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Steptoe and Son 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1962–2016)
A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Wilfrid Brambell ...  Albert Steptoe 57 episodes, 1962-1974
Harry H. Corbett ...  Harold Steptoe 57 episodes, 1962-1974
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A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, 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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UK

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English

Release Date:

5 January 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Степто и сын See more »

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(2 episodes) | (55 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Yootha Joyce, who played Mildred Roper in "George and Mildred", played the part of Harold's girlfriend in the first series episode, "The Bird". 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. You are morally, spiritually and physically a festering fly-blown heap of accumulated filth.
Albert Steptoe: What do you want for your tea?
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Old Ned
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Written by Ron Grainer
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"You Dirty Old Man!"
12 September 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee 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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