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Hancock & Joan (2008)

In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock's most ... See full summary »

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Richard Laxton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Stott ... Tony Hancock
Maxine Peake ... Joan Le Mesurier
Alex Jennings ... John Le Mesurier
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... Dr. Newman
George Costigan ... George
Olivia Colman ... Marion
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Billy Marsh (as Geoff McGivern)
June Watson ... Lily
John Kay Steel ... Reporter One
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Landlady
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Fred
Lesley Nicol ... Nellie
Oscar Lloyd Oscar Lloyd ... David
Gareth Tunley ... Chat Show Host
Peter Sullivan ... Edward Joffe
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Storyline

In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock's most successful period is in the past and he has become depressive and alcoholic, recently emerging from a stay in a rehab centre. Joan tells him that if he can remain sober for a year she will leave John for him. Hancock goes to Australia to film a comedy series there but it does not work out and he commits suicide. Joan stays with John until his death in the 1980s. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK See more »

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£720,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Trivia

Made as one of a four-part season "The Curse of Comedy" on BBC Four, though not billed on-screen with this series title. The other three films in the series were The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008) and Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008). See more »

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[Tony and Joan have had a blazing row because Tony is blind drunk; she grabs his bottles of brandy and throws them at the wall; swearing profusely, Tony staggers across the room and tries to hit her with a coffee table; both of them end up on the floor]
Tony Hancock: [gleefully] I do enjoy our little after-dinner chats, don't you?
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Puppet on a String
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Written (1967) by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Performed by Sandie Shaw
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Certainly not Hancocks finest Half Hour
31 March 2008 | by ed_two_o_nineSee all my reviews

This was a superbly well crafted TV drama with cracking performances form both leads that made your heart go out to both characters even though you could not help but see the banality of their relationship and the selfishness both of them showed to all those who loved them. Stott and Peake are both outstanding and I hope they receive credit and praise for their performances (it is good to see Peake moving on from 'Shameless' and I for one never expected such a quality performance of restraint from her). The depiction of Tony Hancock's affair with Joan is not pleasant viewing as most of us will know the outcome from the start and it is certainly not pleasant watching people fall into a circle of disaster all caused by one man's impending sense of doom thoroughly fuelled by chronic alcoholism, and you do really feel for the people around them, especially Joan's husband John (another excellent performance by Alex Jennings). Hightly effective viewing which achieves all it sets out to do.


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