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Sid James; Tony Hancock

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Sid James; Tony Hancock, by Bob Collins, 1959 - NPG x45334 - © estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sid James; Tony Hancock

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1959
9 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (240 mm x 194 mm)
Given by Bob Collins, 1994
Photographs Collection
NPG x45334


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  • Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer. Artist of 212 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Hancock's Half Hour began on radio in 1954, transferred to television two years later and ran until 1961. It featured the lugubrious Anthony Hancock, whose elaborate schemes to improve his lot in life were doomed to failure and to cynical commentary by his room-mate Sid. Sid James's long and successful career, notably in the Carry On films, contrasted with Hancock's gradual eclipse. Hancock took his own life while working on a series for Australian television. This photograph was taken on the set of Hancock's Half Hour, 1959.

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