Tommy Handley

(1892—1949) comedian

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Comedian. Handley's heyday was the Second World War when, with much entertainment suspended, radio predominated. Born in Liverpool, Handley began as a commercial traveller and singer in variety shows, with modest success until the launch of the radio programme ITMA (It's That Man Again) in 1939. The weekly programme attracted vast audiences to the gallery of comic characters—Mrs Mopp, Colonel Chinstrap, Mona Lott, Funf—and repetitive catch‐phrases. The show was still running when Handley died at 57.

Subjects: British History.

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