LONDON (BBC): Missing episodes of the BBC comedy series Hancock’s Half Hour will be brought back to life at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four scripts will be staged at the Assembly Rooms in August, after being rediscovered by actor Neil Pearson. His finds led to a BBC Radio 4 series last year that recreated several shows whose recordings had been wiped. The Fringe show will feature four previously unseen scripts, Pearson told Scotland on Sunday. “The scripts are as fresh and as funny as if they were written yesterday,” he said.

“As well as being quite hilarious reads, [they] are quite valuable artefacts, which link us not just to the period but the very time when they were recorded.”