Jack Hylton Presents: The Tony Hancock Show, 1956

Mention Tony Hancock and most people would think of  those classic BBC shows on TV and radio.  However Hancock’s Half Hour was not Tony Hancock’s first proper TV series.

In 1956, whilst still producing his popular Radio Shows for the BBC, Tony Hancock starred in his own TV show -“Jack Hylton Presents; The Tony Hancock Show”.  Aired on ITV, it would be just a month before the popular TV version of Hancock’s Half Hour began broadcasting on the BBC.

Produced by Associated Rediffusion for ITV The Tony Hancock show ran for 2 series between 1956 and 1957

Over the two series twelve episodes were broadcast fortnightly.

“Jack Hylton Presents: The Tony Hancock Show” was the first two of five series Tony Hancock would make for ITV between 1956 and 1967.


Broadcast live.  The Tony Hancock Show took the form of a live sketch show with full supporting cast.







Tony Hancock
June Whitfield
John Vere
Clive Dunn
Dick Emery
Sam Kydd
Hattie Jaques
Eric Sykes


Channel: ITV
Written By:
Series Two: Eric Sykes and Larry Stephens, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson episodes 5 & 6 (uncredited)
Series One: Eric Sykes (with Larry Stephens episodes 1 & 2)

Produced By: Associated-Rediffusion and Jack Hylton productions for ITV television
Originally Broadcast: 27th April 1956 –  16th January 1957

In The Archives

All six episodes of series one still remain, however like many shows of the time all six episodes from series 2 are missing presumed wiped.

Where To Watch

The Tony Hancock Show series 1 has recently been released on DVD to selected online retailers, it’s expected to be on general release from 1st June

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