To this end, the show was unusual at the time for casting actors rather than comedians in its lead roles, although both actors were drawn into more comedic roles as a consequence. In one of the most moving episodes an old girlfriend of Harold's reappears after many years. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Galton and Simpson produced scripts of wit and insight and they performed with great skill and subtlety. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and witty films with plots about couples, love and romance, fall in love, family relations, romance, disorder and parents and children mostly in Comedy, Romance and Sport genres.
Attempting to save her, Harold is beaten up and is only rescued when Zita's musician saves him. The series had no standard set of opening titles but the opening sequences would often feature the Steptoe's horse, Hercules. But Harold, who likes the bright lights in the West End of London, meets a stripper, marries her and takes her home. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. The audio of the sketch was also released on a 7-inch single. Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Typically though, it is Albert who gets them ingeniously out of a very hazardous predicament.
They live at Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in ,. This was an age when the predominant sources of laughter in British comedy were , , and. By contrast, his 37-year-old son Harold is filled with social aspirations, not to say pretensions. At the peak of the series' popularity, it received viewing figures of some 28,000,000 viewers per episode. His father must go alone, and Harold, tearfully it seems, waves him off to enjoy a potential good time without him.
Hustled into a back room he hears a baby's cries but when he pulls back a curtain a mixed-race baby is there instead. Zita apparently returns and takes the baby back while Albert, who should be looking after him, is asleep. Some movies like Steptoe and Son: Piccadilly Jim 2005 , Bless This House 1972 , What Rats Won't Do 1998 , So This Is Romance? Brambell, meanwhile, was a homosexual, something that in the 1960s was still frowned upon and, until the , illegal and was thus driven underground. Harold takes them desperately seriously and sees them as symbols of his desire to improve himself, but his efforts come to nothing every time. When the crunch comes, Harold sticks by his father.
The performances of Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett never faltered through the show's run. The 66-minute film is directed by and produced by Ben Bickerton. After a whirlwind romance the couple are married, although the actual wedding ceremony is delayed when Albert, acting as , loses the ring somewhere in the yard. Both of the main actors used voices considerably different from their own. Unfortunately for Harold, he is also called Albert. When the dog loses a race and Harold has to pay off the debt, he comes up with another bright idea. However, for all the bitterness there is an essential bond between the pair.
Harold tries to find her and comes across her stripping in a local rugby club where she is soon forced into the scrum of cheering rugby players. His father's success is partly down to superior talent but is aided by cynical gamesmanship and undermining of his son's confidence. » Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. Collect his father's life insurance. The black and white film sequence featuring Steptoe and Son, broadcast on 25 December 1967, still exists. The screenplay was written by Brian Fillis, also responsible for the similarly themed 2006 drama , which is about television personality off-screen. But Harold, who likes the bright lights in the West End of London, meets a stripper, marries her and takes her home.
The characters, and their intense and difficult relationship, displayed deeper qualities of writing and performance than comedy fans were used to. Starring as Albert and as Harold, it was unscreened, and did not lead to a series. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. In its early years the series emphasised broad comedy. The production was designed to highlight the nature of Albert and Harold's situation, focusing on themes of over-reliance and being trapped within social class.
A short while later a baby appears in the horse's stable. The earthy language and used were in marked contrast to the refined voices heard on most television of the time: e. Its characters were not only but demonstrably poor. Story: Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Earlier shows in the series had cost more than expected, so the writers decided to write a set in one room. When the show returned in 1970 after a four-year hiatus, the programme was made in the studios in west London, as from 1970 the show was recorded in colour. Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. Brambell was aged 49 when he accepted the role of Albert, only 13 years older than Corbett. Harold and Zita fly to Spain for their , but Albert refuses to be left behind. Series 6, 7 and 8 were released in 2007 alongside the Christmas specials.
In Australia, Season 1 was released in 2004, Season 2 and Season 3 in 2006, Season 4 and Season 5 in 2007, Season 6 and Season 7 in 2008 and Season 8 in 2009. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways to improve his lot, Harold invests his father's life savings in a greyhound who is almost blind and can't see the hare. It aired on 20 August 2002. Deep down, Albert seems to love his son and his behaviour is perhaps a selfish but misguided way of holding on to him so he does not have to face life alone. They name the child after the priest who officiates the christening.