Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son (1962)

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The Party - S7-E8

Revealing mistake: When Albert and Harold are fighting over the cracker Albert's face goes into the trifle, and if you look carefully we can see that he just lets go of the cracker and puts his head in the trifle deliberately.

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Divided We Stand - S7-E6

Revealing mistake: When Harold and Albert are watching football on TV you only see the TV set from the back. If you look through the air vents you can see straight through it it - obviously a prop with no screen in it.

Show generally

Visible crew/equipment: Christmas Special 1974: When Harold is playing with the toy bus you can see the camera reflected in its windows.

Show generally

Revealing mistake: Christmas 1973: When Harold comes into the house after sitting on the holly ring in the outside loo, the house walls wobble when the front door is shut.

The Party - S7-E8

Continuity mistake: At the end of this episode Harold picks up a knife and chases Albert round the table with the knife in his right hand, but when the door bell rings the knife has disappeared.

Christmas Special 1974 (a.k.a. A Perfect Christmas) - S8-E7

Other mistake: Just after Albert pulls the decorations down, Harold yells as he pricks himself on a nail sticking out of the ladder, however he completely misses the nail.

Christmas Special 1974 (a.k.a. A Perfect Christmas) - S8-E7

Continuity mistake: Harold suggests to Albert that they spend Christmas abroad. Albert has not been abroad since his military service in the First World War, so Harold obtains Albert an up-to-date, modern passport. The fact that Harold has an old passport, but Albert has a newly issued passport is absolutely essential to the story. This contradicts two previous episodes of Steptoe And Son. In Pilgrim's Progress (S4-E7) Albert wanted to re-visit the First World War battlefields: Albert and Harold went to an airport and boarded a plane for France. In A Winter's Tale (S5-E2) Harold bought a ticket for a ski-ing holiday in Switzerland. He had an accident and could not go, so Albert went instead. (Albert would have needed a passport for both trips.) This also contradicts the 1972 Steptoe And Son cinema film, in which Harold married, and took both his new bride and Albert on his honeymoon to Spain.

Rob Halliday

Christmas Special 1974 (a.k.a. A Perfect Christmas) - S8-E7

Continuity mistake: Harold is looking through the box for Albert's birth certificate - the first two documents he finds are a wireless receiving licence then the Skinners Arms Christmas club saving book. He puts them both down on the table after reading them, the camera cuts to Albert, then when it cuts back to Harold there are now three documents on the table.

The Party - S7-E8

Visible crew/equipment: As the closing theme music starts playing, Albert and Harold pull a cracker. When they stand up while pulling the cracker, the boom mike is in shot above their heads.

Christmas Special 1974 (a.k.a. A Perfect Christmas) - S8-E7

Continuity mistake: When Harold picks up the brochures off the floor then places them on the table to make a decision on where to go on holiday there are two brochures on the table, before he started to pick them up there was only one.

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Quotes

Albert: I like Christmas TV - all them stars giving up their Christmases just to entertain us.
Harold: They don't give up their Christmases. All them programmes is recorded in October. When it comes Christmas they're all sunning themselves in the south of France; it's just us lot sat here in the cold watching them, ah you so simple.

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Trivia

In "Carry On Screaming", Harry H. Corbett is seen in his role as Inspector Bung driving a horse and cart to the tv theme of "Steptoe". A nice touch. Wilfred Brambell also had a small role in another "Carry On",where he couldn't keep his hands off a pretty young nurse.

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