[Tony Hancock and John Freeman's BBC TV 'Face to Face' interview.] Typescript, marked up for the printer, of the interview as published in the book of the series edited by the producer Hugh Burnett.

Tony Hancock (1924-1968), comedian [John Freeman; Hugh Burnet; 'Face to Face', BBC Television series]
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Undated, but prepared for a book published in 1964.
SKU: 21085

An interesting artefact of Hancock's celebrated interview by John Freeman (1915-2014), broadcast on 7 February 1960 in the BBC series 'Face to Face'. From the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett (1924-2011). During the half-hour interview an earnest and humourless Hancock responded frankly to Freeman's questions about his life and work. Hancock had always been highly self-critical, and it has been argued that the interview exacerbated this tendency, contributing to his later difficulties. (As Arthur Marshall observed, 'Seldom has such a dazzling career disintegrated so quickly'.) According to Hancock's brother Roger giving the interview was 'the biggest mistake he ever made. I think it all started from that really. […] Self-analysis - that was his killer.' The present item is the typed text, prepared for publication, of the section on 'TONY HANCOCK' in the book 'Face to Face | Edited and introduced by Hugh Burnett' (Jonathan Cape, 1964). 2pp., foolscap 8vo. Corresponding to the text as published on p.63 of the book. Marked up with instructions to the typesetter in pencil and red ink (for example 'try to get this para in 5 lines'). In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On two leaves, stapled together.