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Christopher Fowler
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Sometimes it's best not to revisit favourite old books, films and TV shows, but my eidetic mind requires that I keep a catalogue of everything that has influenced me - then ideally alphabetise it in storage boxes. Let's not go there. One's attitude to these favourite things can change over time. The comedian Tony Hancock, or rather the happy conjunction of the lugubrious comic and the work of his…
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Christopher Fowler
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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, which ran first on radio and later on television from 1954 to 1961, saw the duo…
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Christopher Fowler
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The BBC gets a lot of stick about what it saved from the postwar years and what it wiped, but back then it was hard to know what would stand the test of time. They kept many Shakespearian productions which have often weathered badly and threw away daily ephemera, much of which is now fascinating for what it reveals about our society then. Nobody knew that the Tony Hancock shows would prove so…
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