Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, who work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ... See full summary »
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Wilfrid Brambell ...
 Albert Steptoe (57 episodes, 1962-1974)
Harry H. Corbett ...
 Harold Steptoe (57 episodes, 1962-1974)
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Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, who 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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5 January 1962 (UK)  »

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Степто и сын  »

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(2 episodes) | (55 episodes)

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In real life Wilfrid Brambell was only 13 years older than Harry H. Corbett, but yet played his dad in the series. See more »

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Albert Steptoe: [Albert has placed 'bum' on the Scrabble board] My "bum" is the American word for 'tramp'.
Harold Steptoe: Well, that is where I've got you because you can't use any slang or colloquialisms!
Albert Steptoe: 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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Spun-off from Comedy Playhouse: The Offer (1962) See more »

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Old Ned
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Written by Ron Grainer
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True To Life And Damn Funny
14 March 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Steptoe and Son is probably the best British comedy ever. Featuring late stars, Wilfred Brambell and Harry H Corbett, this was an excellent show which never failed to amuse me and was true to life.

The show featured pensioner Albert Steptoe and his son Harold Steptoe (a pair of rag and bone men). They bickered, the fought, they sulked and generally got on each other's nerves. But underneath, there was a mutual love.

This show kind of reminded me of my own life. Even though I love my own dad, I did spend quite a few years of my life arguing with him even when I left home at 18. We were two different people with different outlooks on life and this led to some battles at times. This show was the same. Albert and Harold could not have been more different. Harold was fed up with his dad's filthy habits and moaning; Albert was always playing on Harold's emotions with phrases such as, "I'm an old man Harold. Need looking after." Also funny was the fact that Albert always ruined any prospective relationship that Harold was going to engage in. But they loved each other deep down and that was the fun of it.

Truly the greatest British comedy ever.


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