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..
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.
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.