Lucy Hancock 27 London
Categories: Journalist, Media

Posted: 2nd June 2016

She refers to herself as an ‘old woman.’ She likes furniture. She can cook lamb. We are of course talking about Lucy Hancock, who is, for the record, only 27 years of age. The above remarks, whilst true, and from Lucy’s own lovely mouth, are in large, bullshit. She’s “old” as we are “old” (26). She likes furniture in that I’ve caught her at a party at 6am showing a fit boy the new sofa she just bought, and the lamb thing- ok well that’s true- she permanently has a bit of meat stewing (that’s not a euphemism). Basically, despite Lucy’s well-spun domestic goddess routine, she’s in fact the most fun you can have in a person; her perkiness knows no bounds, she will go to the pub at any hour of the day and she’s always the last man standing. There is no one more fun. Which is remarkable considering how bloody hard she works.

Lucy is a prolific journalist. She freelances for Vice, The Guardian, Refinery29 and loads of boys mags. In fact she started her career as one of the *only* female writers at FHM trying stop if from being all tits and minge. She is currently she is a commissioning editor at BBC3 and is unofficially a launch princess, having worked on BBC3s move online and ASOS’ content platform ASOS Likes. She’s penned such articles as “A Straight Girls Guide To Being Single And Happy” that includes advice like this; “A bar of Galaxy can't go down on you, so stop telling people at hen parties that you prefer it to sex” and “Get gonorrhoea. Eat mousse. Do both at the same time.” Or how about that piece she penned about visiting an indoor sex market, which includes such corkers as: “There were bored cybergoths and a woman vigorously Sellotaping a reduced sign to an inflatable penis.” As a journalist, her repertoire leaves no taboo-sized leaf unturned. There was that time she described herself as a “naughty labrador” sniffing about the fridge in her article on emotional over-eating, and oh yeah, that time when she hung out with loads of “horny poshos” at an “elite dating app” for "research".

Jokes aside, Lucy’s work, much like her whilst unwaveringly witty and cheekily cantankerous, always taps into the greater, deeper and human ways we all flap about insisting everything is ‘so fine’ when really it’s a bit tough and a bit shit.

Her work with the team at BBC3 has seen a fantastic swathe of young and diverse talent getting a voice on platforms that have previously alluded them. From commissioning documentaries about people who live stream funerals, the insidious side of micro-aggressions and shorts that cover mental health, miss transgender UK scandals and islamaphobia in the uk- the channel's tone has changed a lot over the past few months.

Despite her insistence that she’s not a “down with the kids”, she is in actuality, very much talking to all the “kids” and she knows it. The surgical precision with which she skewers your own deepest darkest tendencies, your most aching anxieties and most hopeful dreams, are because she's saying how you feel, only better and more funnier-rer, and somehow it makes all those things "ok" (even putting a tampon in in the middle of your bedroom 'cos no ones home- see above article about being single and happy). Ever expanding freelance contracts and sprawling job titles at numerous establishments to one side, it’s Lucy’s ability to laugh at, well, pretty much anything is our favourite thing about her. We couldn’t be happier that someone so talented and lovely, has joined the crew. Welcome, Lucy.

HOW WOULD YOU FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN THREE WORDS?Loud, direct, loyal, cynical. That's four.A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU...I have about 300 ideas a day some of them applicable to my current job, most of them are not, some of them are just puns. At the moment I am working for BBC Three as Features Editor helping launch the channel online and diversify in a culturally authentic way. I feel quite lucky to work for such a huge institution, there are so many clever, talented people milling about. Like most places, there are also a lot of old, white dudes around. I write a lot in my spare time because I get jeal of the people I am commissioning getting to write about juicy stuff. I’m developing a short film at the moment, so looking forward to finding out if I am any good at it.WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET UP?I wake up almost every morning in a blind panic because I rode out the snooze too long. Then I put Radio 4 on,because John Humphries being a badass is very energising. Depending on how late I am I’ll have a shower and leave the house with wet hair. I realise now you didn’t ask for my whole morning routine, but there it is.BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION?Even though I fundamentally hate PJ O’Rourke because he’s a contrary republican, an alcoholic and bit of an arsehole but he’s such a funny writer. Holidays in Hell is hilarious. You’ve got to give him credit he did at least go to a bunch of war zones. 70's Tom Wolfe is also very good. He's a great observational writer.WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?Dolly Parton is my personal Jesus. Kim Longinotto and Kate Adie are two smart, brave, sexy female journalists are getting on and changing the world without being unbearable or preachy or telling anyone to ‘lean in.’ I like people with strong views and good ideas who don’t give a fuck. It’s quite easy to sit on your arse eating a Pret sandwich and formulate opinions about stuff, but those guys get their hands dirty. I also love Grayson Perry because he has infiltrated a world that is intellectually elitist and ripped the piss out of it. I really like the way he uses craft to help people understand that art is for them and that all of it is social commentary.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?Swimming with my face in the sun like a happy dog. Sundays when I get smashed on prosecco with my Mum and sisters and we all tell each other we’re fucking great.SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?The Cheeky Song.WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Lurpak slightly salted, bread, cashmere, a bottle of bub and some street drugs that I made an intern buy me.BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/YOU TOLD AS A KID?I was a desperately attention deprived and heavily bullied as a child so was always lying. I used to sit at the front of the school bus with my best friend Neil the coach driver and talk about his wife’s dead flower business. My Mum (also clearly a big fat liar) would give me an extra Penguin every day so I could bribe people into liking me, but I mostly just ate it. So many heartbreaking lies left my lips. Telling everyone I could breakdance probs had the most immediately devastating impact on my social life. Or pretending for a whole term I liked apples with Marmite because I thought having a kooky food habit would make me more popular. It didn't . TIME YOU LAUGHED THE HARDEST?All the time. Last time I couldn't stop was Berlin few months ago. We went to a Twin Peaks immersive theatre experience in an abandoned office block watching a bewildered British Dad try not to get a boner lapdance from a 20 stone woman in crotchless knickers. He kept saying 'performance art' really loudly, obviously to himself. WHAT'S NEXT?The main aim of my game is to be able to carry on making creative things that have some integrity or allow people to see the world differently through great storytelling. In the future I'd like to smash together the boffs and the creatives and help them produce stuff that has a positive impact on society, or at least makes it a bit cooler to care. I think the will is there. I think we're all a bit embarrassed about all the apathy and cat gifs. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Comedy collective Massive Dad, and my friend, Tash Demetriou.
Why: Tash Demetriou is fucking hilarious comedian, and Massive dad are my really clever comedy friends- they're also fucking hilarious. There are loads of absolutely hilarious women making cracking work a depressingly difficult British comedy environment at the moment like Stevie, Tessa and Liz in Massive Dad, Lazy Susan, Ellie White and Tash Demetriou and Lolly Adefope.
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