Hancock and Joan

Hancock and Joan is a 2008 British biographical television film based on the affair between the comedian Tony Hancock and Joan Le Mesurier, the third wife of actor John Le Mesurier. It was first transmitted on BBC Four on 26 March 2008 as part of the Curse of Comedy season. It features Ken Stott and Maxine Peake as the title characters, and Alex Jennings as John. Written by Richard Cottan, directed by Richard Laxton and produced by Simon Heath, it was made by World Productions for the BBC.[1]

Hancock and Joan
GenreBiographical drama
Written byRichard Cottan
Directed byRichard Laxton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerPatrick Spence
ProducerSimon Heath
Running time90 minutes
Production companyWorld Productions
Original networkBBC Four
Original release26 March 2008 (2008-03-26)

The drama's first broadcast was watched by 709,000 viewers, making it the most watched programme on BBC Four that week.[2] It was nominated in three categories at the 2009 British Academy Television Awards: best actor for Ken Stott, best actress for Maxine Peake and best single drama.[3][4]

Filming LocationsEdit

Broadstairs with its sandy beaches, promenade and sea views provided the perfect setting for the drama, and traditional ice cream parlour Morelli's was also used as a filming location.[5] Other parts of docu-drama were filmed on location around Ramsgate in Chapel Place, South View Road, and Nelson Crescent.[6]


  1. ^ "Ken Stott to play Tony Hancock in new BBC Four drama". BBC Press Office. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  3. ^ Hemley, Matthew (24 March 2009). "BBC4′s Hancock and Joan picks up three Bafta nominations". The Stage. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2009: The winners". BBC News. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Hancock and Joan".
  6. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Hancock and Joan".

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