Steptoe and Son

  Autoschediastic 19:46 20 Dec 2011

Evening everyone, ive just bought the complete boxset all 1-8 series, i wanted to research them and im shocked that they hated one another? & yet worked so fantastic "In character" how professional was that..


  Aitchbee 20:05 20 Dec 2011

Hah rolled!.... I remember it back in the sixties; the frosty relationship between the two actors must have sharpened their acting skills on live TV to a T.

  morddwyd 20:12 20 Dec 2011

It's called acting.

  Autoschediastic 20:19 20 Dec 2011

morddwyd "Its called acting"..? Yes & it was done in its finest indeed! god bless them both, The old man "Wilfred" was gay again something i wasnt aware of not that it makes any difference...

  Aitchbee 20:44 20 Dec 2011

Here is a Glasgow version, Gregor Fisher n Billy Boyd,

I hope English people will understand...

  Autoschediastic 21:15 20 Dec 2011

AitchBEE "Rab c Nesbitt" is a true legend! i remember him doing a sketch years ago about the poll tax as it was called back then..fantastic & funny guy!

  Armchair 21:32 20 Dec 2011

I had that boxset. I thought that the picture quality on the black and white episodes was shockingly bad, even allowing for their age.

  Quickbeam 07:18 21 Dec 2011

It was their personal hatred that made the scripting work so well, most of the episodes had them at each others throats over something or another. Morddwyd has it spot on with the simple it's called acting line. On screen they were very professional actors portraying the aggravations of a younger Vs older family member in the same house.

Back to Steptoe, the episode where they divide the house into two separate living accommodations complete with a turnstile at the bottom of the stairs is probably one of the best ever of British TV comedy episodes.

  morddwyd 07:24 21 Dec 2011

"No, it's not. I think the TO was referring to the alleged personal animosity between the two actors not the characters they portrayed."

Don't be so damned patronising.

I know perfectly well what the TO was referring to.

In the series there was familial affection, albeit muted, between them.

In real life there was simply cordial (or perhaps not so cordial) dislike, but respect.

  hastelloy 09:03 21 Dec 2011

I say 'alleged' because it has been suggested that the bad feeling was overblown in order to up the drama in a TV programme about them.

fourm member is correct. I once spent a day with Harry H Corbett and , whilst he had no great respect for Wilfred Brambell, they did get on. He said all the umming and arring that Brambell did was because he'd forgotten his lines. He (Corbett) was a Shakespearian actor and hated the Steptoe series.

  Quickbeam 09:06 21 Dec 2011

I'll bet he didn't hate the fame and the pay cheques that the series gave him!

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