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Hancock's Half Hour - No. 50

"THE EMIGRANT"

[ Available on B.B.C. video: "The Poison Pen Letters"; Catalogue No. BBCV4050 ]

UPWARDLY-MOBILE HANCOCK

HANCOCK:
All my life I've been looking forward to becoming middle class - just when my goal is in sight they put another tanner on the rates and I'm back where I started! There's no incentive to get on in this country.

HANCOCK'S PROSPECTS

HANCOCK:
It's no good, Sid, there's no future for anybody in this country ..... unless they go out to work.

HANCOCK'S APPLICATION TO EMIGRATE

AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY CLERK:
What is your trade?
HANCOCK:
Trade?! I, sir, am a thespian!
AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY CLERK:
Oh dear! Yes, yes, I thought so: actors, vagrants and undesirables are all listed together. I think to be on the safe side you'd better give me your secondary trade.
HANCOCK:
Travelling knife grinder .....