The Day Off - performed at the BFI

Tom Goodman-Hill gave a wonderful performance in The Day Off, as a luckless bus conductor – the role that would have been Tony Hancock’s – at the British Film Institute on Sunday evening, 29 January 2012. This was the first public reading of a script that was written more than half a century ago, in 1961.

The full story of how Hancock rejected the script appeared the same day, in a piece I wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.

Others in the cast included Kevin Eldon, as the Man in the Park, and Susy Kane as Charlotte, the girl Tony falls for. The narrator was Emma Kennedy, and Morwenna Banks, Sara Pascoe, Norman Lovett and Alexander Kirk also featured. The adaptation for stage was by Jonathan Wakeham, and Bill Dare was the director. After the performance, Ray and Alan answered questions from the audience and were applauded with a standing ovation.

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson talk about the comedy of long drawn-out pauses

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson on BBC Radio Four's Broadcasting House (Sunday 22/1/12), talking about writing comedy for radio and cinema – how they drew laughter out of silences, and why they parted company with Tony Hancock at the peak of their success.
This fascinating interview also includes a preview of the premiere of their great lost movie, The Day Off, which will have its first full reading at the British Film Institute on London's South Bank on Sunday, January 29 2012. Tom Goodman-Hill stars as Tony Hancock.