A Burmese lad, of course, but he’s welcome in this pantheon anytime. One of those careers of two halves we’ve been hearing so much about lately for Harry, beginning with largely straight and very intense roles as thick-set heavies (The Shakedown) and uncharacteristically underplayed murderous pervs (The Cover Girl Killer). Those who know him mainly as the emotionally repressed son in the Steptoes might be interested in his disapproving dad of rock ‘n’ roller Ray Brooks in Some People, released in the same year as the Steptoe pilot, or of Joe Brown in What a Crazy World the year after. And of course if you want proof of consummate versatility, he’s one of the few one-termers likely to be let into a heavenly Carry On reunion, thanks to his effortlessly pitch-perfect Sergeant Bung in …Screaming!
FINEST HOUR: The Steptoe films stand proud of course, but for something a little off the well-beaten put-upon Corbett track, his ruthless, almost caddish property developer up against millionaire charladies Peggy Mount and Dandy Nicholls in Ladies Who Do is an eye-opener.