TV: STEPTOE AND SON

(by PETER TATCHELL, reprinted from LAUGH MAGAZINE #2, 1991)

steptoeIn 1961, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were Britain’s top comedy scriptwriters. For ten years they had supplied Tony Hancock with nearly all his material and the resultant Hancock’s Half Hour on radio and television provided the BBC with one of its greatest successes.

Hancock, though, craved international acceptance, and the disappointing response to the Galton and Simpson scripted The Rebel (re-titled Call Me Genius in America) led him to believe his talents would be better served by new writers more attuned to a different screen persona. As a result, there was a parting of the ways, with Hancock suffering a frustrating and ultimately tragic career decline, and Galton and Simpson achieving continued success with a television series where the writers were as famous as the lead actors.

The catalyst was a series of ten unrelated half-hours commissioned by the BBC under the title Comedy Playhouse and featuring such performers as Eric Sykes, Stanley Baxter, Peter Jones, Alfred Marks and Bernard Cribbins. When screened, however, the episode everyone talked about featured two virtual unknowns, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett. Titled The Offer, it dealt with the antagonistic love-hate relationship between two rag-and-bone men, the Steptoes of Shepherd’s Bush.

Albert, the father, is old but cunning and totally dependent on his son Harold to provide a livelihood by going out on the horse and cart and collecting the neighborhood junk. Harold, on the other hand, is the eternal optimist striving to improve his station and sample the good things in life (travel, the arts, financial success) but trapped in the squalid confines of Oil Drum Lane to look after the old man.

After a decade of concentrating their efforts on the Hancock abode of Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, Galton and Simpson were delighted to be able to expand their outlook in ten different directions with the Playhouse series, and were somewhat annoyed when Tom Sloan (then head of BBC Light Entertainment) suggested the Steptoes were ideal for a series. After several months resisting the idea, the writers eventually relented and scripted a further five installments which were shown in mid-1962. (They did pen a further six Comedy Playhouse episodes the following year, but by then, the whole country was Steptoe-mad).

Coming from a radio background, Galton and Simpson relied heavily on dialogue in their television ventures, and Steptoe And Son is notable for the colourful repartee sprinkled throughout. Albert, in particular, was notorious for his earthy similes… describing an antique collector ‘bent as a boomerang’, sandwiches cut so small that ‘one burp and you’re empty’ , or pointing out the futility of Harold’s desire to keep a close watch on the nation’s financial situation with ‘you won’t find the economic pulse of the country where you keep your finger’.

Harold is living through ‘the swinging sixties’ and wants to be part of the action before reaching the dreaded middle-age, but to Albert things are much as they were when he came back from the trenches of World War 1. Holidays have always meant Bognor Regis, and not Spanish beaches or Alpine chalets full of foreigners. Bulk buying may be all right for supermarkets, but he fails to see the sales potential of a cartload of coffins or false teeth. And as for all those arty-crafty feature films replete with sub-titles, he’d much rather The Monster From The Black Bog or Nudes Of 1964.

Surprisingly, it is Albert who is the dab hand at sporting pursuits whether billiards, shuttle cock or even Karate. And as for games of chance like poker, just give him a smoke-filled room, a pack full of ‘Satan’s Army’ and a pair of his special reading glasses and the other players can look forward to a long walk home.

Harold’s attempts to attract the female of the species are invariably thwarted by the actions of the old man, ever-vigilant at preserving the status quo of having Harold on hand to provide for him. In one celebrated instance, the sight of Albert eating pickled onions in the living room hip-bath sends an erstwhile ladyfriend scurrying homeward. Harold did actually make it to the altar on one occasion (‘Into the Valley of Death’ said Albert. ‘Would you like a blindfold?’) but the lady in question declined to take him for her wedded husband. Still, as the honeymoon was all booked, Albert went along in lieu.

By the end of the second series Steptoe And Son was attracting an audience of some 22 million people in Britain alone, and viewers around the world were soon clamoring for each new chapter of the Steptoe saga. The duo was also proving popular on the television sets at Buckingham Palace and on November 4th 1963 Brambell and Corbett performed a specially written sketch at that year’s Royal Variety Performance at the Prince Of Wales Theatre. They also took part in the Night of 100 Stars fundraiser at the London Palladium (both these routines can be heard on a Pye LP).

Between series, the actors were sought for movie roles as a result of their phenomenal popularity. Brambell had the key part of Paul McCartney’s grandfather in the first Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, while Corbett gained starring roles in Ladies Who Do, The Bargee and Rattle Of A Simple Man.

After only four brief series, ‘Steptoe And Son had become an acknowledged classic and it was decided to end it while still a success. So, on November 15 1965, after twenty-seven stories, Albert and Harold (and their horse Hercules) were to be led out to pasture. They weren’t to be totally retired, however, as BBC Radio adapted twenty-one of the scripts for broadcast.

By the end of the sixties British television had undergone quite a dramatic change. The reorganization of the commercial franchises had resulted in a new wave of comedy programs on both London Weekend and Thames, and the programs were now being made in colour. To meet the challenge, the BBC hierarchy made a number of decisions. One of them was to bring back the Steptoes.

A fifth season of Steptoe And Son (now in colour) began in early 1970 with the show’s leading character (the character that led the cart, that is) being “killed off” before a word is uttered. Whether this was a new direction on the part of the writers, or due to the horse who acted the role getting a better offer from a glue factory remains unclear, but despite the cast change the Steptoes were back, as popular as ever.

Inspired by the cinema success of adaptations of such television favourites as On The Buses, Up Pompeii and Please Sir, Galton and Simpson scripted a movie version of their rag-and-bone men which was released in 1972. And like most film favourites, it spawned a sequel Steptoe And Son Ride Again in 1974.

A further thirty colour Steptoe programs had aired by Christmas 1974 when the BBC again decided to end production, this time for good. Apart from the subsequent radio adaptations, and a newly scripted sketch Scotch On The Rocks, an era had ended.

There was one final encore for the characters when Brambell and Corbett toured Australia in 1977 with a cabaret act written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Five years later, in an ironical twist of fate, Harry H. Corbett succumbed to a heart attack (the malady continually being faked by the elder Steptoe). His partner Wilfrid Brambell died in 1985.

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson have yet to be bettered in a half-hour format, and the subtle mixture of comedy and pathos they created in Steptoe And Son easily survives the test of time. As a result of the many subsequent audio and video/dvd releases of the programmes, the artistry of Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett will not fade from our memories.

Wilfrid Brambell as Albert Steptoe, Harry H. Corbett as Harold Steptoe
Scripts by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson

 

Television

January 5, 1962  Comedy Playhouse: The Offer
Harold Steptoe has been made an offer that will put him on the road to a successful career, if only he can break free from the old man.

SEASON 1
June 14, 1962  The Bird
Albert feels insecure when he learns Harold has arranged an evening with a ladyfriend.
June 21, 1962  The Piano
A toff offers Harold £5 to move his grand piano from an upper storey apartment.
June 28, 1962  The Economist
Harold has been reading a book on Economic Planning and decides to purchase in bulk, but a job lot of false teeth does not prove popular.
July 5, 1962  The Diploma
With quality junk hard to find and the Common Market looming, Harold feels his talents lie elsewhere and contemplates engineering.
July 12, 1962  The Holiday
Harold’s plans of a Continental holiday on his own don’t find favour with the old man who prefers the usual Bognor.

December 25 1962  Christmas Night With The Stars
featured a short Steptoe sketch

SEASON 2
January 3, 1963 Wallah Wallah Catsmeat
Harold never has a good word for the Steptoe steed, Hercules, but when the animal falls ill he realizes its importance to business.
January 10, 1963  The Bath
When Harold’s latest ladyfriend arrives as Albert is taking a bath in the living room, it is evident a proper bathroom is needed.
January 17, 1963  The Stepmother
Albert feels he has been a widower long enough but his plans to remarry don’t find favour with Harold who doesn’t want a new mother.
January 24, 1963 Sixty-five Today
It is Albert’s birthday and Harold plans to surprise him with an evening out.
January 31, 1963  A Musical Evening
Harold’s thoughts of a peaceful evening listening to classical music don’t take into account the lesser tastes of his old man.
February 7, 1963  Full House
Harold has arranged an evening of poker with three rather disreputable acquaintances despite Albert’s warnings.
February 14, 1963  Is That Your Horse Outside?
When Harold starts wearing his best clothes as he goes out on his rounds, Albert suspects he’s been picking up more than junk.

November 4 1963  The Royal Variety Performance
featured a sketch where the Steptoes sought junk at Buckingham Palace.

SEASON THREE
January 7, 1964  Homes Fit For Heroes
In order to take part in a round the world sailing expedition Harold must first place his father in an old people’s home.
January 14, 1964  The Wooden Overcoats
When Harold buys a supply of surplus coffins Albert regards it as a sinister omen and refuses to have them in the house.
January2l,1964  The Lead Man Cometh
Albert’s suspicions are roused when Harold buys a quantity of lead cheaply, and insists they dump it in the river.
January 28, 1964  Steptoe a la Cart
Harold has fallen in love with Monique, a French au Pair, but the events of world war one throw a spanner in the works.
February 4, 1964  Sunday For Seven Days
The Steptoe’s visit to the cinema ends disastrously when Harold’s choice of a Continental film proves most unsuitable for the old man.
February 11, 1964  The Bonds That Bind Us
Albert wins £1000 in a lottery and decides to enjoy the good things in life including, it seems, a lady named Madge.
February 18, 1964  The Lodger
With finances at an all-time low, Harold suggests taking in a lodger but when Albert refuses they split up.

SEASON FOUR
October 4, 1965  And Afterwards At…
Harold’s wedding day looms, and despite his better judgement he has chosen his father to be the Best Man.
October 11, 1965  Crossed Swords
Harold believes has has picked up a valuable figurine but Albert disagrees as to its value.
October 18, 1965  Those Magnificent Men and Their Heating Machines
Harold decides to install a central heating system throughout the Steptoe household using some old radiator parts he has picked up.
October 25, 1965  The Siege Of Steptoe Street
Albert has neglected to pay the household accounts and when the local shopkeepers demand payment the Steptoes lock themselves in.
November 1, 1965  A Box In Town
After yet another argument with his father Harold decides to move to a bachelor apartment of his own.
November 8, 1965  My Old Man’s a Tory
Despite the greatly different political leanings of himself and his father, Harold arranges a Labour Party meeting in their home.
November 15, 1965  Pilgrim’s Progress
Albert decides to revisit the battlefields of Flanders but the flight to Paris rekindles some old animosities.

July 24 1966  The Ken Dodd Show
Brambell and Corbett appeared as the Steptoes at the seaside, in a sketch written by Galton & Simpson.

December 25 1967  Christmas Night With The Stars
featured a short Steptoe sketch

SEASON FIVE (now produced in colour)
March 6, 1970  A Death in the Family EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
The Steptoe horse, Hercules, dies whilst out on the rounds and Albert feels it is a sign of his own impending doom.
March 13, 1970  A Winter’s Tale EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Harold yearns to be part of the trendy skiing community at Obergurgle but breaking free of the old man is his main problem.
March 20, 1970  Any Old Iron? EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
A wealthy art connoisseur offers to set Harold up in his own antique shop, but Albert questions his motives.
March 27, 1970  Steptoe and Son and Son EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
It appears Harold has committed an indiscretion at a party eight months earlier when a girl named Daphne arrives at the Steptoe door.
April 3, 1970  The Colour Problem EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
The Steptoes are at loggerheads about whether they should buy a second-hand sports car for Harold or a colour telly for Albert.
April 10, 1970  TB. Or Not TB. EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Harold insists they should both be X-rayed when a mobile unit visits the district but the results of the tests cause some alarm.
April 17, 1970  Men Of Property EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
When the 99-year lease on the Steptoe property is about to expire, Harold and Albert must decide if they wish to purchase the freehold.

SEASON SIX
November 2, 1970  Robbery With Violence EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Albert accidentally breaks Harold’s prize porcelain collection and blames it on a band of robbers.
November 9, 1970  Come Dancing
When Harold agrees to go ballroom dancing with his latest flame he goes to the old man for some lessons.
November 16, 1970  Two’s Company EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Albert has met a 42-year-old widow at the local Darby and Joan club and considers proposing marriage.
November 23, 1970  Tea For Two EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Harold is furious when he learns that his father has been chosen to take tea with Conservative Leader Edward Heath.
November 30, 1970  Without Prejudice EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
The Steptoe house has seen better days so Harold has decided that they should move to
more fashionable parts.
December 7 1970  Pot Black EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
When Harold acquires a billiard table for the Steptoe household he is challenged to a game by the old man.
December 14, 1970  The Three Feathers EXISTS IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY
Harold is delighted with his latest bargain which he believes to be a genuine regency commode which may have been used by Royalty.
December 21, 1970  Cuckoo In The Nest
An Australian arrives on the Steptoe doorstep claiming to be Harold’s illegitimate elder brother.

SEASON SEVEN
February2l, 1972  Men Of Letters
When Harold is chosen to write an article for the parish magazine, Albert volunteers to compile its crossword puzzle.
February 28, 1972  A Star Is Born
Harold wins a role with the local repertory company but his enthusiasm is not shared by his father.
March 6, 1972  Oh, What A Beautiful Mourning
A Steptoe relative has “snuffed it” and while Harold is dreading the prospect of the funeral, Albert manages to come out ahead.
March 13, 1972  Live Now, P.A.YE. Later
Albert is still claiming a tax concession for his wife, thirty-three years after her death, and Harold is forced to help out with the charade.
March 20, 1972  Loathe Story
Years of putting up with the old man have finally put Harold ‘over the edge’ but will a psychiatrist’s couch offer a solution?
March 27, 1972  Divided We Stand
The Steptoes decide they can no longer live together but as neither is prepared to move out they lead separate lives under the one roof.
April 3, 1972  The Desperate Hours
The Steptoes are confronted by two escaped convicts, whose plight highlights similarities in their own situation.

December 24 1973  Christmas Special (45 minutes)
Harold plans to spend Christmas in sunny Majorca but his problems begin when he tries to tell Albert he’s not coming.

SEASON EIGHT
September 4, 1974  Back In Fashion
When the Steptoe yard is chosen as the background for a fashion spread, Harold prepares to join the trendy set.
September 11, 1974  And So To Bed
An evening of passion is destroyed by a nasty outbreak of bedbugs so Harold decides to invest in a water bed.
September 18, 1974  Porn Yesterday
Harold proposes donating his latest find, a “What the Butler Saw” machine to the Vicar’s fete until he views its seamy contents.
September 25, 1974  The Seven Steptoerai
The Steptoes have been threatened with a local protection racket but Albert’s addiction to Kung Fu movies provides a solution.
October 3, 1974  Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs
Albert is confined to bed with a slipped disc but luckily Harold has the answer to every beck and call.
October 10, 1974  Seance In A Wet Rag And Bone Yard
Albert’s growing interest in spiritualism leads to a séance taking place in Oil Drum Lane.

December 26, 1974  Christmas Special (40 minutes)
Harold finally agrees to let the old man accompany him on a Continental Christmas but first he must locate his passport.

All editions exist, but all of season 5 and most of season 6 only survive in black and white. Originally junked by the BBC, they were recovered from specially recorded video tapes made at the behest of the writers at the time of transmission.


Radio Adaptations

(all BBC Light Programme/Radio 2 unless noted)

 SEASON ONE
July 3, 1966  The Offer
July 10,1966  The Bird
July 17, 1966  Sixty-five Today
July 24, 1966  The Stepmother
July 31, 1966  The Economist
August 7, 1966  Wallah Wallah Catsmeat
August 14, 1966  The Diploma
August 21 , 1966  Steptoe A La Cart
August 28, 1966  The Holiday
September 4, 1966  The Bath
September 11, 1966  The Lead Man Cometh
September 18, 1966  The Musical Evening
September 25, 1966  The Bonds That Bind Us

SEASON TWO
June 11, 1967 The Siege Of Steptoe Street
June 18,1967  Pilgrim’s Progress
June 25, 1967  The Wooden Overcoats
July 2, 1967  Sunday For Seven Days
July 9, 1967  The Piano
July 16, 1967  My Old Man’s A Tory
July 23, 1967  Homes Fit For Heroes
July 30, 1967 
Crossed Swords

SEASON THREE
March 21, 1971
  A Death In The Family
March 28, 1971  Two’s Company
April 4, 1971  Tea For Two
April 11, 1971  TB. Or Not TB.
April 18, 1971  Without Prejudice
April 25 1971  Cuckoo In The Nest
May 2, 1971   Steptoe And Son And Son
May 9, 1971   Robbery With Violence

SEASON FOUR
January 30, 1972  
Full House
February 6, 1972  
Is That Your Horse Outside?
February 13, 1972  
The Lodger
February 20, 1972  
A Box In Town
February 27, 1972  
The Three Feathers
March 5, 1972  The Colour Problem
March 12, 1972 And Afterwards At…
March 19, 1972  Any Old Iron

SEASON FIVE
May 26, 1974  The Desperate Hours
June 2, 1974  Come Dancing
June 9, 1974  A Star Is Born
June 16, 1974  A Winter’s Tale
June 23, 1974  Men Of Property
June 30, 1974  
Men Of Letters 
 

SEASON SIX
February 8, 1976  Loathe Story
February 15, 1976  Oh, What A Beautiful Mourning
February 22, 1972  Live Now, PAYE Later
February 29, 1976  Upstairs Downstairs, Upstairs Downstairs
March 7, 1976  And So To Bed
March 14, 1976  Porn Yesterday
March 21, 1976  The Seven Steptoerai
March 28, 1976  
Séance in A Wet Rag And Bone Yard

December 25, 1976  Christmas Special (1974 TV)
(35 minute segment in David Jacob’s Christmas Crackers on Radio 4)

May 29, 1978  Scotch On The Rocks

(12 minute segment in Good Luck, Scotland)

Those Magnificent Men And Their Heating Machines, Pot Black, Divided We Stand, the 1973 Christmas Special and Back In Fashion were considered too visual to be adapted for radio. 

 The BBC Transcription Service released 43 of the above adaptations (and later reissued 14 as a “best of” package). The original run omitted:
 The Bird, The Stepmother, Steptoe A La Cart, The Holiday, The Musical Evening, The Bonds That Bind Us, My Old Man’s A Tory, Tea For Two and Robbery With Violence. 

 

*** BBC Radio has broadcast the following tributes to the careers of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson:
CELEBRATION
(R4 October 31 1973. 45 min.)

HANCOCK AND SON (R4 December 29 and 31 1998, 2 x 15 min.) hosted by Harry Thompson
 
*** an episode of THE GALTON AND SIMPSON PLAYHOUSE (R4 January 19 1999) featured a remake of The Offer with Freddie Jones and John Thomson recreating the Brambell and Corbett roles.
 
BBC Archives has copies of all the 1970s recordings (except perhaps the 1978 segment) but is missing the above seven episodes from the 1960s seasons. Happily, they exist in good fidelity from off-air recordings.
 

Films

Steptoe And Son (1972) (MGM/EMI) 98 minutes
Harold’s marriage to a stripper is not made easier by the old man who insists on joining them on the honeymoon.

Steptoe And Son Ride Again (1974)(Associated London/MGM/EMI) 98 minutes
The Steptoe’s lack of success with a short-sighted greyhound causes them to stage an insurance swindle by pretending Albert has passed on.

Recordings

Steptoe And Son
(Pye NPL 18081, Golden Guinea GGL 0217, Marble Arch MAL 1160)
The Bird
The Gentle Art Of Totting (from The Diploma)
Choppers For Sale (from The Economist)
The Holiday

 More Junk From Steptoe And Son
(Pye NPL 18090, Golden Guinea GGL 0278, Marble Arch MAL 1214)
The Stepmother
A Musical Evening

Steptoe A La Cart
(Pye NPL 18101, Golden Guinea GGL 0373)
The Bonds That Bind
Up The Workers! (from The Lodger)
Let’s Go To The Pictures (from Sunday For Seven Days)
The Au Pair (from Steptoe A La Cart)

Love And Harold Steptoe
(Pye NPL 18135)
Cobblers (from The Siege Of Steptoe Street)
Marriage Steptoe Style (from And Afterwards At...)
Room At The Top (from A Box In Town)

Gems From The Steptoe Scrap Heap
(Pye NPL 18153)
The Wages Of Sin (from Full House)
Night Of 100 Stars (from the London Palladium)
Steptoe And Son At Buckingham Palace (from the 1963 Royal Command Performance)
The Facts Of Life (from Is That Your Horse Outside?)

Steptoe And Son Ride Again
(Pye/Golden Guinea GGL 0465)
The Joys Of Smoking (from TB. Or Not T.B.)
A Pregnant Situation (from Steptoe And Son And Son)

Golden Hour Of Steptoe And Son
(Pye/Golden Hour GH 527) (*Reissue of above material)
Marriage Steptoe Style
The Wages Of Sin
The Facts Of Life
Up The Workers!
Cobblers

Steptoe And Son Down Under
(Astor/Image ILP 780)
Live cabaret performance recorded in Australia in 1977.

The Facts Of Life
(Pye nep 24169)

The Wages Of Sin
(Pye nep 24180)

Steptoe And Son At Buckingham Palace
(Pye 7N 15588) 

 Steptoe And Son
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1145 (reissued as ZBBC 2047)
The Offer
The Lead Man Cometh
Pilgrim’s Progress
Homes Fit For Heroes

Steptoe And Son – 2
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1301
Crossed Swords
Two’s Company
Tea For Two
TB Or Not TB

Steptoe And Son – 3
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1468
Without Prejudice
Robbery With Violence
Is That Your Horse Outside?
And Afterwards At …

Steptoe And Son – 4
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1669
Cuckoo In The Nest
A Death In The Family
Full House
The Colour Problem

Steptoe And Son – 5
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1800
The Lodger
A Box In Town
The Three Feathers
Any Old Iron

Steptoe And Son – 6
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 1991
The Seven Steptoerai
Men Of Letters
Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later
Séance In A Wet Rag And Bone Yard

Steptoe And Son – 7
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette ZBBC 2124
Porn Yesterday
A Winter’s Tale
And So To Bed
Oh What A Beautiful Mourning

Steptoe And Son – 8
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette 0563 558636
Come Dancing
The Desperate Hours
A Star Is Born
Upstairs Downstairs, Upstairs Downstairs

Steptoe And Son – 9
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette 0563 478268
Men Of Property
Loathe Story
The Economist
Steptoe And Son And Son

Steptoe And Son – 10
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette 0563 536241, 2CD 0563 528451
Sixty-Five Today
Wallah – Wallah – Catsmeat
The Diploma
The Bath

Steptoe And Son – 11
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette 0563 494565, 2CD 0563 494573
The Siege Of Steptoe Street
The Wooden Overcoats
Sunday For Seven Days
The Piano

Steptoe And Son – 12
BBC Radio Collection double-cassette 0563  , 2CD 0563 524464
features TV soundtracks of:
The Stepmother
Steptoe A La Cart
The Bonds That Bind Us
My Old Man’s A Tory

The Very Best Of Steptoe And Son
BBC 2CD 0563 504382
 

 


Videos and DVDs

BBC Video 4041
Divided We Stand
The Desperate Hours
Porn Yesterday

BBC Video 4042
Men Of Letters
Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later
]973 Christmas Special

BBC Video 4O59
A Star Is Born
Upstairs Downstairs,Upstairs Downstairs
Cuckoo In The Nest

BBC Video 4060
Oh, What A Beautiful Mourning
Loathe Story
And So To Bed

BBC Video 4061
The Seven Steptoerai
Séance In A Wet Rag And Bone Yard
Back In Fashion

BBC Video 4062
The Piano
The Bath
The Holiday

BBC Video  4797
65 Today
The Lodger
The Bird

BBC Video 4798
The Stepmother
Full House
The Wooden Overcoats

BBC Video 4830
A Winter’s Tale
Steptoe And Son And Son
Two’s Company

BBC Video 4831
Tea For Two
Without Prejudice
The Three Feathers

BBC Video 5102, DVD  The Very Best Of Steptoe & Son
Upstairs Downstairs Upstairs Downstairs
The Bath
Porn Yesterday
Seance In A Wet Rag And Bone Yard
And So To Bed

BBC Video 5345
Is That Your Horse Outside?
Steptoe A La Cart
Those Magnificent Men And Their Heating Machines

BBC Video 5373
The Siege Of Steptoe Street
Crossed Swords
The Bonds That Bind Us

BBC Video 5395, DVD 1056  The Very Best Of Steptoe & Son – Volume 2
A Star Is Born
Oh What A Beautiful Mourning
Men Of Letters
The Desperate Hours
Back In Fashion

BBC Video 5582
The Offer
The Economist
The Lead Man Cometh

BBC Video 5638
Wallah Wallah Catsmeat
And Afterwards At …
Homes Fit For Heroes

BBC Video 5856
The Diploma
A Musical Evening
A Box In Town

BBC Video 6167
Come Dancing
Christmas Special 1974

STEPTOE AND SON – series 1
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON – series 2
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON – series 3
BBC DVD
 
STEPTOE AND SON – series 4
BBC DVD
 
STEPTOE AND SON – series 5
BBC DVD
STEPTOE AND SON – series 6
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON – series 7
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON – series 8
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON – The Christmas Specials
BBC DVD

STEPTOE AND SON (movie version)
Warner Home Video PES 38149

STEPTOE AND SON RIDE AGAIN
Warner Home Video PES 38179

STEPTOE & SON DOUBLE FEATURE
Universal DVD
Steptoe & Son + Steptoe & Son Ride Again

 

Books

Steptoe And Son
Hodder paperback, 1964
adapted by Gale Pederick from the television scripts:
The Offer
Sixty-five Today
The Stepmother
Holidays
The Economist
The Bath

Steptoe And Son At The Palace
Hodder paperback, 1966
adapted by Gale Pederick from scripts
Steptoe And Son At The Palace (from the 1963 Royal Variety performance)
The Lead Man Cometh
The Keys (from A Musical Evening)
Steptoe A La Cart
Crossed Swords

Steptoe And Son
Longman paperback, 1971
by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson,
Collection of television scripts
The Bonds That Bind Us
The Lead Man Cometh
The Lodger
Homes Fit For Heroes

No More Curried Eggs For Me
Methuen, 1982
by Roger Wilmut,
Includes one Steptoe script,
The Offer

The Best Of Steptoe And Son
Robson Books/Pan paperback, 1988
collection of television scripts
Cuckoo In The Nest
Men Of Letters
A Star Is Born
Oh, What A Beautiful Mourning
Live Now, P.A.YE. Later
Loathe Story
Divided We Stand
The Desperate Hours
Christmas Special 1973
And So To Bed
Porn Yesterday
Upstairs Downstairs, Upstairs Downstairs

Steptoe And Son
BBC Books, 2002
by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, with Robert Ross
a history of the series

 

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