The "Harry loathes Wilfrid" story was mostly media generated rubbish. It was one of the first questions I asked Ray Galton & Alan Simpson when I met them and they said that it was not true. Harry & Wilfrid were just two completely different people away from cameras and had very little in common, so therefore didn't socialise in their own time very often if at all.
Here is Wilfrid in an interview shortly after Harry H Corbett passed away.
Steptoe and Son where do i start ! I absolutely love this programme, its well written by Galton & Simpson and superbly acted by the two leads. For me you can only get a fag paper between this and Only Fools and Horses for the best sitcom ever to grace our screen's.
I started watching this in the 1980's (BBC1 repeats i think) . I can also remember being extremely saddened when Harry H Corbett passed away at 57 years old back in 1982 !! (I thought it was around 1984-85 that he passed until i checked !!!)
I love that episode Bronson was referring to which is Upstairs Downstairs, Upstairs Downstairs (from 1974 Series 8) The episode builds up nicely until the moment when Harold discovers he's been had, and he call's the old man a "Perpendicular Ponce"
You are right Vienna we are extremely lucky to have all the episodes of this classic show, which is fortunate as the BBC had wiped quite a few of them. It survives thanks to Galton And Simpson having the missing episodes in their personal collection. To this day there are 13 missing colour episodes from series five and most of series 6 both broadcast in 1970 which is a real shame luckily the B/W one's survived.
Another Show to suffer this fate was the Are You Being Served pilot episode. Recorded in colour, it was lost or wiped and only the B/W version survived (it showed a"BBC Colour" credit at the end). In 2008 technical engineers found they could restore the colour by utilising the colour signal information recorded into the monochrome film print of the surviving episode.
Its a shame that the same couldn't be done for the lost Steptoe colour episodes, but who knows one day computer technology might enable it to happen and that would be absolutely great.
The BBC did wipe some of the early B&W episodes, but they were found in more recent years elsewhere.
The 1970 episodes from series 5 and 6 were originally in colour and are lost or wiped (except for two). The black & white ones on video tape are copies found in the 1990s, which is why they are poor quality.
The 'permissive society' doesn't exist. I know, I've looked for it - Rupert Rigsby
There are black and white episodes in existence now that were originally broadcast in full colour.
A Death in the Family A Winters Tale Any Old Iron ? Steptoe and Son - and Son ! The Colour Problem TB Or Not TB ? Men of Property Robbery with Violence Two's Company Tea For Two Without Prejudice Pot Black The Three Feathers