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Steptoe and Son 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1962–2016)
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... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Wilfrid Brambell ...  Albert Steptoe 57 episodes, 1962-1974
Harry H. Corbett ...  Harold Steptoe 57 episodes, 1962-1974
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Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

5 January 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Степто и сын See more »

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Runtime:

(2 episodes) | (55 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson took a break from the series from 1965 til 1970. See more »

Quotes

Albert Edward Ladysmith Steptoe: [looking at old newspapers] 'Ere, I remember this - Mussolini invades Albania - King Zog flees.
Harold Steptoe: That's nothing mate, we got King Size fleas here!
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 April 2019 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Ned
(theme music)
Written by Ron Grainer
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You dirty old man!
3 August 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

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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