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 »
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Wilfrid Brambell ...
 Albert Steptoe (57 episodes, 1962-1974)
Harry H. Corbett ...
 Harold Steptoe (57 episodes, 1962-1974)
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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 Rob Hartill

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5 January 1962 (UK)  »

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Степто и сын  »

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(2 episodes) | (55 episodes)

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Oil Drum Lane was mentioned by Tony Hancock in Hancock episode Hancock's Half Hour: The Missing Page (1960) (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 (1970) makes mention of Harold's acquaintance Dolly Clackett, herself referenced several times in their East Cheam sitcom. See more »

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Harold Steptoe: You are morally, spiritually and physically a festering fly-blown heap of accumulated filth.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) See more »

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Old Ned
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"You Dirty Old Man!"
12 September 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

One of the saddest sights I ever saw on television was Wilfrid Brambell, close to tears on 'Nationwide' in 1982 following the sudden death of his 'Steptoe & Son' co-star Harry H.Corbett. The pairing of these great actors, combined with some wonderful scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, made 'Steptoe' a classic. I think viewers recognised the truthfulness of the situation; rag and bone man Harold desperately wanted to escape from his father's domination to begin a new life on his own, but couldn't because he loved the old man too much. When searching for comedy ideas, today's writers fall into the trap of thinking: "How can I shock the public?". 'Steptoe' did not set out to shock, yet did because it was so real. After a successful run in the '60's, it was revived in the '70's in colour, and these episodes are my favourites, particularly 'Divided We Stand' in which Harold and Albert tried to lead separate lives in the same house. The word 'timeless' is overused these days, but it definitely applies here.


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