Last of the Summer Wine

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Last of the Summer Wine
Also known asThe Last of the Summer Wine (Pilot episode)
GenreSitcom
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
and Kathy Staff
Theme music composerRonnie Hazlehurst
Opening theme"The Last of the Summer Wine"
Composer(s)Ronnie Hazlehurst
Jim Parker
Original language(s)English
No. of series31 as of 2010
No. of episodes295 as of 29 August 2010 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)James Gilbert (1973)
Bernard Thompson (1975)
Sydney Lotterby (1976–1979, 1982–1983)
Alan J. W. Bell (1981–1982, 1983–2010)
Production location(s)Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England
CinematographyPat O'Shea
Running time30 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)BBC
Release
Original networkBBC One
Picture formatPAL (576i) (1973-2005)
HDTV 720p (2006)
HDTV 1080i (2007-2010)
Original release12 November 1973 – 29 August 2010
Chronology
Related showsComedy Playhouse
First of the Summer Wine

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 just finished showing its 29th series[3] and a 30th series is in production.[4]

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]

Notes[change | change source]

  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. 30 Years of Last of the Summer Wine. Producer and director: Alan J. W. Bell. BBC. BBC One. 2003-04-13.
  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. 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. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Series Profile: Last of the Summer Wine" (DOC). The Insider. BBC Sales. May 2007. pp. 8–9. 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

Reference[change | change source]

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

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