WorldCat Identities

Simpson, Alan 1929-2017

Overview
Works: 193 works in 431 publications in 1 language and 2,796 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Television comedies  Television series  Miscellanea  Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Radio programs  Comedy films 
Roles: Creator, Author, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay, Scenarist
Classifications: PR6003.E417, 822.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alan Simpson
Sanford and son( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Return to TV's most famous junk shop for an outrageously funny fourth season
Hancock's half hour by Ray Galton( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sanford and son( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

24 episodes from the sixth season of Sanford and son
The masters of sitcom : from Hancock to Steptoe by Ray Galton( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are two of the most influential and celebrated television scriptwriters of our time. Praised for inventing the sitcom, their own seminal creations are still standing the test of time with modern audiences - Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son are two of the most successful sitcoms ever made. This book is a charming tribute to their career in comedy, written in collaboration with Galton and Simpson themselves and with exclusive access to their personal archive of scripts. Readers will discover the fascinating story of their progress from variety shows to television, and how they came to create characters and programmes that have captured the nation's heart for generations. Their insightful comments on their own writing, along with their first-class understanding of the television writers' craft, make this anthology unique, informative and incredibly entertaining."--Publisher's description
The best of Hancock by Ray Galton( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steptoe and son by Ray Galton( Book )

8 editions published between 1964 and 2004 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete plays by Brendan Behan( Book )

29 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plays of Irish author and playwright Brendan Behan
When did you last see your trousers? : a farce by Ray Galton( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of Steptoe and son by Ray Galton( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hancock's half hour by Tony Hancock( Recording )

11 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galton and Simpson have chosen another selection of favourite episodes from the classic radio series. The conjurer sees Hancock taking up magic, and hired by Sid to put on a show at Dartmoor Prison. Little does he know that it's only a front for an escape plan. In Cyrano de Hancock, Sid is besotted with Miss Pugh, and asks for Hancock's help in expressing his love, while The diary finds Hancock looking back at 1956, and falling into a reverie where he imagines himself as a surgeon, a lion tamer and a test pilot. Finally, in The impersonator, Hancock hears an actor in a cornflake commercial imitating his voice, and promptly takes the impersonator to court. Once again, the master of misery is supported by a star cast including Sid James, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques, and four sparkling scripts by the masters of mirth, Galton and Simpson
Hancock's half hour : series 1 : November 1954-February 1955 by Ray Galton( Recording )

16 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two sketches from the BBC comedy programme. In "Sleepless night", Hancock has a busy day ahead, so he turns in early, only to find a sound snooze is not to be. In "Fred's pie stall", he desperately tries to save the pride and joy of East Cheam pie gourmets, threatened with official closure
Galton and Simpson : the men who invented sitcom : from Hancock to Steptoe and beyond by Christopher Stevens( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are two of the most influential and celebrated television scriptwriters of our time. Praised for inventing the sitcom, their own seminal creations are still standing the test of time with modern audiences - Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son are two of the most successful sitcoms ever made. This book is a charming tribute to their career in comedy, written in collaboration with Galton and Simpson themselves and with exclusive access to their personal archive of scripts. Readers will discover the fascinating story of their progress from variety shows to television, and how they came to create characters and programmes that have captured the nation's heart for generations. Their insightful comments on their own writing, along with their first-class understanding of the television writers' craft, make this anthology unique, informative and incredibly entertaining."--Publisher's description
Steptoe and son : the very best episodes, Volume 1 by Ray Galton( Recording )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Join Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett amongst the dirt and detritus of Oil Drum Lane in these very best episodes from a truly classic series
The lost Hancock scripts : 10 scripts from the classic radio and TV series by Ray Galton( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over 100 episodes of Hancock's Half Hour were produced and broadcast, first on BBC radio in 1954 and then on TV in 1956. Receiving critical acclaim at the time, and making a star of the cantankerous Tony Hancock and roguish Sid James, Hancock's Half Hour made history as the grumpy grandfather of British sitcom. Galton and Simpson, who also wrote the internationally successful Steptoe and Son, became writing legends. Thanks to them, we are able to enjoy these lost scripts from the early series. Stories range from observational comedy to the surreal and include Father Christmas being put on trial (part of a Christmas special), and Tony and Sid entering the 'Mr East Cheam' beauty competition. Not only are the scripts transcribed in their entirety, but we also show where some amendments were made, and the text is peppered with photos of the cast and background information. A great gift for Hancock fans young and old, as well as followers of comedy classics
Hancock : the economy drive, the emigrant & two other TV episodes by Ray Galton( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here are a further four original television soundtracks from the BBC's Hancock series. Once again Tony Hancock stars as the loveable curmudgeon, in four installments written by the character's creators, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Steptoe and son : the cinema collection by Ray Galton( Visual )

15 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three hilarious episodes from those golden early days of Steptoe and Son, classic rag and bone comedy
Hancock's half hour( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956 the massively popular radio show Hancock's half hour transferred to the new BBC television service. Tony Hancock continued his role as East Cheam's antagonistic, socially-aspirational misanthrope
Ray Galton & Alan Simpson's Hancock ; The blood donor ; The radio ham & two other TV episodes( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reunion, Impasse [and] The telephone call by Ray Galton( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loot by National Arts Centre( Visual )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a bank heist, the Inspector is called upon to investigate the suspects: a gold-digging nurse, a widower, and a dead body. When the criminals are discovered, a chase ensues, and an arrest is made
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Sanford and son
Alternative Names
Alan Simpson angol forgatókönyvíró

Alan Simpson British screenwriter

Alan Simpson britisk manusforfatter

Alan Simpson Brits scenarioschrijver

Alan Simpson guionista britànic

Alan Simpson guionista británico

Alan Simpson scénariste britannique

Simpson, Alan Francis 1929-

ألان سيمبسون كاتب سيناريو بريطاني

Languages
English (142)

Covers
The masters of sitcom : from Hancock to SteptoeSteptoe and sonThe complete playsHancock's half hourHancock's half hour : series 1 : November 1954-February 1955Galton and Simpson : the men who invented sitcom : from Hancock to Steptoe and beyondSteptoe and son : the very best episodes, Volume 1The lost Hancock scripts : 10 scripts from the classic radio and TV series