Hancock’s Half Hour, Sunday Afternoon At Home, 1958
There was a time when Sundays really were “dead boring” The shops were shut the pubs didn’t open all day. Seems hard to believe in this age of 24/7, but in the 1950’s that was exactly what it was like.
In ‘Sunday Afternoon At Home’ Galton and Simpson’s brilliant script perfectly illustrates the boredom of a wet Sunday Afternoon.
Griselda Pugh: Ooh look! It’s started raining!
Hancock: That’s all we wanted. You watch, it’ll go dark in a minute, we’ll have to switch the lights on. I think I’ll go to bed.
And so we are treated to a miserable Sunday afternoon at 23 Railway Cuttings.
Stuck indoors, Hancock tries to while away a wet Sunday afternoon in complete boredom. Then the neighbour calls….
There’s a brilliant line where the lad has go at Miss Pugh’s cooking” …I thought my mother was a bad cook, but at least her gravy used to move about. Yours just sort of lies there and sets”.
Channel: BBC Light Programme
Written By; Ray Galton And Alan Simpson
Original Transmission Date: 22nd April 1958