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Hancock and Joan

Hancock and Joan

Hancock and Joan

Starring Ken Stott (Rebus, Messiah) as troubled comic genius Tony Hancock and Maxine Peake (Cinderella, Shameless) as Joan, Hancock and Joan charts the final year of his life.

Hancock (Ken Stott)

Only months after her marriage to Dad's Army favourite John Le Mesurier, Joan Le Mesurier fell in love with his best friend, the godfather of British sitcom, Tony Hancock.

Tony was fresh out of rehab and desperate to resurrect his career with the offer of a new series in Australia.

John stood by as Joan and Tony embarked on an obsessive and passionate love affair. Though clearly besotted with Joan, Tony was struggling with drink and violent depression.

After months of turmoil, Joan gave him a final ultimatum: if he made a go of Australia, if he kept off the booze for a year, she would leave John and marry him.

Hancock (Ken Stott)

Tony left for Australia determined to win Joan over. But tragically he never returned.

Based on Joan Le Mesurier's autobiography Lady Don't Fall Backwards and Edward Joffe's Hancock's Last Stand, this moving film tells the story of Hancock and Joan's love affair and its tragic end.

Ben Stephenson, BBC Head of Drama Commissioning, says: "Hancock remains a much-loved national treasure and this is an extraordinary insight into the mind of a comic genius."


Ken Stott
Tony Hancock
Maxine Peake
Joan Le Mesurier
Alex Jennings
John Le Mesurier


Richard Cottan
Richard Laxton
Simon Heath
Patrick Spence
executive producer

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