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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Very nicely compiled and with some interesting facts and images this book is worth getting. There is at present very little literature on these two great comic talents which is suprising as they are instantly recognisable to many ages groups. They are true gems in the British comedy world and 100% true English culture shines through via the writers and actors no matter...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing
This book promised so much. The cover claims the book is written by Galton and Simpson (along with Robert Ross) themselves; however once the book is opened all pretence is dropped and only quotes from Galton and Simpson can be found.
Much of the book is a glorified episode guide; entire episodes are described in tedious detail (when most readers will have SEEN the...
Published on 14 April 2003 by Mr. R. J. Knowles


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 29 April 2005
This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
Very nicely compiled and with some interesting facts and images this book is worth getting. There is at present very little literature on these two great comic talents which is suprising as they are instantly recognisable to many ages groups. They are true gems in the British comedy world and 100% true English culture shines through via the writers and actors no matter what politically correct jibberish say.
Couldnt wait to start and finish this book, maybe a future biography of Harry H Corbett wouldnt go amiss hey???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You dirty old man!", 4 Aug 2007
This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
After being fired by Tony Hancock, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were on the look-out for another comedy hit. They soon found it - an episode of 'Comedy Playhouse', entitled 'The Offer', broadcast on 5/1/62, and starring Harry H.Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell as rag and bone men Harold and Albert Steptoe.

Harold dreamt of escaping from his father and moving onto bigger, better things. Albeert was a seedy misanthrope determined to keep his son under his thumb.

By June the Steptoes had got their own show. Its hold over the British public was such that in 1964 Labour leader Harold Wilson begged the B.B.C. to delay an episode until after the polls closed in order to ( so he thought ) secure a few more votes.

Corbett and Brambell became stars overnight, the former going on to star in movies such as 'Rattle Of A Simple Man', 'The Bargee' and 'Carry On Screaming', while the latter played Paul McCartney's 'clean' grandfather in 'A Hard Days Night'.

By 1970, colour television had arrived, and the B.B.C. commissioned new episodes. Running until 1974, these were, if anything, funnier than the originals. In 'Steptoe & Son', Galton and Simpson created a comedy classic, one that remains undiminished by the passing of time. It brought working class humour to a mass audience. Without Albert and Harold, its unlikely there ever would have been an Alf Garnett.

Given the proliferation of books praising the accomplishments of other sitcoms, its surprising there hasn't been a 'Steptoe & Son' book before. Robert Ross is something of a controversial figure among comedy fans, with many disliking his irreverent, chatty style. Though the cover credits Galton and Simpson as co-authors, its mainly Ross' work. As well as television, the book comprehensively covers the radio series, movies, Royal Variety shows, commercials, even the U.S. spin-off 'Sanford & Son'. Even if you do not like 'Steptoe' but are interested in '60's television in general, its worth picking up.

I was pleased to see that Ross has resisted the temptation to go into lurid detail about the private lives of the show's stars. Some things should remain private even after death. What a contrast to that disgraceful Channel 4 'muck-umentary' 'When Steptoe Met Son' which couldn't even get right the date of Harry H.Corbett's death!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars long needed publication., 1 Jun 2006
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Mr. A. E. Ward Davies (Canterbury , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
at long last, there is an official book covering the entire history of a truly classic comedy.

the author robert ross has done a marvellous job, including that of interviewing the writers who made it all possible - ray galton and alan simpson.

there is interesting information about the main actors harry h. corbett and wilfred brambell: their early careers, how they came to be cast etc.

at the back of the book, there are detailed facts and figures on each individual episode - original broadcasting dates, the storylines. after that, there is a list of every video, book, record, dvd, audiotape and just about every bit of merchandise that involved the programme.

what the book doesn't mention, is the hosility that gradually increased between corbett and brambell. their love-hate working relationship was made into a documentary by channel 4 a few years ago, but that's another story.

i would love it if there were a feature-length documentary on dvd or tv about them.

stil, enjoy this book in the meantime because you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Steptoe and Son indeed, 3 July 2004
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weatherwitch (Lost in the woods of Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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These two reprobates are up to their old tricks here once more in these four stories. What can I say? The Wooden Overcoats sees Harold filling the house with coffins hoping for a fortune from becoming funeral directors, and as he says, you could well image Albert being absolutely perfect for the part! In Sunday for Seven Days you find yourself cringing at their cinema antics, that really would be a nightmare to find yourself by those two in a picture house! You never really know who to side with, just as their antics and schemes get you changing allegiance, they change tack once more and leave you stunned at their shameless greed and merciless tactics. Classic comedy as ever.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steptoe read`s again ., 16 Dec 2002
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kirk stacey (Bristol England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
At long last there is a book about steptoe and son!I have been waiting a while for a good biography about the worlds most famous rag and bone men And this delight does not dissapoint.
Robert ross has done an outstanding job,researching and bringing together lots of great interviews from the past and present ranging from cast, crew and the writers themselves ray galton and alan simpson.Ross goes to great lenths to detail every episode from steptoes pilot to there final apearance on tv,film and stage.The often forgotten radio shows are also given a detailed analasis.
Aswell as all this there is a merchandise guide ,detailing books, videos,lps and tapes.Unlike other books this one sticks to its path and thankfully does not -pry into the actors private live`s.so anybody looking for that kind of read then this is not for you, it is basicly a great and intersting
read from start to finish a recomended read indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The paperback is not the BBC book, 12 April 2010
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I bought this book by accident because I thought I was buying a paperback version of the BBC book of the same title. This is obviously not the book by Robert Ross, though most of the customer reviews on this page are for that book and that misled me in a moment of inattention. It is a typical Amazon error that they list 3 completely different items as versions of the same, confusing and frustrating if you're not careful. Although in this case I'm quite happy with it, I have added customer images to avoid that others make the same mistake.

This is a very nice little book (only 103 pages), first published in 1971, with the scripts of the classic Steptoe episodes "The Bonds that Bind Us", "The Lead Man Cometh", "The Lodger", and "Homes Fit for Heroes". Made for use in schools, it also contains "Questions for discussion", which were great to read, and make you think over the scripts in greater depth, and realise even better how fantastic they are.

There is also a photo essay of 6 rather extraordinary pictures of 'real totters at work in London today' (early seventies). One of these, of an old and a younger man on a horse & cart, could be the real Albert, Harold and Hercules. Very nice.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these scripts even though I know the episodes well, and would recommend this to any Steptoe fan.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing, 14 April 2003
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Mr. R. J. Knowles (High Peak, Derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
This book promised so much. The cover claims the book is written by Galton and Simpson (along with Robert Ross) themselves; however once the book is opened all pretence is dropped and only quotes from Galton and Simpson can be found.
Much of the book is a glorified episode guide; entire episodes are described in tedious detail (when most readers will have SEEN the episodes already!)
Occasionally, there are some interesting snippets of information, but it took a lot of trawling to find them.
A fascinating looking book, but overall a missed opportunity and deeply disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 July 2014
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This review is from: "Steptoe and Son" (Steptoe & Son) (Hardcover)
very nice item
thanking you
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bit shallow, 5 Mar 2003
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Interesting read, but seems to have taken a rather shallow look at the subject, and not as in-depth as could have been expected. A lot of the book seems to be padding, but it's nice to see that someone has tackled the subject of Steptoe and Son, this is overdue.
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