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Steptoe and Son
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TV Series
    (June 14, 1962-November 15, 1965)
    Born in United Kingdom
    (Revived March 8, 1970-October 10, 1974)
    Aired on the BBC
    Written and produced by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
    Wilfrid Brambell as Albert Steptoe
    Harry H. Corbett as Harold Steptoe
    Premise: Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are rag and bone men (junkmen) in London. Harold wants to leave home and move up in the world, but his plans are constantly thwarted by his cantankerous father.
    Stars Brambell and Corbett constantly fought and were no longer on speaking terms by the time the series ended.
    The two stars' careers foundered after the series ended due to typecasting.
    When Brambell left England to pursue a Broadway career, Galton and Simpson considered killing off his character and replacing him with Harold's illegitimate son, who would be played by a child actor. The idea was rejected because Corbett considered it ridiculous.
    Prime Minister Harold Wilson was so worried the show would keep Labour voters away from the polls that he persuaded the BBC to postpone airing it until 9 PM on election night (1964). Wilson estimated the move would be worth a dozen seats; Labour won the election by four seats.
    It inspired the successful American sitcom Sanford and Son.
    It was one of the first British sitcoms to feature actors playing characters rather than comedians playing versions of themselves.
    It was one of the first British sitcoms about the working class.
    At the height of its popularity, half the British population were regular viewers.

Credit: C. Fishel

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