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Postby frenchy » Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:49 am

Hi all.

Was it just me, or did any-one else feel really sad when Hercules died at the start of 'A death in the Family' It almost seemed wrong for the audiance to be laughing, especially when he was transported off in the truck with us all knowing his out-come. Harold's great acting, as he watched the truck drive off, proberbly didn't help..

I know it's only acting, but it just proves how great the show was. It just felt like we had lost a very important cast member.

Maybe its because I love animals!!!!! Who knows?

I just want to find out if any-one else felt the same.


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Postby bob » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:13 am

It was sad when Hercules died.

There was the contrast between Albert losing a friend and Harold seing it as an interuption to business as usual.

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Postby juliluli » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:56 pm

no i thought it was sad too, cant understand why the audience laughed,

also felt sad with 'The holiday' where Harold wanted to go to St Tropez and Albert obviously wanted to go to Bognor,
and Harold said to the doctor 'its only for 2 weeks, dosent my health count as well?' gawd i know its supposed to be a comedy but i felt so sorry for Harold,

amazing how we feel for these characters,i dont think if we scoured the planet we could find a duo more suited to Steptoe and Son than Wilf and Harry,
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Postby rose » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:43 pm

I felt sad, at how Albert blamed Harold. That really made me upset, as the expression said it all, yes he was cut up, but they have to eat/go out pulling birds!
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Postby PhilGlass » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:18 pm

Felt awful for laughing That, to me, is what Steptoe and Son is about...

Sometiems in life when sad things happen we try and laugh about it. My favourite sad moment is in Steptoe And Son - And Son. The last 10 minutes break my heart. Harold just wanted a family and knew it was his last chance. the best moment is when Daphne says 'He might grow up to hate you' and Harold asks 'To hate me?'.. as thought he couldnt imagine a boy hating his dad....

I think these moments were the appeal of Steptoe and Son - they were real characters.
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Postby rose » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:03 pm

It's clever, how something if it happened to you, is really bad and far from happy, can be seen as funny when its someone else. The writers I think picked up on this.
For example I know everyone else finds it funny, if someone falls off a chair, but when you personally fall off a chair, it hurts and therefore it isn't funny.
In a way the whole thing is about Harold falling off a chair!
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Postby frenchy » Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:47 pm

Hey mate, Wasn't this the Germans train of thought during WW2 ?
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Postby rose » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:30 pm

No idea...thought I made it up...starting to feel very silly, guilty. Dare I add my history is a little sketchy? :oops: :cry: :? :( :?:
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Postby Liaison Dangerooks » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:10 pm

Howdo, I think the saddest moment is in Homes fit for Heroes, when Albert after much bravado gets overpowered by it all.
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Postby Bombay Shytehawk » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:56 am

The scene where Albert is trying to convince Harold to come home, tempting him with Jam and pies. :D
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Postby Karl » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:10 am

The moment in the xmas special 1974 when we discover that Albert's father was the "Muffin Man".The old mans face is a picture of sadness......then Harold adds to the woe by nearly saying "my old man's a b******!" classic!!
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Re: Saddest Moments

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue May 17, 2011 3:50 am

frenchy wrote:Was it just me, or did any-one else feel really sad when Hercules died at the start of 'A death in the Family'...Maybe its because I love animals!...I just want to find out if any-one else felt the same.


You're not alone, that's the one episode I cannot watch, not the opening scene anyway, I have to forward past it. But then it gets very funny. Another particularly touching bit is in "porn yesterday" when Albert has to turn away from pictures of his youth. The emotion of the scene is all Wilfrid's, such an extraordinary actor, in the close up shot you can see his eyes welling up.
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Postby Karl » Tue May 17, 2011 6:05 am

I'm the same about "A death in the family" can't watch that one too often or listen to the radio version either...... :cry:
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Postby bob » Tue May 17, 2011 8:56 am

Even worse to think of him ending up on a plate in a Belgian resturant !!!
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue May 17, 2011 3:32 pm

We are a sentimental lot aren't we. I get worse as I get older, just riding a horse which I loved as a child puts me off now, nobody wants a bit in their mouth and some silly human riding their back. It was good of Ray & Alan to retire Hercules to a home fit for horses in the second movie, 30 pieces of silver indeed. It all begs the question, are animals really dumb? Of course not.
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