FIRST LOOK: The Fast Show comic Simon Day as Alf Garnett, plus Steptoe and Son reboot

Simon Day, Alf Garnett
(Image credit: Photographed by Alan Peebles)

The BBC has released the first pictures from the revivals of Till Death Us Do Part, Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son

Alf Garnett has lost his signature moustache but kept his round glasses and waistcoat for the BBC revival of Till Death Us Do Part.

The Fast Show’s Simon Day has stepped in to play the character, originally portrayed by the late Warren Mitchell.

Warren Mitchell originally played Alf Garnett

Warren Mitchell originally played Alf Garnett (PA)


The first images from the TV remakes of Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe And Son and Hancock’s Half Hour have been released ahead of the BBC’s Lost Sitcoms series.

The BBC is reshooting a number of classic post-war sitcoms of which no recordings survive, as they are missing from its archives. The special episodes are being recreated by new casts using the original scripts in front of a studio audience.

Alf, who is notoriously anti-socialist, racist and sexist, heads up the Garnett family. In the show, Hollyoaks star Lizzie Roper plays Else, Sydney Rae White is Rita and Carl Au is Mike.

The revival of Till Death Us Do Part

The revival of Till Death Us Do Part (Alan Peebles/BBC)


The episode set to be recreated is titled A Woman’s Place Is In The Home. In the 1967 episode, Alf arrives home to an empty house and a burnt supper as wife Else has gone out – and he then sets about 'putting things right'.

The resurrected Steptoe And Son episode sees rag and bone man Albert played by Hollyoaks actor Jeff Rawle, wearing fingerless gloves and a red neckerchief – just as in the original series, where he was played by Wilfrid Brambell.

Steptoe and Son is back

Steptoe And Son is back (Alan Peebles/BBC)


He is shown alongside on-screen son Harold, played by Ed Coleman, who replaces Harry H Corbett.

In Hancock’s Half Hour, Tony Hancock is played by Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Kevin McNally, who is shown holding a pair of binoculars and looking typically deadpan.

Hancock's Half Hour will be revived

Hancock’s Half Hour will be revived (Alan Peebles/BBC)


He is flanked by Kevin Eldon as John Vere, Robin Sebastian as Kenneth Williams, Katy Wix as Hattie Jacques and Jon Culshaw as Sid James.

The Lost Sitcoms series will screen later in the year to mark 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour first appeared on BBC TV.


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