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Steptoe And Son

A rare successful sitcom spin-off produced under the aegis of the great Nat Cohen. Harold (Harry H Corbett) marries a girl recognised by dad Albert (Wilfrid Brambell) as being dead common. Albert knows this, of course, because he’s as common as own brand muck. Nevertheless, the marriage goes ahead between Harold and Zita (Carolyn Seymour) leading scriptwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (also responsible for the telly series) to dance in the jaws of the relocation trap by sending the cast to Spain for the honeymoon. This time the production merely tickles the tonsils of disaster, and escapes unharmed by the halitosis of mediocrity. The result is both funny and touching, not an easy combination to achieve in any genre, let alone a sitcom transfer.

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  1. Glenn Aylett

    December 28, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Carolyn Survivors Seymour played the stripper Zita in one of her first major roles. Not quite as funny as the sequel with Albert faking his death for an insurance payout, but has some hilarious moments like Albert falling for a drag queen, the baby being found in the junkyard, and the wedding ring disappearing into a pile of manure. I watched the DVD last night for the first time in 15 years and enjoyed it.

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