This BBC television series
was the original blueprint
for the American version
, Sanford and Son
, which brought Redd Foxx
From the Steptoe and Son fan archive and webring:
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are the two hilarious 'totters' brought to life by the talented acting of Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett together with the scriptwriting of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Albert Steptoe is the Son on the sign outside the building, the sign originally being painted in Harold's granddad's time. Their relationship has gone downhill ever since.
The series started with a Comedy Playhouse production titled "The Offer" in January 1962, and the first of the regular series started in June 1962. It was on BBC-TV for four seasons, up to 1965. These shows were broadcast in black & white. The comedy returned to television in 1970 retitled to 'The Return of Steptoe & Son', and lasted another four seasons, this time in colour.