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Last Of The Summer Wine: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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FOTSW was set in 1939 and featured the trio of Clegg, Compo and Uttherthwaite, plus the young Foggy, and other similarly aged youngsters, in their late teens, with the Second World War approaching (War was declared in the final episode, which saw Clegg’s cousin Brad enlisting). By mbc1955 in The Goggle-Box July 5, 2023 1,132 Words 4 Comments Wednesday Morning Sitcom Time: Last of the Summer Wine s02 e01-04 – Forked Lightning/Who’s That Dancing With Nora Batty? Blamire (Michael Bates) had retired from his job as a clerk with the local Water Board, Clegg (Peter Sallis) had been made redundant from his job as a lino salesman at the Co-op, and Compo (Bill Owen) (later named as William Simmonite) was a lifelong layabout.

In between, Compo loses his doorkey at the Library whilst Blamire and Clegg are bouncing him on his head. Smiler gets drunk and adventurous on Auntie Wainwright's homemade wine, and Truly and Compo attempt to keep him under control.Foggy was full of himself, confident that he knew everything in any situation and that he was a natural leader. After the death of Owen in 1999, Compo was replaced at various times by his real-life son, Tom Owen, as Tom Simmonite, Keith Clifford as Billy Hardcastle, a man who thought of himself as a direct descendant of Robin Hood, and Brian Murphy as the cheeky-chappy Alvin Smedley. I also updated the post to include the featurette 'The Funny Side of Christmas' that I forgot to include. Main article: List of Last of the Summer Wine characters The most famous of the Last of the Summer Wine trios: From left to right: Peter Sallis as Norman Clegg, Brian Wilde as Walter "Foggy" Dewhurst, and Bill Owen as William "Compo" Simmonite. When Took heard that James Gilbert and Roy Clarke were looking for a place with a centre surrounded by hills for their new television programme, he suggested the idea to Duncan Wood, who was at that time filming Comedy Playhouse.

Perhaps there was also the fact, which we overlook at our peril, that with the exception of the execrable but even more popular Mrs Brown’s Boys, there’s nothing else like it on TV, and that there is a substantial chunk of the audience out there that no longer has anyone making programmes for them. This division into male and female casts was carried over into LOTSW‘s first and only spin-off, First of the Summer Wine. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the mischievous and impulsive Compo Simmonite, Peter Sallis as easy-going everyman Norman Clegg, and Michael Bates as uptight and arrogant Cyril Blamire. Clarke chose the original title, The Last of the Summer Wine, to convey the idea that the characters are not in the autumn of their lives but the summer, even though it may be "the last of the summer". Jane Freeman seized her brief opportunity to look and sound soft, saying that they never had any babies.Gilbert had seen film actor Bill Owen playing northern characters in the Royal Court Theatre and proposed to cast him as Compo. This time, it came from the smug, self-satisfied and patronising, those who considered themselves very much above that sort of thing, incapable of stopping to question the idea that something they don’t want to watch should therefore not be broadcast, despite the fact that, if they are limited to terrestrial TV, they have at least four alternatives available at the same time, and literally hundreds more with satellite.

I never intended to follow the show any further than these first two, nostalgia-carried, series, even though the first Foggy Dewhurst period was probably the most consistenty successful era of Last of the Summer Wine: I remember that period only too well for nostalgia to have much of a grip. Although many felt that the show's quality had declined over the years, [7] Last of the Summer Wine continued to receive large audiences for the BBC [8] and was praised for its positive portrayal of older people and family-friendly humour.This was filmed almost fifty years ago, in a different era of technology, and the same contrast between interior and exterior shots was wildly in evidence, and LOTSW spent a lot of time out of doors, utilising Holmfirth’s streets and its attendant hills to wide extent. A pre- I Didn’t Know You Cared Li Smith guests as an unn,ed would-be housekeeper from Bradford who never comes near being the answer to Compo’s annual prayer, and runs off with his new suit and tam o’shanter. The men never seem to grow up, and they develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their stunts. The café has become a tourist destination on the strength of the series, and features a model of Compo outside for photographic purposes.

Compo’s mooning over Norah Batty again (not that way though at this early stage you wouldn’t put it past him) and gets his chance when Wally makes a break for it and runs home to his mother. In 2008, the BBC announced that Russ Abbot would join the cast in series 30 as a relatively youthful actor.

Inventor of the Forty Foot Ferret’ meanders along a loose storylime about getting the atheist Compo to go into a Church (which church was actually the one where Bill Owen was buried in 1999) whilst ‘Pate and Chips’ (a double-sided pun) was about a day out at a stately home with Compo’s nephew Chip and his brood.

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