|The legendary writers present their favourite episodes featuring the rag and bone men.|
The duo behind the BBC's legendary rag and bone men comedy - writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson present their favourite episodes of Steptoe and Son.
This includes the very first episode, 'The Offer' – originally made for BBC TV's 'Comedy Playhouse' - one of ten one-off comedies penned by Ray and Alan. BBC bosses viewed it as a sweetener for the duo, who'd recently parted company with Tony Hancock. Despite several strong concepts, only 'The Offer' progressed from pilot to series development.
The TV pilot aired in January 1962, followed by the first Steptoe series in June starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett as father and son duo, Albert and Harold Steptoe.
Revealing how the series was created, the writers also explain why it prompted concerns in Parliament.
The duo's selected episodes were all adapted from the TV scripts and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio by Gale Pedrick.
* The Offer
* Pilgrim's Progress
* Crossed Swords
* The Desperate Hours
* Oh What a Beautiful Mourning
* Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard
Producer: Sarah Wade.
Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in February 2006.