Hancock’s Half Hour #2

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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.

Today we have The Last Bus Home, where the Lad, Sid and Bill get stranded, so face a long walk home in the rain. Stars Tony Hancock and Sid James.

This show was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.

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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.

56 Comments on “Hancock’s Half Hour #2”

  1. I think the Missing Page is one of my favourites, have to see if I can find that one. The lad gets a murder mystery from the library and when he gets to the end – when the murderer is to be revealed – the last page is missing!

  2. I thought I was gonna be working over crimbo but am off for 2 weeks hahaha yes I love you all positive vibes and shit have a great night i hope all your dreams come true my friends!

  3. Rolf report 15 Dec

    My English human has created a special garden, full of old chimney pots of all shapes & sizes, filled with plants. My favourites are those planted with cat mint. I can jump up & have a pleasurable chew. You’d think she designed the whole place for me.

    Rolf x

  4. Pooh was trying to make up a piece of poetry about fir-cones because there they were, lying about on each side of him, and he felt singy. So he picked a fir-cone up and said to himself, “This is a very good fir-cone and something ought to rhyme to it.”

  5. I was shocked when my human showed me a photo where my tongue looks MASSIVE! Is it supposed to be that big? I’m amazed that it actually fits in my mouth. My human says it’s normal, but I’m not sure. What do you think?

  6. At 9.15 I’m having a haircut, well a trim as it’s so long now I wake up with hair having ventured into every available nose, mouth and ear cavity (and I can guess where else your thinking, but it’s not that long). Then I’m off to play the piano, but I can’t tell you where.

  7. I’ve been doing transportation work, young offenders usually but today was a bit different, kid of 9, safeguarding issues, long distance to his school. I cracked some funnies to cheer him up and his response? “Spew it lad, yer jokes are jarg!”

    Hahahaha, proper Scouser! 9, though!

  8. A man messaged me on insta asking how he could help with the charity. I said I’m struggling with teenagers I have x amount, thinking he’d get them smellies or something which I would of been over the moon with, he’s only gone an bought them 5 bikes & 3 smart TVs BRAND NEW!!!!

  9. I’m supposed to be on a strict diet now cos I’m so close to being a Skinny Hot Sexy Fly Prinny but I’ve accidentally made devils food cake cupcakes with Nutella centres and striped icing!!

  10. If you’re from Tower Hill and your cat goes in me mas backgarden and winds the dog up don’t be surprised when it never turns up again.

    Other then that he’s lovely lol

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