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Hancock’s Half Hour - Pgm 17 - The Bequest

October 22nd, 2008

"Hancock's Half Hour" was an innovative and influential British comedy series broadcast from 1954 through 1961 on BBC radio.  The show was one of the earliest British radio comedy series to take the form of a sitcom, rather than the variety show format that was common on the BBC at the time.  The introduction of the format was probably influenced by the availability of network comedy series from the US that could be heard over Armed Forces Radio in Europe during and after World War II; of course, the sitcom had been a mainstay of American radio for several years.

"The Bequest" was program 17 in the series as it was syndicated by the BBC in the US and Canada in the late 1950s.  In the series, Hancock plays a down-on-his-luck comedian and, in this episode, he discovers that he's inherited a large sum of money on the condition that he gets married.  The program originally ran on the BBC in the 3rd Series of "Hancock's Half Hour", recorded October 30, 1955 and broadcast on November 2, 1955.

You can find out more about "Hancock's Half Hour" and Tony Hancock's work at this fan site.  And if you're wondering about Sabrina, mentioned near the end of the show, you can find out more about her at Wikipedia.

The program was transferred to digital directly from a set of BBC Transcription Service discs, matrix numbers 16PH 87858 and 16PH87859.

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