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Last of the Summer Wine

Last of the Summer Wine is a "Britcom", or British sitcom, which has run longer than any other British comedy series, now in its twenty-third series. Set in and around Holmfirth, Yorkshire, the series centers around the adventures of three elderly, unmarried friends: Norman Clegg (Peter Sallis[?]), "Cleggy", shy and self-effacing; and Compo Simmonite, sly and amorous towards one of the women, Nora Batty (Bill Owen, who was replaced on his death by his son Tom Owen[?], playing Compo's son), and a third member, who varied through the series. The original third member was Cyril Blamire (Michael Bates[?]), then Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde[?]), pompous and boastful, then Seymour Utterthwaite (Michael Aldridge[?]), then Truly Truelove (Frank Thornton[?]).

A spin-off series, First of the Summer Wine, used different actors to follow the exploits of the main characters in their youth.

Important regular sub-plots in Last of the Summer Wine revolve around Howard's love affair with Marina; discussions of the women's informal group: Nora, Ivy, Pearl, Elsie, and Gladys; Compo's pursuit of Nora (in later episodes, after Wally Batty is no longer on the scene); Aunty Wainwright's machinations to sell her merchandise, and Eli's gaffes.

At various times, Auntie Wainwright mentions that both Howard and Smiler are relatives of hers, but she never specifies how.

This show was very unusual for its large regular cast:

Last of the Summer Wine episode list



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