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The Man from Oswestry 

Compo is missing Blamire, we learn from him, that Cyril Blamire has gone to live in Oswestry, after hearing a lady he is interested in has become a widow. Clegg has received a letter from ... See full summary »





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Compo is missing Blamire, we learn from him, that Cyril Blamire has gone to live in Oswestry, after hearing a lady he is interested in has become a widow. Clegg has received a letter from Balmire, this letter asks the to meet someone off the bus. This someone is to be Foggy Dewhurst, whom they knew from their childhood and youth, he was a corporal sign writer, but now civilian. He is returning home to Arnold crescent, but no longer has any living relatives to meet.He arrives loaded with keepsake metal signs. Within a short time of meeting up with Foggy, Clegg announces Foggy is a "genuine 14 carat gilt edged barm pot". Foggy has fight fight in a pub with one of Compos many cousins, we don't see it, but despite Foggy boasts it last very little time, and the cousin comes in unscathed, unlike Foggy. The trio is now established. Written by Vita 1956

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27 October 1976 (UK)  »

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The first episode without Michael Bates (Blamire), and the first time Compo is seen with his own cigarettes. See more »


When Foggy's bus approaches the bus station, it is displaying route number 11 on the front and side. However when Foggy is disembarking the route number on the side of the bus is 14. See more »

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None of the cast were included in the openings credits. Presumably, this was not to give away that Michael Bates had been replaced by Brian Wilde. See more »

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The new third man
21 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

The third season saw some changes and is the start of the golden age of the programme.

Sydney Lotterby took over as director and producer and Brian Wilde was introduced as Foggy Dewhurst after Micheal Bates left the programme because of ill health and his character was sent to Oswestry to court a widow. While there he met up with an old friend, retired from the army and coming back home to Yorkshire. He has written to Clegg requesting that he and Compo meet him at the bus station.

We have our first glimpse of Foggy getting into an argument with the bus conductor over the amount of luggage he has brought, talking up his army days and military prowess. He nearly gets beaten up in the pub by one of Compo's relatives and is prone to moments of going blank which he puts down to going into deep concentration.

The episode is topped off as the luggage that Foggy pushes up the hill rolls down taking him with it.

The series still has the gritty atmosphere of the early years, there is still talk about politics, lazy workers, equal opportunities legislation. The women are still painted as dragons but we are now there with the characters coming together as well as the comedy. The going down a hill and pratfalls are going to become more frequent but at the moment it is Foggy and not Compo who is suffering.

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