Last of the Summer Wine premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on 4 January 1973 and the first series of episodes followed on 12 November 1973. From 1983 to 2010, Alan J. W. Bell produced and directed all episodes of the show. The BBC confirmed on 2 June 2010 that Last of the Summer Wine had been cancelled and the 2010 series would be its last.
Last of the Summer Wine was set and filmed in and around Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England and centered around a trio of old men whose line-up changed several times over the years. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the scruffy and child-like Compo, Peter Sallis as deep-thinking, meek Norman Clegg and Michael Bates as authoritarian and snobbish Blamire. When Bates dropped out through illness in 1976 after two series, the role of the third man of the trio was filled in various years up to the 30th series by the quirky war veteran, Foggy (Brian Wilde), the eccentric inventor, Seymour (Michael Aldridge), and former police officer Truly (Frank Thornton). The men never seem to grow up and develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their youthful stunts. The cast grew to include a variety of supporting characters, each contributing their own subplots to the show and often becoming unwillingly involved in the schemes of the trio.
After the death of Owen in 1999, Compo was replaced at various times by his real-life son, Tom Owen, as equally unkempt Tom, Keith Clifford as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancied himself a descendant of Robin Hood, and Brian Murphy as the childish Alvin. Due to the age of the main cast, a new trio was formed during the 30th series featuring somewhat younger actors, and this format was used for the final two instalments of the show. This group consisted of Russ Abbot as a former milkman who fancied himself a secret agent, Hobbo, Burt Kwouk as the electrical repairman, Entwistle, and Murphy as Alvin. Sallis and Thornton, both past members of the trio, continued in supporting roles alongside the new actors.
Episodes of Season 19
The Love Mobile
Smiler comes face to face with the woman of his dreams and promptly sweeps her off her feet - on to the back of his tandem, and Barry resolves to throw caution to the wind and show his affection for Glenda.
A Clean Sweep
Foggy keeps the old tradition of having chimney sweeps at weddings alive.
The Mysterious CW Northrop
Ivy receives an anonymous love letter and spends all her time trying to work out who sent it, little realising Compo, Clegg and Foggy already know. However, she soon rules out everyone except Smiler - and promptly resolves to put him straight once and for all.
A Double for Howard
Howard concocts a plan to allay Pearl's well-founded suspicions - he just needs to find someone as small as himself.
How to Create a Monster
Smiler decides to provide a service to society by becoming a lollipop man, but unfortunately he does not start on good terms with the locals - a problem compounded by Foggy's decision to give him a crash course in aggression.
Deviations with Davenport
A man researching a guidebook on cross-country walks foolishly accepts Foggy's offer of help, hoping the self-proclaimed survival expert's military training ensures his expedition runs like clockwork.
According to the Prophet Bickerdyke
Compo, Clegg and Foggy learn the mysterious prophet Bickerdyke has foretold the end of the world - just as the rural calm is shattered by a Episode synopses bbcworldwidesales.com LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT Tx Date: 20/04/1997 Duration: 10 x 30' Tx Channel: BBC 1 Last of the Summer Wine Series 19 Another vintage year series of explosions. Doomsday is just around the corner, or it could just be Wesley having car trouble.
Next Kiss Please
Compo bets Foggy that he will succeed in getting Nora Batty to kiss him before the day is ended.
Destiny and the Six Bananas
Young-at-heart trio Compo, Clegg and Foggy gamely volunteer to investigate reports of something sinister stirring in the woods.
A Sidecar Named Desire
Compo hires a motorbike from Auntie Wainwright and takes Nora Batty for a ride in it. The disaster-fraught trip sees Nora chasing after him for once - but only because she is hurtling toward him in an out-ofcontrol sidecar.