Their reputation as comedy writers soon grew, and in 1954 they started to write the scripts for Hancock’s Half Hour. They eventually wrote 101 episodes. These have achieved cult status in their own right, and are still broadcast to the current day. It is well documented that Tony Hancock was a troubled character and he begun to become less reliable as a TV and radio performer and so Ray and Alan started to look for alternative work.
In 1961 their reputation was so strong that the BBC offered them the opportunity to write a “Playhouse” series where they had the opportunity to write a series of 30 minute comedy dramas about any subject they wanted and using whoever they wanted. This series featured “The Offer” the very first Steptoe episode.