Last of the Summer Wine

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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 5

An increase in physical comedy was a hallmark of the fifth series, originally broadcast between September and October 1979. Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Brian Wilde reprised their roles as Compo, Clegg and Foggy. Stan Richards, Seth Armstrong in Emmerdale, appeared in The Flag and Further Snags. Full Steam Behind, reported to be Peter Sallis's favourite episode, saw Foggy take Compo and Clegg to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Compo wants to impress Nora in Here We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder by taking up hang-gliding. Seven episodes were aired. A Christmas special rounded off 1979, but there wasn't another new show until the Christmas special in December 1981.

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Season 6

Series six shown in 1982 saw the first full series since 1979 and seven episodes were broadcast between January and February. The series included From Wellies to Wet Suit, reported to be Bill Owen's favourite episode. Wesley Pegden, played by Gordon Wharmby, appeared for the first time in Car and Garter. A Christmas Day special the same year saw Foggy turn his back on the commercialisation of Christmas by booking a caravan for the trio.

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Season 7

The opening episode of series seven was watched by almost 16 million viewers, making it the fifth most-watched programme of the year. The 90-minute Christmas special in December was historical for being the first episode of a British sitcom to be longer than 30 minutes. It also marked the final appearance of Sid, played by John Comer, who died six weeks after the broadcast. The special also saw the first appearance of Ken Kitson as a policeman, a role he would play until the series ended in 2010. There was no new series in 1984. The show returned with a Christmas special in December 1984, which featured the first appearance of Crusher Milburn, played by Jonathan Linsley.

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Season 8

The eighth series was originally broadcast between March and April 1985 and comprised six episodes. It saw Brian Wilde end his first stint as Foggy, while Robert Fyfe, Juliette Kaplan and Jean Fergusson made their first appearances as Howard, Pearl and Marina. Brian Glover appeared in Keeping Britain Tidy, which saw Foggy campaign to clean up the countryside.

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Season 9

Series nine sees the character of Seymour, played by Michael Aldridge, in a 90-minute special that aired on January 1st, 1986, replace Foggy. It also saw the first appearances of Edie (Thora Hird), Glenda (Sarah Thomas) and Barry (Mike Grady). A Christmas special was broadcast in December and, with an expanded cast, twelve episodes were shown in 1987 between January and March. The episode Jaws marked the first appearance of shortsighted bumbler Eli, played by Danny O'Dea. The final episode of the series featured the last appearance of Wally, a popular character played by Joe Gladwin, who died 11 days before the episode was broadcast. The end of 1987 saw another 90-minute Christmas special.

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Season 10

For series ten Compo, Clegg and Seymour appeared in six episodes originally broadcast between October and November 1988. Stephen Lewis was seen for the first time as Smiler in the episode That Certain Smile. Lewis was previously known to viewers as Blakey in ITV sitcom On the Buses. The 60-minute Christmas special saw the introduction of Auntie Wainwright, played by an almost unrecognisable Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street for more than 200 episodes.

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Season 11

Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Michael Aldridge returned as the central trio in seven episodes broadcast between October and November 1989 for series 11. Seymour designs a kite for Compo in Getting Barry Higher in the World, but does not count on Wesley mixing the measurements up. In a 50-minute Christmas special, broadcast in December 1989, Compo tries to earn enough money to buy Nora a Christmas present.

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Season 12

Brian Wilde returned as Foggy for series 12, originally broadcast between September and November 1990. Michael Aldridge made a fleeting final appearance as Seymour in the first episode. Compo impresses a TV reporter in The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression, an episode featuring Gorden Kaye, best known for playing Rene Artois in the sitcom ?Allo ?Allo! In the 1990 Christmas special, Glenda worries when Barry doesn't come home, but Compo, Clegg and Foggy find him dressed as Santa Claus.

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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 AldridgeBrian GloverEric SykesHenry McGeePeter SallisCardew RobinsonTyler ButterworthThora HirdBernard CribbinsMichael BatesNorman WisdomPhilip JacksonKenneth CopeBrian PettiferShirley Anne FieldTony HaygarthRichard VernonRobert LangRosemary MartinTony MelodyWilliam LucasDon HendersonGaye BrownMarjorie 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 WoodsClare KellyTrevor BannisterPeter BaldwinGwyneth OwenNicholas SmithJoe MeliaJohn ChallisSarah ThomasPaul LutyGordon GostelowJess ConradBobby BallTommy CannonKeith CliffordRobert FyfeDavid RossKatherine KellyJean BohtPaula TilbrookJohn WarmanLouis EmerickJohn BarrardPhilip FoxJean AlexanderMargaret BurtonAudrey BradyJohn RutlandRichard ColeJames WoolleyJames HunterTony PeersJonathan LinsleyJohn 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 RamsayKathleen WorthJohn EvittsGordon Langford-RoweJeanne MockfordPete IvattsTony CapstickDavid WilliamsJulie T WallaceCol FarrellLynn RodenRoger GraingerRosy 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 CarlingBert ParnabyJane JarmonJohnnie CassonKate CarterJean BurgessPeter IvattsGil Morris