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Steptoe and Son

Premier :: 1962-06-05

on BBC One

Genre :: Comedy

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One of the all time classics of British TV comedy. After the writers Alan Galton and Ray Simpson had finished writing for Tony Hancock, they were commissioned by the BBC to write seven individual plays for a series called ˜Comedy Playhouse'. One was named ˜The Offer' .which has lived on while the others have long been forgotten. 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. Albert is always putting Harold down about his lifestyle, and the girls he dates. Albert is right wing tory, while Harold is old school labour. Albert turns out to be better at everything that Harold takes up. From Chess to Scrabble to Badminton, Harold starts out enthusiastically only to find out that his dad is able to beat him comfortably. The casting turns to be just about perfect. Two relatively unknown actors were cast. Har

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Series 0 - Episode 4 - Mark Lawson Talks To Galton & Simpson
Aired - 19 March 2008

Episode summary:

Mark Lawson, as the title says, talks to the giants of TV comedy who created Steptoe and Son. They provide a fascinating insight into their work and a friendship that has lasted for 50 years.

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