Galton And Simpson's Half Hour

The legendary writing partnership of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson began in 1949, when the pair met whilst undergoing treatment for TB at Milford Sanitorium. By 1951 they were writing professionally for the BBC and they have since written over 600 scripts and won numerous awards for their work on radio, TV and film, including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son.

Radio 2 marks the 60th anniversary of their writing partnership with a series of half-hour comedies, starring Frank Skinner, Mitchell and Webb, Rik Mayall, June Whitfield and Paul Merton. They were originally written for television by Ray and Alan and have been especially adapted by them for Radio 2.

Paul Merton introduces each episode.

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01You'll Never Walk Alone2009030720091223

The legendary writing partnership of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson began in 1949, when the pair met whilst undergoing treatment for TB at Milford Sanitorium. By 1951 they were writing professionally for the BBC and they have since written over 600 scripts and won numerous awards for their work on radio, TV and film, including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son.

Radio 2 marks the 60th anniversary of their writing partnership with a series of half-hour comedies, starring Frank Skinner, Mitchell and Webb, Rik Mayall, June Whitfield and Paul Merton. They were originally written for television by Ray and Alan and have been especially adapted by them for Radio 2.

Paul Merton introduces each episode.Earlier this year, Radio 2 marked the 60th anniversary of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's writing partnership with a series of half hour comedies, especially adapted by them for Radio 2. Here's another chance to enjoy the series starring Frank Skinner, Mitchell and Webb, Rik Mayall, June Whitfield and Paul Merton.

In the first drama, You'll Never Walk Alone, Frank Skinner stars as a football fanatic, on his way to a Wembley Cup Final with his heavily pregnant wife and his best friend. An early labour, an emergency stop and the disappearance of the priceless tickets lead to a comedic study in political incorrectness and male chauvinism.

The drama was first broadcast on Yorkshire Television back in 1974 and starred Brian Glover, Maureen Lipman and Peter Jones. The radio adaptation is introduced by Paul Merton.

Comedy starring Frank Skinner as a football fanatic on his way to a Wembley Cup Final.

Frank Skinner stars as a football fanatic on his way to a Wembley Cup Final with his heavily pregnant wife and his best friend. An early labour, an emergency stop and the disappearance of the priceless tickets lead to a comedic study in political incorrectness and male chauvinism.

The drama was first broadcast on Yorkshire Television back in 1974 and starred Brian Glover, Maureen Lipman and Peter Jones

02Impasse20090314
02Impasse * *2009031420091224

Earlier this year, Radio 2 marked the 60th anniversary of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's writing partnership with a series of half hour comedies, especially adapted by them for Radio 2. Here's another chance to enjoy the series starring Frank Skinner, Mitchell and Webb, Rik Mayall, June Whitfield and Paul Merton.

The second drama in the series, Impasse, stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A Rolls Royce and a banger meet in a very narrow country lane, somewhere in Cornwall, and both drivers refuse to back up. Between the AA, the RAC and the Cornish Constabulary, a solution is finally found. Temporarily.

The drama was one of Galton and Simpson's Comedy Playhouse Scripts for BBC television and first broadcast in 1963. This radio adaptation is introduced by Paul Merton.

Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A Rolls Royce and a banger refuse to give way.

Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

A Rolls Royce and a banger meet in a very narrow country lane, somewhere in Cornwall, and both drivers refuse to back up. Between the AA, the RAC and the Cornish Constabulary, a solution is finally found, temporarily.

The drama was one of Galton and Simpson's Comedy Playhouse Scripts for the BBC, first broadcast in 1963.

03I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds2009032120091225

Earlier this year, Radio 2 marked the 60th anniversary of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's writing partnership with a series of half hour comedies, especially adapted by them for Radio 2. Here's another chance to enjoy the series starring Frank Skinner, Mitchell and Webb, Rik Mayall, June Whitfield and Paul Merton.

The third drama in the series, I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds, stars Rik Mayall and June Whitfield. We all know one. The man next door, on the bus, in the pub, or if you're really unlucky the one who comes round your house, night after night, just when you're settling down to watch a long awaited film on television. The last thing you need is a bitter two hour long dispute over the identity of a bit player.

The drama was first broadcast on Yorkshire Television back in 1977 and starred Leonard Rossiter and Pat Hayes. The new radio adaptation is introduced by Paul Merton.

Sitcom starring Rik Mayall and June Whitfield, introduced by Paul Merton

Starring Rik Mayall and June Whitfield.

We all know one. The man next door, on the bus, in the pub, or if you're really unlucky the one who comes round your house, night after night, just when you're settling down to watch a long awaited film on television. The last thing you need is a bitter two hour long dispute over the identity of a bit player.

The drama was first broadcast on Yorkshire Television in 1977 and starred Leonard Rossiter and Pat Hayes.

04 LASTThe Blood Donor2009032820091225

The fourth and final drama in this series, The Blood Donor, stars Paul Merton as Arthur Bunclarke.

When Arthur does his patriotic duty, by donating a pint of his blood, he is unaware until the prick of the needle that he is the proud possessor of one of the rarest blood groups in the world.

The drama was first broadcast on BBC television in 1961 as part of Hancock's Half Hour, starring Tony Hancock.

Sitcom starring Paul Merton as Arthur Bunclarke, possessor of a rare blood group.

Sitcom starring Paul Merton as Arthur Bunclarke, possessor of one of the rarest blood groups in the world.

First broadcast on BBC television in 1961 as part of Hancock's Half Hour.

When Arthur Bunclarke (with an E) did his patriotic duty in donating a pint of his blood, he was unaware until the prick of the needle that he was the proud possessor of one of the rarest blood groups in the world.

Which was just as well as things turned out.