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Summary

Series 1 and 2 of the hilarious radio sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell, adapted from the much-loved TV series.

Steptoe and Son ran for eight series on BBC TV and even spawned two feature films. Such was the series' popularity in the mid-1960s that the cast specially recorded several episodes for BBC radio.

Here, collected together for the first time, are all 21 episodes from the first and second radio series, scripted by Hancock's Half Hour creators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and adapted by Gale Pedrick. Among the classic comic incidents in these timeless episodes, Albert's 65th birthday turns into a disaster; Harold finds love with a French girl; Albert is upset by Harold's plans for a proper bathroom; and the duo get an irresistible offer. Plus, Albert and Harold's creditors arrive seeking payment; two coffins lead to a burst of superstition; Harold regrets taking Albert to the cinema; and Albert disrupts Harold's Labour Party meeting.

The episodes included are 'The Offer'; 'The Bird'; 'Sixty-Five Today'; 'The Stepmother'; 'The Economist'; 'Wallah-Wallah Catsmeat'; 'The Diploma'; 'Steptoe à la Cart'; 'The Holiday'; 'The Bath'; 'The Lead Man Cometh'; 'A Musical Evening'; 'The Bonds That Bind Us'; 'The Siege of Steptoe Street'; 'Pilgrim's Progress'; 'The Wooden Overcoats'; 'Sunday for Seven Days'; 'The Piano'; 'My Old Man's a Tory'; 'Homes Fit for Heroes'; 'Crossed Swords'. Also included are two bonus features: a short 1966 Steptoe & Son sketch from The Ken Dodd Show and a selection of trailers prepared for overseas broadcast. Duration: 11 hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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  • Paul
  • Biggleswade, United Kingdom
  • 07-08-16

You know what you're getting

If you could sum up Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection in three words, what would they be?

Classic; Nostalgic; Excellent

What other book might you compare Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection to, and why?

Dad's Army

Which character – as performed by Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell – was your favourite?

The show doesn't work without both of them. So impossible to say

Any additional comments?

Really well crafted. Like many of this era, the timing is impeccable. It's the original RADIO series rather than TV adaptation so no issues with visual jokes missed. Great collection and well worth a download

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sound quality comes and on iPad & Andriod

Would you consider the audio edition of Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection to be better than the print version?

this could have been a fantastic audiobook

its only let down has been every so often the sound quality drops well down to poor sound. I'd have understood if the both series were the same, considering the age, though in this day and age I'd have thought this would have been enhanced.

I've tried this on two different Android phones and an iPad and the same think

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sound quality lets this down at times :(

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Characters that speak to the heart are timeless.

Where does Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent. One of the best!

What did you like best about this story?

Comedic lines that come out of real life characters.

What does Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Their marvellous execution on emotion & words.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A guilty conscience thwarting the desires of the heart!

Any additional comments?

Bafta's, Emmy's and Oscars would be bestowed upon such character driven writing and performances today!

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Classic Comedy....terrible recordings on occasion.

If you could sum up Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Sad, Clever.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection?

On the knocker i believe you call it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all of them.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh yes, cry no. Stories are superbly writtern and acting is top notch.

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The recordings drop to such low quality it was difficult to tell what was being said. This happens on a few occasions, but overall the quality was very good.

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A great laugh

Funny stories from these 2 ole rag n bone men. Made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
Sound is a bit iffy in places so don't think it's your own device but this is to be expected when u consider when it was 1st recorded. (1960/70's)

Can't wait for the next audiobook release on 4/3/17
,-)))

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TV memories

it good to relive TV memories very cheese but a good laugh. I enjoyed it

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Classic

Just writing words to get to magic 15 word count so I can say LEGENDARY.

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Steptoe and Son

Brilliance personified absolute exceptional stuff a true classical series of how Galton and Simpson team wrote this amazing stuff.

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So funny I was crying

This is a great listen on the way home from work!! Sound quality is a bit up and down but that is expected from the old radio recordings.

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