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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

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Oldrocker

  • Saturday 6th July 2013, 12:15am
  • Near my beloved Black Country in Wolverhampton, England
  • 13,416 posts

It might have been mentioned before (by me probably) but I would urge everyone to listen to the radio versions.

Somehow the relationship seems much more stark. At least that's impression I got.

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ComedyGeek

  • Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 7:51pm
  • Wigan, England
  • 327 posts

One of the best sitcoms to hit British TV. The writers are classic and everyone should watch this. The films are great!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 16th March 2014, 11:02am [Edited]
  • England
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Quote: David Smith @ 10th July 2013, 8:38 AM BST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6CpAlwItR4

Here is a rare clip of them having an interview from the 1970s


Wow, that's almost weird seeing them talk in their normal voices, especially Wilfrid - both classically trained actors of course.

Am reading Harry H Corbett's biog. at the moment, written by his daughter.

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Wheel

  • Saturday 12th December 2015, 9:34am
  • Wakefield, England
  • 414 posts

I think this show is fantastic because of the characters and the way it is set. I think the idea of a rag and bone business is fantastic. The arguments they get in too, are wonderful and amazing. I think it is quite rare because not many sitcoms survived with all of the episodes at the time. If anyone watched the Steptoe documentary, it is interesting to see what happened after the show finished.

One of the best sitcoms to be made.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 12th December 2015, 11:19am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,751 posts
Quote: Wheel @ 12th December 2015, 9:34 AM GMT

I think it is quite rare because not many sitcoms survived with all of the episodes at the time.

Many episodes of Steptoe And Son were wiped by the BBC and only now exist thanks to private recordings.

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Wheel

  • Saturday 12th December 2015, 11:55am
  • Wakefield, England
  • 414 posts
Quote: Aaron @ 12th December 2015, 11:19 AM GMT

Many episodes of Steptoe And Son were wiped by the BBC and only now exist thanks to private recordings.

Stil, it is quite rare for the wiped episodes from the BBC to exist by private recordings.

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Jamesey1967

  • Saturday 12th December 2015, 12:18pm
  • Elgin, Scotland
  • 12 posts

Steptoe and Son: definitely one of the greats. Like so many of the top comedies of that era, one of the stars felt constrained and type cast by the role - or so I believe. Harry H., like Kenneth Williams, had aspirations to be a great Shakespearian actor and came to have mixed feelings about his role as the lugubrious Harold. A shame, given how many people he entertained with his brilliantly morbid comic performances.

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Wheel

  • Saturday 12th December 2015, 12:38pm
  • Wakefield, England
  • 414 posts
Quote: Jamesey1967 @ 12th December 2015, 12:18 PM GMT

Steptoe and Son: definitely one of the greats. Like so many of the top comedies of that era, one of the stars felt constrained and type cast by the role - or so I believe. Harry H., like Kenneth Williams, had aspirations to be a great Shakespearian actor and came to have mixed feelings about his role as the lugubrious Harold. A shame, given how many people he entertained with his brilliantly morbid comic performances.

I don't think anyone else could play Harold better than Harry. H.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 20th May 2017, 12:15am [Edited]
  • England
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Just started on the box set bought for me sometime ago.......................fabulous, and what I noticed in the first two (Pilot and The Bird) was how gritty they were, especially the pilot when Harold couldn't push the cart out of the yard and started to cry. Quite moving.

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Oh, and beautifully acted throughout by both of them.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 6th June 2017, 3:19pm
  • England
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Now into the second (disc) series and it just gets better! I had forgotten how superb this sitcom was with the brilliant scripts and fantastic acting - A1 comedy and pathos. Cannot fail, and along with this you get the likes of John Laurie and Yootha Joyce making cameo appearances.

Loving every minute of them.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 30th June 2017, 9:31am
  • England
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Started Disc/Series 4 last night with "And Afterwards at... " where Harold doesn't quite get married and it was full of absolutely brilliant comedy actors including Mollie Sugden as the disgruntled bride's mother - the argument that she and Albert (Wilfrid Brambell of course) have at the altar is superb!! Both actors giving it their all and what a tour de force of comedy acting - love it , love it, love it. Laughing out loud

Then the reception at Oil Drum Lane where Harold's uncle (George A Cooper) asks if he can have his wedding present back and a free for all breaks out amongst the now gathered Steptoe mob all wanting the same, including a superb bit of comedy acting by the one and only Rita Webb.

THIS is what sitcoms are all about and modern comedy writers/comedy actors would do well to watch these as a guide on to how to do it.

MAGNIFICENT WONDERFULNESS !

Sadly no more so thank God someone saved them.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 9:20am
  • England
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Watched another outstanding one last night - Pilgrims Progress, where Harold finally agrees to take Albert to have one last look at the killing fields of WW1.

Wilfrid Brambell was absolutely superb and when he started an argument and eventually a punch-up with an American and a Frenchman on board the plane over them being late in the war etc. I was in hysterics.

Brilliant.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 10:38am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 30th June 2017, 9:31 AM

Mollie Sugden as the disgruntled bride's mother

Auntie Minnie on Oh What A Beautiful Mourning, of course.