Steptoe is one of the great comedy series, but it was only in this second series that it began to really take off as Brambell and Corbett started to get to grips with their characters. There are still one or two weaker moments - the 'Musical Evening' episode for example; and the series certainly never reaches the consistent greatness of the fifth, sixth and seventh series in the 1970's. However this series does contain one of the most memorable moments in the entire series, Albert's pickled onions in the bath! While the episode 'Sixty Five Today' is one of THE great Steptoe episodes; the Chinese restaurant sequence being hilarious.
As stated Steptoe & Son did actually get better in subsequent years, but this series is a vast improvement on the first and a good starting point.
The lack of extras yet again is disappointing though. I'm sure they could have found something to flesh it out with. I wonder if the entire series will be released without extras?