Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a sitcom that was a British hit in the 1960’s – Steptoe and Son
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful ‘rag and bone’ business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to better himself but his father always seems to ruin things, sometimes accidentally and other times deliberately. The two live in poverty and the father has some disgusting habits which continue to embarrass the son. – IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Wilfrid Brambell – Albert Steptoe
Harry H. Corbett – Harold Steptoe
+ Wilfrid Brambell was only 49 when he began playing Albert Steptoe, who was supposed to be 63 when the series began.
+ The title Steptoe and Son came from a real-life photographer’s shop called Steptoe and Figge. As Alan Simpson later noted, “We didn’t for one moment consider calling the series Figge and Son”.
+There was talk of reviving the series in 1981 but it never happened.
+ The Steptoes’ fictitious residence is Mews Cottage, Oil Drum Lane, Shepherd’s Bush, London.
+ In the 1960s series Harold was born in 1925 and was a World War II veteran. However in the 1970s series he was born around 1930 and was a veteran of the Malayan Emergency.