Itma - It's That Man Again

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06/01/19492012051320120514The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death.

The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death. With Hattie Jacques and Jack Train. From January 1949.

12/11/200620090712 BT=1900 (BBC7)
20140824 (BBC7)
20140825 (BBC7)
20170226 (BBC7)

Will a compromising photo put Tommy Handley's political ambitions at risk? With Dorothy Summers. From November 1944.

Will a compromising photo put Tommy Handley's political ambitions at risk? With Dorothy Summers. From November 1944.

Tommy Handley tries to set up a newspaper. Marking 70 years since it's first broadcast.

29/3/194520120429 (BBC7)
20120430 (BBC7)
Tommy Handley tries to set up a newspaper with Mrs Mopp as domestic correspondent.

Tommy Handley tries to set up a newspaper with Mrs Mopp as domestic correspondent. Wartime comedy from March 1945.

From 03/06/194320160306 (BBC7)Can Tommy Handley take care of all the guests at his new hotel?

Can Tommy Handley take care of all the guests at his new hotel in the legendary wartime comedy.

ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!

The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries.

Other settings followed - a seaside resort, and a war factory which by 1943, for this run of episodes, had been turned into a hotel.

Featuring a host of supporting characters including Dorothy Summers as Mrs Mopp and Jack Train as Colonel Humphrey Chinstrap.

Producer: Francis Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1943.

From 04/11/194320160327 (BBC7)Tommy Handley and the gang are asked to take over a local public school.

ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!

The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries. Other settings followed - a seaside resort, and a war factory which by 1943, for this run of episodes, had been turned into a hotel.

Featuring a host of supporting characters including Dorothy Summers as Mrs Mopp and Jack Train as Colonel Humphrey Chinstrap.

Producer: Francis Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1943.

From 04/12/194720140914 (BBC7)
20140915 (BBC7)
20170319 (BBC7)
Tommy Handley tours around Broadcasting House trying to liven up some old favourites.

By Royal Command, Tommy Handley tours around the BBC's Broadcasting House trying to liven up some old favourites.

Recorded at the BBC Concert Hall in the presence of the King and Queen and Princess Margaret.

With Jack Train, Lind Joyce, Hugh Morton, Deryck Guyler, Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Diana Morrison and Hattie Jacques.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world. The show's title came from a newspaper headline used in stories about Adolf Hitler in the lead up to the Second World War.

Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in December 1947.

By Royal command, Tommy Handley tours around Broadcasting House trying to liven up some old favourites. From December 1947.

From 06/01/194420160403 (BBC7)Can the new squire, Tommy Handley, make a good impression with the county hunt?

ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!

The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries. Other settings followed - a seaside resort, and a war factory which by 1943, for this run of episodes, had been turned into a hotel.

Featuring a host of supporting characters including Dorothy Summers as Mrs Mopp.

Producer: Francis Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1944.

From 06/01/194920120513 (BBC7)
20130901 (BBC7)
20130902 (BBC7)
The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death.

The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death. With Hattie Jacques and Jack Train. From January 1949.

From 09/01/194220140810 (BBC7)
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20170212 (BBC7)

Can Mayor Tommy Handley save the day at the local repertory theatre? With Horace Percival and Jack Train. From January 1942.

Can Mayor Tommy Handley save the day at the local repertory theatre?

Can Mayor Tommy Handley save the day at the local repertory theatre? With Horace Percival and Jack Train. From January 1942.

From 11/04/194620140831 (BBC7)
20140901 (BBC7)
20170305 (BBC7)

Can Tommy Handley, governor of Tomtopia, get support to stage an important race? With Jack Train. From April 1946.

Can Tommy Handley, governor of Tomtopia, get support to stage an important race?

Can Tommy Handley, governor of Tomtopia, get support to stage an important race? With Jack Train. From April 1946.

From 12/02/194820140921 (BBC7)
20140922 (BBC7)
20170326 (BBC7)
Great excitement for Tommy Handley as he receives an offer of a Hollywood contract.

With Jack Train, Lind Joyce, Hugh Morton, Deryck Guyler, Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Diana Morrison and Hattie Jacques.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world. The show's title came from a newspaper headline used in stories about Adolf Hitler in the lead up to the Second World War.

Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1948.

Great excitement for Tommy Handley as he receives an offer of a Hollywood contract. With Lind Joyce. From February 1948.

From 14/10/194320160320 (BBC7)Can Tommy Handley find talented performers for his new entertainment venture?

Can Tommy Handley find talented performers for his new entertainment venture? With Dorothy Summers. Wartime comedy from 1943.

From 18/05/194020140727 (BBC7)
20140728 (BBC7)

Tommy Handley and team put on a stirling show, despite the efforts of Funf.

Tommy Handley and team put on a sterling show, despite the efforts of Funf. With Maurice Denham and Jack Train. From May 1940.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world.

Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast during the Second World War, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

From 24/06/194320160313 (BBC7)When Tommy Handley finds his wartime hotel is full of animals, he decides to start a circus.

ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!

The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries. Other settings followed - a seaside resort, and a war factory which by 1943, for this run of episodes, had been turned into a hotel.

Featuring a host of supporting characters including Dorothy Summers as Mrs Mopp and Jack Train as Colonel Humphrey Chinstrap.

Producer: Francis Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1943.

When Tommy Handley finds his hotel is full of animals, he decides to start a circus. With Paula Green. Wartime comedy from June 1943.

From 26/09/194120140803 (BBC7)
20140804 (BBC7)
20170205 (BBC7)

Could Mayor Tommy Handley be about to lose his post in high office? With Maurice Denham and Jack Train. From September 1941.

Could Mayor Tommy Handley be about to lose his post in high office?

Could Mayor Tommy Handley be about to lose his post in high office? With Maurice Denham and Jack Train. From September 1941.

From 28/10/194320140817 (BBC7)
20140818 (BBC7)
20170219 (BBC7)

Tommy Handley needs a band for his new club so starts interviewing for musicians.

With Horace Percival, Fred Yule, Dorothy Summers, Sydney Keith, Dino Galvani, Bill Stephens, Bryan Herbert, Jean Capra and Jack Cooper.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world. The show's title came from a newspaper headline used in stories about Adolf Hitler in the lead up to the Second World War.

Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in January 1942.

Can Tommy Handley hire a music band for his new club?

Can Tommy Handley hire a music band for his new club? With Horace Percival and Dorothy Summers. From October 1943.

From 29/03/194520080527 (BBC7)
20130818 (BBC7)
20130819 (BBC7)
Tommy Handley tries to set up a newspaper with Mrs Mopp as domestic correspondent.

Tommy Handley tries to set up a newspaper with Mrs Mopp as domestic correspondent. Wartime comedy from March 1945.

From 30/10/194720140907 (BBC7)
20140908 (BBC7)
20170312 (BBC7)

A pageant is planned and Tommy Handley has to write a play about the future of England.

With Jack Train, Lind Joyce, Hugh Morton, Deryck Guyler, Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Diana Morrison and Hattie Jacques.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world. The show's title came from a newspaper headline used in stories about Adolf Hitler in the lead up to the Second World War.

Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkinsl.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1947.

A pageant is planned and Tommy Handley has to write a play about the future of England. With Lind Joyce. From October 1947.

Victory Edition20090712 BT=1930 (BBC7)Tommy Handley celebrates triumph in Europe. Marking 70 years since the comedy began.
Victory Edition 10/05/194520090712 (BBC7)
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20130826 (BBC7)
Tommy Handley's gang celebrate victory in Europe, as broadcast on 10th May 1945.

Tommy Handley's gang celebrate victory in Europe, as broadcast on 10th May 1945. With the BBC Augmented Variety Orchestra.

Victory Edition 10/05/452009071220120506
20120506 (BBC7)
20120507 (BBC7)
Tommy Handley's gang celebrate victory in Europe, as broadcast on 10th May 1945. With the BBC Augmented Variety Orchestra.

Tommy Handley's gang celebrate victory in Europe, as broadcast on 10th May 1945.

Victory Edition 10/05/452009071220120507Tommy Handley's gang celebrate victory in Europe, as broadcast on 10th May 1945.