Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Alan Simpson deserved a medal for writing Tony Hancock's best stuff. But no badge.
I don't really remember those shows being on the radio. I picked them up later on, from gramophone records played on the radio in the 60s. People would request snippets of them on "Two Way Family Favourites".
When I was living in a flat in north London at the beginning of the 70s a bunch of us had some of those records on the Pye Golden Guinea label. We played them so often that I can recite entire pages of the scripts.
There's never been better broadcast comedy. There's never been more poignant broadcast comedy. There's been better delivered comedy.
Hardly a week goes by without one of Galton and Simpson's lines as spoken by Tony Hancock unaccountably welling up from my subconscious.
"Given, no. Spilt, yes."
"There's more water out there then there is in your beer."
"Send a bread pudding to Kuala Lumpur."
"We're going to Margate this year, if any of you nurses fancy..."
"But no badge...."