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Hancock's Half Hour - No. 40

"LORD BYRON LIVED HERE"

[ Available on B.B.C. video: "The Lift"; Catalogue No. BBCV4038 ]

HANCOCK ON LORD BYRON

HANCOCK:
Lord Byron? He was one of the most famous men in history!
SID JAMES:
What did he do?
HANCOCK:
"What did he do"?!
SID JAMES:
Yes.
HANCOCK:
Lord Byron? What did you do at school?
SID JAMES:
All right - what did he do?
HANCOCK:
Well, he was a good-looking bloke, dab-hand with the ladies, had a bit of a limp .....

HANCOCK'S POETRY APPRECIATION

HANCOCK:
"I wish I were a Chestnut Tree, a-nourished by the sun, with twigs and leaves and branches, and conkers by the ton." Follow that! Robert Browning? I wouldn't give him house room .....

HANCOCK ON HOUSE RENOVATION

HANCOCK:
As to furniture, Sid I know has always seen himself in a four-poster.
SID JAMES:
Yeah, French Empire, bags of mirrors .....
HANCOCK:
Yes, very elegant that, very elegant. My room, I think, rococo with a slight Byzantine influence, veering towards the classic Georgian style, with half a dozen flying ducks on the wall .....