Hancock And Joan, 2008

First shown in 2008 as part of the BBC’s Curse Of Comedy series, Hancock and Joan was nominated in three categories at the 2009 British Academy Television Awards: best actor for Ken Stott, best actress for Maxine Peake and best single drama.

At the time of it’s broadcast it was watched by 709,000 people making it the most watched show of the week for BBC4.


A one off drama telling the story of comedian Tony Hancock’s love affair with his best friend’s wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.

Only months into their marriage, Joan Le Mesurier fell in love with Tony Hancock, who, despite his struggles with drink, remained charismatic and funny.

They embarked on a passionate affair, but Hancock’s demons were never far away, and after months of turmoil Joan gave him an ultimatum: If he made a go of a new series in Australia and stayed sober, she would leave John for good. Tony left, determined to succeed.

However, Hancock committed suicide, by overdose, in Sydney, on 24 June 1968.







Tony Hancock – Ken Stott
Joan Le Mesurier – Maxine Peake
John Le Mesurier – Alex Jennings


Channel: BBC4
Written By: Richard Cottan
Produced By: World Productions for the BBC
Original Transmission Date: 26th March 2008

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