A new Channel 5 documentary reveals how the legendary British sitcom Steptoe and Son came to be
It’s been 60 years since the British sitcom Steptoe and Son first hit our screens – it was broadcast on BBC, one of only two channels available in the UK at the time.
The comedy series followed an impoverished father-son team struggling with generational conflicts.
The father, Albert, was a grubby old man stuck in his ways, while his son Harold held on to aspirations for the better, who wanted to rise in the world and better his lot.
Steptoe and Son spawned two film spinoffs in the 1970s and was the inspiration for later monumentally popular sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses and Peep Show.
The Channel 5 documentary Steptoe And Son: Secrets & Scandals revisits the making of the program and includes revelations about an operation by the Met Police Deputy Command that is actively targeting celebrities and one of the show’s stars struggling with alcoholism Has.
Who was in the cast of Steptoe and Son?
The cast of Steptoe and Son was very small, with only the two main characters appearing in more than five episodes over the show’s eight seasons.
Wilfrid Brambell played father Albert Steptoe. Albert disapproves of his son’s airs and is quite content with his position at the bottom of the social stack.
Brambell’s other roles include the role of Paul Paul McCartney’s grandfather in the Beatles comedy A Hard Day’s Night.
He also starred opposite Sean Connery in Sword of the Valiant and had a cameo appearance in the 1970s comedy series All Creatures Great and Small.
Harry Corbett played Harold Steptoe, Albert’s son. Harold’s ambitions to get out of the rag business and into something more respectable are constantly thwarted by his father.
Corbett has also appeared in the comedy spoof Carry On Screaming, played the angry newsagent on the series Grundy, and was a storyteller on Jackanory.
Frank Thornton appeared in various roles in only five of the 57 episodes of Steptoe and Son, but also appeared in the second feature film, Steptoe and Son Ride Again.
Thornton later starred in several great British sitcoms – he played Captain Peacock on Are You Being Served and Truly on Last of the Summer Wine.
Where is the cast now?
Unfortunately, but perhaps understandably, since the last episode of the series aired 48 years ago, the main cast of the series has since passed away.
Corbett, who smoked 60 cigarettes a day before cutting it down to 20, suffered several heart attacks and died in Hastings in 1982, aged 58.
Brambell died in London in 1985 aged 72 and Thornton died in his sleep in London in 2013 aged 92.
When isSteptoe And Son: Secrets & Scandals On TV?
The 60-minute special will air on Channel 5 on May 14 at 9:20 p.m. It will be available on My5 shortly after it first airs.
Where can I watch Steptoe and Son?
All eight seasons of Steptoe and Son, including the two Christmas specials, are now available to watch on BritBox.
Steptoe and Son’s first feature film, also known as Steptoe and Son, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video from £2.49.
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