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The Tony Hancock Special (1972)

Hancock, (who was voted Britain's best ever comic 35 years after his death) leaves his home in Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, England for warmer, more challenging climes. He encounters the ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Joffe

Writers:

Hugh Stuckey, Michael Wale (additional material)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Hancock ... Tony Hancock
Gloria Dawn Gloria Dawn ... Mrs. Gilroy
Don Crosby Don Crosby ... Mervyn
Lex Mitchell Lex Mitchell ... Milkman
Georgie Sterling Georgie Sterling ... Miss Bunny Bancroft
Kenneth Laird Kenneth Laird ... Captain
Brian Barrie Brian Barrie ... Bandsman
Don Philps Don Philps ... Entertainments Officer
Mimi Dixon Mimi Dixon ... Miss Felicia 'Bikini' Bancroft
Marshall Crosby Marshall Crosby ... Boy
Edward Howell Edward Howell ... Colonel
Don Reid Don Reid ... Customs Officer
Max Phipps ... Hotel Clerk
Nat Levison Nat Levison ... Landlord
James Elliott James Elliott ... Man in Pub
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Hancock, (who was voted Britain's best ever comic 35 years after his death) leaves his home in Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, England for warmer, more challenging climes. He encounters the Australian natives on his terms having dragged his attitudes with him half way across the world. Written by Edward Joffe

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1972 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Terra Australis See more »

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ATN 7 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The original series title would have been "Terra Australis". See more »

Goofs

Supposedly reading from his 'TV Times' listing magazine, Hancock notes the non-existent films "The Three Stooges Meet Andy Hardy" and a Shirley Temple/Ronald Reagan vehicle called "The Little General". This would seem to be an unwitting conflation of The Little Colonel and That Hagen Girl. See more »

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References Till Death Us Do Part (1965) See more »

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How sad to see the great man reduced to doing this rubbish.
4 June 2008 | by trevorwombleSee all my reviews

Tony Hancock - possibly the first UK television comedy superstar (and comparable in stature to Phil Silvers for comic greatness). Yet by the time he made this show for Australian TV the magic had deserted him (as had Galton & Simpson). Hancocks best work was made 5-10 years before this stinker.

This show was intended to relaunch Hancock in Australia where he was already well known because of his BBC work. Written, produced and filmed in Oz this show has a great concept (Hancock emigrates down under to inflict his values and opinions on another culture) but is poorly executed. The scripts just didn't shine and the lad from East Cheam himself had lost his comic touch. Tony was intending to make a whole new series but died from a mixture of drink and prescription drugs during production of the series and only a handful of these Australian shows were completed. To be honest they just aren't funny and are a pale imitation of his hilarious BBC radio and TV shows. Hancock was a wonderfully droll and pessimistic comic but this series shows that without Galton & Simpson's brilliantly funny scripts (written specially for him when he was at the BBC) as a platform for his talents he was very much lost.

This series does have the novelty value of being made in colour (prior to this his TV shows were black and white) which was what pricked my curiosity to watch them. However there is also a sadness in watching a great comic actor struggle with such second rate scripts. Hancock died in 1968 so i'm not sure why IMDb has this series listed as 1972 (unless it wasn't transmitted until then).

Do yourself a favour and avoid this series. Get the CD's and DVD's of his BBC radio & TV shows instead. Even his films (The Rebel / The Punch & Judy man), despite being relatively mediocre are more watchable than this painful and sad attempt.


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