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Following the success of his BBC Radio series, Hancock's Half Hour, Tony Hancock was given his own ITV series, which began transmission in April 1956 and ran for two series.

Initially, the BBC weren't willing to allow Ray Galton and Alan Simpson to work outside their contract, so the programme was mostly scripted by Eric Sykes. For the second series, however, the BBC relented somewhat and allowed Galton and Simpson to contribute some sketches, provided they weren't credited onscreen.

Unlike Hancock's BBC television version of Hancock's Half Hour, the slightly earlier ITV series consisted of short sketches and musical items.

Series: 2
Episodes: 12
Transmitted: 1956-1957
Channel: ITV

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