QUIZ 1

Listed below are 60 statements about Tony Hancock, some true, some false.

In each group of three, which is true?  Is it A, B or C?

Press the A, B or C button to test your Hancockian knowledge!

 

A.  Tony Hancock was born in Hall Green, Birmingham on May 12th 1924.

B.  Tony Hancock was born in Hall Green, Birmingham on May 13th 1924.

C.  Tony Hancock was born in Hall Green, Birmingham on June 12th 1924.

 

A.  Tony’s second wife was his publicity agent, Freddie Ross.

B.  Tony’s second wife was Joan le Mesurier.

C.  Tony’s second wife was Harley Street surgeon’s daughter, Cicely Romanis.

 

A.  Tony’s first film appearance was in the 1954 feature ‘Orders Is Orders’.

B.  Tony’s first film appearance was in the 1954 feature ‘Orders Are Orders’.

C.  Tony’s first film appearance was in the 1954 feature ‘Orders Please’.

 

A.  The first book about the life of Tony Hancock, published in 1969 and simply

      called ‘Hancock’ was co-written by Tony’s widow and BBC Producer, Dennis

      Main Wilson.

B.  The first book about the life of Tony Hancock, published in 1969 and simply

      called ‘Hancock’ was co-written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

C.  The first book about the life of Tony Hancock, published in 1969 and simply

      called ‘Hancock’ was co-written by Tony’s widow and journalist, David Nathan.

 

A.  In 1956, Tony played the lead character in the BBC radio play, ‘The Man Who

      Could Work Miracles’ by H G Wells.

B.  In 1956, Tony played the lead character in the BBC television play, ‘The Man

      Who Could Work Miracles’ by H G Wells.

C.  In 1956, Tony played the lead character in the radio play, ‘The Government

      Inspector’.

 

A.  Tony was the eldest of two brothers.
B.  Tony had two brothers, one elder and one younger.
C.  Tony was an only child.

 

A.   In 1946, Hancock volunteered for the British Navy.
B.   In 1946, Hancock volunteered for the British Army.
C.   In 1946, Hancock volunteered for the RAF.

 

A.   Tony’s first LP recording, ‘Sunday Afternoon at Home’ and ‘Wildman of the

       Woods’ was originally issued on the BBC’s own record label.

B.   Tony’s first LP recording, ‘Sunday Afternoon at Home’ and ‘Wildman of the

       Woods’ was originally issued on the Decca record label.

C.   Tony’s first LP recording, ‘Sunday Afternoon at Home’ and ‘Wildman of the

       Woods’ was originally issued on the Pye record label.

 

A,  Tony’s film ‘The Rebel’ was shot on location and at Elstree Studios.
B.  Tony’s film ‘The Rebel’ was shot on location and at Shepperton Film Studios.
C.  Tony’s film ‘The Rebel’ was shot on location and at Pinewood Film Studios.

 

A.  In all, Tony recorded seven series of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ for BBC radio.
B.  In all, Tony recorded five series of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ for BBC radio.
C   In all, Tony recorded six series of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ for BBC radio.

 

A.  In 1963, Tony featured in a series of newspaper ads on behalf of British Airways.
B.  In 1963, Tony featured in a series of newspaper ads on behalf of British Rail.

C.  In 1963, Tony featured in a series of newspaper ads on behalf of the British Egg

      Marketing Board.

 

A.  The original Punch & Judy puppets, as used in the film ‘The Punch & Judy Man’, are also famous for appearing on the BBC television programme, ‘Antiques Road Show’.

B.  The original Punch & Judy puppets, as used in the film ‘The Punch & Judy Man’, are also famous for appearing on the BBC television programme, ‘Blue Peter’.

C.  The original Punch & Judy puppets, as used in the film ‘The Punch & Judy Man’, are also famous for appearing on the BBC television programme, ‘The Good Old Days’.

 

A.   In 1966, Tony re-created his famous budgerigar sketch in the TV variety programme, ‘Secombe & Friends’.

B.   In 1966, Tony re-created his famous budgerigar sketch in the TV variety programme, ‘The Tommy Cooper Hour’.

C    In 1966, Tony re-created his famous budgerigar sketch in the TV variety programme, ‘Benny Hill Time’.

 

A    The name ‘MacConkeys’, Tony’s home in Surrey, was named after Tony’s own film production company.

B.   The name ‘MacConkeys’, Tony’s home in Surrey, was named after a character Tony had played in his very first pantomime.

C,   The name ‘MacConkeys’, Tony’s home in Surrey, was the name of the previous house owner.

 

A.    Tony’s catchphrase in the radio series of ‘Educating Archie’ was ‘Perishing Kids’.
B.    Tony’s catchphrase in the radio series of ‘Educating Archie’ was ‘Flipping Kids’.
C.    Tony’s catchphrase in the radio series of ‘Educating Archie’ was ‘Blooming Kids’.

 

A.    With the ‘Blood Donor’ script, it took Galton and Simpson some time to perfect the line …   ‘Why, that’s almost an armful’.

B.    With the ‘Blood Donor’script, it took Galton and Simpson some time to perfect the line…‘Why, that’s very nearly an armful’.

C.   With the ‘Blood Donor’script, it took Galton and Simpson some time to perfect the line …‘Why, that’s nearly an armful’.

 

A.   In Birmingham, on May 13th 1996, a statue of Tony Hancock was unveiled by Galton and Simpson.

B.   In Birmingham, on May 13th 1996, a statue of Tony Hancock was unveiled by Freddie Ross Hancock.

C.   In Birmingham, on May 13th 1996, a statue of Tony Hancock was unveiled by Sir Harry Secombe.

 

A.   Tony once owned two poodles, one named Charlie and the other named Mr Brown.

B.   Tony once owned two Afghan hounds, one named Charlie and the other named Mr Brown.

C.   Tony once owned two Great Danes, one named Charlie and the other named Mr Brown.

 

A.   Tony appeared in two Royal Variety Shows, once in 1952 and again in 1958.
B.   Tony appeared in only one Royal Variety Show. That was in 1958.
C.   Tony never appeared in a Royal Variety Show.

 

A.   The last ever ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ to be recorded for BBC radio was ‘The Impersonator’.

B.   The last ever ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ to be recorded for BBC radio was ‘Hancock In Hospital’.

C.   The last ever ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ to be recorded for BBC radio was ‘The Christmas Club’.

 

Hope you enjoyed quiz 1.

 

 

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