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The Marriage Bureau

Tony needs a job, but cannot get one as an unmarried man. Luckily, Sidney James has a proposal.

Between 1954 and 1959, BBC Radio recorded 102 episodes of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's comedy classic Hancock's Half Hour. The first modern sitcom, it made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Galton and Simpson on one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. But 20 episodes of the show are missing from the BBC archives, and have not been heard since their original transmission nearly sixty years ago. Now, after a highly successful first series, another five of those episodes have been lovingly re-recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre, featuring a stellar cast led by Kevin McNally as The Lad Himself.

Tonight's episode: The Marriage Bureau. Tony needs a job, but can't get one as an unmarried man. Luckily, Sidney James has a proposal...

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and with the classic score newly recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the show stars Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. The Marriage Bureau was last broadcast in February 1955.

Produced be Ed Morrish & Neil Pearson.

Written by Ray Galton & Simpson

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 30 Aug 2018 23:00


Role Contributor
Tony Hancock Kevin McNally
Bill Kerr Kevin Eldon
Sid James Simon Greenall
Kenneth Williams Robin Sebastian
Moira Lister Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Writer Ray Galton
Writer Alan Simpson
Producer Ed Morrish
Producer Neil Pearson


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