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Hancock's Half Hour - No. 21

"THE CROWN V JAMES S"

[ Available on B.B.C. video: "The Bowmans"; Catalogue No. BBCV4047 ]

HANCOCK'S LEGAL CREDENTIALS

SIR JASPER WORTHINGTON Q.C.:
Tell me Hancock, where did you study law?
HANCOCK:
L.C.C. evening classes, Sir. Second class diploma and nine out of ten for woodwork .....

HANCOCK'S PROFICIENCY AS A LAWYER

HANCOCK:
Well, it was a mistake anybody could make.
SIR JASPER WORTHINGTON Q.C.:
A mistake? An important murder case and you turn up at the wrong court! You spend three hours making an impassioned plea for a life sentence on a man accused of passing betting slips in Hyde Park!

HANCOCK ON LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

HANCOCK:
How dare you! I shall sue you for libel!
SIR JASPER WORTHINGTON Q.C.:
Don't you mean 'slander'?
HANCOCK:
Do I? Hang on a minute, no I don't, you can't catch me - 'slander' is setting fire to people .....