Steptoe and Son - Back To The junkyard
From the New Zealand TV Weekly. September 22, 1969
If the earlier successes of that earthy junkyard series, Steptoe and Son can be taken as a guide, New Zealand viewers could soon have Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett back again in their now familiar roles next year.
When the last series was played out, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (and the stars of the show themselves) announced that that was the end of the series. The writers felt they had wrung the last drop of humour possible from the characters, and even the principal players felt they had had enough.
Around the world, though, the Steptoe and Son fans seemingly had had far from enough - and hundreds wrote to the BBC to tell them so. This pressure has apparently convinced BBC-TV that reinstatement of the show was warranted and, consequently, it is to be revived in the same bawdy, rough-and-ready style that endeared it to millions around the world.
The latest shows, which are scheduled to begin screening in Britain early next year - probably by mid-February - will be in colour, and already the promise is that the characterisation will be kept as close to the successful earlier pattern as possible. The love-hate relationship of a London East End father and son will be developed to the full, and followers of the new series can rest assured that the vulgar slang, un-relieved misery, and earthy situations will continue unabated
The last series attracted more than 35 million fans, in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Kenya and the United States. For their return series, they will obviously attract even more.