Tony Hancock the ATV series 1963
When you think Hancock you automatically think of his work for the BBC, this ITV series is often forgotten, which is a shame as it is still classic Hancock.
Following his departure from the BBC in 1961 and The Punch and Judy Man in 1962, Hancock went on to do one more sitcom and that was the series he did for ATV in 1963. Broadcast around the same time as Steptoe and Son the series was generally not well received and was Hancock’s last regular television series. It ran for 1 series of 13x25min episodes in 1963.
In much the same vane as Hancock’s Half hour,he reprises his character of the pompous fool, and his timing is as good as ever, the ATV series followed Hancock in a different situation each week.
Channel: ITV (ATV)
Written By: Godfrey Harrison
Original Run: 3 March 1963 – 28 March 1963
All 13 episodes are thought to exist although there are only 6 in the public domain. Some sites advise that Roger Hancock (Tony’s brother) does not want to see them broadcast or released to any other media as he does not feel they hold up as a good quality example of his work. However having viewed the few episodes that are in the public domain, it is clear that it’s not Galton and Simpson’s scripts, but they are still funny and fans should be allowed to view them.