Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to better himself but his father always seems to ruin things, sometimes accidentally and other times deliberately. The two live in poverty and the father has some disgusting habits which continue to embarrass the son. Written by
Oil Drum Lane was mentioned by Tony Hancock in Hancock episode Hancock's Half Hour: The Missing Page (broadcast 11 March 1960) as being the residence of the reader who borrowed the library book before him. This was also written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Additionally, Steptoe and Son: Tea for Two makes mention of Harold's acquaintance Dolly Clackett, herself referenced several times in their East Cheam sitcom. See more »
[Albert has placed 'bum' on the Scrabble board]
My "bum" is the American word for 'tramp'.
Well, that is where I've got you because you can't use any slang or colloquialisms!
Right then, I'll stick to me English "bum". And that's the part of your anatomy that swells out of the back of your trousers.
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A brilliant exercise in British comedy from the sixties and seventies ! Not one episode fails to please and the dialogues were extremely savoury. A certain number of episodes are available on BBC dvds in the UK region 2. The picture quality of the latter episodes is so good that you'd swear they'd been made yesterday. It is hard to believe that both of these characters have sadly left us but thanks to this series they will live on forever in our hearts and minds ! It appears that in real life, Wilfred Brambell was an exceedingly well-spoken man and didn't have a common accent at all. In one of the episodes involving Harold acting in a play, we do in fact hear Albert speak in a very posh voice albeit very briefly.
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