So once again a DVD of that classic comedy Steptoe and Son has been released, in this case season 6.
And once again it won't be long before all the negative reviews of the quality of the black and white episodes start to come in (just look at the season 5 reviews). Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but this is a view point with which I cannot understand.
These black and white episodes are the only remaining copies of missing colour versions and were themselves missing for years, and the simple fact is that I, and I'm sure the vast majority of people, would prefer B/W versions of lost colour episodes than nothing at all.
At least they are there for us to see, which is a damn sight better than most programmes from the same period, e.g Doctor Who, The Likely Lads, Hancock's Half Hour etc, etc. We must be thankful that we've got them.
As for the episodes themselves, well they are a mixed batch as you would expect, all good to brilliant. The chemistry between the two leads is outstanding, all the more remarkable considering that the two actors hated each other's guts.
It's ironic but I actually think that the B/W episodes more invoke the feel of Steptoe and Son to me than the two colour episodes on the disc. I've always felt that something is lost in the colour episodes as the yard and the house just look too clean, with B/W you don't get that feeling, it looks filthy as Steptoe and Son should.
I recommend this release, not just to Steptoe fans who will probably buy it anyway, but to the general public that like a classic comedy from a classic age of television.
Buy it now and show it to the kids and tell them that this is how great comedy was made and should be made like this today, I can assure you that they will watch, quality tells no matter how old the material is. Roll on seasons 7 & 8 and the two Christmas specials.