Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )

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Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.

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 Clegg / ... (295 episodes, 1973-2010)
Jane Freeman ...
 Ivy (274 episodes, 1973-2010)
Kathy Staff ...
 Nora Batty / ... (246 episodes, 1973-2008)
Robert Fyfe ...
 Howard / ... (230 episodes, 1985-2010)
Juliette Kaplan ...
 Pearl / ... (226 episodes, 1985-2010)
Jean Fergusson ...
 Marina (216 episodes, 1985-2010)
Sarah Thomas ...
 Glenda / ... (215 episodes, 1986-2010)
Bill Owen ...
 Compo / ... (186 episodes, 1973-2008)
Jean Alexander ...
 Auntie / ... (168 episodes, 1988-2010)
Mike Grady ...
 Barry / ... (161 episodes, 1986-2010)
Thora Hird ...
 Edie / ... (152 episodes, 1986-2003)
Gordon Wharmby ...
 Wesley / ... (139 episodes, 1982-2002)
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 Truly / ... (135 episodes, 1997-2010)
Stephen Lewis ...
 Smiler / ... (135 episodes, 1988-2007)
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Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.

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12 November 1973 (UK)  »

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Den sidste sommervin  »

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By 1976 it was clear that Michael Bates was ill. The cancer which was to eventually kill him meant the strenuous walking through the hills became impossible. He was written out of the series and his noticeable gap was filled by Brian Wilde, who had already become known as Mr. Barrowclough in Porridge (1974). Michael Bates did continue to appear in his other success, It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974), but died soon after. See more »

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[Compo has just died]
Truly: Are we going to see him?
Norman Clegg: I can see him, fooling about, hands in his pockets, dragging his wellies.
Truly: Are we going to see him before they close the lid.
Norman Clegg: Oh, I'm not so sure about that.
Truly: You'll be sorry. Besides, how often do you get to see something for nothing these days?
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Growing old with the Summer Wine
30 November 2004 | by (Essex, England) – See all my reviews

When we first started to watch this show we were in our 30's which put the actors at around 50 years of age, As I am sure most of you "younguns" out there of 30 or under will testify, 50 is an age you yourselves will never be, just as we thought then, how wrong we were, Time shoots by so very quickly that here we are 30 odd years later and still avid fans. Last of the Summer Wine was and still is wonderful viewing if you prefer your television to not be peppered with unnecessary expletives nor have endless closeups of moving bed-clothes and sundry body parts. This was a story of 3 middle-aged men who still had their wits and humour about them and most of all loved to laugh. The fact that you knew in advance the slide down the hill on a tray or running with a kite being pulled by Wesleys "jeep" would always end in disaster for one or the other of the trio was part of the attraction and still is. Viewing the programme now with many new actors in the cast, due mainly to the demise of the original cast members, is just a reflection of life and death but the humour, fun and sheer joy of living is still there despite the fact that Norman Clegg still professes to find it difficult to talk to women or for that matter anyone except his close compatriots. Now in our mid 60's my husband and I still love this programme and will always watch the repeats which are, fortunately for us, now running on cable TV. A toast to the Summer Wine-- Long may it Last-.


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