Steptoe & Son Series 1 to 8 Complete Collection DVD
In 1962 a rag and bone cart set out from a junkyard in Shepherds Bush and started on a jouney that was to last 14 years. Here in one boxset are documented all the stops along the way. The irony was that we didn't want to do a series in the first place. It was meant purely as a 'one-off'. It wasn't even called Steptoe and Son. It was called The Offer and was intended as a single episode of a series we were writing called Comedy Playhouse. We were persuaded to turn it into a series by Tom Sloan the then Head of Light Entertainment. Despite his military back-ground and bearing he had a remarkable love of feeling for show business. And he had clout. No focus groups or committees then. If he wanted it, it was done there and then and not in two years time. The deciding factor was the two actors. Having had all our reasons for not doing a series dismissed by Captain Tom we said that if Harry and Willy, two very distinguished straight actors, wished to demean themselves by doing a mere comedy series for the hoi-polloi then we would do it. They bit his hand off. How little did we know about actors. That by the simple act of being in a light entertainment show they would earn ten times that of a drama engagemnet. Goodbye The Two Gentlemen of Verona, welcome The Two Scruffbags of Shepherd Bush. And so from a small conker grew a chestnut tree spreading to 56 episodes and two Christmas specials all of which are in this collection. What a pleasure it all was and how grateful we are that we were talked into it. A word about our two protagonists. It is not commonly known that Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell were not our first choices. But in hindsight perhaps Robert Morley and Wilfred Hyde-White would not have been so convincing. Surely neither of the latter, great actors as they were, would have cut the chutney in flat hands and gumboots. In the end sanity ruled and we cast a Mancunian and a Dubliner as two cockney totters. Ah the miracles of method acting. Now 30 years later one realises that we would not consider a series about two rag and bone men. Apart from the horse getting clamped every time it stopped, one way streets, sleeping policemen, bus lanes, no it's not worth the aggravation. Today we would need something modern, something that hasn't been done... like...like...ah hang on a minute. Here's one. There's these two Polish plumbers, one's a professor of mathematics, the other's a doctor of philosophy and they rent a shed in East Acton, nobody can understand them because they speak perfect English. Excuse us we're just going to take the dust sheet off the old typewriter. Here we go. Czscywczszky and Son (Up your Pipe, I'm a Plumber). Look out for the boxset in 2036, seven hundred and fifty quid, cheap at half the price.
|Case Type||Boxset Digi-Pack|
|Cast||Harry H. Corbett, Wilfrid Brambell|
|Colour||Black & White|
|HOH (Hard of Hearing)||Yes|