Hoffnung, a Last Encore

At last on CD, this contains all the recordings of Hoffnung made by the BBC and preserved in their archives. They include the famous and hilariously funny Bricklayer story - the Barrel of Bricks. This is a must for all Hoffnung enthusiasts. [1Hr 45min] £14.50 post-free



  • The Charles Richardson/Gerard Hoffnung interviews originally broadcast in BBC's External Services and repeated on domestic radio in Saturday Night on the Light sample

(In the 1950s domestic services consisted of the Home Service (talk, politics, news), Light Programme (light entertainment) and the Third programme (serious entertainment and music)
  • Speech Day, Oxford Union, December 1958 "Life begins at 38" with the famous Bricklayer story and the hotelier offering French widows in every bedroom. sample sample sample

  • Hoffnung Fragments:

1. My Life (Woman's Hour, December 1953)

2. The Film Fan (Talking about films, December 1955)

3. Talking about Music (Music Club, November 1954)


Sorry, we no longer have any copies of this left and will not be getting any more

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