In these salubrious environs of discarded bric-a-brac, dubious antiquities, and downright useless junk, we find our hosts constantly striving for better things like money, sophistication, and perhaps even a woman or two around the place.
In these four episodes, Harold is convinced that Albert has a secret cache of food when bailiffs surrounds the Steptoe establishment, Harold is left alone with a houseful of creepy coffins, the pair endure an evening at the cinema, and chaos ensues with the removal of a piano from a sixth floor flat.
Episodes: "The Siege of Steptoe Street", "The Wooden Overcoats", "Sunday for Seven Days", and "The Piano".
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These days it seems every celebrity pundit knows to site Steptoe as 'Genius'. But if like me you have been working your way through this reissue of the BBC radio collection volume by volume then you will know that things went a bit sour around vol 9. Of course Galton and Simpson were brilliant writers, of course Wilfred Bramble and Harry H Corbett were incredible character actors. But even the most die hard Steptoe fan must admit that some episodes are better then others. And fortunately vol 11 sees us back on firm ground. The Wooden Overcoats is a simple enough rehash of Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard. But the other 3 episodes are all solid gold, full of the character, humour and darker overtones that make the series such a joy to so many fans. For me Sunday for Seven days stands out not just as the best episode on this volume but as one of the finest and least talked about episodes of the series and worth the asking price alone (which is a bargain on audible by the way). Buy and enjoy it right now!
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