The Rag Trade. Image shows from L to R: Harold Fenner (Peter Jones), Paddy Fleming (Miriam Karlin). Copyright: BBC.

The Rag Trade

BBC One and ITV sitcom about trade relations. 58 episodes (5 series), 1961 - 1978. Stars Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Christopher Beeny and others.

Series 1, Episode 10 - The Gollywogs

Christmas is approaching and the girls are making some gollywog toys to sell themselves, when they should be working. Meanwhile, their actual workload - housecoats - are being returned with complaints.


This episode is also known as Christmas Box.

Broadcast details

Friday 8th December 1961
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Peter Jones Harold Fenner
Miriam Karlin Paddy Fleming
Reg Varney Reg Turner
Esma Cannon Lily Swann
Sheila Hancock Carole Taylor
Barbara Windsor Judy
Ann Beach Brenda
Toni Palmer Doreen
Rita Smythe Rita
Judy Carne Seamstress
Guest cast
Terry Scott Terence Nuttley
Colin Douglas Police Constable
Edward Caddick Postman
Writing team
Ronald Chesney Writer
Ronald Wolfe Writer
Production team
Dennis Main Wilson Director
Dennis Main Wilson Producer
Malcolm Goulding Production Designer
Gordon Franks Composer