June 14, 1962 on UK TV: Steptoe And Son

Steptoe_And_Son-1962Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a father-and-son rag-and-bone business. They live at Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Four series were broadcast by the BBC from 1962-65, followed by a second run from 1970-74. The theme tune, “Old Ned”, was composed by Ron Grainer. In 1972, a film adaptation of the series, Steptoe and Son, was released in cinemas, followed by a sequel Steptoe and Son Ride Again in 1973.

The series focused on the inter-generational conflict of father and son. Albert Steptoe, aSCOTS “dirty old man”, is an elderly rag-and-bone man, set in his grimy and grasping ways. By contrast, his 37-year-old son Harold is filled with social aspirations, not to say pretensions. The show contained elements of drama and tragedy, as Harold was continually prevented from achieving his ambitions. 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. [Wikipedia]

Watch the opening credits to an episode from season 8 (1974) on the Nostalgic Kiwi YouTube Channel.


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