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Steptoe and Son 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1962–2016)
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, who work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ... See full summary »
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Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, who work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his father always seems to ruin his plans, sometimes accidentally and other times deliberately. The pair live in squalor and the father has some disgusting personal 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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When he was offered Steptoe and Son, director Joan Littlewood, who ran the acclaimed Theatre Workshop in Stratford East, advised Harry H. Corbett not to take the role. She argued a TV sitcom was beneath him as an actor and he was capable of much better and higher quality work, (earlier in his career he had been described as "the British Marlon Brando" for several major stage roles,and looked set for major stardom). Corbett, of course, ignored the advice and although the series brought him fame and relative financial rewards, Littlewood was proved right as his career suffered as he became typecast and was unable to escape the character of "Harold" and break back into more dramatic parts. See more »

Quotes

Harold Steptoe: You are a dyed-in-the-wool, fascist, reactionary, squalid little, 'know your place', 'don't rise above yourself', 'don't get out of your hole' - complacent little turd.
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Referenced in Carry on Forever: Episode #1.2 (2015) See more »

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Old Ned
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Written by Ron Grainer
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I used to love this
20 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I recently looked back on these and was horrified to see what I once found funny. The characters are so bitter and twisted both in personality and attitude. I found myself not laughing but disgusted at what I was seeing, the writing's "comedy" seems to come from the hatred the characters spew at each other and I find that no longer funny but sad and a despicable to be called funny.

If you step back and look at something with a fresh perspective it's amazing how clear it looks in a new light, and this one just reeks of all things bad. Acting aside because I did think Harry H. Corbett could've done much better things, it's a shame the cast got stuck and will be remembered for this cesspool of a show.


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