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The Curse of Steptoe (2008)

In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold Steptoe in a television comedy show 'Steptoe and Son'. However, the show's success ... See full summary »

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Michael Samuels

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Brian Fillis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Allam ... Tom Sloan
Jason Isaacs ... Harry H Corbett
Zoë Tapper ... Sheila Steafel
Clare Higgins ... Joan Littlewood
Elspeth Rae Elspeth Rae ... Young Blonde Actress
Burn Gorman ... Ray Galton
Rory Kinnear ... Alan Simpson
Phil Davis ... Wilfrid Brambell
Kenneth Oxtoby Kenneth Oxtoby ... Costume Designer (as Ken Oxtoby)
Ben Parr Ben Parr ... Wilfrid's Young Blonde Man
Peter Hamilton Dyer Peter Hamilton Dyer ... Director (as Peter Hamilton-Dyer)
Sophie Hunter ... Maureen Corbett
Julian Forsyth Julian Forsyth ... Clive Goodwin
Jamie Lennox Jamie Lennox ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Scott McNess Scott McNess ... Boy Outside Theatre
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In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold Steptoe in a television comedy show 'Steptoe and Son'. However, the show's success proves to be a poisoned chalice for him, type-casting him and thwarting his stage ambitions. Wilfrid Brambell, the actor playing his father, is marginalized in a different way. He is a gay man in an England where homosexuality is still illegal. The show runs for several years, incorporating film spin-offs but both, in their own way, feel that they have invoked the curse of Steptoe. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The brother of Harry H. Corbett's second wife, Maureen, complained to the BBC that the timeline portrayed in the film was wildly misleading and gave the impression that i) Maureen's affair with Harry may have led to the break-up of his marriage to Sheila Steafel, which was not the case, and ii) Harry's decision not to make any more episodes of Steptoe and Son (1962) coincided with the birth of his and Maureen's first child, whereas the birth had happened eight years before the end of Steptoe. The BBC upheld these complaints and agreed not to repeat the film unless it was edited to remove these misleading errors. See more »

Goofs

Directly after the 1962 awards ceremony, Corbett does his impersonation of Harold Wilson with reference to his White Heat of Technology speech. Wilson did not become Prime Minister for another two years and the White Heat speech was even later. However, the writer made this 'error' quite deliberately. He took dramatic license. Dates were fudged throughout the piece, so though the award ceremony was in fact held in 1962, the film avoids placing it in time. Harry's party trick was his Harold Wilson impression; that was the most appropriate moment in the piece to give him the chance to do his thing. See more »

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References Steptoe and Son (1962) See more »

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Just simply brilliant !
20 March 2008 | by romeros-zombieSee all my reviews

Jason Issacs was on top form as Corbett and Phil Davis was absolutely stunning as the tragic Wilfred Brambell all in all one of the best pieces of drama to grace the BBC in a hell of long time. The whole affair although telling a sometimes very dark tale was handled with a great deal of affection and care. Having loved Steptoe & Son from an early age I will certainly view it in a different light knowing the heartache it appears to have caused the Brambell and Corbett. Costumes and sets were spot on and the piece really gave you a feel for how writers and performers of that era behaved towards one another. Much like the actual show I regret this show having to end as it left me wanting more from two of the finest most underrated actors in the UK.


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