The Rag Trade

"The Rag Trade" was a British television sitcom broadcast by the BBC between 1961 and 1963 and by LWT between 1977 and 1978.

The action centred on a small clothing workshop (the title refers to the textile industry), Fenner's Fashions in London. Although run by Harold Fenner (Peter Jones) and Reg Turner the foreman and pattern cutter (Reg Varney), the female workers are led by militant shop steward Paddy Fleming (Miriam Karlin), ever ready to strike, with the catchphrase "Everybody out!" Other cast members included Sheila Hancock (as Carole Taylor), Esma Cannon (as Lily Swann), Wanda Ventham (as Shirley) in series 2 and Barbara Windsor (as Gloria) in series 1 and (as Judy) in series 3 replacing Sheila Hancock.

The Rag Trade was revived by ITV company LWT in 1977, with Jones and Karlin reprising their roles. The 1977 version ran for two series, most of the scripts being based on the BBC episodes from the 1960s, and featured Anna Karen (reprising her role as Olive from On the Buses) and future EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth as factory workers.

Previous Episode

Fenner's Folly

Episode 5x07; Oct 20, 1978

The possibility of a large order prompts Fenner to think about his future

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
5x07: Fenner's FollyOct 20, 1978
5x06: Self DefenceOct 13, 1978
5x05: Come Back PaddyOct 6, 1978
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