Steptoe and Son Specials

Specials

Steptoe and Son Specials

First Air Date: December 24, 1973

First Aired on    :   1973
Episodes    :   7 episodes



Episodes

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0x07 Steptoe & Son Ride Again (August 08, 1973)


Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. 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. When the dog loses a race and Harold has to pay off the debt, he comes up with another bright idea. Collect his father's life insurance. To do this his father must pretend to be dead.


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0x06 Steptoe and Son: The Movie (August 08, 1973)


Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the bright lights in the West End of London, meets a stripper. Fine, but he marries her and takes her home Albert, of course, is furious and tries every trick he knows to drive the new bride from his household.


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0x05 The Curse of Steptoe (March 19, 2008)


Steptoe and Son remains a landmark in the history of British television. The series gave birth to the modern sitcom and transformed its actors - Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell - into national treasures. Starring Jason Isaacs (The State Within) as Harry H Corbett and Phil Davis (Five Days) as Wilfrid Brambell, The Curse of Steptoe uncovers an unexpected and incredible tale of life imitating art. The sitcom told the story of two rag-and-bone men trapped together for all eternity. But out of the public eye an even stranger story was playing out, of two men yoked together unable to escape their inner complexities or each other. How their personal problems helped the show achieve success is one of the most revealing stories from the annals of BBC light entertainment history. Based on interviews with colleagues, friends and family of Harry and Wilfrid, and Steptoe writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, The Curse Of Steptoe explores the incredible story of life behind the scenes.


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0x04 Mark Lawson Talks To Galton & Simpson (March 19, 2008)


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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0x03 When Steptoe Met Son (August 20, 2002)


At its peak Steptoe and Son pulled in 28 million viewers on British television. The two stars of the show, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett, were both household names adored by the British public. On screen father and son hated each other. Off screen, their relationship remained equally as tense. When the series was cancelled in 1974 the pair were eager to part. Yet three years later, Brambell and Corbett were forced by lack of finances to reunite for an awkward five-month stage tour of Australia. The tour itself turned into a nightmare, causing Brambell to drink heavily and Corbett to regret throwing away his young theatre days. Following the mutually dependent relationship of these two men, this documentary reveals details of Brambell's homosexual past and the tragedy of a deteriorating comic relationship. With contributions from Alan Simpson, Ray Galton, John Junkin, Freddie Ross Hancock, Kevin O'Neil (promoter of the Australian Steptoe tour), Carl Doy (musician on the tour), Mike Crisp (former production manager on the STEPTOE AND SON tv series), Joan Reddin (Wilfrid Brambell's former agent), Anne Pichon and David Mills (friends of Brambell), Michael Fielding (vice squad officer with the Metropolitan Police), Roderick Fisher (former lodger with Brambell and his wife), Stuart Wolfendale (Hong Kong-based journalist), Ted Thomas (former producer with Radio Hong Kong), and Pat Sefton (friend of Ralph Pixton).


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0x02 Christmas Special: A Perfect Christmas (Season 8) (December 26, 1974)


Harold is fed up with staying at home over Christmas, so he plans to take his dad, abroad for the holiday,only to find that Albert has no passport. After a long hunt for the birth certificate, and pleas to Harold that they go to Bognor instead, they finally turn up at the station, only to find that Harold's passport is out of date. Just when it looks like Harold's Christmas is going to be a disaster, he has a surprise in store.


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0x01 Christmas Special: The Party (December 24, 1973)


Albert is busy putting up Christmas decorations while Harold is making plans to go to Spain for the holidays When he tells Albert that he will have to spend the holiday at the local old people's home Albert objects so Harold changes his plans and decides to spend his holiday money on a big party for all his friends but things don't go to plan




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