Harold wants to win the affections of a woman called Jean who is a great fan of ballroom dancing but is pessimistic because he has two left feet. Albert, on the other hand, was once very ... See full summary »

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Harold wants to win the affections of a woman called Jean who is a great fan of ballroom dancing but is pessimistic because he has two left feet. Albert, on the other hand, was once very light on his feet so he teaches Harold the basic steps with which to impress Jean. Unfortunately Albert has been leading all the time and Harold going backwards so he ends up only learning the woman's steps. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Strictly Steptoe Dancing!
8 July 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Its Sunday afternoon. While Albert snores his head off in his favourite armchair, Harold talks to himself. He is thoroughly miserable because he has set his sights on an attractive woman named Jean and does not appear to be getting anywhere with her.

As Jean is a fan of ballroom dancing, Albert offers to teach his son so that the couple can enter a local contest.

Harold is clumsy at first, but soon gets the hang of it. Confidant of winning the prize money, the trophy and the girl of his dreams, he heads for the contest...

This episode is structured in two parts; the first in which Harold whines about being bored has echoes of the classic 'Sunday Afternoon At Home' episode of 'Hancock's Half-Hour', the second has Albert teaching Harold how to dance. Of course the whole thing ends in disaster; Harold learns too late that he has only succeeded in mastering the woman's steps. Bye bye prize money, trophy and Jean.

I watched this again recently and my wife complained because we did not see Harold's humiliation, merely heard of it second-hand from Harold himself. I argued that it would have been too expensive to stage such a scene, with all the extras and costumes and so on, and that it was funnier the way it was. What's wrong with using your imagination every now and then when watching television?

Funniest moment - Harold, dressed up for the occasion, dances a few steps in the yard, before accidentally treading in horse dung!


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