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Happy Birthday Wilfrid Brambell and Please Please Me.

March 21, 2017



“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;” Ephesians-4-22 King James Version (KJV).
The King James Version of the Bible contains a number of references to “the old man” – basically meaning – “the former, unregenerate unredeemed self”. But as a child, whenever I heard the phrase read out in church, I thought of Wilfrid Brambell. “The old man” who is to be put aside always presented himself to my imagination as Old Steptoe, a dirty, leering, irredeemable reprobate.

Anyhoo – he was born 105 years ago today.

Wilfrid Brambell was more than just Old Steptoe. But Steptoe and Son was an extraordinary piece of work in many ways. Although the writing was attributed to the Galton and Simpson writing partnership, I swear that Samuel Beckett was guest writer for several episodes.

And of course, Wilfrid Brambell co-starred with…

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