Harold has joined an amateur dramatics group who use the Steptoe house as a rehearsal room for their play set in Afghanistan during the days of the Raj. Initially mistrustful of actors Albert changes his mind when given a part in the play but his snide interruptions during Harold's scene with leading lady Nemone, plus his inability to read his lines correctly, get on Harold's nerves. Come the performance however a nervous Harold is a flop whilst his father is the star of the show. Leaving the stage door Harold is asked by a young boy if he is an actor but replies he is a rag and bone man and will never be anything more before throwing a bottle through the dressing room window. Written by
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Did You Know?
This episode is particularly ironic because it portrays Harold (Harry H. Corbett) as a potential theatrical actor, while yearning to move away from his Rag & Bone man job. In real life, Corbett wanted to broaden his acting abilities into other TV & film genres, but because of the huge success of Steptoe & Son, he became frustrated at being typecast in similar comedic roles.
The final scene here also shows Harold frustrated at not being the success he had hoped for on the stage. See more
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