History Series / SteptoeAndSon

16th Jan '16 1:36:23 AM Mdumas43073
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The show noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than most other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Picked up from a pilot episode in the [[GenreAnthology Anthology Series]] ''Comedy Playhouse'', it had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974[[note]] The later run was made in colour, but many episodes from 1970-1972 only survive in black and white copies[[/note]]), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.

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The show was noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than most other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Picked up from a pilot episode in the [[GenreAnthology Anthology Series]] ''Comedy Playhouse'', it had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974[[note]] The later run was made in colour, but many episodes from 1970-1972 only survive in black and white copies[[/note]]), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.
27th Dec '15 5:59:35 AM Mnemonik2
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* PlayingGertrude: Wilfrid Brambell was actually several years younger than Harry H. Corbett, despite playing his father.
9th Oct '15 8:43:48 PM LeeM
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The show noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than most other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.

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The show noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than most other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Had Picked up from a pilot episode in the [[GenreAnthology Anthology Series]] ''Comedy Playhouse'', it had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974), 1970-1974[[note]] The later run was made in colour, but many episodes from 1970-1972 only survive in black and white copies[[/note]]), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.


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** The episode in which Harold tries his hand at stage acting (unsuccessfully, of course) could be seen as lampshading this.
17th Aug '15 10:36:25 AM swordfish
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* SirSwearsAlot: At the rate of 10p per swear, the contents of the swear—box, amounting to the sum of ₤80·[[superscript:30p]], the vast majority of which were contributed by Albert. More than 8× what they have in they have in their bank & building society accounts combined!

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* SirSwearsAlot: At the rate of 10p per swear, the contents of the swear—box, amounting to the sum of ₤80·[[superscript:30p]], ₤80·³⁰ᵖ, the vast majority of which were contributed by Albert. More than 8× what they have in they have in their bank & building society accounts combined!
17th Aug '15 10:28:43 AM swordfish
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* SirSwearsAlot: At the rate of 10p per swear, the contents of the swear—box, amounting to the sum of ₤80·[[superscript:30p]], the vast majority of which were contributed by Albert. More than 8× what they have in they have in their bank & building society accounts combined!
13th May '15 11:31:46 PM Mdumas43073
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: The father-and-son equivalent; for all the bitterness and bickering, it was sometimes hinted that Harold and Albert really did care about each other. It's worth noting that Corbett and Brambell did not get along at all in real life, particularly later in their lives; much like their characters, the actors found themselves stuck with each other and having to make the best of things.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: The father-and-son father/son equivalent; for all the bitterness and bickering, it was sometimes hinted that Harold and Albert really did care about each other. It's worth noting that Corbett and Brambell did not get along at all in real life, particularly later in their lives; much like their characters, the actors found themselves stuck with each other and having to make the best of things.
13th May '15 11:31:26 PM Mdumas43073
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: The father / son equivalent; for all the bitterness and bickering, it was sometimes hinted that Harold and Albert really did care about each other. It's worth noting that Corbett and Brambell did not get along at all in real life, particularly later in their lives; much like their characters, the actors found themselves stuck with each other and having to make the best of things.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: The father / son father-and-son equivalent; for all the bitterness and bickering, it was sometimes hinted that Harold and Albert really did care about each other. It's worth noting that Corbett and Brambell did not get along at all in real life, particularly later in their lives; much like their characters, the actors found themselves stuck with each other and having to make the best of things.
13th May '15 11:30:53 PM Mdumas43073
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Is noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than many other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.

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Is The show noted for being a lot more gritty and down-to-earth than many most other sitcoms of the age, focusing on two obviously poor, working class and downtrodden men, with most of the humour coming from the interactions between the characters rather than farce and slapstick, and their situation providing a great deal of pathos for the two characters. Had two runs on Creator/TheBBC (1962-1965 and 1970-1974), and was adapted to radio as well as two feature films. More recently, there was a stage play ''Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane'', in which Harold returns to the junkyard in 2005, and is confronted by the ghost of Albert.
13th May '15 11:28:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: In the episode ''Porn Yesterday'', Harold is excited about finding an old ''What the Butler Saw'' machine, until he recognises Albert as one of the nude actors in the film. Albert explains that he made the film because times were hard.

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* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: In the episode ''Porn Yesterday'', "Porn Yesterday", Harold is excited about finding an old ''What the Butler Saw'' machine, until he recognises Albert as one of the nude actors in the film. Albert explains that he made the film because times were hard.
13th May '15 11:28:02 PM Mdumas43073
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* TheMovie: ''Steptoe and Son'' (1972), ''Steptoe and Son Ride Again'' (1973).
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