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  BBC - Comedy - Steptoe and Son
Steptoe was born from a one-off comic play, "The Offer" commissioned by the BBC in 1962 as part of Comedy Playhouse, a series of short plays all written by Galton and Simpson
Father and son used earthy language and swore like troopers (at least as much as the BBC would allow them to) and both were given an added reality by being played by "straight" actors (Wilfred Brambell and Harry H Corbett) rather than comedians.
Steptoe and Son originally ran from 1962 to 1965 in fl and white, returning in colour for four more series from 1970.  So successful was it on its return that it was adapted for US TV as the much-loved Sanford and Son and spawned two film spin-offs. 
www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/steptoeandson   (440 words)

 British Sitcom Guide - Steptoe and Son - About
"Steptoe and Son" is about the love-hate relationship between Albert Steptoe (Wilfrid Brambell) and is son Harold (Harry H Corbett).
"Steptoe and Son" is a landmark in British sitcom history as it set the standard against which all sitcoms were judged.
Following the old maxim that conflict, hatred and despair reap comic rewards, "Steptoe and Son"’s influence on situation comedy and television generally cannot be overestimated.
www.sitcom.co.uk /steptoe_son/about.shtml   (634 words)

 Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son was the most popular situation comedy in British television history, and one of the most successful.
The first series of Steptoe and Son was transmitted in June and July 1962 and consisted of five episodes.
Steptoe and Son returned in 1970 for a further four series, a total of thirty episodes, between then and 1974.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/S/htmlS/steptoeands/steptoeands.htm   (1036 words)

 Steptoe and Son - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd's Bush, London.
Steptoe and Son is rare among 1960s BBC television programmes in that every episode survives for posterity, despite the mass wiping of BBC archive holdings between 1972 and 1978.
"Steptoe and Son" is the Steptoes' trading name, but as established in one of the earliest episodes, the "Son" is not Harold but Albert: the name dates from when he and his father worked the rounds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Steptoe_and_Son   (1807 words)

 Steptoe and Son - Nostalgia Central
Steptoe and Son, one of the comedy highlights of 1960's BBC TV featured two rag and bone men and their run-down junkyard.
Wilfrid Brambell was the quarrelsome and grubby Albert Steptoe and Harry H Corbett (he added the H to distinguish himself from Sooty's handler) was his restless son Harold.
There were two feature film spin-offs, Steptoe and Son (1972) and Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1974) and in the early 1970's the US purchased the series and adapted it into the all-fl sitcom Sanford and Son.
www.nostalgiacentral.com /tv/comedy/steptoe.htm   (484 words)

 Steptoe and Son in Murder at the Oil Drum
Steptoe and Son in Murder at the Oil Drum Two of television's greatest characters, Harold and Albert Steptoe, are packing up their rag-and-bone cart and heading to London's West End in an hilarious new play, Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane following a sell-out run at The York Theatre Royal in 2005.
The Steptoe house is in the caring hands of the National Trust as the last remaining example of a typical totters yard.
Steptoe and Son in Murder at the Oil Drum For the first time on stage in an intriguing new story, 'Harold' and 'Albert' are once again at each other's throats as we get the full unexpurgated account of their hilarious relationship from cradle to the grave and beyond.
www.londontheatreticketweb.co.uk /the_steptoeandson.htm   (320 words)

 Steptoe and Son to ride again | TV & radio | Guardian Unlimited
The soul of Steptoe and Son is set to live again.
The Curse of Steptoe is part of a short season exploring the extraordinary lives of TV stars of the 60s and 70s.
But unlike Waiting for Godot, Steptoe and Son is also incredibly tender: for all their acrimonious banter, the son Harold can never quite break free from his father because, deep down, he loves him.
blogs.guardian.co.uk /tv/2008/02/steptoe_and_son_biopic.html   (881 words)

 PD's Comedy Guide - Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son, the story of the cockney father and son rag-and-bone men, is quite simply one of the greatest sitcoms ever made.
Like all great sitcoms, Steptoe and Son had the typical formula of people stuck together, spending a lot of their time arguing, which made for superb character interaction and dialogue.
However, with the father and son relationship, the writers could go beyond that and explore a dark tale of a man unable to break out of his situation, because his father would always do something that would mess it up for him.
www.angelfire.com /magic2/delboy123_1/steptoeandson.htm   (1412 words)

 Steptoe and Son tour 2006 Manchester, Glasgow, Bromley, Richmond, Brighton: Ticket and show information
Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane was seen in London's West End at The Comedy Theatre where it played a two month season from 22 February to 15 April 2006.
Steptoe and Son was originally created and written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and starred Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.
The series was groundbreaking in many ways, for example it dealt with an underclass previously seen on television only in realistic dramas, not sitcoms; and its underlying theme of the son trying desperately to escape the clutches of his wily father imbued the series with a pathos and poignancy hitherto absent from the sitcom genre.
www.thisistheatre.com /londonshows/steptoeandson.html   (696 words)

 Memorable TV - Articles - Steptoe and Son - Dirty Old Feud
When Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett, stars of the hit BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son, first met in 1962, it marked the beginning of one of the most successful double acts in the history of British television.
The Steptoe series had ended and the two actors, desperate to make some money, played any venue that would have them, in a show that turned the Steptoe theme into second-rate song-and-dance vaudeville.
In Steptoe, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson sought to highlight the generational tension between parents and children at the centre of the '60s revolution.
www.memorabletv.com /articles/articlessteptoeandson.htm   (1383 words)

 Steptoe and Son   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Paul's grandfather was played by Wilfred Brimball, who was the father on Steptoe and Son on whom Fred Sanford was based.
For a show that scaled the heights with episodes such as 'The Desperate Hours', 'Men of Letters' and 'The Bath', the eight series, and its premiere episode in particular, was an absolute travesty, resulting in the show finishing with a whimper rather than a bang.
Steptoe and Son jumped the shark before it was made.
www.jumptheshark.com /s/steptoeandson.htm   (392 words)

 Steptoe And Son DVDs and Videos; Steptoe And Son Brief Summary; Steptoe And Son Episode List   (Site not responding. Last check: )
'Steptoe And Son' remains one of the greatest of British sitcoms, and only really had two principal characters, both grumpy rag and bone men - one old, one young, and one a father and one a son.
Rarely short of attractive girlfriends, the Steptoe abode was never a great lovenest for Harold and his girls, with some hygiene problems and a vindictive Albert to contend with.
Harold was ashamed of his father, and whenever Harold was trying to get ahead, and impress his newly found highbrow acting chums, Albert would put a spoke in the works, and, on one occasion, steal the limelight, much to the chagrin of an apoplectic Harold.
booksmusicfilmstv.com /Comedy/SteptoeAndSon.htm   (648 words)

 British Sitcom Guide - Steptoe and Son   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold run a 'rag and bone' business.
Steptoe and Son is a real television classic.
The fact that the two lead actors hated each other in real life as well as on screen means you couldn't get a more realistic portrayal of the relationship between the disgusting old widower father and his unmarried son.
www.sitcom-guide.co.uk /steptoe_son   (106 words)

 Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane is a play written by Ray Galton and John Antrobus that brought the Steptoe and Son saga to an end.
Steptoe and Son had been a successful British sitcom in the 1960s and 1970s.
Steptoe's old house is now the property of the National Trust.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Steptoe_and_Son_in_Murder_at_Oil_Drum_Lane   (594 words)

  Steptoe And Son in Murder At Oil Drum Lane, Comedy | Official London Theatre Guide
Harold escaped to South America to avoid being banged up, and the Steptoe house is now in the caring hands of the National Trust as it is the last example of a typical totters yard.
This first stage outing for the Steptoes sees father and son at each others' throats once again, giving the full account of their relationship from cradle to grave.
Steptoe And Son in Murder At Oil Drum Lane is written by the television show's original creator Ray Galton, and fellow comedy writer John Antrobus.
www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk /shows/display?contentId=87545   (516 words)

 The Original Steptoe & Son website.
Steptoe and Son are in the 'Rag and Bone' business.
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are the two hilarious 'totters' brought to life by the talented acting of Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett together with the marvellous scripts created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Albert Steptoe, much to Harold's chagrin is actually the "Son" on the sign outside the building, the sign originally being painted in Harold's granddad's time.
www.howardm.net /steptoe/steptoe.php   (441 words)

 Steptoe And Son / Steptoe And Son Ride Again DVD - Review - Any Old Iron
Steptoe and Son was a British Comedy series which came to our television screens way back in 1962.
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are Rag and Bone men who, using a horse and cart travel, the streets of London collecting people's unwanted items and then attempting to make some money for all their hard work.
As with many comedy series of the day the Steptoes eventually hit the big screen and two films were released to cinema audiences in 1972 and 1973.
dvd.ciao.co.uk /Steptoe_And_Son_Steptoe_And_Son_Ride_Again_DVD__Review_5762093   (1026 words)

 Steptoe & Son - An Appreciation
Ironically, it is the constant valiant efforts of his son as he struggles to make a life away from the business that is the cause of Albert's - and thus the audience's - amusement.
Father and son barricading themselves behind locked doors in 'The Siege of Steptoe Street'; an hilarious trip to the mobile surgery for a TB check in 'TB Or Not TB'; a farcical house viewing (Albert: 'A fl bog!') in 'Without Prejudice'.
Moreover, Steptoe and Son was uniquely British comedy, reliant on British traditions and slang, rendering it almost incomprehensible to European and American audiences - though it was successfully translated into several foreign languages, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese etc. all of whom are convinced it is unique to their own country.
homepage.ntlworld.com /shredder2001/steptoe&son.htm   (2801 words)

 Steptoe and Son - TV.com
The Offer consisted of Albert and Harold Steptoe, a father and son who have a love-hate relationship who are in the rag and bone trade or what is now commonly known now as junk men.
The American series "Sanford and Son" was based on this British series.', 'Welcome to the Steptoe and Son guide at TV.com.
To Me Steptoe & Son is and was the greatest comedy of all time.
www.tv.com /steptoe-and-son/show/4467/summary.html   (653 words)

 British Sitcom Guide - Steptoe and Son   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold run a 'rag and bone' business.
Harold wants to move up in the world and leave home, but his plans are constantly thwarted by his cunning old and cantankerous father.
Steptoe and Son is a real television classic.
www.british-sitcom.co.uk /steptoe_son   (107 words)

 Steptoe and Son News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Steptoe and Son News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
Steptoe and Son runs in the West End for nine weeks A stage play based on classic BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son is opening in London's West End.
Steptoe and Son are back in a new stage play co-written by Ray Galton, one of their original creators.
www.topix.net /movies/steptoe-and-son   (258 words)

 UKTV: Sitcoms: Steptoe and Son
He despises his son's aspirations for a better life mainly because he knows that, if Harold leaves, he will have to look after himself.
At the heart of Steptoe and Son is the tragedy of Harold's inability to escape the clutches of his father.
Both had become typecast by their Steptoe parts and found themselves as trapped as the characters they had played for so many years.
uktv.co.uk /gold/item/aid/528069   (529 words)

By the end of the second series Steptoe And Son was attracting an audience of some 22 million people in Britain alone, and viewers around the world were soon clamoring for each new chapter of the Steptoe saga.
A fifth season of Steptoe And Son (now in colour) began in early 1970 with the show’s leading character (the character that led the cart, that is) being “killed off” before a word is uttered.
The Steptoes decide they can no longer live together but as neither is prepared to move out they lead separate lives under the one roof.
www.laughterlog.com /tv/tv-steptoe.html   (3203 words)

 steptoe and son
it goes something like this: wilfrid brambell (albert) after leaving steptoe and son filmed an episode of citizen smith in which he played a lift attendant, in the style of albert steptoe (it could have been him or a long lost brother in fact), and the name of that episode was; only fools and horses.
Steptoe and son was among the first programmes to be released onto BBC video during the mid 80's, and the repeat run during 1988 on BBC1 broke all previous viewing records.
Eventually they gave up and agreed to write the series on the sole condition that the same cast members would be used, fortunately Harry & Wilfrid jumped at the chance and the series ran for 12 years.
www.mgnet.karoo.net /steptoeandson.htm   (608 words)

 Amazon.com: Steptoe and Son/Steptoe and Son Ride Again: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Diana Dors, Milo O'Shea, ...
Steptoe and Son is, at least in my opinion, a shining example of a britcom that made the transition to film beautifully.
In a nutshell, Albert Steptoe is a frail, scrawny, tatty old man with a peg-toothed grin whose humorous appearance is milked to its full comic potential.
His son Harold longs for a life of his own, but for all his frustration with his father's abuses, he really is a victim of his own compassion.
www.amazon.com /Steptoe-Son-Ride-Again/dp/B0001ZX0I8   (1082 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Steptoe And Son - Series 1 [1962]: Graeme Muir, John Howard Davies, Douglas Argent (II), Duncan Wood: DVD
But all his efforts at social improvement are in vain, thanks to the mean-spirited efforts of his father Albert, who glories in his son’s contemptuous "dirty old man" tag, and who is content with life exactly as it is in the cast-off paradise of their ramshackle junk-filled boneyard.
Unfortunately Steptoe & Son doesn't seem to appeal to teenagers, but I am 17 and I must say that there's nothing more than I like on a Friday night then staying in and watching back-to-back episodes on a DVD.
I got first acquainted `Steptoe and Son' when I was a young lad, farther would watch the videos and I would sit by, and also I would watch the repeats showed on the BBC.
www.amazon.co.uk /Steptoe-Son-1-Graeme-Muir/dp/B0002CH8XS   (1422 words)

 Steptoe & Son / Peter Brown Theatre Reviewer / London Theatre Reviews /
Like many sitcoms, it was family-based, but 'Steptoe' was about a father and son who ran a 'rag and bone' business, which involved buying or simply collecting unwanted items mostly from local homes, using a horse and cart to carry the junk back to their scrap yard/ home in Shepherd's Bush, London.
Albert Steptoe (the father) was played by Wilfred Brambell, and Harry H Corbett played his long-suffering son, Harold.
Following a wave of nostalgia-induced revivals and spin-offs from shows of the 60s, this theatrical reincarnation ‘Steptoe & Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane’, premiered at the Theatre Royal, York, in October 2005, and was written by one of the original writers, Ray Galton, with John Antrobus.
www.londontheatre.co.uk /peterbrown/reviews/steptoeandson06.htm   (1009 words)

 BBC - Drama - The Curse of Steptoe
Steptoe and Son remains a landmark in the history of British television.
How their personal problems helped the show achieve success is one of the most revealing stories from the annals of BBC light entertainment history.
Based on interviews with colleagues, friends and family of Harry and Wilfrid, and Steptoe writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, The Curse Of Steptoe explores the incredible story of life behind the scenes.
www.bbc.co.uk /drama/curseofsteptoe   (184 words)

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