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

Steptoe And Son

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 2 / BBC Light Programme
  • 1966 - 1976
  • 50 episodes (6 series)

Radio adaptation of Galton & Simpson's hit TV sitcom about a father and son rag-and-bone man team. Stars Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

  • Series 4, Episode 6 repeated Monday at 8am on Radio 4 Extra

Press clippings

Libby Purves criticises BBC's 'misguided' move to clean up old shows

Libby Purves, the former BBC Radio 4 Today presenter, has criticised the corporation for editing archived programmes to remove content deemed offensive, arguing that the cuts are "misguided quixotism". The public broadcaster has been editing radio shows including Dad's Army, Steptoe And Son and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again to remove racially insensitive and politically incorrect jokes, the Times revealed earlier this year.

Jamie Grierson, The Guardian, 8th March 2022

BBC classic shows edited for race and sex slurs in archives

The BBC is quietly editing classic radio comedies to remove racially insensitive and politically incorrect jokes as the corporation grapples with changing audience expectations. Repeats of shows including Dad's Army, Steptoe And Son and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again on BBC Radio 4 Extra have been altered, sometimes to remove entire sketches. Edits have been made to programmes over several years to remove content likely now to be considered racist or misogynistic. The changes were documented by an anonymous Radio 4 Extra listener, who bemoaned them as "woke cuts".

Jake Kanter, The Times, 22nd January 2022

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