A Forgotten Double Act?

Comedy is littered with great double acts.  From The Two Ronnies, Canon and Ball, Morecambe and Wise and the list could go on.

However back in the 1950’s when radio dominated comedy, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson created another great double act:  Tony Hancock and Kenneth Williams.

Tony Hancock was king of the airwaves in the 1950’s with his weekly radio show, Hancock’s Half Hour attracting millions of listeners each week.  Aided and abetted by Sid James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jaques and Kenneth Williams.

Kenneth Williams provided the voices for many of the extra characters, but there was one recurring character that earned the nickname “Snide” that created some hilarious comedy.  Each week Hancock would stumble across  Snide and the relationship between the two was pure comedy gold.

In later years it was revealed by Kenneth Williams that Tony Hancock hated the Snide character as he thought it was a cheap laugh.

Have a listen to some of these clips and we think you’ll agree that despite Hancock’s protests the two characters are comedy gold.






A personal favourite


Click here listen to today’s Hancock’s Half Hour episode.  Then find out why it became one of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s favourite episodes

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