Last of the Summer Wine

British sitcom

Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom. It ran longer than any other comedy show in the UK and longer than any other sitcom in the world.[1][2] It airs on the television channel BBC One. Roy Clarke writes the show and Alan J. W. Bell produces and directs it. It started as an episode of the television show Comedy Playhouse and originally aired on 4 January 1973. The first series of episodes started airing on 12 November 1973. The show had broadcast its 30th series in 2009 [3] and the 31st and final series was shown in 2010.[4]

Last of the Summer Wine
Also known asThe Last of the Summer Wine (Pilot episode)
Created byRoy Clarke
Written byRoy Clarke
Directed byJames Gilbert (1973)
Bernard Thompson (1975)
Sydney Lotterby (1976–1979, 1982–1983)
Ray Butt (1976)
Alan J. W. Bell (1981–1982, 1983–2010)
StarringLast cast:
Russ Abbot
Burt Kwouk
Brian Murphy
Peter Sallis
Frank Thornton
June Whitfield
Robert Fyfe
Mike Grady
Jean Alexander
Jane Freeman
Josephine Tewson
Kathy Staff
Theme music composerRonnie Hazlehurst
Opening theme"The Last of the Summer Wine"
ComposersRonnie Hazlehurst
Jim Parker
Original languageEnglish
No. of series31 as of 2010
No. of episodes295 as of 29 August 2010 (list of episodes)
ProducersJames Gilbert (1973)
Bernard Thompson (1975)
Sydney Lotterby (1976–1979, 1982–1983)
Alan J. W. Bell (1981–1982, 1983–2010)
Production locationsHolmfirth, West Yorkshire, England
CinematographyPat O'Shea
Running time30 minutes (approx.)
Production companyBBC
Original release
NetworkBBC One
Release12 November 1973 (1973-11-12) –
29 August 2010 (2010-08-29)
Comedy Playhouse
First of the Summer Wine

Last of the Summer Wine was filmed in and around Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England. It features three older men who never get old and act like they are children. The three originally were Norman Clegg (Peter Sallis), Cyril Blamire (Michael Bates), and Compo Simmonite (Bill Owen). After two years, Blamire left the show. In his place, Brian Wilde joined as Foggy Dewhurst. The current cast is Russ Abbot as Hobbo Hobdyke, Burt Kwouk as Entwistle, and Brian Murphy as Alvin Smedley.

Some think the show is not as good as it used to be.[5] Many people continue watching it, though,[6] and praise it for portraying older people well[7] and for its family-friendly humour.[7] Members of the British Royal Family enjoy the show.[8] The show has been nominated for some awards and won the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 1999.[9] There have been many holiday specials, two television movies, and a documentary movie about the series. Last of the Summer Wine has inspired other adaptations, including a television prequel,[10] several novelisations,[11] and a stage adaptation.[12]

  1. Mangan, Lucy (2007-11-06). "Cable girl: why has the Summer Wine lasted?". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  2. Producer and director: Alan J. W. Bell (2003-04-13). "30 Years of Last of the Summer Wine". BBC. BBC One. {{cite episode}}: Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. "BBC Programmes - Last of the Summer Wine - Get Out of That, Then". BBC. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  4. Kaplan, Juliette. "Upcoming Events". Juliette Kaplan Official Webpage. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  5. Reed, Ed (2003-09-23). "Axe Summer Wine says shock magazine survey". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  6. Oatts, Joanne (2007-07-17). "3.2 million enjoy 'Summer Wine'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Series Profile: Last of the Summer Wine". The Insider. BBC Sales. May 2007. pp. 8–9. Archived from the original (DOC) on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  8. Parkin, Jenny (2001-12-15). "A Summer Wine fit for the Queen". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  9. "Thaw's double TV victory". BBC News. 1999-10-27. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  10. Bright and Ross (2000), p. 160
  11. Bright and Ross (2000), p. 24
  12. Bright and Ross (2000), pp. 24–25



Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2000-04-06). Last of the Summer Wine: The Finest Vintage. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0563551518.

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