The Rag Trade
Each working day at Fenner Fashions is a new struggle between the management and the workers
Fenner Fashions make high quality clothing. Unfortunately for Harold Fenner (Peter Jones), the shop steward, Paddy (played by Miriam Karlin), is on the look-out for any excuse to take the almost entirely female workforce out on strike. Consequently, every day is a battle between Paddy and Harold, aided (and often hindered) by the foreman, Reg (Reg Varney - changed to Tony, played by Christopher Beeny when the show went to LWT in 1977). But somehow they seem to pull together at the last minute and get things done.
Our Review: On the surface a fairly standard early-1960s sitcom, The Rag Trade was in fact highly provocative. Whilst every other programme of the day tended to centre around middle-class men, it broke the trend to concentrate on a group of lazy, yet strong, working class women, and struck a chord with the viewing public.