The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot
Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival
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Saturday 4th November 2.00pm – 4.15pm and 7.00pm – 8.15pm

Two long lost radio scripts from the 1950s, written for comedian Tony Hancock by acclaimed comedy writer Larry Stephens.

In 1952, West Bromwich-born Larry Stephens (The Goon Show, The Army Game) convinced the BBC to let him create a new comedy series for his friend, rising radio star Tony Hancock (Workers’ Playtime, Variety Bandbox, Educating Archie).

Entitled Vacant Lot, the series focused on life in the dull faded fictional seaside town of Churdley Bay, where the blundering, slightly pompous and barely tolerated Hancock aspires to better his lot.

Despite featuring a supporting cast of colourful characters (and with such actors as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Carry On’s Kenneth Connor all mooted for roles), Vacant Lot lay buried in the BBC archives … until now.

Recently rediscovered, we proudly present the much belated premiere of a forgotten slice of British comedy history from two West Midland comedy heroes.

Vacant Lot: Episode One – After accidently auctioning off a prized clock, would-be councillor Hancock’s election chances look grim. Can he track down the buyer and save himself from ruin?

Vacant Lot: Episode Two – In a drive to promote tourism Mayor Ambrose Tripfield calls on Hancock for assistance. But a copywriting gaffe looks set to destroy the reputations of both Hancock and Churdley Bay.

For information on the Q&A, click here.
Tickets £12 from Light House Media Centre or Midland Box Office. Click the link in blue to the right (if available) or call 01902 716 055 to book.

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