Pete Doherty in Hancock tribute

Babyshambles star pens song for comic legend

Pete Doherty has recorded an tribute to Tony Hancock.

A lifelong fan of the late comic legend, has performed the song for an upcoming documentary ‘The Unknown Hancock’, due to air on BBC 2 on Boxing Day (December 26).

Entitled ‘Lady Don’t Fall Backwards’ the track refers to the book Hancock was reading in the episode of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ called ‘The Missing Page’.


The tune originally featured on Doherty‘s ‘Shaken & Withdrawn’ sessions, which were made available on the internet for fans in 2004.

Doherty’s admiration of the comedy great has been long-running, with the title of The Libertines debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ referring to one of the late star’s favourite catchphrases.

When the singer arrived in court on charges of possessing a flick knife, he responded to fans questions with a Hancock one-liner, saying: “Innocent. What about Magna Carta. Did she die in vain?”

Doherty is also interviewed during the documentary. Speaking about when he first got into Hancock, he said: “When I was very young I think – just as soon as I was old enough to rummage through drawers and pull out tapes – ‘The Unexploded Bomb’, ‘The Americans Hit Town’, ‘Sid’s Mystery Tour’ and ‘The Poetry Society’.”

He added: “It’s certainly a language of a long gone era, if it even existed in the first place. I don’t know whether it’s possible to be nostalgic for a time that didn’t exist, but I think I am.”

‘The Unknown Hancock’ airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Boxing Day (December 26).