Last of the Summer Wine

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Last of the Summer Wine

Season 1 (1975)

The youthful antics of three elderly friends tramping around Yorkshire began in 1973. The original pilot, with Ronnie Hazlehurst's gentle theme tune, was broadcast in January. The rest of the series aired between November and December. The central trio comprised of Michael Bates as Blamire, Bill Owen as Compo, and Peter Sallis as Clegg. Series one also introduced viewers to Sid (John Comer), Ivy (Jane Freeman) and Nora Batty (Kathy Staff). Sid and Ivy owned a cafe and often had blazing rows in the kitchen, but there was little doubt they loved each other. Nora, proudly devoted to housework, was Compo's next-door neighbour. Her famous wrinkled stockings caused Compo's heart to flutter and his unrequited lust generated many a comic situation.

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Season 2 (1975)

The sitcom returned for a second run of seven episodes between March and April 1975. Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Michael Bates returned as Compo, Clegg and Blamire. Joe Gladwin joined the cast as Wally Batty, Nora's hen-pecked husband. Bates left at the end of the series due to ill health.

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Season 3 (1978)

For the third series, following Michael Bates's departure, Compo and Clegg were joined by Foggy Dewhurst, an ex-military sign painter, played by Brian Wilde, already well-known as Mr Barrowclough in the sitcom Porridge. The seven episodes in series three aired in 1976 between October and December. Philip Jackson appears as Gordon, Compo's nephew, in a two-part episode directed by Ray Butt, best known for his work on Only Fools and Horses.

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Season 4 (1978)

In the fourth series Compo, Clegg and Foggy caused further mayhem in six episodes that originally aired between November 1977 and January 1978. Jean Boht, 'Ma Boswell' in the sitcom Bread, featured in 'Who Made a Bit of a Splash in Wales Then?'. Pete Postlethwaite made a guest appearance in a Christmas special broadcast on January 1st, 1978. A new series was not made in 1978 as Roy Clarke was busy writing Open All Hours and Peter Sallis was starring in another sitcom, Leave it to Charlie. A Christmas special in 1978 guest-starred Yorkshire-born actor and comedian Teddy Turner.

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Season 15 (1995)

All 20 episodes from the 15th and 16th series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 15 episodes are: 'How to Clear Your Pipes', 'Where There's Smoke, There's Barbecue', 'The Black Widow', 'Have You Got a Light Mate?', 'Concerto for Solo Bicycle', 'Stop That Bath', 'Springing Smiler', 'There Are Gypsies at the Bottom of Our Garden', 'Aladdin Gets On Your Wick' and 'Welcome to Earth'. Series 16 episodes are: 'By the Magnificent Thighs of Ernie Burniston', 'Errol Flynn Used to Have a Pair Like That', 'The Phantom of the Graveyard', 'The Self-Propelled Salad Strainer', 'Ordeal By Trousers', 'Happy Birthday Howard', 'Who's Got Rhythm?', 'Camera Shy', 'Wheelies' and 'Stop That Castle!'.

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Season 16 (1995)

All 20 episodes from the 15th and 16th series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 15 episodes are: 'How to Clear Your Pipes', 'Where There's Smoke, There's Barbecue', 'The Black Widow', 'Have You Got a Light Mate?', 'Concerto for Solo Bicycle', 'Stop That Bath', 'Springing Smiler', 'There Are Gypsies at the Bottom of Our Garden', 'Aladdin Gets On Your Wick' and 'Welcome to Earth'. Series 16 episodes are: 'By the Magnificent Thighs of Ernie Burniston', 'Errol Flynn Used to Have a Pair Like That', 'The Phantom of the Graveyard', 'The Self-Propelled Salad Strainer', 'Ordeal By Trousers', 'Happy Birthday Howard', 'Who's Got Rhythm?', 'Camera Shy', 'Wheelies' and 'Stop That Castle!'.

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Season 17 (1997)

All 20 episodes from the 17th and 18th series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 17 episodes are: 'The Man Who Nearly Knew Pavarotti', 'The Glory Hole', 'Adopted By a Stray', 'The Defeat of the Stoneworm', 'Once in a Moonlit Junkyard', 'The Space Ace', 'The Most Powerful Eyeballs in West Yorkshire', 'The Dewhursts of Ogleby Hall' and 'The Sweet Smell of Excess'. Series 18 episodes are: 'Leaving Home Forever, Or Till Teatime', 'Bicycle Bonanza', 'The Glamour of the Uniform', 'The First Human Being to Ride a Hill', 'Captain Clutterbuck's Treasure', 'Desperate for a Duffield', 'The Suit That Turned Left', 'Beware of the Elbow', 'The Thing in Wesley's Shed', 'Brushes at Dawn' and 'A Leg Up for Christmas'.

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Season 18 (1997)

All 20 episodes from the 17th and 18th series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 17 episodes are: 'The Man Who Nearly Knew Pavarotti', 'The Glory Hole', 'Adopted By a Stray', 'The Defeat of the Stoneworm', 'Once in a Moonlit Junkyard', 'The Space Ace', 'The Most Powerful Eyeballs in West Yorkshire', 'The Dewhursts of Ogleby Hall' and 'The Sweet Smell of Excess'. Series 18 episodes are: 'Leaving Home Forever, Or Till Teatime', 'Bicycle Bonanza', 'The Glamour of the Uniform', 'The First Human Being to Ride a Hill', 'Captain Clutterbuck's Treasure', 'Desperate for a Duffield', 'The Suit That Turned Left', 'Beware of the Elbow', 'The Thing in Wesley's Shed', 'Brushes at Dawn' and 'A Leg Up for Christmas'.

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Season 19 (1998)

All 22 episodes from the 19th and 20th series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 19 episodes are: 'The Love Mobile', 'A Clean Sweep', 'The Mysterious C.W. Northrop', 'A Double for Howard', 'How to Create a Monster', 'Deviations With Davenport', the 1996 Christmas special 'Extra! Extra!', 'According to the Prophet Bickerdyke', 'Next Kiss Please', 'Destiny and Six Bananas' and 'A Sidecar Named Desire'. Series 20 episodes are: 'There Goes the Groom', 'Beware of the Oglethorpe', 'Tarzan of the Towpath', 'Truly and the Hole Truth', 'Oh Howard, We Should Get One of Those', 'The Suit That Attracts Blondes', 'The Only Diesel Saxophone in Captivity', 'Perfection - Thy Name Is Ridley', 'Nowhere Particular', 'From Audrey Nash to the Widow Dilhooley' and 'Support Your Local Skydiver'.

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Season 20 (1998)

The first episode of series 20 attracted an audience of 8.4 million, the 30th most-watched programme of the week. Compo, Clegg and Truly were the central trio and Malcolm Hebden, Norris Cole in Coronation Street, made a guest appearance in episode one. Billy Hardcastle, played by Keith Clifford, made his first appearance in How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty. Ten episodes were broadcast in 1999 between April and June.

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Season 21 (2001)

The start of 2000 saw a 60-minute Millennium special called Last Post and Pigeon. Compo travels to France with Truly and Clegg. This was the last ever episode filmed with Bill Owen, who died a few days after the filming ended. Despite looking very frail, Owen put in a memorable performance. He played the show's most popular character and the series was never quite the same after he died. Dora Bryan made a first appearance as Ros Utterthwaite in the Millennium special. Ten episodes were broadcast between April and June 2000. Tom Owen played Tom Simmonite for the first time in From Here to Paternity.

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Season 22 (2001)

Billy Hardcastle, Clegg and Truly were the central trio in the ten episodes of series 22, broadcast between April and June 2001. Norman Wisdom appeared in two episodes as Billy Ingleton, and Kathy Staff ended her first stint as Nora Batty in the final episode of the series. June Whitfield and Warren Mitchell guest-starred in the Christmas special broadcast in December.

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Season 23 (2003)

A new run of ten episodes aired between January and March 2002 as series 23. Eli, played by Danny O'Dea, bowed out of the series in episode one. O'Dea left the show due to ill health. It All Began with an Old Volvo Headlamp, the last episode of the series, marked the final appearance of Wesley, played by Gordon Wharmby, who died two months after the episode was broadcast. Nora Batty, played by Kathy Staff, returned in the 2002 Christmas special, which also saw the first appearance of Entwistle, played by Burt Kwouk, and the fifth appearance of Norman Wisdom as Billy Ingleton.

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Season 24 (2003)

Billy Hardcastle, Clegg and Truly continued as the central trio for series 24 in a further 10 episodes broadcast between January and March 2010. The series marked the first appearance of Alvin, played by George and Mildred star Brian Murphy, and the final appearance of Edie Pegden, played by Thora Hird. The year was rounded off with a Christmas special in December.

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Season 25 (2004)

More than 30 years after the series began, another 10 episodes made it to air between February and April 2004 as series 25. Smiler needed to get rid of an unwanted admirer in Barry Becomes a Psychopathic Killer - But Only Part Time, while Clegg, Alvin, Billy and Entwistle played a trick on Truly in Yours Truly - If You're Not Careful. Norman Wisdom made his final guest appearance as Billy Ingleton in the 2004 Christmas special.

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Season 26 (2004)

Brian Murphy's expanded role as Alvin saw him share equal billing with Keith Clifford, Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton in series 26. Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon made guest appearances in the first of ten new episodes. June Whitfield became a regular as Nelly in the 2005 Christmas special.

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Season 27 (2007)

Despite falling audience figures, nine new episodes were broadcast between March and April 2006 for series 27. Trevor Bannister made guest appearances in two episodes, while Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon guest-starred in Who's that Talking to Lenny? The final episode of the series, Plenty of Room in the Back, marked the final appearance of Billy Hardcastle, played by Keith Clifford. A Christmas special rounded off the year.

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Season 28 (2007)

Brian Murphy, Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton returned as Alvin, Clegg and Truly in ten episodes for series 28, broadcast between July and September 2007. Eric Sykes made a guest appearance in The Second Stag Night of Doggy Wilkinson, and the final episode of the series, Sinclair and the Wormley Witches, marked the last appearance of Smiler, played by Stephen Lewis.

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Season 29 (2016)

A number of notable guest appearances were made during series 29, with a run of 11 episodes originally broadcast between June and August 2008. Brian Conley, Nicholas Smith, John Challis, Kenneth Cope, Shirley Anne Field, Philip Fox, Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball all made guest appearances during the series. It's Never Ten Years featured clips of Bill Owen as Compo.

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Season 30 (2016)

A New Year special on 31st December 2008 saw the first appearance of Hobbo, played by Russ Abbot. Ten new episodes for series 30 first shown between April and June 2009 featured Hobbo, Alvin and Entwistle as the central trio. Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton as Clegg and Truly became secondary characters.

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Season 31 (2016)

Hobbo, Alvin and Entwistle return as the central trio in the final series for six episodes broadcast between July and August 2010. Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton as Clegg and Truly remained secondary characters. The final episode, How Not to Cry at Weddings was the 295th epsiode in the series. Clegg uttered the final words 'Does it smell of mothballs?'.

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Season 32 (2016)

All 16 episodes from the 31st and 32nd series of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC sitcom set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 31 episodes are: 'Some Adventures of the Inventor of the Mother Stitch', 'The Mother of All Mistakes - Or Is It?', 'Will Howard Cross the Atlantic Single Handed?', 'Who's That Looking Sideways at Nelly?', 'Nobody Messes With Tony the Throat', 'Will Stella Find True Love With Norris Fairburn?', 'Will Randolph Make a Good Impression?', 'In Which Romance Springs a Leak', 'Variations On a Theme of Father's Day' and 'Goodnight Sweet Ferret'. Series 32 episodes are: 'Behind Every Bush There Is Not Necessarily a Howard', 'Happy Camping', 'The Rights of Man (Except for Howard)', 'Howard and the Great Outdoors', 'Look Whose Wheel's Come Off' and 'How Not to Cry at Weddings'.

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Cast

John HorsleyBrian WildeDora BryanLiz SmithMichael AldridgeEric SykesHenry McGeePeter SallisTyler ButterworthThora HirdBernard CribbinsMichael BatesNorman WisdomPhilip JacksonKenneth CopeBrian PettiferShirley Anne FieldTony HaygarthRosemary MartinTony MelodyWilliam LucasMarjorie SudellKathy StaffMargaret JohnBrian MurphyGeoffrey WilkinsonBrian PeckBill OwenHywel BennettLiz FraserStephen LewisFrank ThorntonJoe GladwinJune WhitfieldRoy HuddJune WatsonTimothy BatesonPhilip AnthonyJohn ComerBurt KwoukValerie LeonBarbara YoungAnita GrahamTony BartonAmanda FaircloughDanny O'DeaFrank MiddlemassBrian ConleyRay CooneyEli WoodsTrevor BannisterPeter BaldwinGwyneth OwenNicholas SmithJohn ChallisSarah ThomasPaul LutyJess ConradBobby BallTommy CannonKeith CliffordRobert FyfeDavid RossKatherine KellyJean BohtPaula TilbrookJohn WarmanLouis EmerickJohn BarrardPhilip FoxJean AlexanderMargaret BurtonAudrey BradyJohn RutlandRichard ColeJames WoolleyJames HunterTony PeersJohn DunbarAndrew VincentMark CurryJoan ScottMike GradyBlake ButlerFiona BruceKen KitsonJacqueline ClarkeTom OwenChristopher BeenyReginald BarrattJane FreemanGerald JamesBeatrice KelleyAnita CareyJosephine TewsonMaggie OllerenshawRoy BarracloughGordon WharmbyPeter WallisJim WhelanKate BrownRaymond GrahamKathleen St JohnLiz GouldingPeter HughesJohnny AllanFrances CoxBetty HardyRobin BonceyFrances GoodallKathy ProctorMike WallingGeorge MalpasErin GeraghtyRay GatenbyLarry NobleJean FergussonJuliette KaplanRuss AbbotJennifer WilsonHeather RamsayGordon Langford-RoweJeanne MockfordPete IvattsTony CapstickDavid WilliamsJulie T WallaceCol FarrellLynn RodenRosy ClaytonBarrie GosneyJoanna MaysRiky AshJean FergusonPippa HaywardDanny O DeaGerard HaylingTony SimonRobin BanksBill RodgersPenelope JayMaria SavageMike NewboldIan LockerJames CaseyAndrew KitchenErik GreenChristopher BeeneyHaley BurnettRuth HoldenStephanie RoscoeBree MartinBramwell AnthonyRay L NicholasTony CaptickSherry OrmerodLise CerviHilary SietaChris BeenyHoward HarlingMark ButtJohnny CassonBernard MerrickCaroline OakesDanyon HawcroftCharis BachellorDee QuembyConstance CarlingJane JarmonJohnnie CassonKate CarterJean BurgessPeter Ivatts