Rag Trade - Series 1 & 2 (DVD)
The Rag Trade is the much-loved British comedy classic first broadcast in 1961, starring Barbara Windsore, Sheila Hancock, Reg Varney, Peter Jones and Miriam Karlin.
Widely praised for its sharply comical script, energetic performances, and for its groundbreaking strong female characters, the series gave us an iconic catchphrase which firmly established itself as a popular slogan across the nation.
Penny-pinching Harold Fenner (Peter Jones) runs Fenner Fashions, a small garment factory in London that makes high quality clothing. Things rarely run smoothly as militant shop steward Paddy Fleming (Miriam Karlin), who leads the female workforce, constantly disrupts the daily routine. She's always on the lookout for any excuse to take Fenner on and lead the women out on strike, ordering 'Everybody out!!'
The exasperated workforce includes Carole (Sheila Hancock), Little Lil (Esma Cannon), Shirley (Wanda Ventham) and Gloria (Barbara Windsor). Stuck in the middle of the regular disputes is poor downtrodden foreman Reg (Reg Varney. He tries to keep the peace between his boss and his colleagues â€“ and fails miserably!
Created and written by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, who went on to write On the Buses, Meet the Wife and Wild, Wild Women.
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