Ray Galton

Goodbye G&S

The writer Ray Galton has died at 88, following his writing partner Alan Simpson by just a year, and their passing marks the end of one of the great comedy partnerships. The writing team regularly voted the funniest in sitcom history created ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ and ‘Steptoe & Son’. The success of the Hancock show, […]

Script Ends: Goodbye Alan, And Thank You

It’s pretty clear to me now that without Alan Simpson and his writing partner Ray Galton I would not have started writing. I first found them listed on the back of an LP (that’s cool vinyl, kids – oh, you’re interested now aren’t you?). It was Tony Hancock’s first album, ‘This Is Hancock’ (I should […]

‘Friends All Over The World!’

‘…None in this country but all over the world!’ That was Tony Hancock talking about the new lease of life ham radio hasn’t given him, but he could have been talking about the internet. It’s the anniversary of Tony Hancock’s death today, so here’s something I wrote on a past occasion; Some time back I […]