Roger Allam (Tom Sloan)Jason Isaacs (Harry H Corbett)Zoë Tapper (Sheila Steafel)Clare Higgins (Joan Littlewood)Elspeth Rae (Young Blonde Actress)Burn Gorman (Ray Galton)Rory Kinnear (Alan Simpson)Phil Davis (Wilfrid Brambell)Kenneth Oxtoby (Costume Designer)Ben Parr (Wilfrid's Young Blonde Man)Peter Hamilton Dyer (Director)Sophie Hunter (Maureen Corbett)Julian Forsyth (Clive Goodwin)Jamie Lennox (Plain Clothes Policeman)Scott McNess (Boy Outside Theatre)Buddy Wallis (Harry's Son)Aine Carlin (Press)Aaron King (Edward)
In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold Steptoe in a television comedy show 'Steptoe and Son'. However, the show's success proves to be a poisoned chalice for him, type-casting him and thwarting his stage ambitions. Wilfrid Brambell, the actor playing his father, is marginalized in a different way. He is a gay man in an England where homosexuality is still illegal. The show runs for several years, incorporating film spin-offs but both, in their own way, feel that they have invoked the curse of Steptoe.