Hour - Volume Four product reviews

Featuring every episode from the sixth series of Hancock's Half Hour, broadcast from March - May 1960.
These episodes comprised the last Half Hour series and would be the last to star Tony Hancock's long-time comedy partner, Sid James.

    • The Cold
    •  The Missing Page
    • The Emigrant
    • The Reunion Party
    • Sid In Love
    • The Babysitters
    • The Ladies Man
    • The Photographer
    • The East Cheam Centenary
    • The Poison Pen Letters

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Review by: diogenes (Rob)
Dated: 2nd of October, 2007

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This Review: 9.5/10
Score 9 out of 10
Actors / Animation:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 10 out of 10

Well, I got my wish - volume four arrived and I didn't have to wait THAT long for it. At this rate, we will see further volumes being added to Hancock range of DVDs maybe in time for Christmas (well, I can hope and drop hints) or very shortly after - either way, I will be getting unbearably impatient about the wait.
I also got my second (unvoiced) wish - that an entire series will come out rather than just selections from it. I guess the BBC wanted to gauge public opinion before releasing all material stashed away in their archives. And who can blame them - but for the Hancock fans (and the fans of Galton and Simpson and Classic English comedy) the wait has been worth it.

As mentioned in the product description, this is the last series in which Sid James ever starred - and we know James went on to develop a very successful career, whereas just a few short years later, Hancock , tormented by his demons, chose to end his life; depriving an army of fans of his comic genius.

Galton and Simpson are at their comic best writing this series (as they always were) and their scripts were perfect for Tony Hancock - whose incredible sense of comic timing and a taste for perfect comedy could turn banal scripts into works of art. Together (with Sid James and a host of co-stars) worked magic that could stop an entire nation to watch each weekly offering.

Long lamented that the series were only ever shown occasionally after their initial showing; the fans can now cling to the hope that with every series being released - their addiction will be fed.

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