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...
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Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the ... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of ... See full summary »
The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex ice cream salesman turned turf ... See full summary »
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
The Steptoes' fictitious residence is Mews Cottage, Oil Drum Lane, Shepherd's Bush, London. See more »
[Albert has placed 'bum' on the Scrabble board]
My "bum" is the American word for 'tramp'.
Well, that is where I've got you because you can't use any slang or colloquialisms!
Right then, I'll stick to me English "bum". And that's the part of your anatomy that swells out of the back of your trousers.
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Something of a National treasure, a classic from a time where people knew the formula for successful comedy. It had the ability to make the viewer laugh and cry. Every show needs a catchphrase, and this one spawned a classic, you dirty old man, used many times by Harold to describe his often uncouth father.
The quality never dipped, if anything the show got better and better, despite their often being large gaps in production, the paid would always return, funnier then ever.
Credit to Galton and Simpson, for having the show relevant for the time, and not being afraid to change the formula, and develop both characters.
Favourite episodes include Upstairs downstairs, upstairs downstairs, divided we stand and the high point being The desperate hours, but the show is littered with gems.
Corbett and Bramble are superb throughout. What's so impressive is the feeling that the show somehow managed increase in quality as it went on, it never felt tired. They always managed to develop the complex relationship between the pair.
Wonderful comedy. 8/10
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