Steptoe and Son Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Steptoe and Son: Season 8 (1974)

  • Season 8 Episode 6: Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard

    Albert falls under the spell of dotty medium Madame Fontana (Patricia Routledge) and starts trying to contact the dead. Gandhi and music hall star Dan Leno prove particularly friendly, but Hitler soon starts cutting up rough. Classic comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 8 Episode 5: Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs

    Someone's been pinching Harold's favourite sweets and guzzling his lager out of the fridge, but it can't be Albert because he's confined to bed with a crippling back injury - supposedly. Vintage comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 8 Episode 4: The Seven Steptoerai

    Local gangsters start running a protection racket in Shepherd's Bush, and choose Harold as one of their first victims - but reckon without Albert and his two-fisted friends. Classic comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 8 Episode 3: And So To Bed

    Harold invests in a heated waterbed, convinced it will help boost his romantic prospects - but makes the mistake of asking Albert to fit the mains plug. Classic comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 8 Episode 2: Porn Yesterday

    Harold brings home a vintage What the Butler Saw machine - which provides the vicar with a heaven-sent opportunity to make some money at the church fete, but leaves the younger Steptoe reeling from the discovery of his father's sordid past. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 8 Episode 1: Back in Fashion

    A trendy photographer requests permission to hold a sleazy fashion shoot in the Steptoes' yard, filling Harold's head with dreams of starting a new career as a male model. Harry H Corbett stars

Steptoe and Son: Season 7 (1972)

  • Season 7 Episode 7: The Desperate Hours

    Two convicts break out of Wormwood Scrubs and nip round the corner to Oil Drum Lane, where they seek shelter with Albert and Harold - probably the only men in London worse off than them. Vintage comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H Corbett, Leonard Rossiter and JG Devlin

  • Season 7 Episode 6: Divided We Stand

    Harold is desperate to get some privacy from Albert and decides to take drastic action by dividing the house down the middle. However, there is consternation when it comes to arranging the night's television viewing. Wilfred Brambell and Harry H Corbett star

  • Season 7 Episode 5: Loathe Story

    Harold seeks psychiatric help after he tries to strangle Albert during a bout of sleepwalking. The timing couldn't be worse as he tries to court new girlfriend Bunty. Guest starring Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous)

  • Season 7 Episode 4: Live Now, PAYE Later

    Despite the fact he's never made a contribution to the welfare state, Albert is intent on claiming what's rightfully his. Festive edition of the vintage comedy from 1972, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning

    Harold and Albert attend a family funeral and immediately clash with their common-as-muck relatives over how to divide the loot they think they're about to inherit. Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 7 Episode 2: A Star Is Born

    Harold joins the local amateur dramatics society, convinced he has star quality - but finds himself upstaged by Albert, who shows an unsuspected flair for acting. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 7 Episode 1: Men of Letters

    Harold enthusiastically sets about writing an article for the parish magazine, convinced literary success is just around the corner - but Albert ruins his dreams of the high life. Classic comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

Steptoe and Son: Season 6 (1970)

  • Season 6 Episode 8: Cuckoo in the Nest

    Harold's odious long-lost half-brother Arthur turns up out of the blue, and loses no time in worming his way back into Albert's affections - not to mention his wallet. Classic comedy, guest starring Kenneth J Warren

  • Season 6 Episode 7: The Three Feathers

    Harold reckons a commode will make him rich. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1972

  • Season 6 Episode 6: Pot Black

    Harold decides it is time he beat Albert at snooker - but unfortunately the table he buys is slightly too big for their room

  • Season 6 Episode 5: Without Prejudice

    Harold and Albert decide to move from under the Shepherd's Bush flyover to take up residence in a more salubrious area of London

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Tea for Two

    When the local Conservative Party ask Albert to entertain Prime Minister Ted Heath at the yard, Harold vows to do everything he can to sabotage the plans

  • Season 6 Episode 3: Two's Company

    Albert announces he is getting married and proudly brings his bride-to-be home to meet Harold - who immediately recognises her as an old flame who kept him warm during his army days. Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H Corbett and Jean Kent star

  • Season 6 Episode 2: Come Dancing

    Harold gives ballroom dancing a whirl, tripping the light fantastic with a passing milkman before entering a local competition - where Albert manages to ruin things for him yet again. Classic comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 6 Episode 1: Robbery With Violence

    Albert accidentally smashes some of Harold's prize ornaments while cleaning, and tries to avoid getting his scrawny neck wrung by pretending they were burgled

Steptoe and Son: Season 5 (1970)

  • Season 5 Episode 7: Men of Property

    Harold scrapes together enough cash to open an account at a local bank, and immediately sets about trying to con the manager into giving him a huge loan. Classic comedy, with Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 5 Episode 6: TB or Not TB

    Health-conscious Harold hauls Albert along for a routine chest X-ray and agrees to have one himself - but the result is not what he expected. Vintage comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 5 Episode 5: The Colour Problem

    Harold wants to buy a car, but Albert would rather have a TV. Vintage comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1972

  • Season 5 Episode 4: Steptoe and Son and Son

    A visitor brings Harold some unexpected news. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1971

  • Season 5 Episode 3: Any Old Iron?

    Harold attracts a new admirer - a gay antiques dealer whose persistent attentions send Albert's homophobia into overdrive and provoke a classic father-son confrontation. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 5 Episode 2: A Winter's Tale

    Harold readies himself for a fortnight's skiing holiday without Albert, hoping that for once things will not go terribly wrong for him

  • Season 5 Episode 1: A Death in the Family

    Hercules, the Steptoes' cantankerous old horse, drops dead in the street - and although Harold tries to put on a brave face, poor Albert is inconsolable. Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett star as the down-at-heel duo

Steptoe and Son: Season 4 (1965)

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Pilgrim's Progress

    Albert nags Harold into taking him on a nostalgic tour of the World War One battlefields where he fought as a young man : but gets into a brawl on the plane and ends up being deported as soon as he lands. Wilfrid Brambell stars

  • Season 4 Episode 6: My Old Man's a Tory

    Harold holds a meeting of the local Labour Party in his front room, hoping to be appointed the official candidate for Shepherd's Bush - but proves to be too working-class to fit in with their upwardly mobile aspirations. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 4 Episode 5: A Box in Town

    Harold moves into a dingy bedsit - which he tries to pretend is a stylish bachelor apartment. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1972

  • Season 4 Episode 4: The Siege of Steptoe Street

    Albert and Harold barricade themselves in the house when the butcher demands they pay off their bill. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Those Magnificent Men and Their Heating Machines

    Harold plans to install a central heating system by himself. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Crossed Swords

    Harold auctions a rare piece of porcelain while Albert is trapped in the toilet. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett

  • Season 4 Episode 1: And Afterwards At

    Harold's wedding day does not go according to plan. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1972

Steptoe and Son: Season 3 (1964)

  • Season 3 Episode 7: The Lodger

    Albert and Harold argue over their lack of cash. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1972

  • Season 3 Episode 6: The Bond That Binds Us

    Albert has a win on the premium bonds and sets about transforming himself into a suave man about town, attracting the attention of a conniving gold-digger in the process. June Whitfield guest stars with Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Sunday for Seven Days

    Harold takes Albert to the cinema, an decision he quickly comes to regret. Comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1967

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Steptoe a la Carte

    Harold falls for a French girl and takes her home to meet Albert : who soon puts a crimp in their dreams of romance with a revelation about his wartime experiences. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell, with a guest appearance by Frank Thornton

  • Season 3 Episode 3: The Lead Man Cometh

    Bickering rag-and-bone men Harold and Albert face the prospect of tightening their belts - until a mysterious stranger offers them salvation in the form of some suspiciously cut-price lead. Classic comedy, starring Harry H Corbett, Wilfred Brambell and Leonard Rossiter

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Homes Fit for Heroes

    Harold tries to convince Albert he should move into a nursing home. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett

Steptoe and Son: Season 2 (1963 - 1964)

Steptoe and Son: Season 1 (1962)

  • Season 1 Episode 6: The Holiday

    Harold plans to go on holiday abroad instead of the traditional trip to Bognor with his father, but Albert fakes a heart attack to stop his son going. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell

  • Season 1 Episode 5: The Diploma

    Harold decides to leave the rag-and-bone trade and get a diploma in TV repair, only for Albert to prove that he knows more about it than his son. Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell star, with the guest voice of Trevor Maskell

  • Season 1 Episode 4: The Economist

    Harold decides that buying in bulk is the key to financial success : and shells out a staggering 50 quid for 4,000 pairs of reject false teeth, convinced he'll be able to make a handsome profit on them. Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell star

  • Season 1 Episode 3: The Piano

    Harold is offered a piano and enlists the help of Albert in moving it, only to discover it's on the top floor of a block of flats. Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Bramble star

  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Bird

    Albert discovers Harold has a girlfriend and suggests his son invite 'the bird' to dinner so he can get to know her. Vintage comedy, starring Harry H Corbett

  • Season 1 Episode 1: The Offer

    First episode of the bittersweet comedy, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell. The son of a family-run rag-and-bone business is made an offer and threatens to start a new life if he can overcome the guilt and leave his father to run the business on his own. Part of The Curse of Comedy strand

Steptoe and Son: Special (1973 - 1974)

  • A Cuckoo in the Nest

    Ever the optimist, Harold again plans to spend Christmas abroad, but doesn't count on Albert's intransigence. In predictable fashion, the old man takes umbrage at the thought of being left behind in Shepherd's Bush, and insists on inviting himself along. Much bitter wrangling ensues before - in a final plot-twist guaranteed to delight all long-time fans of the series - things turn out well for everyone. This festive edition of the vintage comedy is one of scriptwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's best two-handers, and proved to be the last episode ever made. Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell star

  • The Party

    Christmas special from 1973. Harold decides to spend the festive season in Majorca and promptly heads off to the travel agent - then faces the grim task of telling Albert he'll be alone for the holidays. When his plans fall through, he decides to throw a party at home instead. Starring Harry H Corbett, Wilfrid Brambell and Frank Thornton

  • Away for Christmas

    Harold plans to spend Christmas in Majorca - but he has not told Albert. Festive episode of the comedy, with Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1976

Steptoe and Son: Other Episodes

  • Two's Company

    Comedy, starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. First aired in 1971

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