Advert

Steptoe And Son Page 5

Steptoe And Son. Image shows from L to R: Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett), Albert Steptoe (Wilfrid Brambell). Copyright: BBC.

Steptoe And Son

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold run a rag and bone business. Harold wants to move on in the world and leave home but his plans are always thwarted

Avatar

Aaron

  • Friday 11th January 2013, 2:53pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,751 posts
Quote: Matthew Stott @ January 11 2013, 2:52 PM GMT

Apparently Peter Cook, upon hearing that 'Not Only But Also' was due to be wiped, offered a lot of money to buy the tapes. They turned him down. Evil.


Yep. I believe he "begged" to be allowed to buy them. Such a horrific, criminal waste.

Avatar

zooo

  • Friday 11th January 2013, 2:58pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,202 posts

Why would they DO that? So bizarre.

Avatar

Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 11th January 2013, 4:00pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,369 posts

If Cook physically had the tapes then the legal team would fear possible piracy or them being aired somewhere else without their knowledge. So that makes sense. But I don't think that's what Cook offered to buy. Wiki says copyright issues which is the same thing.

But he offered to buy new blank tapes for the BBC so they wouldn't have to wipe the Pete and Dud tapes. Meaning ownership of the masters still held by BBC, along with the tapes for posterity and the potential for repeats. Which is all Cook wanted, not to own and keep them himself.

I think he saw it as a personal snub, when 'lesser acts' were saved on tape by the BBC. Lots of rubbish was saved, quite a bit of 'gold dust' wiped to make way for new rubbish. The BBC. Weird lot Errr

Avatar

lofthouse

  • Friday 11th January 2013, 6:10pm
  • Nowhere, England
  • 9,939 posts

Quick!! - someone 'accidentally' wipe every last episode of Gavin and Stacey

Avatar

Gordon Bennett

  • Friday 11th January 2013, 6:19pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts
Quote: lofthouse @ January 11 2013, 6:10 PM GMT

Quick!! - someone 'accidentally' wipe every last episode of Gavin and Stacey


Nowadays when some sad has-been in the jungle camp farts it gets recorded and preserved for all eternity.

Avatar

Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 12th January 2013, 4:09am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,369 posts
Quote: zooo @ January 11 2013, 2:58 PM GMT

Why would they DO that? So bizarre.


No one has been told why, but Cook took it as a personal snub on him and his work. My guess is because they are the BBC and that's the kind of negative way they have often acted. They have always been a bit superior, very elitist minded, conservative thinking and very closed off at board level.

Don't forget also this was the era of the great ratings war with ITV, which they'd been losing for years. They probably didn't want the public knowing they had taken money from an artist to help save recordings; that's a coup for their rivals ITV, we the license payers would question why they had to; they don't like making commercial decisions like that, that's what ITV do, and primarily they were a broadcaster, not a museum. That was the thinking then. Things have changed a lot now, they say, but you're still never sure the Beeb would make the right decision, they are a bit perverse.

Avatar

Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 16th January 2013, 1:14pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

I've started watching the third series. Both episodes I've been watching so far ended after 24 or 25 minutes. Is there any particular reason for the relative brevity of these episodes?

Avatar

Aaron

  • Wednesday 16th January 2013, 1:17pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,751 posts

Officially scheduled as a 30 minute series I believe, so presumably that's all Galton and Simpson wrote.

Avatar

Gordon Bennett

  • Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:33am
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

S3E3 was even shorter but great as usual...and had Leonard Rossiter in it.

Avatar

Gordon Bennett

  • Thursday 21st March 2013, 9:10pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

I've seen the episode where S&S get conned by two swindlers who sell and buy a commode. Very similar to the OFAH episode "Cash & Curry".

Avatar

whatkindoffoolami

  • Monday 25th March 2013, 6:52pm
  • Hull, England
  • 167 posts

How you liking Steptoe and Son so far Gordon? have you finished it all yet? Do you agree with me yet that it is far superior to OFAH?

When you've watched it all, watch it again and again and again.

Avatar

David Smith

  • Monday 25th March 2013, 6:59pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Is there any lost episodes of SAS?

Avatar

Aaron

  • Monday 25th March 2013, 7:14pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,751 posts

No, thankfully.

Some are now only in black and white despite having been produced in colour, but all exist in their entirety.

Avatar

Gordon Bennett

  • Monday 25th March 2013, 7:18pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

The whole of series six is in black & white on DVD except for two episodes.

Avatar

David Smith

  • Monday 25th March 2013, 7:24pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Is the pilot in Series 1 DVD released as a special feature?