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Who would you have liked to see as guest star?

Postby Archie » Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:46 pm

:idea: I was thinking the other day that Sid James would have made a great guest, he could have played a role as a cockney 'wide boy' trying to sell Albert & Harold some dodgy items.
A bit like the role Leonard Rossiter played in "The lead man cometh".

I'ts strange that Sid was never in any episodes or any of the movies as he was for a time a partner to Tony Hancock in "Hancocks half hour", another Galton & Simpson creation.
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Postby bob » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:45 pm

Oh! what a good topic.

I would have loved to see Frankie Howerd appear in an episode.

He could have been some outraged art dealer, or some other role where he just looked down his nose at Albert and Harold.

If I had to pick an existing role, he would have been very good as the man from the tax office in Live Now, PAYE Later
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Postby Guest » Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:14 am

I had a think about this and the idea of "wide boy or spiv" could have been ably played by either James Beck or George Cole due to the characters they played before in Dad's Army or the St Trinians films....

Another character actor I think would have done well was Richard Wattis who appeared a lot in the Sykes series as a stuffy offacious type...

I'm not sure if an established star would have worked as well as the "famous people" that Bob features on this site as they had a tendency to go onto better things after appearing on Steptoe but this shows how well cast the show was ( did Alan and Ray help decide who played the supporting roles? ).

In an interview Alan mentioned that after Hancock had finished when bouncing ideas about they offered to do a series for the BBC starring Frankie Howard who was in a downward part of his career at the time and was turned down and this led to the "Comedy Playhouse" and subsequently Steptoe ( So thank goodness for that! ).

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Postby Archie » Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:53 pm

Terry Scott would have made a good pompus character.
For example the head of the residents commiittee in "Without Prejudice".
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Postby Graham_S nli » Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:19 pm

Milton Johns would have been IMHO a very good actor to play various parts....

He was very similar to Dudley Foster as a character actor who you remember the face but just can't place the name...

Still about today and more can be found about him on http://www.imdb.com...

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Postby Archie » Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:33 pm

Anonymous wrote:I had a think about this and the idea of "wide boy or spiv" could have been ably played by either James Beck or George Cole due to the characters they played before in Dad's Army or the St Trinians films....



Come to think of it James Beck would have been good playing Harold, just shave off the moustache and get rid of the brylcreme :)
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Postby PhilGlass » Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:54 am

John Cleese.

It's a shame in those days you didn't get the 'comic relief' type spoof episodes they often do now, imagine Albert and Harold going for a weekend away at Fawlty Towers, that would have been so cool!

I agree about James Beck, too.

Other than thta it's a bit tricky. Until you see someone in a role you never can tell how they would be, but I would have liked to see Cleese in it as I think the man is a genius.
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Postby steve sheffield » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:04 pm

Would like to add how good Kenneth williams might have been as the camp Timothy stanhope in any old iron. Think that williams would have played that role very well, however he needed to have aged a bit for the role to have come off as you were meant to believe Harold was being taken advantage of by the older man!

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Postby callous_little_bleeder » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:34 am

Male: Warren Mitchell. Purely for the argy-bargy factor.

Female: Nerys Hughes. Looking fit in a miniskirt like she did in The Liver Birds. :wink:
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Postby bob » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:18 pm

Oh yes Nerys Hughes could have played the girlfriend in "and so to bed" !!!

Got to go and lie down now..... just the thought of it ....
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Postby count orlok » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:35 pm

James Bolam.

A great character actor who enriches everything he appears in both comedy and serious.

He would have been great.
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Postby callous_little_bleeder » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:59 am

bob wrote:Oh yes Nerys Hughes could have played the girlfriend in "and so to bed" !!!

Got to go and lie down now..... just the thought of it ....

Indeed Bob. Don't mean to drag this thread down into the pits of perversion but wow, those upskirts in The Liver Birds. Just like in And So To Bed...

...I think I need to lie down too. :twisted:
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:35 am

I'd liked to have seen Michael Ripper as a returning character, maybe as landlord of the Skinners Arms.
Thorley Walters could have managed any comic role equally well.
Rachel Welch for obvious reasons, a 'skinny bird' she was not. :shock:
John Trevelyan, though it's doubtful he'd have parodied himself.
Billie Whitelaw, Ian Hendry and Honor Blackman also come to mind, but the possibilities are endless.
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Postby Ivor Biggun » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:02 pm

Eric Sykes
Morecombe or Wise
Arthur Lowe
Norman Wisdom
Peter Sellers
Either of the Two Ronnies
John Le Mesurier
Reg Varney
Peter Cook
Brian Blessed
Geoffrey Palmer

And here's one displaced in time for those who like to play What if...?

Can you imagine Moore Marriott (Harbottle, Will Hay films) as Albert Steptoe?
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Postby steptoe and son scrap » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:10 pm

(01)Reg Varney .
(02) Richard Beckinsale.
(03) Warren Mitchell
(04)Bernard Bresslaw
(05) ronnie barker
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