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This review is from: The Complete Steptoe & Son [DVD]  (DVD)
I have very mixed feelings about this show. Some parts made me laugh and other parts left a bad taste in my mouth. The character of Harold after a while became quite annoying, he became more and more petulant, condescending and the way he at times bullied his father went a bit far and it just wasn't funny. In the beginning I felt more sorry for Harold for having to put up with a father like Albert, but as the show progressed I began to feel the exact opposite, Harold was quite nasty to Albert at times and I began to feel sorry for the old man for having to put up with Harold. Albert was crafty, cunning and devious but in the end I felt more of a connection with him.
Harold and Albert despite their differences and many arguments found a way to live together, they depended on each other more than they realised, Harold wanted to break free from his father and dreamt of a better life, but any plans he had to do just that always came unstuck either by his own hand or because of his father's emotional blackmail and cunning.
The actors did a terrific job portraying their characters and I can't blame them for my dislike of Harold, after all they are only saying the lines the writers have given them.
I know a lot has already been said about the quality of the black and white episodes but I might as well throw my 2 cents worth in. To be blunt the black and white episodes were very poor, I would have thought with the technology and software available these days that the BBC could have made a bit more of an effort in restoring these B & W episodes before releasing them on DVD. I was glad to finally see a colour episode during season 6, it was well worth waiting for as the quality was very good. I also enjoyed seeing a much younger Patricia Routledge from Keeping Up Appearances fame make an appearance as a medium, she was very funny and acted in a similar way as she did in KUA.
I really wanted to like this show because it is a classic of british comedy and has become somewhat iconic and to a certain extent I did like it, it had some memorable moments, but the underlying bullying theme spoiled it somewhat, I just think the writers took it a bit far at times.