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Tony Hancock: The Definitive Biography

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Tony Hancock was regarded as the best radio and television comic of his era and the founder of the British sitcom. A man whose star burned brightly in the eyes and ears of millions before his untimely death. This is the first fully authorized account of his life.

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harper
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Those of you not from the UK may need a bit of background. Tony Hancock was in the 1950s, arguably, the most famous man in these isles. A comedian whose look and persona perfectly suited the age of austerity, and who simultaneously acted in radio and TV versions of a sitcom which attracted millions of fans. Predating Pinter, Hancock – and his writers Galton and Simpson – created comedy in a naturalistic setting and proved that even the boredom of nothingness could be funny. Quintessentially Brit ...more
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Tony Hancock was the first superstar comic in the UK. People would stop everything to listen in to 'Hancock's half hour' in the mid fifties and later on when the show crossed over to television it became a national obsession. Everyone knows the bouncy Tuba theme and the stars stuttering introduction "H. H. H. Hancock's half hour" everyone remembers the lad himself going to give blood and complaining that "A Pint! Why that is very nearly an arm full". Most people know the stars sad decline and ev ...more
I have recently listened to all the existing radio shows and plan to watch the TV shows of Hancock's Half-Hour. As a diversion I thought I'd read this biography to get a fuller understanding of the man. I already knew the basics about him but this book helped to fill in a lot of the missing detail.

The book is quite long at 600+ pages but on the whole it seemed to be about the right length. I found the beginning dragged a bit but I think this is more due to my general dislike of biographies - I'm
Possibly 4 stars but its about 150 pages too long. What you can't fault is the research that has gone into the book and the way you can feel Hancock's despair as his career starts to fade
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