Hancock’s Half Hour #1

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Last month, on the original Jammy Toast, I said I was going to start posting old radio shows of Hancock’s Half Hour. As soon as I did that, Davidd and Andreaa decided to close the site down and start this new Jammy Toast. It is as if they are starting a personal war against my old posts. Twice on Jammy Toast I have started a series featuring our old cars that we have owned over the years and twice something has come up to block me attempting to complete the series. It is okay though; I shall not take it personally. In fact, I do like the old-fashioned design of the new Jammy Toast; it fits in so well with my old posts.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, in the radio series, Tony Hancock played Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. The series was influential in the development of the situation comedy, with its move away from music hall variety and towards a focus on character development. The show is considered a classic of its genre and ran from 1954 until 1961. The radio shows also featured Syd James, Hattie Jacques, and Kenneth Williams; amongst many others.

The most famous of the shows were The Blood Donor and The Radio Ham, both of which we featured last month on the original Jammy Toast. What we have managed to find though, is a collection of rare radio shows, many of which have never been heard since they were originally broadcast. Many of them were even believed lost because of the BBC’s habit of reusing magnetic tape reels in the 1950s and 1960s.

To start the ball rolling, Tony decides to buy a television set. Living in the only house in Railway Cuttings without a telly, the lad acts. The show stars Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andree Melly and Kenneth Williams. The show was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

This show was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1955.

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Great Uncle Bimbo MBE

I was given to Davidd back in 1960 in St Catherine’s Hospital when I was presented to him as a “birth” day present. I came home with him and have been with him ever since. We grew up together and, unlike many other people, he has never decided he was too old to have a teddy bear. I am the oldest bear here at Jammy Toast.

60 Comments on “Hancock’s Half Hour #1”

    1. Cheam is in London but not sure there is an East Cheam. Think it was just a fictional address he used like Sykes used 28 Sebastopol Terrace, East Acton.

      Although East Acton does exists.

  1. It’s a disgrace that when I lose weight it comes off my tits first rather than my fucking stomach & thighs. Lost half a stone and I’m now officially CEO of the itty bitty titty committee.

  2. Davidd you always speak of your mum, here is mine…

    Mum: “Which university is your niece at? It begins with A”.

    Me: “Nottingham”.


    Mum: “Well, it HAS an A”.

  3. When you order groceries online & Walmart just assumes I know how much 187 ml is. I thought I was getting a good deal, I actually got a child sized bottle of Prosecco. It isn’t Walmart’s fault America never taught me the metric system.

  4. Apologies we not comment on great blog before now. Uzbekistan have changed Wi-Fi password! This is act of war. Retaliation will be forceful! Currently leaning from window to achieve Wi-Fi from Tajikistan.

  5. You might find it hard to believe that my human used to be scared of Dorothy. My human wasn’t used to cats and Dorothy kept scratching her. She has stopped scratching her, which makes me hopeful that one day she will stop smacking me.

  6. If the president of the United States, the strongest, healthiest specimen of humanity who has ever lived can catch the virus, then so can you.


  7. Odgie tanks outside the tunnel. The annexation is beginning. Went to bed on The Wirral, woke up in Liverpool City Region. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz only more camp.

  8. If you believe the government have done a good job, you need kicking all over the place by a gang of naked dwarves with dog shite on their boots and saying ‘Fri-yay’ deserves a dig to the back of the head.

    Anyway, have a good day, yer meffs.

  9. Me mums adamant I am not going to hers from tomorrow and me birds adamant she not going to be staying over.

    Lockdown restrictions with no end date!!!!!!

  10. Rolf report 2 Oct

    There’s a certain time of day when the sun hits the back window & I can stretch out & soak up an enormous sun puddle. When the light hits my fur, the humans can see I’m a black cat with a red tinge and black spots. Every black cat is uniquely different.

    Rolf x

  11. It’s stormy outside so I’ve decided to use my indoor skills. I’m doing a test of the reading area in year four – yes I can confirm that the cushions are comfy & the blanket is soft. Might stay here for a bit to be 100% sure.

  12. I love how of instead of Caffy blaggin n sayin ahh it’s not too bad of a butchers haircut she goes the full mile n robs the last bitta dignity I had left.

  13. I need new loungewear cos i cut about in my boyfriends clothes and i went downstairs to make us breakfast and his kitchen was full of his brother & mates and they all laughed at me for being dressed like a bricklayer. Not that there’s anything wrong w bricklayers, am just not one.

  14. A traffic jam when you’re already late…

    Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife…

    Trump getting COVID…

    Isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think???

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