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Welcome to the official web site of the Summer Wine Appreciation Society, in partnership with Holmfirth Web. This is our tribute to the world's longest-running TV comedy series which is filmed in the Holme Valley, and surrounding villages.





DISCLAIMER: 
 
We really welcome your comments and views on Last of the Summer Wine. They will be used on this page for other  fans to read  However, we regret we are unable to carry any more references to the purchase of home video recordings due to BBC copyright regulations. We apologise for any inconvenience.


 

 

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2006
December 2006

 

BBC, DVDS AND UKGOLD

With regards to the BBC's apparent reluctance to release more episodes, could this be because, having sold these to, amongst others, the Sky Channel, they are contracted not to release any more episodes on DVD?.
If you consider Sky have continually repeated, first on UK Gold, then Bravo and now  Drama channels,  series 4 to 13 episodes and are now repeating episodes 14, 15 and 16, they would be possible loosing a good standby when planning their broadcast schedules.
Personally, I have recorded all these episodes and now have made-up DVD's for all these series, However I  would still buy any new released DVDs.  
Regards, F Roberts
 


IT WAS THAT VIADUCT

In response to the query about the viaduct - this was Thornton Viaduct on the old GNR line from Keighley - Bradford (closed 1955) - it is to the west of Bradford. Still stands as do the viaducts at Hewenden, Cullingworth and Denholme.
Kind regards RT


DO THE BEEB EVER VISIT THIS WEBSITE?

Just wondering if anyone from the BBC ever gets to see this and the other websites dedicated to The Last of the Summer Wine? If they did they would realise that there must be thousands upon thousands of LOTSW fans throughout the world who would gladly fork out some hard earned cash to pay to see a decent comedy show. I for one would gladly pay £7.99 ( as per Dads Army and Only Fools and Horses series) a fortnight to build up a collection of this popular series. BBC - I emphasize 'very popular'. Perhaps someone who knows someone who knows someone else who in turn knows someone awake at the BBC who might just realise what a goldmine they are sitting upon. What are they waiting for - someone to record all the shows from the TV and then sell them for ridiculous amounts on eBay?        


THE SPECTABLE SCOOP

http://thespectacle.co.uk

Issue 0003 September 2006


Digitally re-mastered for the 21st century, the BBC releases all 255 episodes of Last Of The Summer Wine on DVD
A “Special Edition” DVD box set of all 255 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine is to be released in September. But, in a twist that is becoming more common, the episodes have been digitally re-mastered. Len Gafferprone, producer of the first 93 episodes, and the man that led the re-mastering project, said that the DVD version of the series would be ‘cleaned up and given a lick of paint,’ and that nothing substantial in the timeless plotting or magnificent dialogue would be changed. ‘It’s more of a restoration really. We did however take the opportunity to correct a gaff. In one of the episodes where Compo goes down a hill in a bath, just before we cut to Compo landing in a pond, if you’re eagle-eyed you might just spot that’s a stuntman in the bath!’
  Gafferprone said that fans can expect plenty of extras too, a prerequisite for any DVD release these days. ‘We’ve got a rare 1962 interview with Peter Sallis on the set of Series 3. There’s also a ‘Behind the Scenes’ documentary on the making of such classic scenes as Compo rolling down a hill, Compo rolling down a hill in a bath, Compo accidentally pushing Clegg down a hill, Compo accidentally pushing Clegg down a hill in a bath and a more recent episode featuring Comp’s son rolling down a hill in a bath.'
The release is timed to coincided with the airing of the latest series on BBC1.
In an attempt to embrace the digital age of the 21st Century, the first episode of the new series will include a computer generated bath rolling down a computer generated hill. ‘There’s nothing we can’t do now, thanks to the magic of computers. If we want a shot of one of our characters rolling down a hill in a bath, it’s only a few clicks away. Want to see a bath floating in a pond, then slowly sinking while one of the cast give a salute? That's no problem to our technical team.
Found this recently anyone have anything to ad on the BBC releasing this we have our doubts.

Brian Biggs


ENJOY LOTSW


Enjoy watching the Last of the Summer Wine.  Its my favourite program.
Cheers dears,
J.

WHICH ONE WAS THE MARCHING BAND

please could you tell me which episode featured bill owen singing with marching band
john
Wingletangsfive@aol.com  


GETTING SAM HOME ANYONE?


Dear Sir/Madam,
I would love to get either on video or dvd the 1983 Christmas Special of Last of the Summer Wine – Getting Sam Home , is it possible to purchase this Christmas special.
Yours desperately

Joan Shaw
joan@qmstores.co.uk

PS I am wanting to buy it for a friend this Christmas who is a great fan of Last of the Summer Wine
 

ANY PATTERN FOR COMPO'S HATS?

I have loved watching Last of the Summer Wine for several years now on
Maryland's Public TV stations.  As a knitter, I wonder if you have a
pattern for Compo's green hat -- or even a good picture from which I
could reproduce it.  If I do it, I would be glad to share the
directions with your site as a freebie.  I think there were at least
three versions on the series.  I am especially interested in the light
green one used at the end of the series, also the first light green one
he used with the lovely Aran patterns.
Thanks,
Priscilla Bouic
Bowie, Maryland
pbouic@juno.com


RESOLVING WESLEY


MY FAMILY AND I ARE NEW FANS OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE IN THAT THE LOCAL PBS STATION JUST STARTED RUNNING IT.
MY QUESTION IS WITH WESLEY PASS AWAY FIRST THEN EDIE HOW DID THEY RESOLVE THE LOST IN THE SHOW????

JOHN ALBRIGHT
BRIGHTON, TENNESSEE

Albr3446@bellsouth.net

 

October/November 2006
Apologies for delays publishing your October messages


SIGN THE SUMMER WINE PETITION!


Hello,

Hello Summer Wine, You may remember I e-mailed you some time last year about I created a Summer Wine Petition to try and get some more series on DVD.

I looked at the petition today and it has 709 Signatures.


Could you please put it back on the Summer Wine website so we get around about 291 Signatures more. If we get 291 more or over, I'll send it to the BBC asking if we could get more of summer wine on DVD, ( a least 3 release per year) so we can have the complete on DVD of, Last Of The Summer Wine.


I'll keep you informed of the petition.
Pettion address: www.petitiononline.com/lotsw

Many Thanks
Mr. Craig A Hills


LOTSW AMONG OUR TV GREATS


WATCH LOSW FOR YEARS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES. MISS COMPO. KEEP FILMING OVER
THE PAST YEAR. SENT SEVERAL EMAILS NO REPLY. THANK YOU.
JOHN GARMON



FIRST OF SUMMER WINE QUESTION

Was mark stead in first of the summer wine because its on his website
he says that he was is this true?
ross_garde@hotmail.co.uk



SPECIAL SCREENING - ALL INVITED!

I don't know if you know although I'm sure you do we had a special screening of Last Of The Summer Wine at our Theatre in January 15th 2006, our theatre holds 520 seats and we were full for each showing!!! We are pleased to say we are having the cast and crew back this year on Sunday 19th November and next year Sunday 21st January. We had a wonderful time and we hope it will be even better. We are very proud to be associated with this show and the audience loved it, certainly no need for canned laughter!!!!

Nevil Michaels
Marketing Manager
Leatherhead Theatre
01372 365132 - 07770 652821
nevil@the-theatre.org


VIADUCT MYSTERY - CAN ANY FANS HELP?


My Dad absolutely loved this series- he died 19 years ago. I have been
into Holmfirth a few times since then, and every time I see re-runs of the
programme - I can imagine him laughing his head of at Compo's antics.
I would be interested in finding out more about the website, and the
society. This area is spectacular, and a joy to visit.
I am living on Merseyside, so am not a million miles away!
One query- the episode where they dropped a mangle of an old railway
viaduct- where was that filmed?

My Very Best Wishes,

Dean Pritchard
medic208@hotmail.co.uk



WHERE CAN IF GET THAT MUSIC CD?

Hello
We are huge Summer Wine fans and I have been trying for the last year and a half to get a copy of the music CD that was offered about two years ago. I couldn't get it at that time and now I can't find it anywhere.
Any suggestions?
Thank you
Pat and Lee Duigon

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please click link top left to SW CD - http://www.summer-wine.com/summer-wine/swcd.htm


ANY LOTSW CELEBRATIONS ANYONE?

I would like to find out if there will be any celebrations in 2007 for the 35th Anniversary of the show. I would like to plan a trip to Holmfirth during the celebrations. If anyone has any information, I would love to hear it.
Pamela Quade
Maryland, USA
compofan@yahoo.com


A FAN FROM MARYLAND

Hello from Maryland, Jim the ex-pat Geordie here. I am a long time fan of the show,
Now to my question,
Why are there no Galleries of Marina on the site? [I also had a crush on Glenda, but see no pictures of her either. It seems to me Marina is deserving of having her fashions shown on the site.Finally I have to say a thank you to PBS over here, after repeating Summer Wine from Compo's death, up to Truly and Billy, but usually not in any order, PBS has gone right back to 1973, in colour, it's great to see Michael Bates again, I must say, I had forgotten how HARSH some of the comedy was then, and all three "lads" smoking their heads off, the PC brigade would be in fits. I hope this run of Summer Wine will last a long while.
Good Luck with everything, and thanks for a great site.
Jim

A BIRTHDAY PEACOCK


We are very avid watchers of LOTSW and also have a book or two by Roy Clarke

In the book "Gala Week A Summer Wine Chronicle"he relates how the boys try to give Norah a peacock for her birthday

Was this tale ever included in a BBC broadcast and if so, which series

Would much appreciate you assistance, we have "googled" the web for a long time on this one but to no avail

Hope to hear from you soon

Regards

Nanon and Don

Australia
newmandc@chariot.net.au



WOULD LOVE TO CHAT TO OTHER FANS

Hello,
I appreciate the LOTSW website. I discovered it on my PBS station a few years ago and now its now carried here anymore. I’m wondering if it ever will be again. Would love to correspond with anyone about series. I’m in Eastern,NC coastal plain area.



KF
FEEGLEK@ecu.edu


ANOTHER DVD QUESTION


GOOD AFTERNOON NEW YORK TIME

CAN YOU TELL ME WANT DVD EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE . I CALL ONLY FIND TWO SETS AND THE SHOW RAN FOR 30 YEARS ?

THANKS

PETE
peterlof@juno.com

PIVOTAL EPISODE OMITTED


According to episode guides for LOTW, the pilot "Of Funerals And Fish"
(presented within Comedy Playhouse, b. 04 Jan 1973), preceeded Season
1. However, within the current DVD Release of Season 1/2, this pivotal
episode has been omitted.

Contrast this approach with the BBC's release of 'Gangsters' (also on
DVD), within which the original Play for Today pilot together with
Seasons 1 and 2 were contained.

Perhaps, when successor LOTW series are released, 'Of Funderals and
Fish' will be presented. "Norman Clegg Visits his late wife's grave on the
anniversary of her death, then he reunites with his friends Compo
Simmonite and Cyril Blamire and the trio wonders through town talking about,
life, death and fish"

However, it would be unfortunate if the pilot was junked as as
commonplace with other BBC series from the time.

Best wishes

Rebecca

LOVED LISTENING TO THE SUMMER WINE PODCASTS


it was really great to hear bill owen's and peter sallis voice i
enjoyed listening to the interviews, it so was sad to hear about bill owen
losing his life to cancer.

so thanks for uploading these interviews onto the site

from laura grimes


SHOWING THE SUMMER WINE CLASSICS IN MARYLAND, USA


Hello from Maryland. Having been a fan of the show for years now, I've always regretted that the older series, with Michael Bates, and the first incarnation of Foggy were not being shown in the United States.
Just last week, that changed. Our local PBS outlet, WMPT, Channel 22 in Annapolis, showed the pilot episode, with Blamire, Compo, Clegg, and so on.
They are continuing, for now, to show the older ones, one per weekday, so I'm staying tuned even more than usual.
We are indeed lucky here. Other cities in the United States DO NOT GET LOTSW at all. A friend in Philadelphia got to see only a very few episodes on WHYY, Channel 12, before it was just yanked off the schedule.
Thanks to the BBC for keeping such a marvelous thing going.
Bruce Harrison
Hyattsville, MD, U.S.A.



DVD COPIES FOR US MARKET?

For some time I have watch “Last of the Summer Wine” with great delight. On Oregon Public TV last night (10-8-6) episode Compo’s Death was shown which web research today revealed it took place in 1999. I didn’t know the actor Bill Owen was no longer living and was saddened I would no longer see him on television. I attempted to order video or DVD copies of some episodes and learned that British produced DVDs cannot be played in the USA . Will any of these be produced for the US market? Howard DeVore, Eugene , OR , USA
devore1@comcast.net


PREQUEL POINTS TO PONDER


Lovely to see Peter Sallis et al in the prequel to LOTW. Sorry that it
wasn't been developed.

An interesting point: Some people believe that the idea of the prequel
came about long before Star Wars and Star Trek (for example).

Many years ago, in a galaxy far far away, some guy (George Lucas) came
up with the marvelous idea of 3 space borne trilogies. And, it came to
pass that Star Wars 4 : A New Hope was released, followed by episode 5
and 6 ( The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). However, episodes
1, 2, 3 of the 9 episode series were only produced decades later, and
there is no word if George Lucas will commit to 7, 8, 9. When last
interviewed, George Lucas said that he wouldn't develop the final trilogy.

As to whether the Star Wars Trilogy compares to the Lord of the Rings
Trilogy ..... the topic is discussed within Kevin Smith's Clerks II.


Best wishes
Rebecca



MISSING PUB MYSTERY - CAN FANS HELP?


Hi,

Does anyone have any idea the whereabouts of the pub featured in LOTSW episodes 'The Monkey'??

Visited Holmfirth earlier in the year and none of the locals had any idea, is it further out in the sticks??

Any ideas please e-mail
roy.ward@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks
ROY AND JO WARD


TELL CANADA VISION TO KEEP SHOWING LOTSW


Roy Clarke and his staff are doing a fantastic job. We get the show on Vision TV from Toronto Ontario, and also on PBS from Buffalo United States. Please keep after Vision to keep buying the series.

L.Wiebe


THE VERY BEST PROGRAMME ON THE TELLY


Thank you for producing and airing the very best program on television. Your program is purely a delight to us each week. The unparalleled comedic genius never fails to lift our spirits, and really makes our week. It's something we truly look forward to, convinced you will never let us down. My wife and I feel like we know and love each one of you on the show. We pray that you will continue the excellent and gifted entertainment for many more decades.

God bless you all, every one!

Thanks, again.

Your American first cousins,
Bob & Alae Risse Thomas

 

September 2006

WHERE HAVE YOU LISTENED TO YOUR SUMMER WINE CD?

On a recent visit to the UK to obtain a copy of the marvellous Summer
Wine music CD which we brought back home with us to Australia and which we listen to on all
kind of situations and occasions.

The other day we were sitting by Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, listening to the music, watching
the swans glide past and enjoying a cup of Twinings' finest when I started to wonder about all of
the other places in the world that the Summer Wine music is played and enjoyed.

It would be interesting to hear from others to find out where this wonderful music is played and
appreciated.

Regards,
Roy & Wendy Bailey



SUMMER WINE MAGIC ON TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TV

Just wanted to let you know that TPT, Twin Cities Public Television (Minneapolis-St. Paul,
Minnesota) has recently started airing LOTSW again, after a nearly two year absence. Even
better, instead of the same episodes from 1991-1996 that they have always run, they are now
showing some of the newer ones.

Last night, I finally saw "Elegy for Fallen Wellies" for the first time, and found it powerfully
moving. I've read the many comments here about Compo's death, and now I understand what the
fuss was all about. Roy Clarke couldn't have handled Bill Owen's passing any better than he did.
What a great tribute to a fine actor who will be sorely missed.

Joe Fishbein
West St. Paul, MN, USA



ANY WORDS TO THE SIGNATURE TUNE?

Are there words to Ronnie Hazlehurst signature tune for The Last of the summer wine?

Thanks
Tony
acbunce@atlantic05.freeserve.co.uk



PSST! INSIDER SUMMER WINE INFO SOUGHT

Does anyone have inside information as to why the character of Ros
(portrayed by Dora Bryan) has disappeared from the cast without a word
to apparently be replaced by Nellie (June Whitfield) for the 2006
series? No offense intended to Ms. Whitfield, whom I am certain is an
accomplished actress elsewhere, but the Nellie character, who seems to
do little else but talk on a cell phone to her invisible husband
Travis, does not, in my opinion, add anything of substance to the storyline.

Eileen Roys




SUMMER WINE EPISODE EGGS-SPERT WANTED

Hello Summer Wine people. I would dearly love to locate a specific episode that was screened
several years ago. All I can remember about it is that it contained a scene in which the women
were in a front room having afternoon tea. The topic of conversation was centred around 'eggs'
which then moved on to the female reproductive system and how 'eggs' play a part in that and
one of the women's comments said something to the effect of "never seeing eggs in the same
light again". I have looked at the episodes sector and nothing rings a bell but if you can identify
this I would love to see it again. Many thanks in anticipation, Carolyn Dauncey. Ps I live
surprisingly close to the area.

carolyn.dauncey@btopenworld.com



SUMMER WINE SPECIAL NOW AVAILABLE

We recently produced a one-off 32 page (A4) colour Summer Wine Special magazine carrying
interviews with lots of the LOTSW cast including Juliette Kaplan, June Whitfield, Dora Bryan,
Jean Alexander, Jean Fergusson, Frank Thornton and many more. There's also some locations
pics, an interview with Roy Clarke and a double page spread on Holmfirth. This is being sold in
lots of outlets in and around Holmfirth and is also on sale at www.ontheairmagazine.com (click
on the Summer Wine button on the left hand side) - there's a price including UK or overseas
delivery.

Best wishes,
Derek Coates
PDM Associates



2005 SERIES FOR WASHING DC VIEWERS


Here in the Washington area we just started to see the 2005 Series on Maryland Public TV. Will
there be a 2006 Series??

Bob Krantz, Unison, VA



GETTING LIFE BACK IN ORDER - AND LOVING SUMMER WINE

having what are meant to be the best years of your life to of been the worst is quite a sad thing
for me. as i have missed almost everything including television. now im getting my life back in
order a bit at a time. but the one thing i must say has made me laugh the most and thats not a lot is
last of the summer wine playing on uktv gold and other channels. foggy,compo and clegg have got
to be the best trio i have ever seen. compo is absoulutely hilarious but just recently has got me
veray interested in a holiday in holmfirth to recover from two long years of medication and
doctors i cant wait to see the cafe and noras cottage a 2 month holiday is just the thing my
favorite episode is the xmas special with the waterbed and compos huge jumper when he finally
gets near nora without the brush. last of the summer wine has bought me a lot of hapiness during
the last few months for that im thankful
jason reynolds 22
stourbridge west mids



WE LOVE SUMMER WINE

ust a quick note to say I love the program. I have been trying to catch the show whenever possible
on public television here in the US. Chicago to be exact. Wish I was able to see it from the
beginining back in '73 was it? I enjoy alot of programming from the UK. I have every episode of
"Are You Being Served?" and the Again series. (grace and favour).

Well, Keep up the good work!

Mike Rundquist
Streamwood,Illinois (usa)



...AND JUST LOVE THE WEBSITE


Hello,

I am a long time fan of Last of the Summer Wine. My mom and I usually watch it on our local PBS
station on Saturday evenings at 9:30 and I have several episodes on both video and DVD.
Unfortunately, they never show any of the later episodes but I hope one day they will release
them on DVD. I just love this website, especially your postbag. I sit for hours at a time just
reading the entries. I sure would love to be a member of the official LOTSW Appreciation
Society. Is this possible even though I live in the US? If so, how much is the cost in US dollars? If
not, could you possibly tell me if there is a US chapter of the fan club for Summer Wine? I live,
eat and breath LOTSW for I cannot get enough of this wonderful program, it's breathtaking
scenery and incredible music, as well as the great actors whom I just adore, especially Peter
Sallis.

I would also appreciate being put on a mailing list to be updated of anything that has to do with the
show. In the meantime, thank you so much for this remarkable website and keep up the amazing
work you all do to keep us true blue fans of LOTSW informed!

Best Wishes,
Robin in Greenville, SC




NOT ANOTHER REQUEST FOR MORE LOTSW DVDS....

Hi,

Haven’t visited this site for a while as I have grown despondent seeing all the requests for more
episodes on DVD. The reason I believe is that there are so many actors performing in this series,
past and present, and when DVD’s are released, all of them have to be paid royalties which makes
it uneconomical to produce. Not sure how true this is, but it sounds logical. However I will add
my name to the latest online petition, as I live in constant hope.

Robert Killeen
Johannesburg South Africa



CALLING ALL FANS...

I simply love to watch Last of The Summer Wine every Saturday evening. I would love to hear
from other fans of the show.

From Peggy in Norfolk , Virginia USA . My e-mail is damills@erols.com.



BOB AND TERRY ANYONE?


What about having "Bob & Terry" turn up for an episode? They could meet
accidentally by both taking separate day trips to the same location.
Cheers
David Gunn



MORE EPISODE REQUESTS: PLEASE WRITE TO THE BEEB


Will all interested fans of LOTSW write to the BBC Commissioning Editor to inform the BBC that
we want more episodes released on DVD. There are to my knowledge an ever growing number
of fans both in the UK and abroad crying out for more of the episodes to be released on DVD,
does it seem the BBC are not listening. LET'S HAVE SOME ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

The address details are:
BBC Commissioning Editor
3rd Floor
2 Entertain
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL

Any fans wishing to contact me please email me at wmpeditor@aol.com

David Coulson



WHY OH WHY...

After 30 years of 'LOSW" why, why are there only the first 4 series, plus a couple of
compilations out on DVD??? Do I contact BBC or Roy Clark or what?? Please lets have more DVd
releases! Carol Hubbard




DATES ANYONE FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY?


Can anyone tell me the dates for the 35th anniversary celebration? Or, is anything planned?? I
can't imagine the milestone wouldn't be marked!
Thanks,
judy

JNormand@pbcommercial.com




IS THERE A BOOK OR GUIDE TO THE LOCATIONS?

Is there a book, or guide to the old and new locations, as I do know some, but I cannot recornise
the new ones? As a photographer, I like to go around and take some photos. I am retired, so i
enjoy going in sids cafe, to reminise ect. The other question is, i have the two "LAST OF THE
SUMMERWINE" DVD s (series, 1--4), I did write to "HMV" about any further DVDs, they just
said that the makers were thinking about it. I do believe there are some great episodes that i have
seen on "SKY", the late 80s and most of the 90s made me scald myself giggling at them, so do let
me know when they are to be released.
"RICHARD" richard.ingham4@ntlworld.com



A NIGHT ACROSS FROM NORA'S, COURTESY OF THE ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB

recently returned from trip to UK went to holmfirth and spent the night at elephant & castle pub
right across the little bridge from Nora Battys place I got a private showing of Nora's from the
present owners mother who was cleaning up the place at the time went to Sid & Ivys cafe as well
as the summerwine tour enjoyed the trip a lot am still a big fan of the show , now when i watch i
can relate to the area a lot better .
Ray Marshall

 

NOTE: The following emails were published following the launch of www.holmfirth.tv during September, which features videos of Summer Wine country.

Hi Patrick, Your son made a lovely video of Holmfirth, I watched it twice just now and will certainly do it again tomorrow and after, it brings back such nice memories. I will pass the info of the website of video on to my sister and my friend Eileen, who will both love to watch it. Say thanks to Thomas!
Best regards Marianne Smits-Jansen Roermond, The Netherlands

Thank you so much Keep them coming.  It was very good.
LIZZ U.SA.


Very enjoyable to watch, i was in holmfirth during the summer and it is lovely to be reminded of the town,. we visited the t.i.c and the two ladies there were very helpful. looking forward to seeing more.
David Webborn, Swansea, South Wales.


I have lived here for 10 years but watched your video about Holmfirth with a new pair of eyes, I never realised how helpful the tourist information girls are. It certainly looks a grand place.
M. Morgan


Holmfirth looks even better on celluloid, at least there is no litter – and the sun is always shining!
Amy Jacobs, Honley


We have only lived in the town for a few weeks and really enjoyed watching your video, which gave us a few ideas on places to visit. We had never seen some of those shops before behind the Old Bridge!  We sent the links to some relatives who are coming to visit.
Ben, Holmfirth


I moved to Holmfith from Cleckheaton last February and your video is the first time I have ever been in the tourist information centre. I must visit in person next time, they are very friendly and helpful, and seemed to have a lot on sale!
Eileen Walker


At last – we have our own TV in the town. But can we have the cinema back showing regular films again please.
Chris Redding.


Live in Oldham, regularly come shopping to Holmfirth and loved your video.  But how come the weather is never that good when we visit?
Ian and Ruth


Patrick:
I have just seen the clip of Holmfirth TV on Summer-Wine.com. It certainly made me think of returning to Holmfirth again.
We visited Holmfirth last summer, from America. We only stayed one day. We realized we needed more time to explore the region. This video has sparked our interest in returning. Well Done!! I like it.Can the video be downloaded?
Many Thanks,

Dave Lowing, Maryland, USA


I enjoyed watching the video. That area is so pretty and fascinating.
One thing you might consider doing is making it a bit larger.
Thanks for sharing your work.
Cecelia in Texas


At least now my husband can justify the broadband, always knew it would come in useful one day!!! Your film is good and would encourage us to visit, if we did not already live here to start with! Keep up the good work.
Judith Hinchliffe


Just seen the video, plus the 2nd one, and they are great and work well on the web but you really need broadband. My aunt tried viewing it on dial up and it really struggles, and the sound breaks up.
R Lynn.


Hello Patrick
Well, I was looking forward to watching this as it seems to be such a good idea, unfortunately it only plays until just after you start talking and then stops!! is there a problem or is it something todo with my computer do you think?
Andrea

Editor’s Note: We received several, similar emails from readers unable to view our videos, which is a great shame but appears to be connected with their own systems, and internet connection speeds, rather than a technical problem at our end. The current videos are hosted by youtube.com who convert the file to Flash, ensuring easier compatibility for the majority of users. Our page is tested on a variety of computers and browsers before going live to the public. Sorry!


Dear Patrick, I have just seen your son's video. The picture and sound quality is quite good. If he could use a tripod and pan and zoom in and out a bit more slowly, with his viewers in mind, he will see an improvement,
Regards George
 

August 2006

WHAT DOES HE KEEP IN THAT MATCHBOX?

I think Compo kept his toenails in the matchbox as a good luck charm to give the ladies an unusual thrill so they'd jump into his arms. 

DOROTHY. Aug 2006

 

EMPIRE STORES SUMMER WINE DVD MYSTERY

I'm writing about the report that Empire Stores are selling series 1- 6 of LSW. i checked this and they are advertising it. But there are problems.

My immediate concern was the fact that no supplier was listed, it is available directly from their supplier and that no product shot was being used. (The photo used is one of Compo, Clegg and TRULY and is a still from 'Last Post and Pigeon'. Also of course no-one but Universal Playback is licensed for series 1 - 4 and they are provisionally licensed for any future series the BBC chooses to release as far as I know. My last contact from BBC was some months ago and they said  that 'there are no immediate plans to release  further series but we have been very happy working with Universal Playback on both this and many other BBC programmes'. According to Playback it takes them almost a year to produce, promote and release new material. - Have to say I'm concerned here.

I have emailed Empire for further information and expressed my concerns, especially as there is so much illegal stuff out there. I have also emailed Playback with the information re: Empire that i have and to ask for their situation vis-a-vis the BBC and LSW.

I will let you know the outcomes as soon as i get something back. In the meantime I would recommend caution to all the fans until this has been clarified - i do not see ANYONE being allowed to produce and release DVDs of any LSW series without us hearing something about it - especially as the first 4 series are already readily available!

Pat Carline

 


July 2006

 

PLENTY OF FOOLS AND HORSES AND DADS ARMY?BUT LOTSW?

It never ceases to amaze me that I can get every
episode of something like Only Fools and Horses on
DVD. I already have series 1-6 of Dad's Army and have
series 7 on order from Amazon. Both excellent shows I
know but not any better than Last of th Summer Wine.
Many of the new shows are shown one week, and I can go
out and buy them next week in Smiths. So, why oh why,
will the BBC not put out more Summer Wine on DVD? How
do I contact them? does anyone know who I should write
to? I would like to tell them my viiews on this
subject!!

Sue Kimber
Tamsmum@aol.com



GETTING SAM HOME  APPEAL FOR HELP

I am searching for the 1983 Special Edition of Last of
the Summer Wine (BBC TV) called "Getting Sam Home"
Can't find it anywhere. Can you help - new or used
Video or DVD will be acceptable. Can you help?
glyn.james5@btinternet.com




LOTSW BOXED SET

Just a quick note to mention.....
I've just had the new Empire Catalogue through the
door & I noticed a LOSW Box set for sale..... Series 1
- 6. Due for release in October.
From the Price quoted, I'd say this wasn't just a
misprint, so it looks like series 5 & 6 are due for
release before too long, hopefully these will be
available seperate from the box set.
The packaging looked like it was still under the
Playback brand.

Cheers
Ian



CALLING MRS AVERY

Just wondered what happened to the character of Mrs.
Avery, Tom's Associate. She was in a handful of
episodes and then gone without a word. Thanks....Judy
JHH0223@yahoo.com





LOVE YOUR ONLINE AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Just listened to these two brief interviews for the
first time, and it was a delight; especially to hear
Compo, whose voice is no longer heard in the reruns
currently on our Public Broadcast System. ( New
Jersey, USA )
I surely do miss Compo!
Peter Sallis's character is a wonderful contrast to
Compo, and his calm and warm style, spoken in his
special voice, is most so agreeable.
Thank you for making these interviews available. I
hope there will be more.
Nora Battye would be interesting to hear.....come to
think of it, all the actors in Summer Wine would be
lovely to hear.
Sincerely,
Bernice Ritzer
Teaneck, New Jersey
 



WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

There are a large number of fans on this and other
sites asking why the Beeb hasn't released more than
the first four series on DVD and vowing faithfully to
avidly purchase any further issues . . . but, alas
nothing more seems to be released. What's more, nobody
seems to have a clue as to why this state of affairs
exists.
I can't believe that the official fan site doesn't
seem to show much interest in the release of more
episodes, or been in touch with BBC to find out why
not.
If there is a problem, for instance with copyright,
then knowing this would at least enlighten us all,
It's the not knowing that's particularly hard to bear.

Will you please see what you can do to help?

Many thanks
Ken Williams
Richmond NZ

 


YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD FOTSW EXPERT

After months of trying i have managed to obtain FOTSW
on DVD for my parents who are big fans It compiles of
;- The pilot, series one and series two. 13 episodes
in all. Although the quality of the recording is only
video quality they are watchable, and well put
together I myself am not a huge fan but soon found i
was watching them, they are very entertaining. If
anybody would like to contact me regarding FOTSW
please do as i am now quite knowledgeable on the early
years. Mick- michome@tiscali.co.uk




BILLY AND ALVIN, HILARIOUS DOUBLE ACT

Has anyone else noticed that Billy and Alvin (aka
Keith Clifford and Brian Murphy ) seem to be turning
into an hilarious double act in some recent episodes.
The sand dance that they did together really made me
laugh out loud! Both of these actors have a natural
gift for comedy and work so well together, long may
they continue. I really enjoy summer wine but feel
that the cast is far to big and that sometimes story
lines are lost amongst every body else seemingly
srambling for lines.
Jenny



OUR PIECE OF HEAVEN, COURTESY OF PUBLIC TV

We just discovered LOTSW about 2 years ago on public
television. It is a piece of heaven every Saturday
evening at 9:30. Even more recently have I discovered
the longevity and popularity of the program. The
station has just played the episode featuring the
funeral of Compo, and I wish to see all the past
episodes. I can find video tapes and DVDs of Series 1
and 2, but can find no others. Surely recordings must
be available somewhere. Also, are the UK DVDs
compatible with our USA DVD players? I find extremely
variable DVD prices for Series 1 and 2 , between 8 and
29 pounds. We enjoy LOTSW more than any
entertainment-oriented program on TV. John Dunbar,
Charleston, SC home: dunbarjr@charleston.net



AVID FAN WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO OTHER AVID FANS

Let me begin by thanking Jakob for answering my
question as to when Clegg and Howard/Pearl moved
house. I'm a semi-retired 60-ish lady who, like most
of you, is an avid fan of LOTSW. I would love to
correspond via e-mail with anyone else worldwide who
enjoys discussing the program. Eileen Roys Kent
Island, MD, USA <esroys@friend.ly.net>





SHOULD HAVE BEEN YORKSHIRE BORN

If it were possible I would have lived the lives that
all of the cast play only in reality..I think it would
have been great to be close with school friends and
hang around in a place as beautiful as the Holmes
valley. I regret I was not born there,, This is a
program I have taped and we watch 5 nights a week on
PBS and then watch tapes of it when nothing else is
on..My only regret is that all of the episodes are not
available to all of the millions of fans who would
love to see all that they have missed,,God bless you
and the Las of the Summer Wine Cast. I have the name
York, I should have been born in West Yorkshire!!

Katherine York & Griffin Road Batesville, Arkansas,
USA
 



LAST IN  SERIES PUZZLER?

My husband is a mega huge fan and has now got me
watching, the thing is we went to watch 2 episode
screenings for this current series, we took 2 of our
children with us, they had never seen the programme
before but absolutely loved it, in fact my son was
particularly taken by Smiler! Who I must say was very
nice to my son and paid him lots of attention.
Anyway we are all surprised to see that last weeks
LOTSW was the last in this series and yet we know that
one of our episodes we watched has not been on yet???
We all wondered if you had any information about this.
We all thought it was a very good show.

Many thanks
Kathy, Kev
Callum & Jade
kathleyg@yahoo.co.uk
 



YOUNG FAN OF REAL COMIC THEMES

In a time where television and cinema are all
explosions and effects, it is an increasing treat to
watch a show that handles real comic themes and
human-interest issues. I am a young man and I find
myself drawn to the wonderful antics of these
delightful mature men. I plan to adopt their carefree
philosophy the blueprint for my autumn years. LOTSW
exemplifies true comedy.
An Increasingly Dedicated Fan,
Ryan Norris
Little Rock, Arkansas
PS- I watch LOTSW on AETN transmitting from Conway,
Arkansas.

 

 

June 2006
 

Pre-orders for Peter Sallis' autobiography on Amazon.co.uk

 Just a short note to advise that Amazon.co.uk seem to have Peter Sallis' much awaited autobiography up for pre-order, due for release in November this year.  I've had a look on the Amazon.com site and it doesn't seem to be listed there yet.  The link to the amazon.co.uk entry is included below: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0752875965/qid=1149011669/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_0_5/202-4461934-5894211

Just for the record I have no connection with Amazon.co.uk, I'm merely a fan of Peter Sallis with his excellent portrayal of Cleggy and have been waiting eagerly to read his autobiography .  Seems like perfect timing to coincide with Christmas!

 

Best regards,

Ben Charles

 

Never Tire of LOTSW

 

We never tire of Last of the Summer Wine ! Today we will  plan our activities around readiness to be   in front of the tele right on time...though we have viewed the episode before !  And, tomorrow we will view it again.  Summer Wine characters are like our beloved family .  Each is excellent in the role he or she plays.  THANK YOU. 

OH THAT AMERICA TV COULD EVEN APPROACH SUCH valuable programming !  THANKS BBC AND OUR KET PUBLIC TELEVISION !

Mary and Charles Huling

 

When Can I Get Episode 27?  

I have a number of episodes on DVD. The last one I have is number 26. PLEASE tell me if or when I can get 27 or anything

else. Our local PBS station has quit playing even repeats and I don't believe they ever played current episodes. I can only echo what everyone else are saying about the show. I love it and wan't more!!!!!!!!!

My e-mail address is   pboydw@cox.net

Thank you.


True Fan of LOTSW 

I am a true fan of Last of Summer Wine.  The opening theme music is magical and haunting and I am immediately transported back to another time when life seemed to be slower and sweeter.  I would love to be able to purchase the entire theme music including any other music used in the show.  I love the harmonica.  I usually watch it on our local PBS station on Saturday evenings.  Is there a US chapter of the fan club for Summer Wine?   

Peggy Mills
Virginia
USA
E-mail: 
damills@erols.com

I would appreciate being put on a mailing list to be updated of anything that deals with the show.  Any news, happenings, etc.

Thank you from a true fan!!!!!!!!

 

No Love for Johnnie

I have liked Last of The Summer Wine since it started - but I am puzzled after watching one of Peter Sallis's earlier film performances in that rarity "No Love For Johnnie" with the late Peter Finch. Talk about a film for our time - even though it is nearly 50 years old! It would embarrass our politicians afresh if it were shown at all. 

Why wasn't Peter Sallis given the character name that was in the book? His brief appearance is odd because although he takes part in a meeting of disgruntled Labour MPs - he may as well be anonymous - his isn't named.

"No Love for Cleggy" perhaps. Actually the character was called "Tom Jeffery" in the book of the same name - written by the late MP Wilfred Fienburgh

 

Paul D

 

Really Like the Audio Interviews

hi i really enjoyed listening to the audio interviews my favourite 
character in last of the summer wine is compo, i started watching the show 
when i was little. 
 
I have series 1-4 on dvd and i was just wondering if you knew when 
series 5-6 was coming out 
 
Thank you 
laura grimes

 

Titles of Latest Series Please

Could someone email me with the titles of the series that has just finished in UK, and in the order that they were shown. It will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Doug Mitchell

paillard@hotkey.net.au

 

A Trap by the BBC

I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE BBC FOR DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB. I DON'T THINK.!

DID ANYBODY ELSE FALL INTO THE TRAP LAID BY THE BBC THE WEEK BEFORE LAST WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THAT THE EPISODE WAS THE LAST IN THE CURRENT SERIES. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY NO LOTSW LAST WEEK.

 SHORT SERIES I THOUGHT AND FINALISED MY DVD AND PRINTED MY LABELS AND SETTLED IN FOR A LONG WAIT FOR THE NEXT SERIES NEXT YEAR - BUT WAIT WHAT IS THIS THAT HAS JUST STARTED ANOTHER EPISODE OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, A REPEAT, IT MUST BE AS THE SERIES FINISHED TWO WEEKS AGO. I QUICKLY READ THE WRITE UP FOR THIS EPISODE, AUNTIE WAINWRIGHT ARRANGES NEW TRANSPORT FOR SMILER AND TOM WHICH TURNS OUT UNSATISFACTORY, YES THAT WAS THE LAST EPISODE THEY MUST BE REPEATING IT FOR SOME REASON. NO IT WAS DIFFERENT, A NEW ONE. HAD THEY FORGOTTEN THE LAST ONE OR ARE WE TO EXPECT TWO LAST EPISODE TO EACH SERIES IN FUTURE. 

THE OUTCOME IS THAT I MISSED MOST OF IT AND DID NOT RECORD IT AS MY EQUIPMENT WAS SET UP FOR CONVERSION FROM VHS TO DVD. NOW I AM TWO EPISODES SHORT, TODAY'S AND AN OLD ONE "MERRY CHRISTMAS FATHER CHRISTMAS", CAN ANYONE HELP.

RAY

E-MAIL raymond@grangemini.fsnet.co.uk

 

Missing Episode Plea

DEAR FANS, 

I HAVE JUST SPENT A LARGE NUMBER OF LONG DAYS TRANSFERRING MY COLLECTION OF VIDEOS ONTO DVD, AS I HAVE THE FULL COLLECTION YOU CAN UNDERSTAND MY DISMAY WHEN SEARCHING THROUGH MY TAPES FOR THE SECOND TIME I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS AN EPISODE MISSING -

    IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM 28th DEC1986 -- SERIES No 9.

               MERRY CHRISTMAS FATHER CHRISTMAS.

 

IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP WITH A GOOD COPY EITHER ON VIDEO OR DVD - I WILL OF COURSE PAY FOR ALL THE COSTS - UK PLAYABLE ONLY.

 

RAY  

E-MAIL raymond@grangemini.fsnet.co.uk

 

Retirement Present to Holmfirth

I am a 54-year old wife, mother, and government employee. I loved reading “Mary from America” on your Web site. I too am a long-time fan of the Last of the Summer Wine cast and crew. I have laughed with them for many years, cried with them when Compo died, and sat with Cleggy and Truly through the night as they mourned their “old son.” After all these years they are my intimate friends—friends I visit every day of my life through the wonders of Direct TV and Tivo. Roy Clarke touches my heart with his writing and dialogue; he makes me yearn for the kind of simple life, the kind of simple humor, and the kind of simple good hearted nosiness and teasing that makes up a life lived well among beloved friends.

 In December of this year I will retire after 37 years’ government service. As a retirement gift to myself, I am travelling to Holmfirth in June of 2007—with any luck I too will catch a glimpse of these wonderful people who have enriched my life for so many years. They are not actors to me—they are real people living real life. God bless them—I love them all.

Collie Johnson, Virginia, USA

 

Developing New Ideas

I akin to many of my friends have been fanatical devotees of LOTSW since it's inception. Of late however, many don't even watch what has now become The Robert Fyfe Show. The perpetual 'Count of Monte Cristo' plot and never ending "Cleggeee Cleggeeeee" has now become nauseating.

The cast has expanded considerably latterly yet Howard's escape plots still dominate the story lines, this has been going on for over 20 years!!

I'm aware that Roy Clarke has a tough job in developing new ideas but this Howard/Marina thing had it's day years ago.

I think it's very sad that a programme that has become 'an institution' should finish it's days in such decline.

T. Oakes

 




April 2006

 

ALWAYS LOVED LOTSW

I have always loved LOSW.
Last year our friends took us to see Holmfirth it was such a fantastic day we
went to Sids cafe did the tour went to Nora's house and Compo's .
We even went to Bill Owens resting place to pay our respect .
Although I think the last of the summer wine will always be my favourite
program how I miss the old favourites Compo Sid Wally Edie Wesley and even
Eli ,although all the actors are good in todays LOSW ,its all the old characters I
love and I still watch my old videos I have a few Dvd's but cannot get anymore

Your sincerely Lesley Howells


SIGN THE PETITION FOR MORE SW DVDS

Hi,
Just to let you know there is a petition running for more Summer Wine
on VHS and DVD the address is
http://www.petitiononline.com/lastwine/petition.html please publish the
address on line to get more signatures.

Regards,
Rhys Thompson,
Sunderland.
Age 10.


MY FAVE BRITCOM

Hi Folks,
“Last of Summer Wine” is my all time favorite Britcom. I watch most of them,
and “Summer Wine” is the most comfortable, relaxing, and yet so funny
comedy I have ever seen. I have bough a lot of the DVDs and with my Brittish
friend J.R. and Ron, we seem to mirror the trio of Foggy, Campo, and Cleggy.
In fact I believe that all the cast can be found in about any city around the
world. Even the heart warming “Smiler” can be found. One day I will travel back to the UK and will
surely come for a visit. For now I will keep watching and loving every moment of “Last of Summer Wine”
Thank you all for keeping it alive..

Robert A. Junka
Spanaway Washington, USA


OUR WONDERFUL WEEKEND IN YORKSHIRE


We are just back from a wonderful weekend in Yorkshire, we visited Holmfirth
and the whole village was wonderful (apart from the weather) we could only
stop for about 2 hours but found the village really had a great atmosphere and
we felt as if we were playing a part in one of the episodes, unfortunately my
cousin –in- law is in a wheel chair and Holmfirth is not really geared up for
wheelchairs and he found it difficult to get around but he still enjoyed his time
there. Hopefully we will get back again and spend more time.

Ann Scott


LOTSW IS AB FAB

Just a quick "thank you" for your WONDERFUL website. My husband and I
ABSOLUTELY LOVE the show LOTSW - and it is so GREAT to be able to revisit
these wonderful characters on your website !

Judi and Frank Hays
Woodstock, MD 21163


VIDEOS NOT AVAILABLE APPEAL

I have tried in vain to locate copies of earlier
episodes of Last of the Summer Wine. I have tried the
BBC America website and they informed me that these
videos were not available. Please, please, if anyone
can help me, I would be most greatful. This series is
the best programming on television. Indeed, viewing
these shows is like visiting with long, lost
relatives. Alan Bell is a genius as well as the cast
of lovely actors. I cannot begin to tell you how
these shows have helped me deal with depression.
Thank you to anyone who can help me obtain copies of
same.

Catherine Burns, DE, USA
cathyinoc@yahoo.com


SERIES THREE AND FOUR AVAILABILITY

Does anyone know if series 3 & 4 has been released in the U.S.A. I have
been trying to find a copy. If anyone of the fans or you know would you
please notify me,you can use my e-mail address .



Thank You Barbara
Domingo
barbara_domingo59@msn.com



WAS LOTSW EVER IN GOOD OLD BLACK AND WHITE?

Hi could you tell me if last of the summer wine was ever in black and white

Regards

Brian Harker
sales@castlefab.com



WHOSE DIGBY?

Hello, do you know who plays digby in catching digbys donkey?

Stuart
stu.sibley@ntlworld.com


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYONE?

Hello,
I am very keen to aquire First of the Summer Wine on DVD or VHS. Is it
available?

Thanking you,
Marette Swan (Australia)
minirett@bigpond.com


....ANOTHER ON FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Hi there,
Just a few lines first of all to compliment
you on a great and informative web site keep up the
good work. Whilst browsing your site I came upon the page
regarding FOTSW. I remember this series and indeed the
buzz surrounding it before it was due to be aired.
Great foresight by the BBC and Roy Clark who
invented the "Prequel" as it's now come to be known
before the makers of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" had
even heard of it! Many writers to your site have
expressed sorrow that FOTSW was not allowed to develop
as it's own show but I think it was no accident that
Roy Clarke set FOTSW in the last few remaining months
of peacetime before the outbreak of The Second World
War thus giving the series a short life span.
I do recall an interview in a TV magazine at
the time where Roy Clarke stated that FOTSW was not
going to be a long running series and was concerned
that critics would accuse both himself and the BBC of
trying to cash in on the success of LOTSW.
However I digress my main reason for emailing
you was to see if anyone remembers a chat show I think
it could have been "Wogan" where as I say at the time
the buzz surrounding FOTSW was huge and the producers
came up with the idea of having bothe the main
characters of FOTSW and LOTSW in on the same
interview. My main recollection of this was seeing how
bashful "Paul Wyett" who played a young Compo was in
the presence of Bill Owen and when the host asked Bill
what did he think of Paul's portrayal of the younger
version of his character. Bill replied in typical
Compo fashion "Aye he'll do"
Thanking you and all the best

Roy


WHEN WAS THE BIG SWITCH?

In reply to Eileen Roys from Kent Island, Maryland, who asked

"I have noticed that, while they were still next door neighbors, Cleggy
and Howard/Pearl used to live in a different location. Can anyone tell
me when the switch was made?"

The move happened in the series 12 episode Das (Welly) Boot. Cleggy is
seen moving into his house at the beginning of the episode, helped by
Wesley.

"How does it feel Cleggy, being rehoused"
"Well, I'm still next door to you Howard, it's a lot like it never
happened"

Jakob

 

SUMMER WINE GREETINGS FROM INDIANA


Hello from Indiana;

I've been a fan of Last of the Summer Wine for about two or three years now,
but in that time I've grown very fond of the program. In fact, last year my wife
and I supported the closest public television station carrying the program,
WFYI-Indianapolis.

Imagine my chagrin when I saw, in the latest edition of the station's program
guide, that they've dropped LotSW, as of a week ago! No warning, no
announcement--just gone!

We now have no station in my part of the country to get this wonderful
program. I have informed the station that they will not receive my support
until the show is back. If you are in the WFYI viewing area, or know someone
who is, please urge the station to return the show to the air.

Thanks!

Terry
New Castle, Indiana

PS, while we're at it, keep those requests going to the BBC to get more episodes
out on Region 1 DVD!


PLAY FOR TODAY SET IN BRID?


I remember a play for today about three yorkshire men who got bridlington
on a fishing trip ( i think it was brid ) they had never stopped at a hotel and thought they were going to a posh hotel
with all of the posh mod cons? As it turns out, they knew nothing of fishing and stopping in hotels. The hotel turned out to be a rundown guest house run by jane freeman who plays Ivy. i think Peter Sallis was one of the fisheman and Brian Glover who later turned up as a guest in LOTSW as an insurance sales man, in the episode were milburn is introduced. was this play a forerunner to LOTSW?

Pete


YORKY PUPPY NAMED COMO

My Husband recently bought me a yorky puppy for Valentine's day. The first
thing was to give him a name. And of course the first thing that popped into
my mind was William Compo Owen of Holmfirth. That's right his name is
bigger than he is at 2.4 lbs. That is my own personal tribute to a great man. I
still cry everytime I see the LOTSW episode where Compo passes. All my love
and best wishes to Mr. Owen's friends and family. I hope to one day come to
your great country and town to pay my respects in person. Thank you.

Kindest Regards,
Elizabeth Gifford USA
 


MISSED HOLMFIRTH WHILE STAYING IN YORK

We've been fans of "Summer Wine" since we discovered it o PBS several years
ago. We traveled England in 1998 and didn't realize we were quite close
Holmfirth as we stayed in York .
Enjoy the show and look forward to new episodes.

Betty and Dick White, Elmhurst Illinois, USA


HOW TALL IS SEYMOUR?

Hi I always wondered how tall Seymour was and if he was the tallest
third man and not Brain who stood 6'4"?.

Tom Marchant


THOSE SUMMER WINE REPEATS ARE A REAL TREAT

Hello - I'd like to say how much I love seeing 'Last of the Summer Wine' repeats
every lunch time, they are a great treat in the middle of the day. I look
forward to my fix of Cleggy, Compo and Foggy, and never tire of them, they
are an absolute joy. Christine.


Wally Batty's BSA Motorbike and Sidecar


Hello,

I am the current owner of the BSA M21 sidecar combination which featured in
some of the earlier episodes. I also notice that there is a picture of the
machine on this website of Wally with the bike, and the previous owner has also posted on here. The good news is that the bike is still exactly as it was, except that the petrol tank is now black. I believe this was done
when it appeared in another series Strathblair which I am told was a Scottish
series. The bike has in fact spent the last few years in Shetland, from where I
obtained it a year ago. It has seen little use since it's days in Last of the Summer Wine. What maybe of interest to readers of this site is that , regretfully, through a change in circumstances and impending loss of
storage space, I have had to put the bike up for sale. The bike is actually on
Ebay at present ( Item number: 4623872160 ) and the auction is due to end on
29th March 2006. I have only just discovered this site, and would very much like it's new owner to be someone who would appreciate it's history , rather than it be sold to a registration plate dealer, or splitting up. I
would dearly like it to stay as it was in this great series.

I hope this is of interest to someone.

Many thanks

Rob Thurston

Editor's Note: Apologies for late publication of this email.


THAT CANNED LAUGHTER AGAIN

Occasional Viewer seems to still be unconvinced that the laughter which
accompanies Last of the Summer Wine is genuine. Let me assure him that,
having attended quite a few previews, there would be no need to alter in any
way the audience responce to the episodes. Unless they take an audience out
into the hills to react to every scene I fail to see how the producers could do
any better. They always play to a full house, I myself have actually been
turned away at the door because the studio was full to bursting point. This
program is still very funny, even after over thirty years ( I was only a girl
when I first watched) This years episodes are excellent. Well done to all
involved.

Sue Kimber


MISS ZHANG IS FASCINATED WITH SUMMER WINE


Hello there!

I recently visited Holmfirth with Miss Shixin Zhang, a journalist from Beijing in
the People's Republic of China. S he was fascinated with the place and asked
many questions about the TV series. Have any episodes ever been broadcast
in the Chinese speaking world, I wonder? If so, perhaps someone out there will
have some information which I can pass on to Miss Zhang?

Many thanks

Neil Taggart
Leeds, England

neil.taggart@btinternet.com


LONELY FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Well, I must join in the enthusiasm I've read about from your fans on the
Summer Wine website. I have no original comments...they seem to all have
been taken except to say this proves we all are lonely for the old days.

LOTSW transports one to simpler times - those we long for in this high speed
world where the soul has so little to hang onto in terms of peace and
tranquility. The music, the walking cadence of the three men, the silly kicking
at stones reminicent of school days nonchalance, the picturesque
countryside, unspoiled and serene, all roll into one sweet smelling pie of
serenity. I have a slice each night it is on, to transport me to where they are,
where I once was way back then and to where I'd love to be again. Bless you
all for this magical production....long may it wave across the pond to those of
us who can, purchance to dream?

Compo is the impish sweetheart that is so very heartwarming to watch. He is
boyish, romantic, comical, humble and infatuated with his unquited love,
Nora. I always wanted to send him a new jacket or fancier boots...but it would
have taken away from his uniqueness and I was too many years too late.

How very sad I was today to find on this website that he is no longer with us
and in fact has been gone for several years. What a loss this man was. I have
yet to see the episode where his passing was featured. I know the day I do see
it, I will be shedding some tears. Bill Owen was able to transport Campo into
our hearts and minds with the ease of a seasoned and very talented actor.

Vikki Nicholson

 


March 2006

LONG LIVE CLEGGY


Hello All,  About a year of so ago I read that Peter Sallis was working on his autobiography, is this fact?  I have not heard anymore on it.  I am truly hoping it is fact as I for one would love to read it.  I saw Mr. Sallis on the British film awards show and also at the Academy Awards show this year and he is looking well and in good voice, he has slowed a bit but be fair he is 85 years old now.  Can't wait to see the new 2006 series.  I live in Minnesota and have a satellite dish on which I get BBC America, how disappointing that they do not carry a lot of the great British comedies especially Last of the Summer Wine. They run a limited amount of show and just replay them over and over again.  Well I wish everyone the best. Long may the Summer Wine flow and of course.....Long Live Cleggy!!!!!!!!    

Terry E.

LATE DANNY O' DEA?

Hello,

I have just stumbled across your wonderful website and hope
you can help me with a quick question.

Do you happen to know the birthplace of the late Danny
O'Dea? I have searched all over the internet and can't find
it anywhere. With a name like O'Dea, you would imagine he
was born somewhere in Ireland but I am convinced that he is
actually a northerner!

Any clarification would be much appreciated,
Thanks,
Tony H

tony.hannan@btinternet.com


ANYONE HAVE THE PILOT?

Hi i have nearly all Last of The Summer Wine episodes but not the pilot one, can anyone help?

Thanks Fans

Brian

bngroome@btinternet.com

 

WHEN WAS THE SWITCH?

I have recently had the opportunity to view some episodes from Series 
1-10 of LOTSW which, along with the holiday specials, have never been 
shown on my PBS station here in the USA (Maryland Public Television).  
I have noticed that, while they were still next door neighbors, Cleggy 
and Howard/Pearl used to live in a different location.  Can anyone tell me 
when the switch was made?

Eileen Roys
Kent Island, Maryland

DAD'S A BIG FAN

Hello
I wonder can you help me please.
My dad is a big fan of sw and all things associated with it, he has 
given me the task of finding him dvd's of the prequel first of the summer wine that he enjoyed so much when it was on TV. 
(I believe this was 2 series of 6) I have so far drawn a blank.
Your help would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Mick
michome@tiscali.co.uk
A BIG FAN FOR OVER 30 YEARS

Hi I been a fan of summer wine for over 30 yr. have been to where it recorded in cafe on tour bus have books car, etc.
Can you tell me when if ever the bbc will release more than 1234, I have recorded most on video but they are past their best.
Can one get the 1st of the summer wine when the boy were boys?

A M Eccles
AME140545@aol.com
 
LOTSW IS MY FAVOURITE PROGRAMME

My most favourite programme of all time, and would visit every location in Holmfirth.  Would have loved to meet Compo, but every character is a favourite, especially Cleggy who always, in my opinion, has the best lines.

 
ttfn 
 
Janet
PLEASED TO SEE PETER

All American fans of LOTSW who watched the 78th Annual Academy Awards
(aka Oscars) were quite pleased to see Peter Sallis get a mention and
an appearance on TV when the movie "Wallace and Grommit" won The Best
Animated Feature Oscar.  The animators who accepted the award mentioned
Mr. Sallis and thanked him for his wonderful work on the movie. The
camera panned over the group from W&G, stopping at Peter Sallis.  Way
to go!
 

Linda (formerly from Delaware).
 

FAIRLY NEW FAN OF LOTSW

I listened to the interviews and enjoyed them both. I am a fairly new fan of Summer Wine. I have been watching it for several months now. I discovered it on PBS, as I am a fan of British comedy.
 
I watched it a couple of times, then fell in love with the character, Compo. He is so funny and care free, which I think we all long to be in our retirement.
 
Thanks for the website and thanks for the pictures and interviews. When I need cheering up through the week, I come here and look forward to Saturdays. When I know I will be seeing what mischief Compo gets into.
 
At times when it gets stressful at work, I find myself humming the theme song in my head.......LOL. This gets me through, as I look forward to my retiring someday.
 
Once Again, Thank You,
 
Darlene Deters
USA
 

LOBBY THE BEEB TO RELEASE MORE DVDS

Why is it that there no more Last of the Summer Wine DVD's? I have Series 1 - 4 and have resorted to buying a DVD from the USA - very expensive. Does anyone know if the BBC intends bringing out any more LOSW series? Come on all LOSW fans - lobby the BBC to bring out the DVD's as they did with Only Fools and Horses and currently with Dad's Army. I for one would love to build up a collection of LOSW DVD's. Proof of its popularity with all age groups - I recently showed a group of boys in my class (11 - 12 year olds) snippets I had compiled from various LOSW shows and they thoroughly enjoyed the show. This viewing was followed by a discussion - comparing many of the present BBC comedies and believe it or not, LOSW came out tops with the boys! Interesting - some choose to knock the format - 'a boring, tired show'. Not so - I am from South Africa and I believe that many English folk are 'throwing away' their culture. LOSW is a 'gentle and innocent' show. I'd rather be watching this than the idiotic (dare I say moronic) comedy shows of late. I shall refrain from mentioning any for fear of stirring up silly minds! But, in saying that, 'each to his own'.

Eddie Knipe

Sevenoaks, Kent
 

EMAIL FROM "ON THE BUSES" FAN CLUB

I saw Jean Fergusson/ Marina on stage at the Grand Theatre Blackpool on Sat 18th Feb. Jean was one of the many stars appearing at the Grand to mark the first night of the National Theatre of Variety opening. She was appearing as Hilda Baker and it was like watching the real Hilda. Jean  looked like her and the audience were in fits of laughter. If ever Summer Wine fans get chance to see Jean on stage as Hilda then they should go.
 
Oh by the way there is a special offer on the front page of my ON THE BUSES site that may be of interest to Summer Wine fans
 
 
Regards
Steve
ON THE BUSES fanclub (Nostalgia never goes out of fashion)
web site  http://www.onthebusesfanclub.co.uk/
 

VIEWING PROBLEMS IN NAPLES

Hi,

Been a big fan of Summer Wine ever since the series started, but living out here in Naples for the past forty-odd years has made following the show rather difficult.
Also been mistaken for Foggy on more than one occasion whilst over in the UK, twice in Holmfirth itself when we made a short visit there in the spring of 2004 - one gentleman even asked for my autograph whilst I was taking photos up on the moors above the town.
When we went to the Wrinkled Stocking Tearooms for a spot of lunch, the young lady who served us kept staring at me, then after a while came over to our table with a booklet, opened it and said,"...y' don't half look like Foggy, y' know...!"
What happened to Brian, by the way? Is he still "with us"...?
All being well, we should be back in Holmfirth in early June and, hopefully, will be able to spend a whole day where ...I might even sign autographs this time.
 
Best regards,
 
John (Bryan) Waddington - alias Foggy
(born in Yorkshire, too)
 
                       

 

MUSIC SECTION OF WEBSITE

Hi,

On the Music section of the website, the Producer Alan JW Bell says re:
the lyrics of the theme

"They were sung originally on the first feature-length film 'Getting
Sam Home', and altered for 'Just a small funeral' "

Is my memory playing tricks, or were they not first heard on one of the
Xmas specials. It was the one where Clegg and Compo seek out two old school
friends, and ends up with the friends climbing lamp posts and not being
able to get down.  I haven't seen it for ages, but maybe someone else can
confirm or deny it.

Jakob Pieterson

 

 

 

February 2006


NAME THAT BRIDGE?

If at all possible could you please help to identify
the bridge in the attached file.

It was featured in the episode "All of a florrie"
The picture (ABOVE) is a digital image of a paused scene from
the opening sequence.

I would appreciate a better quality image of the
bridge as a screensaver for my computer.

Thanking you in advance

A.H.Green

ahgreenuk@yahoo.co.uk


BIG SUMMER WINE FAN...NOT ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE


Hi
I am a big summer wine fan, but the ********** (!)  in our area Brit Wit club, decided to take SW off and replace it with one foot in the grave.  Smiler was in an episode, but as a whole, it doesn't do anything for me.  Summer Wine is the best.
Hopefully, they will return it someday.
rick
would like to hear from any SW fans anywhere
Cheers
 


CONTACTING BILL ABOUT FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE

 
I was wondering if you could put me in touch with Bill who was requesting info on FOSW.
I don't have his last name, but if you can publish this on the site with my e-mail address, maybe he can contact me himself.
 
Regards,
George Kempson.
 

 

THANKS TO CHRIS FOR HELP WITH MYSTERY EPISODE

Thanks to Chris Clutterbug for identifying the mystery
episode where "one of the characters falls through a
caravan" as "All Mod Conned".

Chris has offered to supply me with a copy of the
episode from his extensive collection. Thanks again to
Chris.

Chris if you are out there I am no longer contactable
on the previous email address so could you email me at
bluephoenix1977@yahoo.co.uk or call me on 07946
725517.

Thank you.

Tom Kay



LOTSW ONE IN A MILLION SHOW - FROM A USA FAN

Hi,
We love Last Of The Summer Wine...there is nothing in the
history of television that has captured our hearts the way
it has.  This is one program where one cannot have a favourite
character because they are all four favourites.

This year our local PBS has stopped broadcasting (KUAT)
in Arizona and we are hoping it will return soon.  In the
meantime we watch the DVD's and are looking forward to
seeing another one this weekend.

The best, loving thoughts go out to your great website and
to the entire cast and crew of Last Of The Summer Wine.
We thank you for the best show ever and I'm 66 years old
and have seen a lot of TV in my time....this is truly a one
in a million show and tops all!

Best Always,
Joyce Luciano
Carefree, Arizona U.S.A.

DOWN UNDER VISITORS IN LOTSW - BUT WHICH EPISODE?

Dear Sir

My Wife and I visited Yorkshire in 1998 and on Friday the 12th of June
visited the last of the summer wine area. We went on a bus tour around
the area and watched some of the show being taken over a wall. It was
supposed to be Cleggs house. Our friends who live on the outskirts of
Leeds have since told us they saw the episode and we appear in it but
could not tell us the title. I am hoping you can help us as we would
like to get a copy. We do not see very many of the shows over in
Australia. We brought a number back with us and every one that has seen
them likes them.

Yours sincerely.

Dennis Stacey.

VICTORIA
AUSTRALIA

dstacey@dodo.com.au

NO ONE SEEMS TO LIVE ANYWHERE IN SUMMERWINE COUNTRY


I have noticed in the new series that no one seems to live anywhere,all the scenes are either se in the open or in a living room (with the exception of Auntie Wainrights),I know Nora Batties is now the "Wrinkly Stocking" tearooms and Compo's is a museum to the program.

Sids Cafe is still there but they don't use it and even the scenes in the fields are unrecognisable, on some scenes in the old series Emily Moor tv transmitter was visible in the background but no more,I may be visiting the place again on Sunday but what a lot of people don't realise is that although you need to climb steps to Nora Battys at the rear, the front is at street level. I don't think the program is half as funny now as it used to be.

But I can tell you the Holme valley Has it's own small brewery that brews a very tasty brew,Compo would have been proud

Anyway nice site but wheres Barry, Sarah Thomas ,Jeans Alexandra and Ferguson?

Mr C Johnson

Preston, UK

MUCKY NECK DILEMMA

W
hat is a "mucky neck" as mentioned in 1/14/06 episode aired over PBS Oxford, OH?

Todd and Brigitte Frazier
tfrazier@cinci.rr.com


ANYONE FROM LOTSW FOR CHEESE AND WINE?

My mother in law, Audrey Biden, is arranging a cheese and wine party at
the Bishop of Peterborough's residence in September, and is trying to
arrange for a member of LOSW to attend. The theme is 'last of the summer wine'
seeing it is late summer for this "do", and she is desperately trying
to find a member who lives near(ish) who can attend. It is in aid of St Lukes Hospital for the Clergy, and I hope you can help me, or alternatively, point me in the right direction.

Regards
Tricia Biden

tricia@telegraphix.co.uk


CANNED LAUGHTER - WHAT IS THE FULL STORY?

I get the impression that there is a canned audience in this and several other programs.
Your assurance that this is not the case I have to accept.
However, what is the full story?   When I refer to a canned audience I really mean responses that have been edited to suit a particular requirement.   I am sure the answer could be that most performances are edited.   If a response has been clipped, extended or added, that would also fit my description of canned audience.So, may I ask, what is the full story?

Occasional Viewer

Editor's Note: All series are pre-recorded in front of a live audience. See our current front page story entitled "Live from Leatherhead". Also, see our other story on the debate "No Canned Laughs"


SEARCHING FOR DVDS AND VIDOES OF LOTSW

Hello:

I have been searching for DVD's and Videos for either
Early or later episodes of Last of the Summer Wine. 

I am having problems being able to find any for sale.
I did purchase 2 DVD's, but these are the only ones
that are available anywhere.  There were numerous
episodes viewed on PBS and other TV viewing, but there
are none for sale.

Can you help me find episodes to purchase for Region
1, USA viewing.

I hear there is a DVD USA universal machine.  Where
can you purchase one, cost?, etc. 

Carol S. Evans
Hale, MI 48739
USA

carolsueevans@yahoo.co



SUMMER WINE iTUNES?

Do iTunes do downloadable programmes of Last of the Summer Wine because I couldn't find any thing but a song , which isn't much help. I know they do stuff for Blackadder and Little Britain ( which are reallly funny) I think they should do something for something as successful as Last of the Summer Wine.

Kavitha311091@aol.com


WORTH HAVING FOR "GETTING SAM HOME"

Hi Scott

I've just seen your e mail on the Summer Wine web site. I've got that set. It's the first three episodes.In the early days of video, BBC released 3 episodes of sitcoms all linked. The theme music was only at the start and very end.This seemed to get carried on with future re-releases of series one and that's what happened here. It's a curious set because it only has 9 of the episodes from series 1 and 2.Worth having though to get "Getting Sam Home" on DVD

Rob
Birmingham


A FLORRIE AND...DAMP COURSE!

Original Message from Last Month - a Fan Replies:
Hi, from Arkansas! Last night's episode was (I believe) "All of a
Florrie." Does anyon
e know what year this was??? Also, a question: what
is a "damp course?" Howard was in the process of sneaking out when Pearl
caught him looking for one of these!
Judy.

Dear Judy:

I found this info for Judy, thought it might help explain.  When building in USA there are usually basements (except in the south where Judy lives) but most basements have damp proofing on the concrete blocks to prevent water from coming thru them.  Here in England they treat the base of the foundation with the following

but there are some houses (older ones) that haven't been treated so them the following problems occur......

Hope this helps explain.

Victoria 

What is Rising Damp? Rising damp in buildings may be defined as the vertical flow of water up through a permeable wall structure, the water being derived from ground water. The water rises through the pores (capillaries) in the masonary by a process loosely termed "capillarity." In other words the masonry acts like a wick The common causes are deterioration due to age and bridging of a damp course with internal concrete floors, renders or external paths and earth levels (a damp course is specifically designed to avoid the possibility of rising damp- it is built of a matter of course in all new buildings).

If your house does indeed have rising damp (something we will discuss later) then it can cause the following problems:

For inside walls
- Paint does not adhere to the wall.
- Wall paper lifts and stains appear on the walls.
- Plaster flakes away, feels soft and spongy, bubbles and white powder or crystals appear.
- Skirting boards and floor boards rot.

For outside walls
-Mortar frets and falls out between bricks and stonework.
-Stains or white powder appear on walls.
These problems are mainly aesthetic problems only, however it is conceivable that structural damage could result from extensive rising damp, and of course a damp mouldy environment could pose a health risk to people.

January 2006


WHAT ABOUT A 2006 CALENDAR?

Hi Patrick,
I regularly check the area.5 info pages, but I have not seen (yet?)
info on a 2006 calendar. I printed last year's one and it has been behind my
computer screen all year long, and I would very much like another one,
a 2006 one, hanging there if available. So maybe you can tell me if there
is one. Thanks for your info!

Regards

Marianne Smits-Janse

Editor's Note: Thanks Marianne, we have received similar emails from fans but apologise that it looks unlikely we will be able to create one for 2006.  


WE GOT 2005 LOTSW!

Yippee!  We just watched an episode I had taped from Thursday night
on our Delaware PBS, WHYY.  And it was the first episode of the latest
series, 2005!   WHYY apparently somehow had the money or whatever to
catch up with current episodes.  They were showing 2004, and just
wentright into 2005.  That's the way it should work, but never does over here in the USA.

Linda & John



A FLORRIE AND...DAMP COURSE!

Hi, from Arkansas! Last night's episode was (I believe) "All of a
Florrie." Does anyone know what year this was??? Also, a question: what
is a "damp course?" Howard was in the process of sneaking out when Pearl
caught him looking for one of these!

Judy.

FOR SALE - FLOWER POWER CUT

I HAVE A COPY OF FLOWER POWER CUT FOR SALE @ £6.00
  anybody INTERESTED SHOULD E MAIL ME AT PPOST BP

GOFF DOBBS POSTBPR.POSTBPR@dti.gsi.gov.uk



BRIT REGION LOTSW BOXSETS UP FOR GRABS

Hi, I don't know if you already know about this, but play.com are
selling both of the British (region 2) Summer Wine boxsets for £7.99
each.  the first boxset (series 1 & 2) is currently out of stock, but
it's well worth ordering and waiting for at that price.  The Series 3 &
4 set is in stock though.

I think you'll all agree with me that this is too good an offer to
miss.  Go to
http://www.play.com/play247.asp?page=promo&r=R2&id=825&pa=prp for
further information.

Also, use this link
http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=sr&page=title&r=BOOK&title=371680 to
order Thora Hird's excellent autobiography for only £5.49.

Thanks for the great website,

Chris Clutterbuck.
 

DESPERATELY SEEKING OLD LOTSW EPISODE

Hi I am desperately looking for a VHS or DVD copy of an old LOTSW episode.

All I know is that its "the one where one of the characters falls through or into a caravan" and that its very funny.

I think this episode is at least 15 years old and could be "All mod conned" from the 1982-1983 season or the Christmas Special or "Come back Jack Harry Teesedale" from the 1989 season but I was wondering if you could help me or put me in touch with someone who could?

Many Thanks thomas.kay@4ubusiness.co.uk

 

STUPIDLY MISSED XMAS 2005 EPISODE...

I very stupidly missed the Christmas 2005 episode last Sunday - is
there anyone out there that can let me have a copy.
I will gladly pay for the video and postage.  If so please contact
me on Jane.Taylor@aggregate.com.

Many thanks

Jane Taylor

 

LOOKING FOR 1999 SEASON SUMMERWINE

I'm a big fan of Summer Wine but unfortunately the PBS affiliate around
here doesn't show the program too often.  Could you tell me where I could
get a dvd copy of the 1999 season featuring the death and aftermath of Compo
and the introduction of his son, etc.?  Any help you could offer would be
appreciated. Money is no object.

Dale Scherfling
Ohio
USA

scherfling@hotmail.com

 

IF I VISITED SUMMER WINE COUNTRY...


Tra la! Tra la!  I would love to visit Auntie Wainwright's "junque" shoppe!  What a treat!  And then I would do a walkabout the town and countryside, stopping for a photo perhaps on the hill overlooking the town.  Then back to town, tired but happy, I would want a cup of tea in Ivy's Cafe!
 
What a glorious day that would be!
 
Sincerely and with great admiration of this gentle series,
Judy Broy
Vernon, New Jersey, USA
 
If or when I get an opportunity to visit Holmfirth, my first port of call will be Bill Owens Grave.
I feel that it would be only right to first of all say 'Thank You for all the laughter and pleasure you gave me'. After that I would take the Tour to all the locations used by this wonderful program.

Regards, F Roberts
Hello --
 
 

I JUST LOVE SUMMER WINE

Needless to say, I LOVE this show.  My local PBS channel just began showing the episodes after "Compo's" death about a month ago and I have to say it was kind of weird/sad to watch at first and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the show as much but as time went on it "grew" on me and I just keep loving this show.  It was even sad to see just two names at the beginning of the show --Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton--.  But I love the new (to me) characters -- Glenda's aunt, Compo's son, more of Smiler, etc. (sorry, their names escape me right now).  We are still behind on episodes here and I'm looking forward to and hoping we "catch up" and get more current episodes.  It will probably be "weird" again for me but I know for sure that in time I'll get used to it and enjoy it just as much.

 
Thanks to all involved in the making this show.  You are the best!
 
Regards,
Anita
Maryland, USA

SO DO I...

i love last of the summer wine
im going into hospital soon to have open heart surgery but im taking
all of my videos of last of the summer wine to keep me happy while im in there
just keep on making the series
i know compo will make sure im ok in hospital
cheers barry from warrington
ps if anybody whould like to e=mail me
this my e-mail address
barrymorrow17@msn.com

UNWINDING SUMMER WINE STYLE

It’s hard to put in words how close to my heart the characters in LOTSW have become to me. They are my friends and I look forward to visiting with them every night after supper, when I unwind from a long day at the office. I loved the audio interviews. Many thanks for putting them online.

Collie Johnson
 

GROWING UP WITH LOTSW

 

Like many I grew up on last of the summer wine and over the last 5 years have come back to watching episodes loving every moment. Unfortunately there seems to be only a few of the early episodes for sale. Is there anywhere where I can buy episodes either original of copied off the telly.
 
I just can't get enough of the stuff.
 
It would seem to be a very acquired taste, for many of the people I know think I'm mad yet they seem so surprised to hear that its the longest running sitcom comedy show, if I've got it right.
 
 
Many Thanks in advance for your time in reading my email.
 
Kindest regards and best wishes
 
Mark Harker
 
Isle of Wight

 

Burt Kwouk, and Brian Murphy AT TELLYNATION THIS APRIL

Hi,
I found this e-mail address on the LOTSW website.

TellyNation is a convention in 2006 which has at least 2 actor guests
you and your members may be interested in:
Burt Kwouk, and Brian Murphy. Robert Ross, who has written books on
LOTSW will also be there.

Other details are as follows:

31st March - 2nd April 2006 - TellyNation, Swindon Hilton Hotel,
Wiltshire UK.

Vortex Events present TellyNation - an event for fans of all TV. 
Other guests currently confirmed: Nadim Sawalha (Survivors); Michael Keating
(Vila - Blake's 7) ,Francis Matthews (Captain Scarlet, Paul Temple),
Lalla Ward (Romana - Dr Who); Angela Bruce (Angels, Hammer
House of Horror); Linda Regan (April - Hi-de-Hi); George Christopher
(Eric'Ziggy' Greaves - Grange Hill); Jason Salkey (Rifleman Harris - Sharpe); Tony Hoare (writer -
Minder/The Sweeney); Robert Ross (comedy expert/writer) and guest MC Paul Cornell
(novelist/TV writer - Doctor Who) with further guests to be announced.

The event runs from Friday evening to late Sunday and includes guest
talks & autograph sessions, discos and parties every night.  On Saturday night
for your entertainment there will be the Sit Com Trials and a very special
presentation on Sunday evening of 'JOHN LAURIE, FRAZER AND I' - a
tribute to actor John Laurie - A Must for all fans of 'Dad's Army'.

Registration costs £95 which INCLUDES a Saturday evening Banquet and
Sunday evening hot buffet plus free autographs from all main guests.  Further
details including terms and conditions available from
www.tellynation.com or
email les@tellynation.com

Profits from this event will go to Cancer Research UK.
We'd love it if you could add a link or spread the word.

Best Wishes, Les Hollis

TellyNation - Ideas above our Stations!
www.tellynation.com


ROY CLARKE FAN CLUB?

 

Hello from Cornwall.  Is there a Roy Clarke fan  club?

Cait Hutchings hutchings@wizzhy.fsnet.co.uk

 

COLLECTOR'S SET MYSTERY - CAN ANYONE HELP?

I've seen listings for a collectors set of LOTSW that has the
following:

Disc 1:
* Getting Sam Home

Disc 2:
* Last Of The Summer Wine

Disc 3:
* Forked Lightning
* Who's That Dancing With Nora Batty Then?
* The Changing Face Of Rural Blamire

Disc 4:
* Spring Fever
* The New Mobile Trio
* Hail Smiling Morn Or Thereabouts

I am trying to find out about the item on Disc 2, The Last Of The
Summer Wine.  I've done some searches on it and have only found that it
(along with Getting Sam Home) are feature length films.  I found a listing
on your site about this set, but no mention was made about the item in
question.  Also, I do not see it listed in your episode guide.  I have
a vague memory that it was mistitled, but cannot remember where I read
that, so I come to the LOTSW experts.  Thank you.

Scott Eden

scotteden@cox.net


UNDERSTANDING YORKSHIRIAN

Dear Friends,

 
we have been admirers and viewers of "Last of the Summer Wine" for many years and have even visited some of the spots in Yorkshire to get the feeling of its people and the wonderful landscape.
 
We now have found that we have more and more difficulties to understand the language of some of the figures since "Yorkshirian" is of course not Oxford English. It would be most helpful especially for lovers of the series that live outside of Yorkshire or people with a mothertongue other than English to introduce English subtitles. Kindly examine the possibility to introduce English sub-titles, which would be appreciated by many people who have difficulty in understanding the marvellous dialogues of Howard, Auntie Rose, Mr. Entwistle, Robin Hood, Marina, Barry etc.etc.
We thank you in advance very much!
 
Best Wishes and many thanks,
 
Lea and Heinz v. Däniken-Steiner
Im Lichs 1
 
4310 Rheinfelden

 

AGREE WITH YOUR DISCLAIMER BUT...


Hello,

 
I totally agree with your disclaimer.  Not only because it is illegal but also very soon video tapes will become extinct.  But is there any possible way that someone with some sort of power can convince the BBC Shop to produce more DVD's of LOTSW.  I still can't understand why they are holding back.  They must realize that there is a demand for them.  My only way of thinking why they don't is because the cast has grown from just a few members to a larger number.  This means that if more DVD's are produced will they make enough money to pay royalities to the cast.  I am sure this is in their agreement.
 
Adrian
Malta
 

MISSING OUT IF UNABLE TO TUNE INTO UK GOLD

I do wish the BBC would show more episodes of LOTSW, at the moment there seems to be several episodes back to back on UK Gold and if like me you do not have UK Gold you miss out.

Please show more on BBC.
Fan for many years.
Peter.

 

 


November 2005

 


VISITING HOLMFIRTH WITH MOM, GRANDMA AND AUNT


Hello:
We love your show here in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.  In fact, I'd like to find some kind of tour which my mom, grandma, and aunt could take where they could fit Holmfirth into a tour of northern England and then make their way to southern England.  It seems like there are so many to choose from.  Do you have any ideas?
 
Many thanks,
Everett Campbell
Florence, Kentucky, USA

Editor's Note: We have replied highlighting the useful links on our Holmfirth "info" guide - www.area5.co.uk/holmfirth/info/index.htm


BIG THANK YOU TO ALL AT LOTSW


I just wanted to thank everyone connected with the Summer Wine Series for providing this wonderful program to the USA.  I now live in Delaware and was concerned that  the PBS station here would not carry Summer Wine.  How delighted I was to find that, indeed, they did.  There are not enough adjectives to describe how terrific this program is.  When we watch the show, it’s as if we are visiting family.  Each character is special.  The past several months have been difficult for me but thankfully, watching this program has been the VERY BEST MEDICINE for me.  I hope that the powers that be continue with this wonderful program. 

Cathy Burns, Millsboro, Delaware


REAL AND STAGE IDENTITIES

Is there complete cast list available of all the actors who have taken part in LOTSW with their real and stage identities please. I am trying to find out the name of the actor who played Norah Batty’s husband.  Thanks for your help

mikebarron@blueyonder.co.uk



E-POSTCARD FROM HOLMFIRTH - NO PLACE I'D RATHER BE


It's nine o'clock on a Sunday morning. Townsfolk and tourists greet each other with a friendly nod. And there's me; that bearded,  handsome Yank, taking it all in. I see Sid's Cafe about thirty yards ahead. My heart races for a moment, fearful of displaying my joy to passersby.
 
"Sid's Cafe!" I dare to mutter. My mind races like a slide show as I imagine Compo peering in the window, hoping to see his beloved Nora. Now it shifts to Truly and Billy planning a nasty little scheme against old Cleggy.
 
Now Howard and Marina flash by - in a rickshaw, no less. Who's pulling the Rickshaw? No, not who you'd think - it's old Smiler. Seems Autie Wainright is trying to start a new business, but Smiler moves so slow, that the people would rather get out and walk. But not Howard and Marina! A day out in the open, recklessly seen by every soul in Holmfirth.
 
It starts to drizzle. I snap out of my trance, and head for Sid's. I enter the door, seeing from the back a woman wearing a horrible green hat. "Dare I? Is it Nora?" I slink by, heart racing. I turn to say hello, and it's a mannequin dressed to simulate old Nora.
 
Embarrassed, I quickly exit. As soon as I do, the sun bursts out in all its brightness. I walk to Jackson Bridge, lean over, and I replay the last ten years of LOTSW in my head.
 
There's no where on earth I'd rather be.
 
Dennis McLelland

FAIRLY NEW TO SUMMER WINE

As fairly new fans of LOTSW, can anyone supply us with a full list of episodes that are available on DVD and possible places to buy them from. Being from Oz we get very little of the programme, only if Foxtel show episodes and then they are usually several years behind.

Margaret & Bryan
brynmar@bigpond.net.au


BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE STILL FREE


In September of this year I made my dream visit to Holmfirth. The people were more than friendly and the countryside beautiful. There's a picture of Cleggy, Compo, and Foggy on the top of a hill overlooking the valley. That's where I wanted to be. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I ask the salesgirl at the museum if she knew where the picture was taken. She told me she had just been there before work walking her dog. She gave me directions and told me to go lay in the grass in the warm sun just like the three gentlemen that I had envied for years. That's exactly what I did! The best things in life are still FREE!!!!
 

Thanks for the memory,
 
Robert Guiher

 

FANS FROM NEW ZEALAND VISITING HOLMFIRTH

My wife and I are in fact  booked to visit the UK in December/January this year from New Zealand. 

 
One of the highlights for us will be visiting Homfirth. We have both watched Last of the Summer Wine over many years and have had many, many laughs. Thanks to the cast and to Holmfirth for making it possible.. 
 
Our dream ?   It can be nothing less....    The culinary delights of Sids Cafe beckon all the way from New Zealand. We just can't wait for the sight of the checkered curtains, the cuppa and the sticky bun !    Appetite satisfied, a pleasant  walk around the village. Perhaps daring to peek into the antiques shop, and hopefully not be spotted by the owner!
  
The surroundings and  buildings in Holmfirth are generally so much older and rather different to our home in New Zealand, yet there is so much else in common. We are really looking forward to seeing the town at first hand and meeting some of the locals.

Many thanks for your efforts and information you provide on the show. Its much appreciated !

David Frith
Te Atatu South
Auckland 1008
New Zealand


WHAT HAPPENED TO SHERBET?


Dave asked what happened to Sherbet. Possibly he was killed in the war. Or perhaps he moved away from the area. Only Mr Clarke knows.

Sue Kimber.

..DIED IN THE WAR?

In answer to:
"In the First of the Summer Wine there was a character called Sherbet,
how come he has never been in Last of the Summer Wine?
Regards Dave Bardon..."


He died in the war, in the Far East fighting for Monty.

Paul Davey

 

LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING COPIES:

Hello

 
i am looking for the following
 

And a Dewhirst Up A Fir Tree

 

Whoops!

 

All Mod Conned

 

The Frozen Turkey Man

 

The White Man's Grave

 

The Waist Land

 

Cheering Up Ludovic

 

The Three Astaires

 

The Arts of Concealment
 
I am hoping someone can help me find these on video or if anyone knows where i can get a copy i would be very grateful
 
Thank you
Emma

emz196085@yahoo.co.uk
 

DISGUSTED WITH CANNED LAUGHTER ALLEGATIONS

hi there
   after reading about summer wine had canned laughter
put on the show like other fans i'm disgusted with all
the allegations.
    i have been to see the show a few times and
enjoyed it so much.
    it is a great day out to see two episodes and also
most of the cast doing a comedy act on stage and it's
all free.
    why it is the bbc and radio times always seem to
knock the show and they should try praising it for a
change.
    the cast are all first class actors and always
have time for their fans especially in holmfirth and
they never refuse to sign autographs and have a quick
chat even when they are busy recording
     i don't know what the rules are for licencing and
transmitting the show but if i was mr clarke and mr
bell i would approach itv i'm pretty sure they would
show more respect to everyone involved in the show.
   finally my thanx go to mr clarke, mr bell and all
the cast for giving me so much pleasure over the
years.
         steve


DVDS ANYONE?

Is there anyone interested in trading LOTSW DVDs?

I have several DVDs, including the 1995 series, the original
1973 series, and Series 7, and would be willing to share.

US DVDs only.


cciaffone@earthlink.net

A LIST OF EPISODES PLEASE

Hi, can anyone provide me with a list of episodes from the last in April 2004 untill now, I would be extremely grateful all the best, Paul

paul@pettitt4.freeserve.co.uk

 

WATCHING LOTSW IN NEW YORK

In the New York City area, Last of the Summer Wine can be seen Saturday night at 9.30 pm, followed by Waiting for God at 10. 

 
Channel 750 - on Time Warner.
 
Gini Otway


DISCOVERED LOTSW JUST TWO YEARS AGO!
 

I'm almost old enough to be one of the boys but after watching British comedies for 20 years just discovered LOTSW two years ago. How can that be? Anyway, it works to my advantage - I love it and everything is new to me. We love that Howard. Thanks for the website.
 

Roger Jones

 

SO LUCKY...?

Any members trying to get the song So Lucky by Freddie Davis written by the late Bill Owen .. Please Contact me

Tony
(Email address now removed)



WHERE IS THE WHITE HORSE?

My family are ardent LOTSW fans and visit Holmfirth every time we come
up to Manchester from Essex.  We are curious to know where the pub the White
Horse is that was featured in many of the original clips of film

MRS SANDRA FINDLAY

Editor's Note: A reply was sent to Sandra pointing out the true location of the White Horse - in Jackson Bridge, just a few miles outside Holmfirth. There used to be a collection of LOTSW photos displayed in the pub, so always worth a look.

 

"BRIT WIT" ON AT LEAST THREE PBS TVS IN WASHINGON DC

Here in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas we are
truly fortunate to receive "Brit Wit" on at least three PBS TV stations which I can think of just off the top of my
head. I  look forward to them daily on the Maryland station. On Saturday evening, I can watch them on the D.C
and Maryland stations PLUS, if I'm in Virginia at our second home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I can pick
themup on the Harrisonburg, Va. station.

Of all of them, I particularly enjoy "Last of the Summer Wine". I only wish that I could have watched it for the
entire thirty years or so that it's been on.  Now THAT would have been pure ecstasy !
 

Second best (a tie) : "Waiting for God" and "The Vicar of Dibley".

Nick Nicholson
Gambrills, Md and Linden, Va.

 

October 2005


SEYMOUR'S HOUSE MYSTERY


Dear Pat,

Thumbing through the postbag, I noticed a question about Seymour's
House. Well, it was a derelict house in a field earmarked for the excavation
of clay by the owners - The Hepworth Iron Company.  During Seymour's time
in the series, we would, every year, remove the shutters, put glass in the
windows, and generally do the place up in readiness for filming.  That
included cleaning put the duck pond that we had dug out for 'Uncle of
the Bride'.

The field was abandoned as a source of clay, and the owners offered the
unwanted derelict house to us as a permanent set at a knock-down price,
but the BBC aren't into property acquisition and their kind offer was
politely declined.  Michael Aldridge left the series and the need for his
cottage went with him.  The house was subsequently sold and improved to become
a rather impressive property.  In fact, it is unrecognisable as Seymour's
house.

The house is in the near vicinity of the Foxhouse Inn on the A616 out
of Holmfirth.  But the owners would not be happy with uninvited visitors.


Alan J.W. Bell

 

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE - WHAT HAPPENED TO "SHERBET"?

In the First of the Summer Wine there was a character called Sherbet, how come he has never been in Last of the Summer Wine?

Regards Dave Bardon
david.bardon@virgin.net

 

SUMMMER WINE HOMESICK - DOWN UNDER

I wanted you to know that plugging into the Summer Wine website means a lot to me. I now live in Australia, which is a beautiful place, but now and again I get a little homesick and love watching LOTSW to remind me of the UK, or the next best thing, surfing the Summer Wine website.  I particularly enjoy the interviews by Mike, Clive and Gerald, to name but a few. My boss at work caught me reading the website - and now she is a Summer Wine fan!

Love and best wishes to everyone in Holmfirth - and keep up the good work.
Richard Felton. 

 

CLIVE EARDLEY'S EXPO REPORT

Wow. It looks like Clive had a great time there. I especially liked those pictures on the wall there. There was a nice head shot of Smiler there that I wish was put on the website. You're lucky to actually meet the Summer Wine stars. I wish I can too. Well, got to go. Keep up the good work.

Devon Dill


NOTHING LIKE BATTLE AXE NORA!

As a visitor to your website I would like to add my contribution. As a builder working for all kinds of people, some nice and some not so nice. I have the great pleasure of working for Mr & Mrs Staff [nora batty] just a down to earth couple nothing like the "Battle Axe Nora". I am a big fan of Summer Wine and can't wait until 21st December 05.  A big thank you BBC.

Barry Moores, Manchester, England

 

A CATALYST FOR MAKING FRIENDS
 

Some time ago, Sue Kimber and I wrote to thank you for this site, since it enabled us to meet and become friends.  Due to our letters, another lady wrote and asked me to get in touch with her since we both live in the state of Maryland in the US.  I wrote to her and we have now met and she and her husband are lovely people.  Her name is Vivian.  This site is certainly a catalyst for making friends.  Thanks again.
 
Jean Sax
Hagerstown, MD, US
 

SO LUCKY BY BILL OWEN

(See earlier messages below)

The sheet music appears to be available for sale at EmbaMusic

Martin John Green


September 2005



EMAIL FROM LOUISIANA

Although not as badly effected as some of the other citizens further to our south, we are still facing many pressures from the fall out of the tragedy.  At least we still have power, phones and running water up here, even if there are gas shortages.  Last night we were at such a low point and but it was like a ray of sunshine surfing your website and looking at the beautiful pictures of the green hills and our friends, Compo and Clegg and Wesley.  It keeps us all going knowing that things are improving day by day and we will soon be watching the program on TV again.  The show is inspiring. 

Pat and Christa
Louisiana, USA 



SUMMER WINE MAGIC OZ STYLE

We miss out on Christmas Specials Here in Australia have done for a long time.We only get LOSW when UKTV on Foxtel cable deigns to schedule between other second rate series.We may be having a series later this year but have to contact them to find out. Don`t the Beeb realise what a gem they have with LOSW? Have most series but have a few missing episodes due them not being shown here.Keep up the good work 

E.Reed



A FAN SINCE AGED 14 - NOW A 48-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA

Hello

I have been a fan of Last of the Summer Wine since I was 14 years old and I am now a 48 year old Grandma of two little girls.

When my children were young we visited Holmfirth and again last year with my partner of 5 years. We visited Bill's grave and stayed in a pub overlooking Clegg's house.
We have just watched the 30 year tribite, which brought a tear to my eye.

We were interested to hear a live audience watches the series to create the laughter. We would be interested in experiencing this and wondered how this would be possible.
Please could you let me know if it is invitation only or if tickets can be purchased for this and where it takes place.

Thank you

Sally Hatton
Melton Mowbray
Leicester, England.

Editor's Note: Please see our LOTSW Frequently Asked Questions - you need to write to the BBC, London, for ticket enquiries. 

 

SUMMER WINE CARNIVAL FLOAT - PHOTOS



Have loved LOTSW since the very first episode. Our caravan site in Mid Wales recently entered the local carnival with a float, for the first time, and LOTSW was the theme. It went down a bomb and we won best float. Have attached a couple of pics if you are interested. Keep up the good work.



Mike Calladine (Compo)

Editor's Note: Thanks for the super photos Mike - they are almost like the real thing! 



PRAISE INDEED FOR OUR ROY


I would like to congratulate Roy Clarke for his extremely funny scripts. Last of the Summer Wine is the only programme that consistently makes me laugh out loud, and the only
programme that I can relish the repeats. We have the audio tapes, which we have played so often that the are no longer viable, but we intend buying a new set.

I look on Clegg, Foggy, Seymour and Truly as role models, especially since I have joined
their OAP ranks. Still miss dear Compo, and the sympathetic treatment of his demise
was extremely touching thanks again to Roy's brilliant writing skills.

Again, thanks Roy for our very favourite series, please keep up the good work, looking
forward to the next series.

Pgpritchard


WESLEY'S DREAM CAR...NOT A LAND ROVER BUT ALVIS SPEED TWENTY DROPHEAD!

Dear LOTSW,

I recall some years ago that Wesley, outside his garage, says that his dream car is a “1934 Alvis Speed Twenty Drophead”. As the owner of such a car, see attached, can I ask why Roy Clarke chose this marque and model? 

I might add that the reason that my father bought the car in 1977 was that it was also his dream car – he saw one in 1956 and it took 21 years to find one, so in that sense the above question answers itself.

Would be fascinated to hear if you have any thoughts.

Best Wishes

Daniel Geoghegan
London, England

d@nielg.com


JUST SPENT A DAY IN HOLMFIRTH

I've just spent a day in holmfirth and it was great I've been a great fan of losw and can now watch it on sky. I really miss Compo. 

Lesley Howells

CALLING ALL LOTSW FANS  - LIVING IN COLORADO

Hi: I am a newcomer to Last of the Summer Wine. I started watching on Rocky Mountain PBS here in Southern Colorado this year. I just fell in love with the series and today received the series companion book from BBC Books. To show just how new I am, I did not know until this afternoon of the passing of Bill Owen! I have shed some tears this day (what a tribute that this is a response to him after these years!). I guess what I can say about my feelings is twofold. First, I can never come away from an episode without a smile. The show also touches me in that there are so many characters that are well developed and have such a depth of story behind them. Very few casts are so appealing! If there are any other Colorado fans who might like to be in contact feel free to reach me at the following:

Earl S. Mead 1870 Central Avenue Canon City, Colorado 81212

e.s.mead@worldnet.att.net



GOING DUTCH IN SUMMER WINE COUNTRY 


What a nice journal by Mary, I read it already a few weeks ago, probably immediately after it was published on the website. Coincidentally I paid a visit to Holmfirth (with my sister and her husband) from 15th until 22nd of June, so her first 2,5 days coincided with our last 2,5 days. I also wrote a diary, which was published on the Holmfirth website.

Re-reading Mary's diary and about the book she bought and read (Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Graham) I suddenly thought of the beautiful book I have, "Summer Wine Country" by Roy Clarke. I think it would be so nice for Mary too, with all the pictures of beautiful Yorkshire where the filming took and still is taking place. It was already published in 1989, but my Jackson Bridge friends bought this one for me (and also one for my sister) last winter, one in the Daisy Lane bookshop and one in the Tollhouse Bookshop. As far as I know they weren't the very last copies still available. I think Mary would love the pictures of the Summer Wine countryside, and she'd also love to read the story in the book (written by Roy Clarke), in the form of letters written by Cleggie to his Polish penfriend Tad, explaining in such a lovely way life in the Yorkshire hills as e.g. in the introduction on page 7 (if allowed to quote):
"Being small communities we fit acceptably into our landscape. We have the happiness to have the balance right. Everywhere the landscape dominates us. We have not (yet) overwhelmed it. The sheer inconvenience of our hills has kept the despoilers at bay.".
Of course it's now several years later, and many visitors are around nowadays, but I think the quote is still appropriate.

Maybe one of Mary's Holmfirth friends could acquire it for her and send it on, if she hasn't got it yet of course.

This evening, the documentary on LOTSW is on TV again, like over 2 years ago, and when I was watching it then, I suddenly realised I had penfriends living there, so when they came over shortly afterwards, they brought pictures of the filming taking place that one of them took just before leaving! In the meantime I've visited Holmfirth 3 times already, and each time my friends manage to show me more beautiful and/or interesting things of the area. So maybe again next year or the year after, who knows.


Marianne Smits-Jansen
Holland


TAPING SUMMER WINE SHOWS IN LOUISANA

Just wanted to tell you how much i enjoy the show , we tape them all 
[except the repeats].I originally come from Leamington Spa , and i can relate 
to the story lines. Please keep up with the shows as we really enjoy them over 
here as most of the T.V shows aren't worth watching [my opinion].

Sincerely Cynthia.
Rayville, Louisiana USA

THE AFTERTHOUHTS OF A CO-OP MANAGER

Could someone list the broadcast dates of the 2005 episodes, please. I know they were not shown in the original published order because one was postponed when the Pope died, and the rest were also out of order. I didn't make a note of them and lists that I have seen published refer to the planned order. Thanks.

A note for our American friends: many of you commented on how moving the episodes were when Compo died, but prepare yourself for another piece of the genius that is Roy Clarke when you eventually see "The Afterthoughts of a Coop Manager". It was shown on the weekend we were remembering the end of the War in Europe. After our LOTSW heroes kept us laughing for the usual 27 minutes a brief line by Cleggy brought us all down to earth and reminded us of the sacrifices that were made. It brought a lump to my throat and I suspect many of the UK viewers.

Jim Treloar (Chester)


SAD PASSING OF COMPO - DVD SOUGHT

Hello,

Could you please tell me if the 3 episodes which covered the sad passing of Compo are available on video or DVD?

I'd appreciate your reply and any info regarding how to purchase.

With thanks.

Dot Gamble (New Zealand)

dotgamble@xtra.co.nz


WHERE DID FOGGY GO?

Dear summerwine,
I have only just discovered your web site today and I did enjoy reading about the characters but I still really don't know what has happened to Brian Wilde is he o.k. or ill or what please tell me to put my mind at rest.

I have read his interview but that was from 1995 how is he now is he still acting?

Many thanks Malcolm


Editor's Note: We have emailed Malcolm referring him to the "What Became of Foggy" page. 

LOTSW DVDs

We are all wishing for more dvds of the show. I have all 4 series. As I live in Malta we don't always get every series and none of the specials.

I feel the reason why other dvds are not being produced is because the cast has grown bigger throughout the years and the amount of Royalties to be shared would not be worth it for the producers to produce more dvds. But I am sure that with the way we all feel the dvds would sell like hot cakes in no time at all.

Can the BBC give us a good reason why they are not making anymore dvds instead of leaving us guessing.

Adrian


EARLY SUMMER WINE NEEDED ON AETN (PBS) ARKANSAS


As much as I love watching the later LOTSW epsiodes we see in Arkansas on AETN (PBS) is there any chance of getting the earlier ones aired?

Having been stationed in England for a total of 5 years ('75-'77, '83-'86) it would bring back so many good memories

Chris L. Gray, MSgt. USAF (Ret.'89)

COMPO'S GRAVE - DIRECTIONS

I understand that Bill Owen "Compo" is buried in one of the churchyards in Holmfirth. Could anyone please advise as to which one and its location. We would like to visit during our upcoming visit to Holmfirth and area -
Norman Knapton Alliston, Ontario

Editor's Note: We have replied to our Canadian friends referring to Dinky's excellent article about her visit to Holmfirth last year. Click here to read Dinky's Diary, which includes details about her walk to Compo's grave. 


GETTING BARRY HIGHER IN THE WORLD - LOCATION MYSTERY

Does anyone know the location where the 1989 episode "getting barry higher in the world" was filmed.? I wish to identify the opening 5 minutes where they are all standing above a railway line with tunnel and a train passes. I am trying to identify that location. I have written to the BBc but they not prepared to help. All I need to know is where the railway line/tunnel is as its not holmfirth.

Please reply to: gordon@toucansurf.com


SID AND IVY MYSTERY

hi there
a silly question i know but
does anyone know the surname of
sid and ivy , the cafe owners
i've looked but not found anything

thanks
pete  Psander722@aol.com



VISITING HOLMFIRTH 2006

I cried when I heard they may be stopping filming in Holmfirth. We are planning our holiday to Holmfirth, England, in Summer, 2006, everything is already booked, and it would not be the same if they did not film in Holmfirth any longer.  We are really glad that the row was sorted out and can continue enjoying our show. 

The Beckett Family 
Ca, USA 

Editor's Note:  We received literally scores (it seemed like hundreds at the time) of your emails following concerns that the cameras might stop filming in Holmfirth. Since the dispute was quickly settled, we decided not to publish the others, but felt the above was important to remind our fans that the cameras are STAYING and Holmfirth is still open as a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for all your notes of concerns. 

SUMMER WINE UPDATE FROM THE FALKLANDS

You're probably aware that a growing number of fans in the Falklands love and relate to the gentle, family-friendly humour of Last of the Summer Wine. Many a video tape is doing the rounds here, and we even have our very own Cleggy look-alike.  

Maureen Fisher, Port Stanley, Falklands 

ROY CLARK FAN CLUB?

I would like to know more about ROY CLARK as he a wesite or a fan club of some sort?
with thanks
JILL TRAVIS

Zenasturman@aol.com


DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT QUITTING

Please do not ever quit producing Summer Wine. It is my all time favorite t.v show. What a great show and cast!!!!! I look forward to it every week.

Thank you for the great entertainment.

Joanne Naccarato



August 2005


CAMPAIGN FOR MORE LOTSW DVDS

I think we should all, individually, go to the BBC America shop (http://feedback.m23.com/bbcamericashop/) and request further series of the show on DVD. Perhaps, if they get several requests, more will be forthcoming.

My own particular request to them is for the entire 1999 series, including the special, which I have never seen.

Mikal Johnson
CdA, Idaho, USA


watching sUMMER WINE ON CHANNEL SIX OUT OF DENVER

We watch LOTSW on KRMA Channel 6 out of Denver, Colorado, every day. I wish we had access to more of the episodes from earlier years and from the years after the loss of Bill Owen. But we enjoy watching the repeats very much. I'm not sure whether Summer Wine or Keeping Up Appearances is my favorite. May be a tie. I can't believe the writer could have so much good stuff in his head. Amazing. I appreciate the fact that Channel 6, one of two PBS stations in Denver, has so much BBC programming. I believe Channel 12 does some, too. I think it would have been a real kick if Hyacinth and Richard or Daisy and Onslow had shown up in Holmfirth as guests of Nora Batty or the Pegdens or somebody. I have wished for a long time that networks such as BBC, ITV, CBC, etc., could be directly shown on cable or over the air here. 

Roger Balmer

TRYING TO BUY "SO LUCKY"

hello i wonder if you could help me i am trying to buy a record that Biill Owen sang called so lucky in my life i really love that song so much but dont know where to get it from pleae could you give me some info on buying that song 

yours thankfully mrs p maddocks


patricia.maddocks@btopenworld.com


THE FLAG AND ITS SNAGS...AT BROCKHOLES STATION

Dear Patrick

I noticed the photos of Brockholes station on your Holmfirthweb.com website. you may like to inform people that this station featured in the 2pt 1979 episode of last of the Summer Wine: The Flag and it's Snags and The Flag and Further Snags.
When the men go to collect Foggy's flag.
Thought it might be of interest

Clive Eardley

swasociety@btinternet.com


Editor's Note: Thanks for the tip Clive. See the photo feature on Summer Wine's sister website:  www.holmfirthweb.com

VISITED HOLMFIRTH FIVE TIMES

Hello – I have been to Holmfirth about 5 times so far and I really liked the
area. I drove around and saw some of the places where filming took place
and bought lots of things at the T.I.C and the Mills.
Last of the Summer wine has been my favorite show for a long time and
I now have lots of recordings and BBC videos of the show.

Bill


TRYING TO BUY "GETTING SAM HOME" FOR HER MUM

Hi all
I have a lady in Cornwall, trying to buy a copy of Getting Sam Home for her mum. Can anyone help with this?
I looked at AmazonUK and see nothing with it on.
Would be appreciative and so would this lady's mum.

Thanks
rickk@itscomp.com
would love to here from any uk fans for chat
ta
rick

I WANT TO BUY RONNIE'S HAUNTING THEME MUSIC 

Friends,

I have only recently become a big fan of the series. And I am just delighted with it and all of the characters.

Is there anywhere that I can purchase a copy of Ronnie Hazlehurst's haunting theme music.

It........well, it just makes the heart feel good to hear it and then to join Truly, Clegg, Entwhisthle and all.

I'd love to be able to get a copy. Could you direct me?

I love the series. Heartfelt "thank yous" to creator Roy Clarke,and the entire cast for this gentle joy. Just cannot tell you how much it entertains and touches me.

Larry Peters
Elgin, Il
USA

wandrinstar@sbcglobal.net


LOTSW STUDIO AUDIENCE

What a wonderful programme. We will keep this as a memento of old faces etc. 
How do we find out about being part of the studio audience?
jack and sheila humphreys

PLUS ANOTHER ONE...

Hello

I have been a fan of Last of the Summer Wine since I was 14 years old and I am now a 48 year old Grandma of two little girls.

When my children were young we visited Holmfirth and again last year with my partner of 5 years. We visited Bill's grave and stayed in a pub overlooking Clegg's house.
We have just watched the 30 year tribite, which brought a tear to my eye.
We were interested to hear a live audience watches the series to create the laughter. We would be interested in experiencing this and wondered how this would be possible.
Please could you let me know if it is invitation only or if tickets can be purchased for this and where it takes place.

Thank you

Sally Hatton
Leics, UK. 

 

Editor's Note: We have emailed the Humphreys and Sally to advise them to write to the Beeb in London. 

 

June/July 2005

Your Dream Visit to Summer Wine Country - Holmfirth 


Photo courtesy K Francis


During June & July, we asked fans what they would plan to do during a "dream visit" to the heart of Summer Wine country, Holmfirth. Not only is LOTSW filmed here - but your favourite SW website, Summer Wine Online, is based here! 

Many thanks for the lovely response - our postbag was overflowing again - and we have published a selection below. More will be published later.  One was picked at random to win a LOTSW DVD - which will shortly be en-route! 

For lots more on Holmfirth - including a feature-packed visitor guide and downloadable magazine - see our sister-site www.holmfirthweb.com



Greetings from the US:
My husband wants to visit the tea room - but I would love to see
Glenda's sitting room where the ladies enjoy morning coffee. We would
be so happy to be in Holmfirth we would just stand and gawk!!
Betty Johnson

My husband and I would love to walk the same paths that we see Compo, Smiler, Nora and Cleggy and the others walk. We would love to enjoy the beautiful countryside and just take it all in and say, "I can't believe I am really here!". 
Thanks/Jenny Hitchens


I've been watching for several years now and the shows are as delightful as ever. My favorite character (s?) is/are the Yorkshire Dales--I would love to walk them some day. After the Dales, Compo is number one--Bill Owen created a delightful guy, one of a kind. Has Mr. Clarke ever told anyone the background story on Compo and Nora? She has to be so mad at him for some reason--my fantasy is that they were an item in their younger days and he left her hanging and she hasn't gotten over it. She represents for him, though, home and hearth--a possible haven from his hard scrabble life. I could go on, I guess. :) Thanks for a great show.
Sandy Reynolds, a fan from Oklahoma

I would want to sit on Nora's steps and then take a walk down the road in front of Howard and Cleggy's house and then i would make my way to Wesleys work shed and finally stop in at Sid's Cafe.And on the way out i would have to stop in Auntie Wainwright's store and spend a little money.
Thanks, tell everyone that Scott in Texas is still watching !!!!!!

What I would love to do is explore Holmfirth, then catch the bus from Sid's Cafe to the top of the hills where I could look at the fantastic views over Holmfirth. I would then call in a little pub and have a cool beer while drinking in the view. 
Ed Meredith, Lone Pine, USA 


I would like to visit the locations shown below and the list is in priority order:
1. sids café
2. compo's grave
3. norah's house
4. clegg's house
5. wesley"s shed

LARRY CIOLEK

The very first thing I would do is to buy a pair of wellies. Then I would set off in the footsteps of Compo. I would walk on a wall, I would wade in the stream and I would walk up into the hills, find myself a good piece of straw to chew on and try to imagine the spirit of Last of the Summer Wine while i was just laying there taking it all in with the same kind of innocence and boyishness that my aging carcass would let me do!
Sewell Bruner
Des Moines, Iowa 
USA

It would be like going home again to be able to visit Holmfirth. I watch these CDs over and over with my subscription to Netflix. The music in these show is one of the most appealing features. I especially like the episodes with Bill Owen and Brian Wilde; however, all of the episodes are great. Whenever I see the houses, streets, hills, it reminds me of my growing up years in the little village of Argos, Indiana, USA as it was all those years ago. Keep up the good work and please let me know if the filming is still going on.
Thank you
Sunnie K. Dickinson
Benicia, CA 94510


I would like to stroll through Auntie Wainwright's resale shop and have a "Smiler" or two.
Roger Ritthaler


I would tour the TV locations on the Summer Wine tour bus which I read about on your site - and then have a cup of English tea and muffins in the little cafe
Zed Fernleigh, San Fernando, LA. 

Hope I'm not too late! I would love to sit up in the hills where
Compo, Cleggy and Truly did with my family. I'd love to just sit and
hold my wife's hand and watch my kids run around and play.

Thanks,
Harry Nicholos

I would dress up as an English bobby and drive the patrol car round the hills chasing after Compo and the crowd up to their antics again. 
Ed and Jane, Austin, Tx.


My wife and I are coming from the US in July and will visit Holmfirth.
We have been fans of the show for many years and have every epsiode on
tape. Have tea and sticky bun in the Cafe while a red Herald drives by
would be perfect and make our trip. After seeing Eddie's car we now 
own 2 Heralds. 

Bill & Carol Goodwin Bryantown, Maryland USA

Editor's Note: Congratulations Bill and Carol for winning our DVD.  After reading your note, we were also intrigued to hear about two Triumph Heralds in America!  





Other SW Email from June/July 2005: 



MANY THANKS FOR THE FAMILY TREE MIKE 

Can you please convey my thanks to Mike Fearnley for the Sibshaw/Wainwright family tree.

Now we know that Mr Wainwright the librarian in the first series and a little later on (Blake Butler was the actor) was indeed related and some of his approaches with the lady librarians has obviously rubbed off on Howard.

Unfortunately Howard never seems to get as far as Mr Wainwright ever did: in one episode Mrs Partridge mistook the unzipping of his spectacle pocket for something else and dealt him a severe blow!

Kind regards RT


CAN YOU HELP ME NAME THOSE EPISODES? 

hi there

i'm wondering if you could help me.

i am trying to find out the names of two episodes.
one is where they go away on holiday, which they think is going to be a nice place, but they end up with a dirty old caravan, and the second is where they are in a community hall (think they are tiding up) and compo has mouse droppings in his hand?

if you could help my i would be so greatful, also can you tell me which series they are from

thank you very much

emma

emz196085@yahoo.co.uk


NICE PHOTO GERALD

How nice to see a photo of Gerald Hayne, I am a big fan of his reviews, he always says pretty much what I thought, but he puts it so much better. I am especially pleased that he is a fan of First of the Summer Wine, a very underrated show. Also, what ever happened to the petition that so many of us signed, did it get a result?

Sue Kimber.


LAST VISITED HOLMFIRTH 30 YEARS AGO


Last visited 30 odd years ago before l o s w. Going back in early August. After being a fan since it started. Would love some advice on what to see or if any events etc are on.

Regards
Joe Butler
Try to model myself on Cleggy

miriamjoe90@btinternet.com


20P TO VIST THE LOO IN HOLMFIRTH! 


My wife and I are avid Summer Wine fans and would like the BBC to make available to the public the whole series on DVD. They do, however, seem reluctant to do so. To the best of my knowledge there are about 4 DVD's available and about the same in video tapes. If we the fans, decide to pass around or exchange copies that we have ourselves taped, then surely we are not contravening any copyright laws. They would, of course, have to be free of charge except for a payment to cover cost of materials and postage. If the BBC won't help us then we must help ourselves. I continually keep checking at the store for new editions of the LOTSW but never find any. The BBC do keep up a steady stream of so called humour that I wouldn't have given to me for free. I think we should start a movement called the LOTSWE, 'Lend Out The Summer Wine Episodes'. I would appreciate some feedback on this please.
I would like to add that when Compo died I thought 'What now?' I needn't have worried, I think the programme goes from strength to strength and is full of such great characters. What a wonderful cast. My wife and I watch it over and over again, it is such a relaxing programme to watch, no violence and no bad language. A younger friend once asked me how I could watch the Summer Wine episodes repeatedly. I asked him what he had on his MP3 player. He told me he had recorded the latest 'song' of some noisy group. "And how many times a day do you listen to that"? I asked.
"About twenty times a day," he replied. I rest my case.
We are fortunate to live only 20 miles away from Holmfirth and do make regular trips there. It's a quaint little village town and well worth a visit BUT, BEWARE, I can only find one public toilet and that cost 20 pence per visit. For 20 pence I would expect a season ticket.

Beenicko


IS IT TRUE...

... that the original story was set in the reference room of a library? Can anyone help with this enquiry, please email me if you know the answer, thanks, Jane

jseabourne@blueyonder.co.uk


ROYAL AIR FORCE CD OF SUMMER WINE MUSIC - APPEAL

I am trying desperately to obtain a CD or tape of the theme song "Last of the Summer Wine". I understand the song was recorded on a CD by the RAF Regimental and another released by BBC regarding TV themes. Is there any way to purchase some recording of the theme song.
Charles D Taylor

Box 847
Montezuma, IA, USA 50171-0847

cdtaylor@netins.net

 

ON THE AIR MAGAZINE - LOOKOUT FOR HOLMFIRTH! 

The very first full edition of On The Air Magazine is now out! It contains a 2 page feature on Holmfirth, an interview with Stephen Lewis, a profile of Dora Bryan and much more of interest to LOTSW fans. The next edition even has Marina on the front cover and an exclusive interview! It's in Chapters across Canada, in Ian Allen stores in the UK or available by subscription anywhere in the world. You can also buy a single copy from our website should you wish to try one out!

www.ontheairmagazine.com

Regards,
Peter Riley
Editor


ICING ON OUR HOLMFIRTH CAKE! 

Hello Pat!!

As you recall, Alex and I did realize our dream to visit
Holmfirth last May! You and Patrick played important parts in our
dream!! Seeing the breath-taking hills was both exhilarating and
relaxing at the same time! But the best times were the days when we could just stooge
around Holmfirth ( like the trio!) with no particular place to go, but
just let the wind guide us here and there!! That is when we really 
felt like we were in Summer Wine Country!

We will never forget that wonderful Monday with you and Micky as we
lunched, walked, talked, shopped and visited Bill Owen's grave. Other
best times were with Patrick and his family and friends and Ken Kitson
for lunch, dinner and a soccer game on TV. All of it was icing on our
Holmfirth Cake!!

Dinky & Alex


COMPO, CANOE AND CASTLE?

I wll be visting Holmfirth next month and, naturally, I wish to seek 
out as many of the Summer Wine locations as possible. In "Ballad for Wind Instruments & Canoe", Compo, Clegg and Blamire  carry their canoe past a castle. Can anyone tell me where this castle is?

Duncan

DuncanGrover@compuserve.com



PEACEFUL SUMMER WINE END to THE DAY

I LOOK FORWARD AT THE END OF THE DAY TO WATCHING LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE ON OUR PBS STATION. I ALSO HAVE 1995 AND 2003 DVD'S, AND HOPE  TO GET MORE AS SOON AS I CAN FIND THEM.

THE WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT OF A MORE PEACEFUL TIME IN LIFE IS A
WONDERFUL TO EXPERIENCE. I AM NOT A TRAVELER BUT IF I COULD I WOULD GO TO HOLMFIRTH AND HOPEFULLY MEET CLEGGIE, NORA, AND ALL THE CAST THAT HAS BROUGHT ME SO MANY HOURS OF PLEASURE.

NETTIE B. COOK
SPRINGFIELD, IL 62704

Hi, My name is Tom,a loyal viewer of Last of the
Summer Wine. I join in the many hundreds of fans in
thanking you for bringing this splendid comedy and
more gentler times to us. I enjoy the re-reuns just as
much as when I saw them the very first time. I enjoy
the beautiful,tranquil,leisurely scenes which in
today's world seems to be a rare part of the mobile
world. I enjoy all the caracters and the actors who
portray them. I always look with anticipation to see
them weekly on the PBS stations here in the Deleware
Valley area of the East Coast(New Jersey,Delaware,
Pennsylvania area). About to turn 65, this programme
takes me back to a more gentle age of innocence. To
all the cast members and the people involved in the
production of this series, I wish to say Thanks.

Tom Tribuiani
Bridgeton, New Jersey


OF FUNERALS & FISH

Could anyone help me to find a copy, in any condition, of the 
pilot episode of LOSW, 'Of Funerals And Fish'.
I have tried everywhere and would dearly love this histoic 
episode to add to my collection.
Very Best Regards

Pauline Hemmings   pauline.hemmings@ntlworld.com



SUMMER WINE LOGO ACROSS OUR VW BEETLE

This may seem a strange request, but does anyone know if a standard logo or font used for the titles for the TV series, and if so could you point me in the right direction. The reason being that I have an uncle who is a great fan of the show, he has just purchased an old classic VW Beetle which he intends to personalize. He wants to paint the logo across the boot, but we need to have an idea of what it looks like..

Many thanks Graham…

grfmob@dsl.pipex.com


ITS THE COFFIN THEY CARRIED HIM OFF IN

Please can you help me! One of my favourite last of the summer wine was when they took their friend to see his girlfriend and he dies. The Boys have trouble getting his coffin/body back into his home. Please if you know what this was called could you let me know.

Many Thanks 

Pratibha.Goberdhan@croydonpct.nhs.uk


DON'T FORGET BLAKEY - ON THE BUSES

Pleased to announce that ON THE BUSES fanclub can now be found at the new web address.
http://www.onthebusesfanclub.co.uk/

DING DING! 

 


LOTSW ON PAY TV DOWN UNDER

I have been a ardent fan of LSW since I first saw it on pay TV here in Australia. I am very fond of the older episodes with Tom Own, what a talent, It's a great way to spend a hot day inside with LSW and one of our snowy winter days here in Woodend Vic. I hope to be able to purchase some of the earlier episodes. 

Hazel Bracken Woodend Vic. Aust

Editor's Note: Sorry for the delay replying or publishing emails during June, caused by a massive response to our DVD contest, however we really enjoyed reading your messages. 



May 2005



THANK YOU GERALD

Can I add my comments to your other correspondents to thank Gerald and the others for their contributions to your website, I really enjoy reading the TV review, particularly when it is run so soon after the TV show.

Susan Letterman
Southampton, England.   

 

NIGHTMARE MAN...BUT NO LOTSW? 

Although a regular fan of your website since it started all those years ago, this if the first time I have emailed.  Having just read through all your postbag entries (it took some time but was v enjoyable) one of the main issues must be the LOTSW DVDs, or rather the lack of them. As a former marketing director for a high profile concern in the UK, can I just say I don't agree with the commercial logic behind the refusal to release all the DVDS in one go.  Leafing through the online dvd catalogues last night, I notice they have just released the BBC sci-fi drama "The Nightmare Man", a one off broadcast in 1981 and, to my knowledge, not broadcast since. I vaguely remember it was quite a low-budget drama, similar to Dr Who in those days.  This was probably enjoyable at the time but I don't think even the BBC will expect it to sell in massive numbers today. So how come they feel able to release "The Nightmare Man", quite unheard of and without any fan demand, where as LOTSW with its strong fan base at home and abroad, gets missed?  It does not add up, and surely its time for someone from the BBC to explain on this website why someone has made a decision on this policy. 

Martin Wragg
London, UK. 

 

STILL AMAZED AT THOSE AMERICANS

I am still amazed that you get so many contributions, and even advertising from the States. It just shows we must still be doing something right in this country. A friend of mine recently came back from Washington DC, and she said the taxi drivers were talking Last of the Summer Wine.  I think its time for a Summer Wine movie - at least we would not require special effects from Hollywood.  Cleggy would look great on the big screen. Put a word in for us, please. 

Ernest Richards
Newport
Wales.

 

BRING BACK FOGGY?  DON'T THINK SO

Despite all the publicity, I agree with your earlier comments on Postbag that Foggy should not return. That's not to say I don't like him, or that a lot of fans would probably like to see him again, but there have been dramatic changes since he left, and I really don't feel his character would work with the larger mix of actors in present day LOTSW. Also, things are never the same second time round, he is much older now, and expecting him to simply step into his old shoes is a non-starter. Sorry.

Marjorie Barker

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE BEEB

Just thought you might care to know that you are highly recommended by the BBC. I recently wrote to them with a query about LOTSW. Their prompt reply referred me to your website! Talk about passing the buck! 

Elaine Farraw
Mirfield, West Yorkshire
England. 



A VERY PLEASANT TIME IN HOLMFIRTH

Many thanks to Patrick Brooke and the Summer Wine website team for helping with the pleasant weekend in Holmfirth at the beginning of May. Patrick asked me to write an update on our weekend but I have really found it difficult to get moving on this. Truth be told, I am not much of a writer, I just don't have the patience. Besides, there are already several excellent pieces from other visitors, and I don't want to compete with those.  Therefore, I have made a few quick points which I think fans will find interesting.  First of all, we were a little disappointed with the initial appearance of Holmfirth when we arrived on the Friday night.  It was not at all how we imagined, I think we were thinking of somewhere like Hawes in the North Yorkshire Dales. Parts of Holmfirth are really quite built up. However, we soon realised that some of the old buildings and dilapidated areas behind the Co-op are part of the rustic character of the area. We honestly grew to like the buildings in the town.  Quite by chance, we caught the bus up to Holme village on the Friday night - it was a lovely summer evening - and were taken over by the breathtaking Pennine scenery.  We had an enjoyable pint in the Fleece (the people were lovely) but unfortunately missed the last bus.  However, can I thank Roger, who lives "down a very steep hill", for running us into Holmfirth, in time for last orders at the Old Bridge.  So, despite our initial concerns, we felt we had a lovely start to the weekend.  Saturday was hunting out the Summer Wine features (we just missed Gerald's item on the Tourist Information shop - but they were very helpful). We really enjoyed the Exhibition and Colin's location tours (luckily we HAD read that interview on your site) but we wanted more!  Therefore by mid afternoon, after looking round the shops, we were at a loose end. We even popped into the library but that was just closing. There was a cinema but no films on that night.  We made another inspired choice and this time caught the bus into Honley and had a lovely meal at a little restaurant on the main road, whose name escapes me, but the staff were kind enough to sort out a twin table, even though we had not booked.  Then we visited a few pubs and caught a taxi back. So, all in all, it was a busy Saturday morning, bit of a slow afternoon but then really picked up again in the evening.  Sunday morning, up early after a lovely breakfast in the Old Bridge and caught the bus to Holme again, where we walked up the road towards Holme Moss transmitter, to take photographs of the amazing elevated views. We saw another TV mast in the distance. Then down again to catch the bus "holme" to Holmfirth. It was a lovely sunny morning and the Pennine hills looked spectacular.  We would like to explore them more in depth. So, all in all, a very enjoyable weekend - and we will certainly come again this year. And the message from all this?  Come to Holmfirth, well worth a hundred visits, but don't just come with Summer Wine in mind. Come to see the scenery, sample the lovely pubs and restaurants, and meet the very friendly locals. Thank you Summer Wine! 

D.J Lister 
Canterbury, England. 

BILL'S SONG FOR "PARROT FACE" DAVIES.

Hi, I don't know whether you remember but I wrote asking about a song written by Bill Owen for Freddie 'parrot face' Davies. Well, I have found out about it and here are the lyrics:

So lucky in my life you love me as I am that’s all just as a man I ask no more than this
My woman & my life my lover & my friend my beginning & my end your my everything.
I love you & I know you know, it yes you show it by just being as you are.
So lucky in my life you make it all worth while, you always find a smile when things go wrong, I'm lucky yes I'm lucky, so lucky your the woman in my life.


Then repeated

It seems that Bill was indeed a man of many talents.

Ernest Jones
Chester, England. 



SUNDAY NIGHT REVIEWS

I really enjoy reading the Sunday night reviews following each transmission of LOTSW and although I don't always agree with every word, they make for very enjoyable reading

Lenny Evans 
Cheadle, Cheshire, UK


Please pass on my "thank yous" to Gerald for his entertaining take each week on Summer Wine.  Now we watch the series and then go online to read what you think. If the photos are on the website beforehand, we try to identify the location on the programme.  We will be visiting Holmfirth for the first time this Summer to go on the location tours mentioned on your site. Please tell Colin Frost to get the kettle on. 

Amy Webster
Newcastle, England. 


SUMMER WINE INFORMATION GIRLS

I enjoyed reading the piece on the Tourist information girls on your website.  We visited two years ago and found them (one of them was still the same as on your picture) to be very helpful.  Sadly the filming was all wrapped up but they told us how to get around the town, and also mentioned your website. 

J. T. Myers 


WEBCAM FOR LOTSW LOCATION FILMING?

When are you going to feature live webcasts of the filming? If the tourists are not allowed to see the filming, how about a web camera like they do on the Eastenders set.  It will be great to watch them filming. Pls pass onto Alan Bell, it will be a good publicity for the series. 


L H. 

CAPTAIN PEACOCK DRIVING THE BEATLES

While undergoing some research recently, how surprised I was to discover that our very own Captain Peacock was the chauffer to the Beatles! Not in real life of course, it was a scene in the Beatles first movie, Hard Day's Night, when he was driving them to a press conference. You don't remember seeing him?  Of course not.  They only cut the scene before the movie was shown! Nothing personal, it just did not work. You might care to know, we can choose from 184 channels on our cable TV, including 40 prime movie channels which costa lota dollars.  And the channels we end up watching most of the time?  BBC America and loads of Brit comedies from our own free public service broadcast channel.  Now, there must be a message in that somewhere.  We will be visiting SW country during 2006, and I look forward to getting autographs from the tourist information staff you featured on your home page.  

Lou McBain
Venice, California, USA. 

 

FREDDY "PARROT FACE" DAVIES - THE MUSIC? 

While on a cruise recently their was a comedian on board who sang a 
song  that he said was written by Bill Owen. He said he had written it for 
Freddy  'Parrot Face' Davies. Can you please tell me what the song was called 
and do  you know if it is possible to get a copy of the lyrics?
Regards

Ernest Jones eljo@eljo.freeserve.co.uk

Chester
England

EDITOR'S NOTE: Talking of Freddie Davies...be sure to read the newly published interview on the Mike Fernley page. 

 


Arnold t ' lad from up in't hills.

I have a friend ( e mail ) in Kalamazoo, he doesnt seem to recognise the show ! Was it shown there ? I am an old hill farmer from Yorkshire and we now live in the mountains of North Wales, but, we remember Yorkshire and its folk always. We still use an old Landrover Defender as family transport. In fact, I can relate very closely to Compo and the gang. Our humour is exactly the same. I tell my wife that I would be away tomorrow if Nora Batty came along. ( I am sure she understands me) She tells me that I am the nearest thing to Compo that she has ever known ! If anyone in the states can confirm that Last of the summer wine was ever shown in Michigan, I would be grateful.
We who really appreciate the privilage of seeing those shows are indeed lucky I think.
Best wishes to all of you people. 

Arnold t ' lad from up in't hills.


GETTING SAM HOME

Could you please tell me how to get my hands on the LOTSW series "Getting Sam Home".


niallfee@hotmail.com




missing episodes of lotsw


Hi there,

I backed up all my recorded episodes of LOTSW onto DVD as the videos were degrading. I found that I have all the episodes recorded except for 7 episodes and 2 Specials. I would love to complete the collection and I was wondering if anyone could help me. They will be only for my own personal use. I will gladly pay for any cost or I will send a DVD copy of some episodes to anyone that can help me complete my collection.

I am missing the following Episodes & Specials:

Series 7: The Frozen Turkey Man, The White Man’s Grave, The Waist Land, Cheering Up Ludovic, & The Three Astaires,

Series 11: A Leg Up For Christmas (Special)

Series 17: Leaving Home Forever Or Till Teatime, & The Glamour Of The Uniform

Series 24: A Musical Passing for A Miserable Muscroft (Special)

The condition of Series 15 is very poor but the rest of my collection including the 25th & 30th Anniversary Specials and the tributes to Bill Owen and Kathy Staff are in good condition.

Hope that someone out there can help me,


Thanks,

Eamonn McCarthy

eamonn@eamonnmccarthy.com 

 

EXCELLENT SERVICE FOR FANS

I am very impressed that your site is able to publish the reviews a short time after each transmission on a Sunday evening, , this is an excellent service for fans, and I really enjoy reading them.  I am not sure how you will fill this gap when the series is off air, but maybe you could publish more interviews, profiles on the stars, their hobbies and interests etc. 

Richard Laithers, UK 


C'MON BEEB - REPEAT ALL THE LOTSWS

Hi,

Just e-mailing to say I like your website, and to express my wish that  once the current series ends, the BBC would repeat all the episodes they've only screened once. One episode of the 1993 series has yet to repeated, along with some episodes from 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2002. I think they've also forgotten to repeat some episodes from 2001 despite repeating other 2001 episodes more than once. And as far as I can remember, no episodes from the 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004 series have been re-shown.

Keep up the good work!

Best Wishes,
Gavin. 

 

LOTSW - THE DIGITAL WAY


Does anyone have as large a collection of LOTSW episodes as myself?

Having followed LOSW since the 1970’s, I have recorded almost all episodes of LOtSW. Out of the 247 episodes of LOtSW broadcast so far, I have 218 of these stored away on a computer, so I can view them instantly at any time!

Stephen Byard

 

A REAL KATHY STAFF LOOKALIKE

While I love the entire cast of LOSW, I especially enjoy Kathy Staff. My mother had a friend who looked like, talked like, and was overall just like Ms. Staff. I have purchased many of the videos and can watch whenever I like. Of course, I watch them on PBS weekly as well.

Mary S, Ely, Nevada 

 

BRING BACK FOGGY CAMPAIGN?

With regard to Gerald's mention of Brian Wilde (See Reviews),  while acknowledging he did a lot for LOTS my sister and I think that he shouldn't come back. We feel that LOTS as moved on with the introduction of some great new characters. We also wish that the web site would be up dated to include information regarding the current cast such as interviews etc. Our favourite character is Truly as played by Frank Thornton. We think he is brilliant and a very good actor. We are enjoying the new series and are glad that they will be back filming the next series soon.

We also feel that Gerald should mention Truly some more in his reviews as especially in Hermoine (The Short Course) Truly was the instigater of Howards picnic interuption.

Sarah and Victoria

MISSING LOTSW ON CHANNEL THREE

Just wanted to say we miss watching The Last of summer Wine .We made sure we were done with our work so we could watch Channel 3 every night at 5.30 we especially liked the shows with Bill Owens in them . Wish they would put it back on TV. 

Leona & Bud


thanks to gerald

Many thanks Gerald and the rest of the team for the brilliant reviews, having watched the show, I can say I agree with every word. 

R E Fisher




THE LATE GREAT SIR JOHN MILLS


Hi Patrick

Thought it would be nice to include a few words on the great Sir John
Mills.


Sir John Mills

I thought it a great pity that Sir John Mills never made a guest
appearance in Last of the Summer Wine. He would have been perfect as
the elder brother of Edie, Seymour and Roz. His younger siblings would
have idolised their older brother, although he would have had a twinkle
in his eye and joined forces with the boys.

Sadly however this will never be as Sir John died at the great age of
97 at the weekend, and the nation lost one of its greatest stars.


Regards
Mike Fernley


HOLMFIRTH FOR EASTER - WHAT A WEEK

Your "sister" website covering the Holme Valley was very helpful in planning our visit to Holmfirth during Easter. We had a marvellous time, the weather was not too disappointing and we loved the little pubs and restaurants on the outskirts of town. We were disappointed that you did not have a Summer Wine website shop, but maybe that's something you could do in the future?  Two days we went on long hikes on part of the Pennine Way, and it was better than the Lake District.  

Bill MacFarland


INTERPLAY BETWEEN ALWIN AND NORA IS OUT OF THIS WORLD


DEAR SIR/ MADAM,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STILL MAKING AND TRANSMITTING S/WINE...IT HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH...PLEASE ASK ROY CLARK TO KEEP WRITING STILL MORE FUNNY AND ZANIER SCRIPTS.......ÌT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER & BETTER ...I JUST LOVE THE SERIES.....THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN ..ALWIN &NORA BATTY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!.

PLEASE, OH PLEASE, KEEP THE FUN GOING.


A GREAT FAN.


PAT LYONS.

WHAT'S IN THE COMPO NAME

Hi - In reply to a question on your page (see lower down) - I always thought that the nickname 'Compo' applied to a person who was living off a Compensation payment of some kind. Is this right?

Stuart Jebbitt

 

WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN THE SERIES FINISHES?

JUST TO REPEAT WHAT MANY FANS KEEP SAYING ON YOUR POSTBAG...THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE IS BRILLIANT, IT IS THE ONLY WEBSITE WE VISIT, AND LOVE READING THE REVIEWS FROM GERALD ON SUNDAY NIGHTS. WHATEVER SHALL WE DO WHEN THE SERIES FINISHES. LOTS OF LOVE TO EVERYONE AT THE LOTSW WEBSITE - PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. 

JANET AND ARTHUR RICHARDSON

DONCASTER, ENGLAND 

 



April 2005

ENJOYED THE AUDIO INTERVIEWS


We enjoyed the radio interviews of Bill Owens and Peter Sallis. Thank 
you for providing them. 

Ann and Paul Pfaff

Editor's Note: Many thanks - and keep checking the website. We have more audio interviews coming soon! 

ANOTHER ON CANNED LAUGHTER

About the canned laughter misunderstanding: could it be that people 
think it's canned laughter because it cuts in & out very abruptly? It 
seems to be cut off, instead of tapering off more gradually like real 
laughter does.

Linda/Bear, Delaware, USA


HOOKED INTO SUMMER WINE ONLINE

Dear Pat and Patrick, 

I just wanted to tell you that residents of our nearby old people's home and now hooked into the internet after a local shop donated a PC for their TV room.  They get a lot of use out of this and your website is one of the most popular. They love the photos and the messages.  It really adds a lot of enjoyment to the programme, particalarly when they can read the reviews after each broadcast. Do you think there is any chance that Clegg would call in to see them? 

Rachel Langdon
Lincoln, England 

 

Compo's name dilemma? 

Hi

What is Compos Christian name? Why was he called Compo?

Stuart ss014j5420@blueyonder.co.uk


HUGE FAN OF SUMMER WINE 


GOOD MORNING PATRICK:

WELL, I AM STILL A HUGE FAN OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE AND CAN'T SEE 
ANY SIGNS OF THAT ENDING..

IT HAS BECOME A WELCOME PART OF MY DAILY LIFE BY WATCHING OUR PBS
STATION HERE IN SPRINGFIELD, IL (USA) ON CH. 12. THIS IS ON EVERY
NIGHT MON. THRU THUR. AT 10:30PM.

I HAVE ALSO PURCHASED DVD'S TO FILL IN ON THE DAYS IT IS NOT ON PBS.

THE LAUGHS AND PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE FROM THIS SERIES DOES A GREAT DEAL TO MAKE EACH DAY HAPPIER. 

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I ENJOY THE CAST, I FEEL EACH ONE IS A REAL
ASSET TO THE OVERALL SERIES.

I AM STILL IN HOPES WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET MORE DVD'S HERE IN THE USA.

THANKS PATRICK.  AS EVER A HUGE FAN OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE.

NETTIE

EASTER BREAK TO SUMMER WINE COUNTRY 

Many thanks to staff at the website for helping with our Easter visit arrangements at such short notice during March. The tourist guide on the Holmfirth site was also useful. We stayed in local bed and breakfast and, despite the weather which was a bit on the wet side, we had a very enjoyable time. The Summer Wine museum was really interesting - our only complaint was that it was too short a tour.  But we will still go again next time we call. Excursions included a day in York and shopping in Leeds.  Our best night was in the little Thai restaurant near Jacksons art gallery. 

The Gaynor Family 
Birmingham, UK 

 
BSA BANTAM DAYS

I really enjoyed reading the article and seeing the picture on the BSA motorcycle and sidecar, which I remember "Wally" riding in Summer Wine, many, many moons ago.  I used to have a BSA Bantam which I rode for the Post Office, delivering telegrams, and I have fond memories of them. My son was always saving up for a Rocket Three but ended up riding Triumphs instead. 
Thanks for a fabulous website, we have been watching Summer Wine since it was first broadcast in 1973! 

Gerald Haycock
Dursley, Glos, UK. 

 



March 2005

 

Hi from Adelaide, Australia

I have been watching Summer Wine more or less since it first started and only just discovered your wonderful website.

My wife comes from Yorkshire and fifty years ago I sailed on trawlers out of Hull and Grimsby....it is marverlous to seen the countryside of the Yorkshire dales, bot in the programme and on the wwebsite.

In Australia we get more than our fair share of American sitcom rubbish and it is so pleasant to watch something sensible and inoffensive...I hope ti manages to outlive me!

Best wishes....Vic Woolley

JUST LOVE GERALD'S REVIEW OF SUNDAY'S EPISODE

I, as usual, loved Gerald's revue of Sundays episode 'The Swan Man Of Ilkley' you can't really follow him. He mentioned that Bobby Ball was part of the duo Cannon and Ball. Did you all realise that the irate boat owner was played by Tommy Cannon. it took me quite a while to place him. My only disappointment was that we didn't see more of the line dancing.

Sue Kimber

AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIETTE

Dear Patrick, 

I am a journalist in Leeds and had the pleasure of interviewing Juliette Kaplan last year for Retired and Living magazines. The article is now in the Spring and Summer edition going out to 50 odd regions of the UK and appears on their web site, which I maintain, at http://www.retiredmagazines.co.uk/articles/julliette.php

Regards

Graham Smith

 

CANNED LAUGHTER CHESTNUT

Once again Ceefax have published a letter from someone complaining about the canned laughter on Summer Wine. An e mail with a suitable reply was quickly despatched.
However I also added a note for the editor, firstly pointing to this web site and the article by Alan Bell, and secondly stating that this query had been raised in the past and answered.

Rob
Birmingham, England. 



BILL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS OCTOBER 1998

Patrick, 
Am not as good as Clive Eardley when it comes to producing pictures but found this one of Bill (RIGHT) which I took at Pinewood Studios in October 1998 when we were attending a function hosted by the British Comedy Society & Alan J W Bell; you might wish to keep it on file for a suitable occasion!

Cheers, Gerald Hayne


ONLY SEEN SUMMER WINE FROM 89 TO 2004

I love this series. I watch it each week night at 11:00 pm (cst) on OETA from Oklahoma City. The last year that the station has shown is 2004. I have only seen the series as broadcast form 1989 to 2004 as I menntioned. Can someone tell me if the earlier series continue to be shown and does the series continue to be recorded?

Rose Richardson  roser4098@sbcglobal.ne

LOVE TO PAINT THE SUMMER WINE SCENERY

Sir---------Just wanted to thank you for the web site. My husband and I love to see the scenery on the program, "Last of the Summer Wine, We live in York, Pa. USA. and the country side here is very much like this area of yours. However we do not have the lovey stone housing . I would love to acquire some pictures of the houseing or scenery. I paint in oils and love this type of pictures to paint. In 1973 I visited York, England. There in the Shambles I discovered a shop that sold needlework. The lady named "Ursula" would only sell me one item. She said it was embroidery on British Satin and would last me a life time. I love England and the British people. Here we watch all the Brit Wit showes we can find to watch. Again thank you for your lovey web site. It is to be enjoyed. 

Linda Woodside


THEY WERE GREAT! 

Just to say a big thank you to Messrs. Fernley and Hayne for the terrific photographs (such super quality) and the review of Sunday's programme. Really appreciate them, along with my elderly mother and father. 

Richard Mathers, Nottingham, England. 

ENTIRE SERIES OF LOTSW?

Does anyone in the world have the entire episodes of Summer Winre on either dfvd or tape? I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who can help.
Cheers,

Barry Moreton countydevon@btinternet.com



LOVE THE REVIEW...

First time on any website or publication that I have read a review of a TV programme that I just watched an hour ago. Same day service! Keep up the good work Summer Wine, your site is both professionally written and well put together, you could give the Radio Times  a run for its money! 

David Longdon, London, England. 


THANK YOU GERALD FOR YOUR FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE ARTICLE

I loved the article by Gerald Hayne about First of the Summer Wine. It was a great show. I would have liked to have seen another series, but when all of the lads were being called up it probably wasn't possible. An interesting fact was that Jonathan Linsley (Crusher in Last of the Summer Wine) had a part in one episode of FOTSW, he had lost a lot of weight at the time and was hard to recognise as Chunky Livesey. I have been to Netherthong and visited the post office that they used as the Co-op in the pilot show, but I think that they moved on somewhere else after that. Does anyone know where? They did use Beamish Open Air Museum, again in the pilot show, but when they put out the first series they had moved on. It is great fun to seek these locations out, so any information would be welcome.

Sue Kimber.

 


SADLY NO FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE....


Hello – well it is sad to say that I have been searching everywhere for copies/videos etc of the First of the Summer Wine for a long time now. There is literally nowhere that I can see where anything can be bought. I did get a couple of emails(one I believe was from Australia) but nothing was achieved. Thought I would just let you know in case someone read my bit in the Postbag. 

Thanks. Bill


 ...BUT THE FANS KEEP ASKING


Hello. My name is Grant Marshall, I Live is Sydney, Australia and I love FOTSW. Do you have any information about where I can obtain copies of both sesions?

All the best, from Grant.
mr_g_marshall@yahoo.com.au

ENJOYED OUR AUDIO INTERVIEWS

I enjoyed these interviews very much. I do miss Compo. None of us is here forever, though. Keep up the good work.

Kathy Barney, Tulsa OK USA

BILL OWEN SORROW

I had no idea Bill Owen passed away. When did he die? I'm crushed. Compo was a character of comedic genius. I salute you, Bill Owen, wherever you are... I love the series, but here in the U.S., we get the series from years ago. I envy those who can see the current episodes.

Craig Bebinger


TV LOCATION TOURS IN HOLMFIRTH

My mother would like to go on a tour of Last of the Summer Wine Country.
Are there any such tours still operating? 

Many thanks, Warren Poyner.

Editor's Note: We directed Warren to Sid's Cafe website and TV location tours, please see the link on our home page! 

KEEPING POURING THAT SUMMER WINE

Thank you for making my day great every day. I love the cast and  we just started to get the show here now. When I found out that Compo  died, I was very sad that I did'nt get to tell him how much i liked his acting. He was the best, so cute and the 3 together were a delight. Thank you, I  laugh a lot due to great writing 

Barbara

TAKING THE WEE WEE?

What does the - expression "taking the wee wee" mean? Billy Hardcastle used it one time and i got the impresseion that he was concerned that an onllooker would think he was a slacker, is that the sense of it? Never heard it in the USA. 

Paul Casadevall

Editor's Note: We replied to Paul with a suitable translation about sarcastic folk taking the Michael! 


SUMMER WINE DOWN UNDER

We live in Australia and get Last Of The Summer Wine on out UK channel on Austar which is our Pay TV. In the episode today, Barry caught his boss and his fancy piece snogging in a car.To get Barry to keep his mouth shut, his boss promised to get him in to the Golf club.We thought the actor playing the part of Barrys boss was Trevor Bannister from the old series"Are You Being Served"If it wasnt, can you please settle a bet and tell us who the actor was.In this episode Howard and Marina were cycling dressed up as clowns.Can anyone help?Please feel free to print my email address. 

Many thanks from Ann Hansen annmackem@optusnet.com.au 

 

SUMMER WINE FAN MEETING USA - CAN ANYONE GO? 

Dear Dinky,

Just saw your blurb on the L.O.S.W site about a fan meeting in Cape May but you don't give any dates. Is this private? I'm a fellow fan in Woodbridge and am lucky enought to get to West Yorkshire twice a year. I've been to Holmfirth a number of times and I tend to compare my Yorkshire friends with the cast of the show.

Enjoyed reading your diary.


Best wishes, Stephen Hicks

Editor's Note: Sorry for the confusion, our fault, not Dinkys. We  missed of the date in our original article! - of course the party is open to all fans who can manage to travel there. We have now published an update on the home page. It sounds like a fun do - but unfortunately it will be too far for the Editor to travel from Holmfirth! 


A BIG FAN OF ROY BARRACLOUGH

Great pictures of the forthcoming series. I'm pleased to see one of my all-time favourite actors, Roy Barraclough, is appearing this series too. Hope he's going to be joining the cast on a more regular basis.

We just interviewed him for the new On The Air Magazine which launches properly in June. Roy's in the special 'taster' edition which you can get absolutely free - we'll even pay for the postage anywhere in the world. What's the catch? There isn't one. We'll enclose a subscription form and we hope, having seen the 'taster' that you'll join up - that's it. We won't pester you - promise.
Visit www.ontheairmagazine.com
  and register for the FREE copy by the end of this month.

Mark Llewellin

 

TRYING TO ORDER LOTSW

Hello. I am trying to find out how I can order the series from its 
beginning, if that is possible. My parents love watching the show and 
my Dad  said the other night he would love to be able to get all the shows from 
the  beginning. I noticed on the BBC website, the British site, that Seasons 
1/2 and Seasons 3/4 are offered for purchase, but not so on the BBC Buy 
America  website.I would appreciate any information you could give me on how to purchase the series.
Thank you very much.

Michelle Welch  fltgrlmichelle@msn.com  



HELEN'S TAKE TWO IS A WONDERFUL READ

I've just read Helen's Take Two and it is a wonderful read. 
Congratulations Helen and Darn you really inspire me to want to be there. I love the 
photo's  also. Thanks for sharing your wonderful SW experience. It will be ages 
before I'll get to see the episode you are in but what fun it will be 
when  that time comes. We are just now seeing episodes from 2000.

Hugs, Jo 


LONG STALWART OF BRITISH COMEDY

In answer to Barry Black's query (if he hasn't already found out), 
Reggie was played by the lovely Liz Fraser, and no, they weren't related. 
She is a long stalwart of British comedy on both film and TV, so they would 
all have been friends over the years. In my opinion still a very glamorous
lady, in the early 60s she often appeared as the "glamour" in comedy 
films, often with an excuse to appear in a bikini or her underwear; she even
appeared in Hancock's Half Hour. In my opinion it's a pity she doesn't
appear more oftem, I still have a soft spot for her after 40 plus 
years.

Jim T.


LUCKY TO FIND THE SHEET MUSIC?

I am trying hard to get the sheet music to 'So Lucky' as yet without luck, can anyone help?

DB  hadrene@ntlworld.com 



UPDATE FROM PAT LYONS


From P.Lyons..R.o.I.
You may be wondering why you have`nt heard from me for quite a while,....have been ill. `have taped several episodes of L/ summer wine..`really enjoy the confrontations between Nora Batty& Alwin (Brian Murphy)...`hope the fun continues....What can we expect from the `04 series...`would love if the whole series to date will in time, be available on d.v.d.

Keep me informed....Please. Yours, Pat Lyons.


QUESTION ABOUT PEARL AND HOWARD HAVING A DAUGHTER?

I can't answer that question, but to save others the trouble, I checked 
the list of episodes and that one is listed, but says nothing about a 
daughter. One useful tip especially for my fellow Americans: if your 
TV has closed captioning, turn it on while watching LOTSW; it really 
helps you understand what everyone is saying.

Linda Shockley/Bear Delaware.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2005 VALENTINE'S DAY SCREAM



Many thanks for your kind emails following publication of the new photos of the 2005 series.  It seems many of you were also tickled by our front-page "Valentine's Day" photo - right. We have included a selection of your messages below. Apologies to our friends worldwide who won't catch the 2005 series until much later! Please note, some messages have been edited for space reasons: 


A very quick message to say we really adored the photos from Clive of the new series.  His report has really inspired us to start making arrangements to ensure we don't miss a single series this time. We have even bought a DVD recorder this weekend to ensure we have quality copies! We have a month to sort out how to work it! 

Lindsey and Rachel Walker, Lancaster, England 

How we laughed when we saw the two-love birds (Howard and Marina) on the front page of your website. And it was even Valentine's Day when we logged in. How very topical of you. Many thanks for your efforts. 

Jane and Crew, Admin & Finance, Berkshire ComSafe, UK. 

Please pass on my hearty congratulations to Clive Eardley for his excellent report and pictures from the filming. I was already looking forward to the new series - now I can't wait.  

David Tomlinson, Lincoln, UK 

Your pictures of our Summer Wine favorites made our day in our household, but we will have to wait nearly two years for the 2005 series to reach sunny Texas! Please say thanks to Clive, of the Appreciation Society, and thanks to Patrick for your work with the website. We live for LOTSW and collect all the books and tapes from Ebay. 

Rox Thorner, Austin, USA. 


You raised a Big Smile with your Valentine's Day picture,  it got me through what would otherwise have been a bad Office Monday.  Please keep up the good work.  

Ken Steckler, Yonkers, New York, USA.  

OK, no one bothered to send my a Valentine's Day cards but the picture of your "Valentine's Day Romance" in Holmfirth was worth five! Marina and Howard look really naughty. I kept logging back on to have another look.  How long will I have to wait for this series to be broadcast on PSB?

Jacki Fotcher, Habersham County, Georgia, USA

One of my biggest concerns is that the show will run out of steam. But judging by your really upbeat report, it seems like this is going to be one of the best. Clive and Patrick - you have just made my day! Please can we see more photographs and how about some video footage of the cast during filming? 

George Taylor, Bristol, England. 

I am a big fan of Roy Barraclough and can't wait to see the new romance blossom between him and Nora Batty.  Thinking about it, they will be an idea pair.  But I am beginning to feel really sorry for poor Roy, how will he cope with all that nagging? Please pass on my thanks for the photographs, I look forward to more of these. 

Linda Hodgson, Exeter, England. 

Thank you Clive, your pictures are outstanding.  We can't wait for the new series in March, it sounds like the best yet. 

J and R Higgins



February 2005

 


In one of the episodes Compo says "well, slap my vigalities!". So I was wondering just what is a vigality? (Oh, and I hope I spelled that correctly.) Thank you! 

This message was sent from an unattended mailbox by a customer of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.


HI MY NAME IS MIKE 

I CAME ACROSS THIS ADDRESS VIA A SUMMER WINE WEB PAGE. I CURRENTLY OWN A HALF ACRE PLOT OF PASTURE LAND SITUATED JUST OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE OF DIGGLE IN LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE COUNTRYSIDE, WITHIN A VERY FEW MILES OF HOLMFIRTH. IT IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN PLOTS (ALL SOLD) WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS. 

DUE TO MY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGING IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS (BECOMING SINGLE DAD TWO MY TWO BOYS) I HAVE HAD TO CHANGE MY IDEAS AND PLANS IN LIFE, HENCE THE RELUCTANT SALE OF THIS PLOT. PRIOR TO MARKETING THIS PLOT I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER FANS OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY IT. 

I AM ASKING FOR OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £12000.00 UK. ANYONE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT ME AT mike4UKssbbw@hotmail.co.uk I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND ADVISING FANS ON MY BEHALF 

YOURS SINCERELY MICHAEL.

Hi Patrick,
If Jean Sax of Maryland would like to view some of the earlier episodes of LOTSW with Michael Bates,  Joe Gladwin and John Comer and if she lives in the Baltimore area, perhaps she could contact me and we could set up a time for a visit. Thanks to the generosity of friends in Birmingham, I have received tapes of most of the earlier programs.
When local friends return from Florida the end of February, we are planning a Sunday afternoon of LOTSW viewing, especially the specials that are seldom shown in the states. Hope all is well with you; it sounds as though you are keeping very busy.

Regards,
Vivian Creasy (formerly of Kingsville)
Perry Hall, MD


I have been a regular visitor to both your Summer Wine and Holmfirth Web site since 1999 (i even have some old print-outs of your site - how different it used to look!) but never before been in touch or sent an item to your mailbag. Some of my friends think I am very strange because these days I only watch one programme on television and view one website on the internet. Yes, you've guessed it, Last of the Summer Wine on TV and Summer Wine Online on the web.  I am 73 years young, have a few problems with the heart, and just wanted to take this opportunity of thanking you and the BBC for bringing an old soldier so much enjoyment in my "Summer Wine" years. Thank you for not charging people to come to your site.  I would never have been able to subscribe (I don't have plastic) and would have missed so much pleasure.  I love reading the comments from your visitors, particularly ones like Dinky, from America, who has done something I have never done - actually visit Holmfirth. I love reading these travel guides, it is almost as good as the real thing. Thank you again Summer Wine site, and please pass on my best wishes and heartfelt thank-yous to Mr Bell, the entire cast and the BBC. Can I also mention my son Tony for investing the time to set me up on the internet in the days while it was still quite new, to enable me to email my other son in Hong Kong and daughter, teaching in Botswana. They are also fans of Summer Wine! 

Arnold Smith
Dursley, Glos
England 


Can you tell me who played Reggie (Compo's Thursday date) and was she related to Compo?  After seeing her in two episodes, I thought she might be his wife in real life.  If not, both her and Clegg certainly must have been very dear friends off-screen, as well as on the set.  His death from cancer must have been devastating to them.
 
Barry Black



Hello, 

In the episode "HOWARD THROWS A WOBBLER", I thought Pearl mentioned a daughter Shirley.
 
Did I hear right, do they have children?
 
Thanks!!!!
Elaine Birgelis
Fort Smith, Arkansas



Hope this makes it to the mail bag.  I just wanted to mention that I have tried every trick in the book and have ended up with every episode of LOTSW except for 2 and I have also located about half   of the First of The Summer Wine.  I even have the Pilot "Of Funerals and Fishes"  The early episodes are rather fuzzy and not as sharp or of the  good quality as they become later on.  I have dubbed them onto dvd's   So, folks, if I can find them then there is hope for all to find them!!!!  I feel like the luckiest person on earth as I have made this program a necessary part of my life.  I do not know anyone of my acquaintance who watches this show or even knows anything about it.  When I ask people about it they have no idea what I am talking about.  But for a show to last this long you can bet someone is watching it, and I am high on that list!!!!!

 
With kindest regard to all LOTSW fans--  I am sending this from Central Illinois
Cheri Hunter

 

Hello Fans of LOTSW.  Does anyone in Britain know when we in Europe are going to see the new series on BBC Prime.  The waiting is too much to handle.  I can't wait. Each series is so far in between. 
 


We haven' been receiving Summer Wine for very long here in Memphis, but now that we have I am a rabid fan. It is so simple and down to earth, I love all the characters. I just can not say enough good about your program..........Thanks.............Hal Williford


Jan 2005 Postbag



50 MPH GUSTING WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW

HI PATRICK: HOW IS YOUR WEATHER THERE IN HOLMFIRTH? WE HAVE WINDS FROM 26 TO 35 MPH AND GUSTING TO 50MPH. WITH BLOWING SNOW. IT WAS 12 DEGREES SHORTLY AFTER 8AM. IN YOUR EMAIL YOU MENTIONED CHECKING BBC FOR LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE DVD'S. NOT TOO MUCH LUCK THERE. I AM HOPING MAYBE SOMETHING HAS OPENED UP WITH MORE SELECTION THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW ABOUT. YOUR COUNTRY SIDE THERE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I HAVE 2 DVD'S OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE ONE FROM 1995 AND ONE FROM 2003. I WATCH ONE OF THE DVD'S EVERYDAY. I HAVE CONTACTED BBC AND ASKED THEM TO GET A LARGER VARIETY BUT SO FAR NO LUCK. I HAVE A B'DAY COMING UP IN FEB. SO I WAS HOPING TO PUT THE DVD'S ON MY LIST. YOU KNOW I FIND THIS SHOW SO FACINATING BECAUSE CLEGGIE LOOKS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN MY FATHER AND HIS BROTHER. I DO LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS IN THIS SHOW. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF ANYONE BY THE NAME OF CENTERS OR BOZELL? TAKE CARE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK-END. 

NETTIE COOK SPRINGFIELD, IL


THOSE SUMMER WINE MOMENTS 

We had to write and tell you about our Summer Wine moments in Holmfirth. We came up for a lovely winter weekend (we live near Coventry) and stayed at a little country cottage a few miles away.  Saturday was, of course, our main day when we did the SW sites - Sid's Cafe, the TV location tours (worth every penny) and the SW Museum which was not quite as big as we were expecting but we still enjoyed it, and stayed and watched the videos twice over.  As the day progressed, it was "high tea" in the Wrinkled Stocking Cafe where we had a lovely chat with a couple of other SW visitors to Holmfirth. Our common link was that we were both regular surfers to your SW website and had obtained some valuable background before coming on our weekend. Evening tea was - where else? Compo's Cafe - delicious fish, chips, peas, bread and tea, I can taste them now.  All in all a fascinating weekend, our only disappointment was not having a film to see in your little cinema in the evening - but we will be back again in Spring, complete with our hiking boots to explore the location sites on the moors Keep up the good work. 

Rachel and Arnold Stringer, West Midlands, England. 

TRIPE OFFERED BY THE BEEB?

The BBC have no immediate plans to release any further DVDs of LOTSW for "economic reasons" - in other words they don't think they can sell enough. When I had a look at the BBC DVDs on the BBC website last night, I could not believe the rubbish they are turning out. I won't name names but how do they expect to sell some of that tripe when they reckon SW won't sell! 

James Richards,  London WC1 


LOVE READING SUMMER WINE ONLINE

We love reading the holiday features and the other items (Gerald Hayne and Clive) on the Summer Wine website.  We plan to visit Holmfirth in 2006. Can we have more competitions, please. 

I.W. Forbes, Austin, Texas, USA. 




68 YEAR OLD AND 44 TAPES WITH 151 EPISODES OF YOU KNOW WHAT! 

At 68  years old i have been enjoying your show so much that I have taped and purchased as many of the "Last of the Summer Wine "episodes as i can. As of this date I have 44 tapes with 151 episodes.   I get bored with our TV, so I start with # 1 of LOTSW and go to the 44th tape, it may take a month but i enjoy them even for the third time around. I also have the LOTSW book and am a member of summer-wine.co.uk. I just wanted to write you and thank you all for...making an old man happy.
                                                                                                                                    Of the tapes mentioned above I have none with Michael Bates, most of mine have Foggy, Seymour and Truly. Foggy was my favorite  as well as Compo and Clegg. Howard and Pearl add that additional charm to the show without them I could not imagine what it would be like.
 
One question.  In most of the shows there are miles of ..stone walls,, they look as if put together piece by piece like a puzzle as well as quite ancient.  How old are they?
 
Again thank you for a fine program from a beautiful area.

Roy Steiger     South Carolina,USA
 

"VACATION" TIME IN HOLMFIRTH SUMMER 2005 

After reading the tourist diaries from Dinky and the Dutch lady, I just had to tell you that this Summer we are bringing the family to Holmfirth, England. We will be visting other places too but the main part of the holiday will be Yorkshire to see the TV locations. We can't wait. Its the first holiday that the entire family - dad and children - are actually looking forward to.  I will be in touch nearer the time with details of arrangements etc. 

Esther R, Cresskill, New York.                             



NAME THAT SUMMER WINE PUB

Hi my wife and I like to vist Summer Wine area and noticed that the Public Houses in the programe have been change. Do you know there names and where there location is? Please could you name the NEW places in the program.
 
From Philip phclark97@aol.com 

SUMMER WINE DVDS

Dear All. 
If anyone is seeking dvds of LOTSW then try PLAY.COM web site series 1&2 and 3&4 first one £16.99 and the second  £11.99 in sterling but do try this site p&p free .

 
Yours  S W Storor, enjoy

MANY THANKS SUMMER WINE

Thanks for everyone at the Summer Wine website for saving our lives over the January holidays. Without going into too much detail, we had been badly let down by a coach firm and it looked as if out day trip to Summer Wine country would not be taking place. We managed to get travel sorted but many thanks to Summer Wine Online for helping with last-minute arrangements for lunch in the town, and for laying on a reception committee!  The Yorkshire welcome made it all worthwhile, and we will certainly travel over the Pennines again to Holmfirth, this time hopefully with better arrangements at our end. 

Mary Roebuck 
Hall Ings Over 60s, Rochdale


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE IN NEW ZEALAND

Giday, I don't know how old your web page on First of the summer wine is, but on it you have written: "Although the show enjoyed some early success - particularly among the existing fan base - it failed to reach a large enough audience penetration necessary for continued survival. As far as we know, the show was never broadcast abroad, and there have never been any recent repeats." I remember when I was younger (about 1989-1991) this show was on TV in New Zealand and it was one of my all time favourites! I am not meaning to be nit pickey, just thought you might like to know! By the way, have you ever seen FOTSW on DVD anywhere? I have had a (brief) look, but I can't seem to dredge any up on this side of the world :( - Berwyck


JUST HAVE TO SEE NORA'S HOUSE IN HOLMFIRTH

As a life- long fan of British comedy in America (Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served, Keeping Up Appearances), I somehow never could get into Last of the Summer Wine and seldom watched it.  I had some problem with understanding the accents and the overall premise did not interest me.  However, once I took the time to watch a few episodes start to finish, I was hooked!!  I agree so much with those that expressed the soothing quality of the show.  I am a typical American, so caught up in the hectic chaos of daily living that it is hard to really relax.  Those beautiful green hills and quaint country village scenes do something for me that is more effective than any medication.  The characters are now my beloved friends and I mourned right along with the rest of you for Campo, even though he often appears in the re-runs here.  It has already been my dream to go to England, but I now have a more specific destination.  I have to see Norah Batty's house before I die!!!!!

Jackie Perry


PHOTOS OF MARINA 

Dear Friends

I am eager to get some images of Marina from the series lotsw please for my collection.  I hope you can help.

Yours  S W Storer. swstororat20@yahoo.co.uk


THANKS EVERYONE FOR GETTING IN TOUCH 

Just a word to thank everyone who emailed me following an earlier appeal on the Postbag to obtain SW information for a speech at a retirement "do" for two big LOTSW fans. I had a wonderful response from your readers and was quite touched by how people wanted to help. Best of all, I now regularly correspond with a fan in South Africa, where I used to work until a few years ago. The presentation ceremony went very well and everyone loved the speech which had many references in to Cleggy, Marina, Tom et al.

G.M Dale 
Southampton, England. 

NEVER WANT THE SUMMER WINE TO END...

When Bill Owen died, I didn't know right away. I love "Last of the Summer Wine", a clean comedy with very good actors and actresses and beautiful scenery. I never want it to end. But nothing personal, it just isn't the same without Compo. No one could replace him and of course he can't do the role anymore since he left for greener hills to walk. I rarely cry, but the episode where they had the hearse driving his coffin through those hills he walked with his buddies, I cried. It is still a wonderful show and I am so glad Kathy Staff has stayed as Nora Batty. Recently PBS showed a program on 30 years of "Last of the Summer Wine" and they were showing filming and tourists in the background. It was a wonderful show. Thanks for letting me speak and so belatedly after his death. We, I think are a little behind in the programs we get in America. I am a big Britcom fan and also love East Enders. Thanks, and God Bless Bill Owen's family and friends, 

Teresa in North Carolina, USA

 

Dec 2004 Postbag


Editor's Note: Our apologies for the delay catching up with your Summer Wine email, and missing out on the November postbag. This was due to increased demand on the other commercial services provided by Area5 News and PR - the people behind the Summer Wine site - and also the loss of a part-time helper. Rest assured that all your messages have been read and co-editors Pat and Patrick have responded to the urgent enquiries, for example fans wishing to visit Holmfirth for Christmas etc. We are now catching up with all your mail and are once again able to publish a small selection for December.  Many thanks for your patience! 

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Hi, I thoroughly enjoy 'Last of the Summer Wine.' It is such a wonderful programme - no sex, violence and bad language. Added to that, the beautiful countryside where it is filmed. I also like the extra scene after the credits. The programme is so funny. I did wonder what it would be like after Bill Owen's death but the writers and cast are fantastic and still keep it one of the best programmes on T.V in my opinion...Keep up the wonderful writing of this fantastic programme. Best wishes to writers, cast and crew and a very happy Christmas & new year to you all. Sandra Pickworth (Mrs)



WHAT HAS GLENDA BEEN DOING


Hi from Maryland USA,

i've just been catching up on LSOW, and reading Pat's piece on the end of the last season has got me interested. Just what has Glenda been doing that would make her mother would "have a fit"??? I always liked Glenda, in fact I used have [maybe still do?] a "crush " on her, it's time we had some nice pics of her on the site.

So what did she do?? enquiring USA minds need to know, we only go so far in a series, and then back again, it is a pleasure to see Compo again, but it would also be nice if we were up to date.

All the best Lass,
Jim Charles

 

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS - BEYOND WORDS

The latest selection of black and white photos are beyond words to describe how many happy memories I have of this show.  What a selection indeed. Good work.  Please don't ask for a favoutite as each one is better then the other. They are absolutely priceless.  The coloured ones are also brilliant.  The characters are still the same way but it was interesting to see the change in the Cafe.   Also seeing Nora with her husband Wally and the man of her loving interest Compo was superb. I have to stop here and have a look at them again.  Thanks again.

Adrian


AUDIO DOWNLOADS PICKED MY SPIRITS UP

I have just downloaded the compo and clegg radio interviews and enjoyed them very much, I used to work on    local radio here in Ireland and loved that too, its a pity more of the summerwine cast are not online with more interviews to download, absolutely love summerwine it has picked my spirits more times than I can remember long may it continue,

Owen Brennan.


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYONE?

Can you tell me if The First of the summer wine is available on DVD or VHS  as I Have been trying to get this series for along time all assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Mark
Please publish email address for responses thanks
marks1@iinet.net.au


NOW VIEWING THE 2002 SERIES - AND LOVING IT

Hi Summer Wine Online,

My wife and I adore LOTSW. We are now viewing the last of the 2002 season, and love all the new characters. There is, however, one thing that bothers us. It's Glenda's love-sick teenager way of handling things. She talks and acts much too young for her actual age, which must be between 35 and 40. This is magnified by the fact that she's supposed to be an in-charge Yorkshire women. We think it's time she grew up. It must be said, however, that we love the actress who plays Glenda, as we do all the others.

Robert G. Windsor, USA


LOVE THE SERIES...LOVE THE WEBSITE

'ello, Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I love the website and visit everyday to see if there is any new info on the greatest show ever. Keep up the fantasic work, your hard work is greatly appreciated.

Terry Evans 


ONE FOR DINKY - WE LOVE YOUR ADVENTURES

Hi Dinky! I enjoyed reading the accounts of your trips to Holmfirth and Summer Wine country. I have to say that I enjoy most, the episodes involving 'Foggy',which always include a great deal of visual comedy.I love the interaction between Foggy and Compo complemented by Clegg's homespun philosophising. I watch the current shows, but think that the series is being overpopulated by characters.I am hoping to get my hands on Series 3 and 4 on BBC DVD at Christmas which contains 15 episodes of the series, starting with the very first appearance of Foggy. I respect Frank Thornton (Truly of The Yard) as a great character actor of many years, but I find his character lacking in humour.I'm looking forward to seeing the Christmas Special, which is to be aired on December 19th in the U.K. My favourite episodes are - 'From Wellies To Wetsuit' and 'All Mod Conned' Regards- Richard Austin,Harwood,Bolton,Greater Manchester.


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE AGAIN PLEASE

HI ALL , I Wonder if you can help me, as i have a cousin in New South Wales , Australia, Who is a big fan of the show,

But she would like to get the Video or DVD of the "FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE" is there one made ?  
Many thanks for reading this , hope you are able to help. 

bye Patrick

patrick.obrien47@ntlworld.com

A FRUSTRATED FAN IN NEW JERSEY...

Can someone tell me what gives with the BBC and their holding back on putting out DVDs , and Videos of LOTSW . I cant believe that they dont realize the potential of millions of fans from all over the world waiting to buy . A frustrated Fan in New Jersey . Jack ... jckyannuzzi@hotmail.com


SUMMER WINE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Hello

We love watching LOTSW here in the Rocky Mountain region of the USA. Even though we are a few episodes behind our British friends we have come to love the cast of LOTSW as much as they have. We will continue to watch the episodes as they come to our public television station and I can't wait to get my hands on a DVD!

God Bless all of you for who you are.

Kim Petty     Salt Lake City, UT   USA

ARE BRITISH WOMEN REALLY LIKE THAT?

I enjoy the show and the people.  I pray British women aren't really like those characters, so controlling and snarky.  That's why I enjoy Glenda.  In spite of the bitter influences around her, she's still sweet and not too controlling of her childlike husband, Barry.

Why was Burt Kwouk only on for a few shows?  Did he pass away too or get another job?  Can he be written in to take over Wesley's chauffeuring tasks?  Clegg is my favourite.  Clegg is a very sympathetic and witty character.  Condolences to all for Thora and Gordon moving on to the next plane.  I quite enjoyed her as a Salvation Army officer and as Aunty in In Loving Memory.  Nice to see --oh rats!--names, both real and reel one just popped out of my head-ILM--ah!-Billy in LOTSW.  He certainly aged well. Quite dishy now.  Why did Nora go to Australia?  Where's Mrs. Avery?  Could Compo's  every Thursday lady friend, keeper of his ferrets make a come back?  She was funny and charming in her own right.  The scenery certainly is a big draw for the show as well as the writing and the characters.  One of these years, would love to be able to go there and quaff a tall one.  Mind you, probably be overrun by tourists and Americans by then.  Decades more of prosperity and wellness to the cast and the show

...20BLESSINGS...Luana


SO LUCKY WITH SHEET MUSIC?

Please has anyone got the sheet music for this song (So Lucky) or know where I can get it from.
Thank you in anticipation

Deb (dolphin2004@btopenworld.com)

FOGGY'S NAME MYSTERY

Is Foggy's mum as confused as I am? in 'First of the Summer Wine', Linda Bates advises Foggy, who is leaving their home for an evening with Compo and Clegg, 'Dom't forget your couch drops, GRAHAM!'    Yet another theory.

Love the show. Regards to all
Beryl

WAS NORA A DISTRICT NURSE?

We recently had a pub quiz in our local, and one of the questions was..".what was Nora Batty's job on last of the summer wine"?

I thought she was a housewife, but the answer was  District Nurse.....I think this is wrong, can anyone enlighten me?

regards

alieclipse1@yahoo.co.uk

Alwena

 

ITS THE "ON THE BUSES" FAN CLUB!

Hello from ON THE BUSES fan club,

Thought you would like to know I recently meet Stephen Lewis 'Smiler' at an event commemorating the filming Holiday On The Buses. What a great character he is.
Have a look at my web site to see more details. (click on the link at the end of the email)

I was also luck enough to see them filming outside Nora Battys House and took a few photos, had a cup of tea and cake in the cafe and had been around the museum on a previous occasion but know I will end up going back again soon.

We have a saying here at the fan club Nostalgia never goes out of fashion. Maybe that's part of the secret to comedy classics like ON THE BUSES AND LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE  Keep up the good work and, I have put two links to your excellent web site on the ON THE BUSES site.

 Until next time DING DING 

Regards
Steve
ON THE BUSES fanclub
web site http://members.lycos.co.uk/busesfanclub/

 

WEST VIRGINIA WANTS EVERY SERIES OF LOTSW! 

I love LOTSW and hope it never ends – just wish I could all the series here in West Virginia .

I think my favorite moment is when Seymour , Clegg and Compo drop the mangle onto the top of

the cop car down below.  That policeman is so smug – and the _expression on his face

when he sees the roof of his car is priceless!! BUT I’ve never seen an episode I didn’t like-

no not one!

Pat Kiser


WHY ALL THE UNPUBLISHED SERIES? 

Dear Sir/ Madam,

 Please advise as to why there are so many unpublished series in the UK. Also why some few items that are published for the American market are not available to the UK.

Thank you.

yours faithfully,
Martin Askey

MrtnAskey@aol.com

 

ENJOYED THE ADVENTURES IN SUMMER WINE COUNTRY

I enjoyed reading of your adventures in "Last of the Summer Wine" country. I feel that the programme was never quite the same without "Foggy". I know that Frank Thornton who plays "Truly" is a fine actor with many years of film and TV work in his repertoir, but he isn't "Foggy". I live in Bolton, north of Manchester, just a short drive from Holmfirth, and I am ashamed to say that I have never explored the town. I have passed through, en-route to Huddersfield, a few times. Do you have a favourite episode, mine is "From Wellies to Wetsuit" where Compo goes water ski-ing. I envy you, meeting "Clegg" (Peter Sallis) as he is the only original member of the trio left, and a great actor. I am delighted that LOTSW is so popular in the US. I did not imagine that this kind of unique Yorkshire humour would travel. Please, keep watching "Last of the Summer Wine" Richard Austin, Harwood, Bolton, Greater Manchester.


NO VIDEOS OR PHOTOS OR LOTSW?

Hello – I see my email address is still in the enthusiast page.
I do not think I will ever get any videos or photos of the First of the summer wine or
The Library mob (I have spent hours on the internet). Once again, is there any new members who may have the above stashed away In some remote cupboard and would like to sell or come to some arrangement for recording etc.

Patricia – any further news (I know it is a long time ago but you may have some

Up-to-date info etc).

Any help????         Thanks to all.     Bill Craig

w.a.craig@btinternet.com

 

LIFE LONG ADDICT OF LOTSW 

Dear team

As a life long addict of Summer Wine (now 38) and much enjoying the re runs on UK gold I would be delighted if you could in some way put the theme to your superb website so when it is accessed the theme plays,

Living in the south its a great reminder of youthful days in Yorkshire (though from Lancs)

Though you may keep the snow.

Kind Regards
Andy


LOVED FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Hiya fans

 

I certainly remember the First of the Summer Wine episodes and I watched them all. I was hoping they would come out onto video and later onto DVD but that was not to be as I have searched high and low looking for the episodes on video.

I really loved the series as it was very nostalgic and very entertaining, a show for all the family. In particular I loved the music which was used in the episodes for the opening title and also throughout the show. I love the music from that 30s/40s dance band era and I thought it gave the show some nostagia and atmosphere.

Please contact me if anyone is willing to let me have copies of the episodes or at least one of them so I can relive it all again

Thanks

Stuart

StuYorks07@aol.com  

TRYING TO GET A BILL OWEN SONG

I am trying to get a song that Bill Owen sang i hear it a lot and i love the song it reminds me of my dad but i am not sure of the title of the song all i know is in the song he sings how lucky as i am   i am sure the song is called lucky  its a loveley sweet song and i would love to purchase it it was sang by bill owen off last  of the summer wine please could you help me i would be very grateful thank you mrs p maddocks

patricia.maddocks@btopenworld.com

 

LIVE WEBCAM IN HOLMFIRTH?

Hello:

I enjoy your website and watch "Summer Wine" every week here in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).

is there a "live webcam" setup in your town?
In fact, one located across from the cafe would really be fantastic! Like many others around the world, I hope to actually visit your little town soon!

Thanks, and Merry Christmas,

 Jim Wallace

 


Oct 2004 Postbag

COUPLE OF DALES AWAY FROM THE HOLME VALLEY

In your vintage photos section, on the one from 'Ballad for Wind Instruments and Canoe', your caption says that they are in the Holme valley. I think that scene was actally made at Burnsall, a couple of dales to the north in Wharfedale. I have fished by that bridge many times. 

David


THANK YOU GERALD


Can I just thank Gerald Hayne for his lovely review of this truly great British show. Peter Sallis at his very best. I loved the wedding when he kept referring to his first wife, who sounded so much like Edith Glegg, keeping her husband up to the religious mark. It was great when Nathan and his new wife visited the library for novels, he told us that he did not realise that you were allowed to read anything other than The Bible in bed!


Sue KImber


LONG LIVE LOTSW..GOD BLESS THE UK

Last of the summer wine is and has been the best program that I've watched over the last 5 years!! It's the first show since M*a*s*h that I've cried and laughed during the same broadcast!!! Before I visit dear Compo I would love to see the lovely area of Yorkshire. I would love to have a brew at the White Horse or a cup a tea at "Sid's and Ivy's", or even sweep Nora's steps!!! This is the best program that's ever been aired in TV!!!! Long live LOTSW, God bless the staff, God bless the UK 

Herb Clark         

SO SAD TO LEARN OF COMPO'S DEATH


I've been watching Last of the Summer Wine for several years. I wish I hadn't gone searching on the Internet for more information about the series. I was so sad to learn of Bill Owen's death. Even knowing that it was over five years ago doesn't keep me from feeling sad. My first thought was Poor Nora. I think he was the most lovable character. Maybe part of that was because my father's name was also Bill Owen and, in actions, reminded me of Compo. He was a little short fellow with a sense of humor and always a laugh. He or Compo can never be replaced. I'll keep watching but with a certain amount of sadness now. I wish there was some way to thank him for all the pleasure he gave. I must include the rest of the LOTSW cast in that thank you. It comes on at 9:00 here in the eastern USA. If I miss it I ALWAYS stay up until it comes on again around 2:00 AM. To all concerned with the program, I thank you for many joy filled hours. 

Ann Owen Vernon  Norfolk, VA USA
Hello,



THE VOICES OF BILL AND PETER

I have just enjoyed listening to the voices of Bill Owen and Peter Sallis.. I live here in Wilmington North Carolina USA, and we have just seen the episode of LSW where Compo has died, and the funeral. Naturally, I found this website, and was saddened to read of Bill Owens' illness and death. 

I also realise how far behind we are in viewing this series via PBS
The site is great, also the interviews, and pictures.  I visited Holmfirth   13 years ago, , a lovely place, with friendly people. Some day I hope to return.
Cheers, and thanks for the site.
Mollie Ley, expat from Sheffield.
 

TEA TIME BLUES 

Since Edie passed on I miss those afternoon teas at the different homes where everyone gossiped and picked up their teacup at the same time.  It's just not the same without Edie saying "Drink your coffee".  But I feel that the tea time setting should have remained at the homes of the different characters.  The new addition of actor Roy Barraclough, I am sure is another good choice. He will blend well perfectly.  Can't wait till we start to see the new episodes.. 
 
Adrian
 

DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF COMPO

 
I am deeply saddened by the death of Bill Owen who played my favorite character Compo on "Last of the Summer Wine."  I did not know that he had passed away until September 11, 2004 when the "Nora in tights" episode was aired in my area -- Eastern US.  I used to refer Compo as "my boyfriend" because I appreciated his show of love and affection toward Nora.  His sense of humor and carefree manner helped to relieve my own stress. 
 
I would like to get a list of all of the episodes so that I can follow the reruns better.  Please advise.
I am also a big fan of Frank Thornton on the show as well as Mr. Peacock on "Are You Being Served."
 The entire Summer cast is great!  I stay up late nights just to watch the show.
 
Thanks for allowing me to write to you.
 
Regards,
Susie Williams
Durham, NC USA
 

TENTERPOSTS ANYONE? 

Can you help me with this? My friend in America is very interested in LOTSW. I sent her a copy of 'Summer Wine Country' which she loved. She asked me what were Tenterposts? There are lots of them on page 41, we saw them when we visited the packhorse bridge at Marsden I think that they are something to do with the woolen industry but am not sure how. I could not find them in the dictionary, or on the net. Am I right in thinking that they are also used quite often as gate posts?

 
Best wishes from Sue.
susank@talkgas.net

 

PASSING OF COMPO 

Good morning, all. I am just becoming aware of the passing of Mr. Owens through watching the episodes that deal with his death and funeral. I watch the program on two public television stations; one is WHRO-TV, channel 15 in Norfolk, Virginia; the other public television station WUND-TV, channel 2, Columbia, North Carolina, part of the University of North Carolina state-wide television network. I guess they were late in starting to broadcast the series. I thoroughly enjoy the program each week. It's on a Saturday evening; one series has Foggy as part of the threesome; the other one has Truly as part of it. I can't say that I know any of the people that well; but, it doesn't ease the sadness when one of them passes on. It still leaves a "hole" in the weave. 

Thank you and have a nice day 
Walter D. "Buck" Tatem

 

FROM A DUTCH LOTSW FAN

A lot of BBC series, soaps and comedies, are shown on Dutch TV and practically everywhere over here BBC is on the cable, but especially the serials that are or have been shown on Dutch TV (so with Dutch subtitling), are or were very popular (like "Keeping up Appearances", "Fawlty Towers", "All creatures great and small", "Absolutely Fabulous", "To the manor born", "The life of Brian", "Blackadder", and many others). Regularly there are repeats shown. Sadly Last of the Summer Wine was never broadcasted by Dutch TV, neither Only Fools and Horses or similar serials. And although most people in the Netherlands speak English (more or less) and also despite the fact that they can put the subtitling on, the majority of people donot watch serials on BBC, I think it is a limited group that does, and those that do also watch documentaries, news, Panorama, Parkinson (a pity that it's now on ITV I think), quizzes (the old "Mastermind" was very popular among England lovers) etc., they love the humour, love England, go there for trips and holidays, etc.. In general people prefer the Dutch and German speaking broadcasters (even if they're not German lovers!) , that is easier for them. I pointed out LOTSW to several friends and family, and they do put it on when it is shown, but they complain to me that they cannot understand the dialect! Well, I then tell them to put the subtitling on, and sometimes they do. Maybe you could ask the BBC to put in a word for LOTSW when negotiating with Dutch TV people what they want to buy. What I myself and others that watch it love most of all is that it shows so nicely that men of all ages stay naughty little boys, the beautiful scenery, the nice innocence (anybody can watch it, children, grown-ups), it always makes you laugh and feel happy. I must admit that I have been an Anglophile from the moment that we were liberated in September 1944 when I was 12 years old.

Marianne  (Smits-Jansen)

 

Sept 2004 Postbag

SO SAD WHEN COMPO DIED

It was so sad when Compo died.  I'm a new admirer of the program having only watched it for a few months or so.  Now I don't miss it.  It's rare to like every individual in a program, but how could you not like any of these people.
Rita Quire



CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE

Hello there,
 
It was so good to hear that filming has started on the 2005 series.  Hope the BBC Prime doesn't take long to broadcast them.  I can't wait.  It was really interesting to read the diary from Dinky and Alex.  I can't seem to get enough of this site.  I want more and more.  I must have missed an episode which I really doubt but the cast list mentions a Mr Wainwright.  I have never seen him.  Was it just a cameo scene?  It amazes me how all the characters seem to cope without a partner.  Maybe Pearl and Howard make them realize how lucky they are. LOL. 
 
Adrian from Malta

...I LOVE YOUR HOLMFIRTH SITE TOO! 

I have been on your Holmfirth website (www.holmfirth.com) several times now, and I've downloaded (and sometimes printed) lots, it is a very nice website, I will certainly visit several of the things mentioned, do the bus tour, and we will do the Riverside walk, I printed all your walks, it is so nice that you included pictures (with the kids, I suppose they're yours), everything looks very attractive.

Best wishes and cheerio from the "continent"
Marianne Smits. 



DINKY'S WONDERFUL TRIP TO LOTSW-LAND

Dinky,

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to LOTWS-land.  I went there with my husband in June, but we didn't see half what you did, I think because we didn't have the right connections with the right people.  How did you manage that?  I'd like to see the town where Auntie Wainwright's shop is filmed, and perhaps see an episode being taped (although I know they don't issue any schedule of taping so they don't get swamped with fans).
 
Also, do you know why NJN hasn't shown any episodes from the current series?  I've only seen one new episode in the past year.  I can tell becuase it had Josephine Tewson from Keeping Up Appearances.  But no more.  Any idea why we're not seeing them?
 
Linda Shockley

 

DANISH SMILER

Here's a Big hallo from Denmark. I sometimes laugh so much that tears are running down. Because of Smiler and because of the fine dialog. Everyone is absolutely perfect.Thank you. 
Great regards from
 
KIRSTEN LASSEN


REAL TREAT TO SEE NORA IN HOLMFIRTH

Hi, I'm from Paignton in Devon. 

My partner took me to Holmfirth on a recent visit to visit my in laws and what a fantastic day I had as filming was taking place. To see Nora on her steps was a real treat. Thanks for this great series.   
  

Nicky Ellis 


LOTSW SAVED MY LIFE 

THREE YEARS AGO I CONTRACTED  TERMINAL CANCER IN TWO SPOTS . I LAID IN BED FOR MONTHS JUST WAITING FOR DEATH UNTIL MY PRETTY TURNED ON A SHOW ON THE TV THAT MADE ME LAUGH FOR THE FIRST TIME....IT WAS LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE. EVERYTIME I WATCHED IT I WAS GETTING STRONGER UNTIL IT CAME THE DAY I COULD GET UP AND WALK AROUND AND HAVE A REASON TO LIVE. ((((((THAT NEXT EPISODE))))).

THREE YEARS LATER AND A MIRACLE THEY SAY ( DOCTORS ) IAM WALKING AROUND  GOING TO THE STORES AND FAMILY HOUSES. ***((NOW I HAVE A BIGGER REASON TO LIVE))*** I COLLECT THE SHOWS
OF LOTSW. I DONT HAVE MANY ,BUT I WANT MORE . NOW WE ARE NOT RICH PEOPLE AND ALL 

WE HAVE IS EACH OTHER AND MY TAPE COLLECTION (VHS AROUND A COUPLE HUNDRED AND DVDS ABOUT 100) IN FACT WE LIVE ON A SMALL FIXED INCOME ,BUT I NEED THESE EPISODES. THIS IS TO ANYONE THAT CAN HELP . I HAVE THE SET OF FOUR WITH GETTING SAM HOME AND FORKED LIGHTNING IN IT AND I HAVE TAPED SOME ON TV BUT I CANT SEEM TO GET ANY MORE. FROM THE YEARS LATE 73 TO 99 I AM MISSING . (CAN ANYONE HELP

THE E-MAIL IS POKORS6! @AOL.COM  OR GREGORY H. POKORSKI AT 1449 DEHIRSCH AVE APT 8 DRC  WOODBINE APT COMPLEX WOODBINE NJ 08270.

I CAN BUY EPISODES ONE AT A TIME. BEING IN PAIN EVERYDAY THIS IS A ESCAPE FOR ME   . I LOVE THIS SHOW AND LONG FOR IT EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT ON PBS. MYBE ONE DAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT HOLMFIRTH ONE DAY.
THAT IS ONE OF MY DREAMS BEFORE I GO INTO THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE MYSELF.    
                                       
THANK YOU
GREGORY H. POKORSKI

                                                           

SO LUCKY MYSTERY SOLVED

Hi Pat

In regard to the question about 'So Lucky' - it was recorded by Freddie
Davies and was a big hit in South America

Regards

Mike Fernley


RUNNING ROUND TO CLEGGY'S EVERY FIVE MINUTES? 

Hi everyone,
I will probably get slaughtered for this but it's just my opinion.
 
In the past couple of series of SW I have noticed a few old storylines been re-hashed, now don't misunderstand me, it's still the best comedy on TV, but it needs freshening up in some way.
For one thing, I would like to see Howard's storylines change, i have to admit to having reached the point of switching off whenever he appears on screen. I love Robert Fyffe as an actor and I love Howard, but please can he have something different to do than run around to Cleggy's every five minutes, it makes every episode just the same as the last and has become very boring.
 
Stuart Clapham



"SO LUCKY" SONG WRITTEN BY COMPO? 

Bill Owen wrote a song I think was called SO LUCKY. Could you please tell me if he ever recorded it, if not did anyone else and is it available on cd or tape. 

paulwhitney@tiscali.co.uk  


BIG HELLO FROM MALTA TO FANS EVERYWHERE

I would like to say a hello to all the LOTSW fans.  I have been a fan ever since I began watching it years ago when I lived in Canada and now on BBC Prime living in my homeland Malta.  I accidentally stumbled over this site this week and found it to be more than interesting.  It is so informative and the fans seem to be so like the people of the show. Everyone is so friendly.  I wish I knew about this site long ago as I always had so many questions about characters who seem to disappear. As we don't get much information we are left in limbo.  We of course heard when Combo died and also about Edie's death.  But we never heard about Wesley, Eli and the others.  This site is already in my favourites and will stay there forever.  I missed Mrs Avery and don't know the reason why she left the show. New actors are so well chosen.  The addition of Brian Murphy was a great choice as he is a great comedian.  So here I am enjoying  LOTSW. Take care..

Bajada Adrian

GRANDCHILDREN NOW WATCHING EARLY LOTSW

Dear All, I think I must be one of the lucky ones who has managed to keep episodes from the very first series up to present day, mostly intact. My grandchildren are now watching them from the beginning series. Thanks to UKTV here in Oz they replayed them all a few years back. I have managed to get 1995 on DVD plus the other 2 DVD sets. I am now recording on to DVDs myself before the tapes wear out. As the BBC do not seem to realise how popular this programme is or the age barrier it has spanned.

Enid Reed  Adelaide South Australia

HARMONICA TABS FOR SW THEME TUNE? 

My name is Vishal Gurudutt and have just recently started to learn the harmonica, I'm teaching my self with great difficulty, I am wondering if you could possibly e-mail me the Harmonica tabs for the theme tune so I could learn it. thank you very much 
Much Appreciated  V.Gurudutt

vishworld@hotmail.com


THE ORIGINS OF COMPO?

Hello
Reference the question in the August postbag. I seem to remember that Roy Clarke said on TV in the 25 year special that the character of Compo was a composite of various people he had knew over the years. 
Robert Maskill Peterborough Cambridgeshire

 

THE VOICE OF PETER SALLIS

Perhaps the most famous voice-over is that of Wallace in the     Oscar-winning animations "Wallace and Grommit".  He also appeared in the 60's British comedy film "Mouse on the Moon" - playing a Russian.  There are many, many more.

EXCELLENT SHOW...EXCELLENT WEBSITE...EXCELLENT VISIT TO HOLMFIRTH

Hello in Holmfirth. I am writing to say how much I enjoy your super website. I have been watching the show for over 15 years on Vision Network in Canada. We were lucky enough to see all the episodes from the very start, we are in repeats at present. We are one year behind at this time. I found your site about a year ago, and try to visit every it often. I visited Holmfirth in May of this year and really enjoyed my stay. I was able to see The LOTSW Exhibition, The Wrinkled Stockings Tearoom, The Cafe and the great country scenes. I just wanted to let you know that the show is well loved in Canada. It was because of your excellent web site, that my visit to Holmfirth was so enjoyable. I hope to return in the near future. Keep up the good work! 

Kevin Bazkur, Prince Edward County, Canada


ALL DOWN TO THE ENGLISH SENSE OF HUMOUR

Dear Dinky,
It is so nice to know there are people who like Brit coms and understand the English sense of humor (most Americans don't). The first time l went over was in 1974,when l found myself up in Haworth,Yorkshire just over the hill frrom the location where they made LOTSW..lm a widower, so l have the time to travel. l'm a member of the Keighley & Worth Valley Preserved railway. I discovered LOTSW on our local PBS station last year since then, l have been a loyal watcher. l get the BBC channel on my dish network telly. Sinse my wife died, l have found a wonderful English lady, in Middlesex, Hayes.and if all goes well, l want her to be my wife. I have been thinking about moving over, and living in Yorkshire, We have two new Britcoms "Trailor Park Boys", and The Office", both bad! l like Keeping up with Appearances better. . "Onslo" showed up wearing a green Bay Packers tee shirt. When l was in London, l was wearing my GB Packer jacket, and a lot of people would come up to me, and ask about the Packers, as they are well known over there. (how many people know anything about Manchester United over here?

 
Cheers, Jim

SUMMER WINE KENTUCKY STYLE

Greetings from Kentucky, USA. My dad and I have been enjoying Summer Wine for a few years now. I record the shows and we watch them together in his shed while working on mowers, tinkering, and toasting life. Much like Wesley. It's our favorite show and our favorite way to spend time together. The local station is just beginning to show the 2000 season. We sadly await the passing episodes of dear Compo. We'll drink a toast to him on that day. I recently purchased the season 1 and 2 videos and we can't watch them enough. We love the early stuff with Blamire and especially the years with Foggy. We've seen all of the shows since 1995. I hope we can soon find some of the earlier years we're missing. Maybe I can make a pledge to our local PBS station and encourage them to buy these. I am approaching 50 and my father is in his 70's. The time we spend together now is the best times of our lives. Sumer Wine is very much a part of that. Whenever I hear that familiar harmonica playing the SW song I smile. Thank you for your wonderful website and bless you all. 

Sincerely, Big George and Little George


WIFE RECORDS AN EPISODE A DAY 

Thanks again from the US for the great web site.  My wife records a 
episode each day for me and I watch them when I get home from work. The 
other day was "Elegy For Fallen Wellies". Tears came to my eyes and my 
heart went out to Clegg for the loss of his friend. Kudos to the 
directors, writers and cast members on how they handled the episodes that 
followed.

The web site also talked about how there was interest in filming here 
in the US, a look-a-like LOTSW.  I don't agree with using famous US 
actors.  For me the charm of the UK show is getting to know each 
character's personality and I had not seen any of them before this show.  They 
maybe should use undiscovered talent. 

So much of the charm for me are the rolling hills, the countryside, 
stone walls, cozy pubs and the quaint town. The presentation on film gives 
one the desire to be there. Maybe someday!

Thanks again for the site, especially the photos that are updated.

Fred Bedell
Annapolis, Maryland
USA

NORA'S NEIGHBOUR IS DOING GREAT

HELLO PATRICK: 

I AM A HUGE FAN OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE AND ALL THE CHARACTERS. THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL SERIES I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW I ENJOY IT. ALSO THE NEW NEIGHBOR OF NORA'S IS DOING GREAT. HOPE THIS SERIES KEEPS UP FOREVER.

NETTIE COOK . SPRINGFIELD, IL, USA 

 

 


Aug 2004 Postbag

During August, we asked you to let us have your favourite Summer Wine moments. The winner received a free DVD of Series 3 and 4, donated by our friends at the Beeb.  We received over 90 entries, many thanks to everyone who took part. We whittled this down to about 10 and then first out of the hat was Shirley Gray, of New Zealand, who has been notified of her success via email - congratulations! Here is Shirley's entry, along with a selection of others. 
Our regular Postbag entries follow below...and if you scroll lower down you will find several comments from fans about the new DVD. 


...I can't name any one thing that I love about Last of the Summer Wine as 
it is all very good. But I suppose if I have to give you an example my 
best time would be when they were all tipped from Wesley's truck in 
wooden barrow (kegs) rolling down the hillside. Almost hitting Howard and 
Marina as they were hiding again from Pearl & as usual Pearl and the 
ladies happen to turn up as Compo is stuck in the barrow leaving Nora very 
upset that he is hurt. Why they never got together I will never know.
I am a huge fan and would love to win this DVD. 

Kind Regards
Shirley Gray, Wellington, New Zealand. 

...I cannot choose just one program that I enjoyed the most, I loved all of the shows that I saw.  I love the 3 main characters the most, those 3 guys whose age is my own.  I love the scenery, the miles and miles of rock walls, the beautiful countryside and Clegg's, Compo's, and Foggy's casual walks, discussing their nonsensical daily activities. I walk with them.  I love the way the ladies blend in; the show wouldn't be complete without their remarks or actions. The people in Britain have been blessed to have such a wonderful, clean show run for so many years. (Please bring it back over here. I only have a few shows on tape that I recorded years ago.) 

Diane Hile, USA

...My favourite Summer Wine moment for me is hard to define, the series has always been great and the characters loveable and funny alike. Thinking very hard I have come to conclusion that the very best summer wine moment for me was when both myself and some friends visited holmfirth one summer, I was used to the town through numerous visits and could easily take my friends around all of the houses and filming spots from the show. After about an hour of visiting the cafe and Nora Batty's house etc we decided to head towards the old mill where they film Thora Hird's house and her husband's garage. We slowly parked our car around a corner then made our way towards the house and old mill pond, to my surprise they were filming that day an episode with a pink caravan outside the house. All the characters like Bill Owen and Kathy Staff were sat out of shot having some tea on a round table with a nice ultra white tablecloth over it. Not having the guts to say 'hello' we were content just to watch the filming process and to get to see our favourite characters sat down in the setting summer sun.
After they had finished the shoot we went quietly off to the car, not wishing to disturb the actors or crew but we had big grins on our faces knowing that was 'our' Summer Wine moment!.
 
 Regards Simon.

...My favourite moment ever comes in 'Happy Birthday Howard' when the two policemen are talking on the moor and one of them sinks into the mud. This always makes me laugh.
 
Sue Kimber, England. 

...My LOTSW magic moment was many years ago when Wally and Nora were in the motorcycle and sidecar combination at the top of some fields. They look hilarious before they even said anything. Nora was telling Wally to cheer up and look at the lovely view.  Wally was complaining that he was looking at the view, but did not sound very cheerful! Moments later, Nora said something to the effect that if it did not have "froth or feathers" on, then Wally was just not interested. My friends and family just cracked up at the time - it sounded so funny. 

Roger Smithson, Birkenhead, England. 

...Its got to be the classic with the van when the guy was too drunk too drive and Cleggy had to drive instead with Compo giving instructions from the back of the van. Cleggy was terrified with the thought of actually driving a vehicle and needless to say, they ended up in all kinds of trouble. We had it on video tape but watched it so often it wore out! 

The Wright family, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

...the one with Compo in the home made submarine in the river, and Foggy said everything was going to be OK and the thing sank, with bubbles appearing on the surface.  The antics went on for ages and we just laughed and laughed. 

Best wishes, Rachel 

..there are so many to mention but I know you're wanting us to highlight one so it has to be the one with the bobbies in the Panda car complaining that its so quiet and nothing ever happens, when suddenly Compo goes flying over the top dressed in an outrageous costume.  I have been trying to get that clip again on video. 

Peter Felton, Leeds, UK. 

...it does not matter which program or series, I just love it when the ladies get round the table for tea and biscuits, particularly with Thora Hird.  How I would really love to join them, and join in the gossip, which is priceless. It is certainly a women-only club. 

Rosemary Langton, New York, USA. 




MORE VINTAGE PHOTOS PLEASE

I only just discovered this rich resource last week even though I have been using the net for nearly two months.  Now the website fills a huge void between the series, how ever did we manage before. I wonder if its worth asking the B.B.C to include a reference to your website in the closing credits of the Summer Wine programme to help other fans find it.  I agree with everything on your survey page and love reading the postbag contributions. The clincher has to be the "vintage photo album" - how I loved looking through those pictures. Please publish more soon. 

Anthony Truelove 
Cambridge, England. 


CLEGGY'S RICH VOICE

We are big fans of Clegg and really enjoy his rich voice and type of humor. 
Our group meet Wednesdays to talk classic TV including the Summer Wine show, and are putting together a database of films, programs and voice-overs involving Peter Sallis, the actor.  When this is complete, we will send to the website in the hope you may want to publish. It will be useful for other fans. Perhaps others may wish to add other contributions. 
Not everyone can get the Summer Wine show but we swap videos etc. 

Van Nuys /  Sherman Oaks Senior Center
CA, USA 



NEW FANS OF LOTSW


We just started watching Summer Wine within the last year and have come to really enjoy it. I just ordered a series of tapes of the older shows and can't wait for them to arrive. We get such a kick out of the situations everyone gets into and how everything seems to come out in the end. Keep up the good work - we'll be watching.

Glen McMillan

 

LOTSW BEATS OUR USA TV

I want you to know how much I love Summer Wine.  When I cann't be home I tape it.  I have withdrawls if I don't.  Please never cancel it.  I do miss Compo.
This series beats any of our USA televsion.
 Thankyou !!!!!!!!!
Joanne

LOTSW 24 HOURS FROM TULSA

I am 73 years old and have been watching "Last Of The Summer Wine" for several years now. I stay up till eleven pm Monday through Thursday just for the show, wouldn't miss it for the world. We have recently had some new film on the show that we haven't seen and that's great. We are back to the old ones now and that's also great as we have Compo and the others back with us. Please never stop the program, there isn't much left in life for me that puts a smile and even a tear now and then, but this program is like visiting dear old friends, just wish there were more of them shown. I do hope we get the new series that's being filmed now. I love you all, 
Gladys Turman, Mannford, Oklahoma....OETA...Tulsa is where we get our show, ch.11


BIOGRAPHY ON BILL OWEN

Pat, I was wondering if there is a biography on Bill Owen? We love reading about our favorite British actors and actresses and haven't been able to find out if there is a book about Bill Owen. Any information you can give me is much appreciated. Also if you know of biographies on any of the other members of LOTSW


LisaMarie Volatile

shadowgus@chesapeake.net


COMPO'S NAME PUZZLE

I have watched Summer Wine since it started here in OKlahoma.  I have never seen an episode where it tells how Compo got that nick-name.  Anybody with an idea?
pppi1@yahoo.com


NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS - NOT YORKSHIRE BUT CLOSE

the LOTSW web site gets more important now. Not only do the North and South Carolina PBS stations not show any new LOTSW, proving that over educated people are not too clever but all the sources that sold the older episodes dried up at the same time. As Arty Johnson would say,"Verrrry Interesting." I shall retire to my 60+ episodes on tape and visit your web site daily and hope for the best.

L.Marcum in the North Carolina mountains. Not Yorkshire but close.

 

WALLY, HIS BSA AND THE WHITE HORSE PUB IN JACKSON BRIDGE

I read with interest the article on the Wally and BSA Motorcycle and sidecar episode.
I was at the White Horse that day.
I am writing to find out the name of the props firm who supplied the bike as I would be interested in contacting them.
Regards


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE PLEA

Hello,
I am wondering if anyone out there could help me ?
I am very eager to watch "First of the Summer Wine" again, which I very much enjoyed the first time around but regrettably never taped. Does anyone out there have a copy of it that I could borrow ? I would be willing to give a gratuity and reimburse any costs incurred and guarantee to get it back to you safe and sound. I should LOVE to see this wonderful series again and would really appreciate it if anyone could help me. Thanks for `listening` !
If you can help please contact me at the following e-mail address.

Mr. D Roberts    C/O :
Eurisko2001@aol.com 

 

OUR LOTSW SOUND BITE INTERVIEWS

I loved them!  More, please!
Wayne Hughes
Upperco, USA



July 2004 Postbag

SERIES 3 DVD MAGIC! 

Hi
I've just this minute (13.49) got my series 3 & 4 DVDs. I haven't had time to play them yet, though I soon will and I'm really looking forward to it.     I have two questions though. When is series 5 & 6 coming out and can I get the original pilot prog. anywhere?
g.hedley@blueyonder.co.uk

Regards  Graham Hedley


Hi Patrick,
 
Just thought I'd let you know that I had an email from www.sendit.com (formerly www.blackstar.co.uk) on Thursday, advising that the copy of the LOTSW series 3 & 4 DVDs that I had pre-ordered, had been shipped.
I guess it's safe to assume that the set has, indeed, now been released, and should be in the shops in the UK this week -- all good things (finally) come to those who wait (and wait, and wait...)!
 I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my set so I can see the two episodes from series 3 -- Going to Gordon's Wedding and Isometrics and After -- which had not been previously released on video.
 Having also received the 1995 series DVDs from the States this month, and also having had the 2004 series on TV over the last 10 weeks, it's been a real LOTSW feast lately!
 
All the best.
 Adrian Daff
(from a wintry Melbourne, Australia)

Hello, Got the new DVD box of Summer Wine this morning from "Play.com" for £17.99. I've already got these on old VHS but DVD is clearer and easier to select chosen episodes. I'm not keen on the box it comes in though, same style as their other titles (card sleeve which fits over a black plastic and card foldout style book) but I suppose it's all down to cost of production etc. My verdict? Pure Summer Wine enjoyment, a must get DVD set. 

Regards, Mike Loveless Rhyl, Wales,UK



A DUEL? OR A QUIZ OR SOMETHING?

Today was "Howard Throws a Wobbler" where Howard is completely convinced that Pearl is stepping out on him. At last the guys track Pearl and the women to a pub where they've gone in looking for Glenda's Barry and Pearl is seen kissing a man... Upon hearing Truly's reconnaissance report about the kissed bloke Howard says: "...now I'll have to challenge him to a duel or a quiz or something" and dear old Clegg says "Forget a quiz Howard he's bound to be smarter than you!" All afternoon that's been in my head, Howard ringing his hands and worrying over Pearl...and Clegg being every so quietly devilishly funny about it all. You have to really listen to Clegg sometimes his lines are almost like throw away lines but there's always a zinger there somewhere if you listen for it. 
Amanda, USA


CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SUMMER WINE 

I am lucky enough to have just about episode on video and really can't get enough of LOTSW.  I find it so relaxing and is the best way of curing stress around. Now I can enjoy Summer Wine when I'm away from the TV.  I recently bought a personal cassette player and can listen to the audio tapes (yes I have those too - a great purchase some years ago from the BBC shop) and I can enjoy the show when I'm taking the dog for a walk...or in the bath. 
Rachel, USA


CRIED LIKE I HAD LOST A GRANDFATHER

I live in Oklahoma. I've only watched SW for the past 6 months and have gotten so attached to the characters. I cried like I had lost a Grandfather when Bill Owen died...what a loveable character he was.
N.



LOVELY BUNCH OF PEOPLE 

It was my great pleasure to bump into the film crew during our recent weekend in Holmfirth. We hoped to see the filming but did not know if it was going to be possible at all. The staff at the tourist office were very helpful in giving us pointers, but it was a bit rainy so no one knew if it was on. We caught up with them on the tops above the town, and we stayed for a couple of hours watching. We waved at the cast and several members of the crew came for a chat and gave us a cup of tea. What a lovely bunch of people. What an absolute loss it will be when the filming is over, and these people never come to Holmfirth again.  But, I am sure there are many, many more years yet. Thanks for a great website - that was partly why we came to Holmfirth in the first place! 

Richard and Miranda Webster
Derby




GREAT LOTSW FAN FOR MANY YEARS


Thanks for the great web site. Enjoyed it. Great LOTSW fan for years. Just got the DVD of LOTSW 1995 vintage at a local shop. Great! Thanks again. 

Peter Waud


LOVELY PHOTOS OF JEAN

I have just put up some lovely photos of Jean Ferguson who in April was with us as a guest at hte British Heritage Society.
Here she is with Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers!
Check this out. If you want to use the photos then you have my permission to publish them on your website
http://www.proby.co.uk/gallery/images/CNV00103b.jpg

http://www.proby.co.uk/gallery/images/CNV00098b.jpg

Kind regards

John Morris

QUITE FRANKLY AMAZED


Dear Editors and Everyone in Holmfirth, 

I am frankly amazed at the depth of information on your fabulous website. From tips on making Yorkshire Puddings to the superb old photos from the Radio Times.  The photographs of the present filming are marvellous. I have been a regular visitor to your site for four years and it just keeps getting better and better. You must have a full-time staff of five! We will make a donation to your statue fund. Please, please, please do all you can to get the BBC to launch the entire series on DVD. The production costs of DVDS are a fraction of that of video tapes - so what are they waiting for. There is a huge audience waiting to buy all over the world. 

Yours with much appreciation 

JW Walker 
Jersey, UK 

PS: We are planning our first holiday to Holmfirth February school holidays 2005, a whole week in a posh b & b. We can't wait! 


WHAT A CHANGE FROM HOLLYWOOD

I love reading the letters from your American fans. For once, in this country, we produce something to be proud of, that hits the right note in the USA. What a change from all the Hollywood. Keep up the Summer Wine.  

Ted Munden
Cheshire, England. 



MISSED IT BY A DAY

We've been up to Holmfirth three times in the last two years - and kept missing the filming, once just by a day. Any chance of another competition on your website. First prize a day watching the location filming? 

R Foxton
Newbury, England. 



LOTS OF LOTSW ON UKTV ASAP

Does anyone know why UK TV show lots of certain sit-coms, like Vicar of Dibley and Alan Partridge etc, but hardly anything of LOTSW? 

Julie Myers 

 


June 2004 Postbag 


WELL DONE PAT AND CLIVE

Many thanks to Pat and Clive for the terrific pictures and for the beautifully presented 2004 calendar!
 
Barbara and John Spencer
Maryland, USA


THE BEST SERIES..WITH THE BEST WEB SITE

If there was an award for the best TV series with the best website, then LOTSW and Summer Wine Online would win, hands down. I know of many larger commercial ventures that are not a patch on your marvellous content and photos. There is so much to read, and a real sense of a community brought together through the show.  Many thanks for making the efforts. We are to make a donation to the statue fund as a "thank you" for your work, which we very much appreciate. 

Richard and Tessa Holt 
Lincoln, England 

MANY THANKS CLIVE 

I love Clive's photos, I could look at them all day. Will you pass on my appreciation from an active 72-year-old, who is set to make her first journey to see you all in Holmfirth this August. 

Edith Baxter
Grimsby, East Yorkshire, England. 



PRAISE INDEED FOR MIKE

What good news that Mike Fernley is joining the team. I have known him through his writing for the Appreciation Journal for a few years now. Short, sharp and to the point, but always informative, just the way I like it.

Sue Kimber

TRUMPET PIECE MYSTERY - CAN ANYONE HELP? 

Hello,
Can anyone tell me the title of that trumpet piece that Compo played in what I believe was the special "Millennium"  episode ?  I never saw the actually episode,  just a clip of it  in the " 30 years of Last of the Summer Wine" special.  It was implied  that it was "digitally diddled"  because it was completed after  the death of Bill Owen..   

Thank You 
Joe White
Ilyeshazi@netscape.net
                                                                                               


RELEASE OF LOTSW DVD SERIES 3 & 4 JULY 2004


DEAR FANS,

JUST TO LET THOSE WHO DON'T ALREADY KNOW THAT THE RELEASE OF SERIES 3 & 4  ON DVD IS NEXT MONTH (JULY) AND IS ON OFFER WITH http://www.play.com FOR ONLY 17.99 POST FREE.

RAY KEMP  [ LIFE LONG FAN ]

Also..
I've just seen the long awaited series 3&4 dvd listed as being released on July 26.  Choices Direct have it available on pre-order for only £18.74 (retail recommended price - £24.99).
 
This is a site I can recommend, they are incredibly fast, and alos have free postage.  The item link is http://www.choicesdirect.com/templates/product.asp?ProductGuid=666108&CallerID=NDPC9146
 
As you can imagine, I'm now going to pre-order my copy. 
 
Thanks again for the great website
 
Chris Clutterbuck

ANYONE FOR LOTSW IN CANADA?

Fan Sue Lacour wonders if any our of our Canadian readers fancy starting a LOTSW club in their country?
She writes:
"Hey up!
Wondering if there is a Last of the Summer Wine Appreciation in Canada.  I live in southern Ontario. I just received my copy of the DVD LOSW vintage. It is Wonderful....can't wait for the hubby to watch (he had to work this afternoon).  I find the theme is so relaxing.   Our greatest enjoyment on a Saturday night is to watch British Comedy. I have a video player set to tape British stuff in the evening so my shift working hubby can watch it with me.  I even try to get up for 5am to watch LOSW on cable channel. 

You can email me at cashintheattic2004@yahoo.ca." Sue


OUR "GRAMPS" CALLED COMPO

Everything stops in our house for LOTSW on Cable every Tues, Wed and Sunday. We call our cat Cleggy and our Gramps Compo, because he looks a bit like him.  It is the best show on TV and much better then the networked shows. 
We even live in England...New England! 

Rachel, Tom, Silvester, Dianna, Lizzie and Snowden 
New England, America.  



FROM TEXAS TO YORKSHIRE...


Sorry I was not able to take part in your survey (I tried but was informed very politely that you already had enough entries). However, I wanted you all to know in Holmfirth that all our family get a great deal of pleasure from viewing your website, we spend a lot of time looking at the photos and reading the letters, and keep finding bits and links to all sorts of interesting parts of the site! Please, please keep up the great work, we really appreciate it, you are our valuable link with Yorkshire, England, all the way from Texas.  

E.C Jefferson & Family 
Houston, USA. 


"CLEGGIE" IS MY FAVOURITE

Thank Goodness for Last of the Summer Wine! Finally something to look forward to every week here in the States. Haven't been watching all that long but hope to catch up with videos or DVD's in the near future. Great website! So glad I found it! Love all the characters on the show but Peter Sallis "Cleggie" is my favorite. Here's to many more years of the finest vintage of Summer Wine.

Leslie Gautieri

GETTING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Dear Patrick, Pat and everyone else in Holmfirth, 

I wholeheartedly agree with the earlier comments on your webpage about good websites providing an incentive for senior citizens to get on the web.  I am in my late 60s and thought the world of email and the world wide web would quite easily pass me by. All that changed when I started attending Internet classes at our day centre in Sheffield. Following the introductions, the tutor chose to demonstrate the world wide web by asking about our favourite things, holidays, music etc.  Half way through, she asked about our favourite TV programme.  A couple of us said Last of the Summer Wine, she put the name into the computer, and there was your marvellous website.  We spent a good 10 minutes looking at the photos (we all loved your old black and white ones - they brought back many happy memories). Even the tutor was very impressed with all the information. One of our members had visited Holmfirth, and we enjoyed looking at the Holmfirth photos.  Now we all want to visit, and will try to organise a coach trip this Summer.  Just to say that I am now purchasing my first internet-ready PC from the day centre supplier at £199 (it is reconditioned) and I will get help connecting it up to the telephone and making it work.  I already have an email through the centre (we all signed up to Hotmail) and am looking forward to spending more time on your site, and maybe talking to other fans from America.  Please keep up the good work - I do intend to join the Appreciation Society when I am connected up. Many thanks again for a super website, and all the work you put in. We really do appreciate it! 

Annie Briggs 
Sheffield, England. 

Editor's Note: We are delighted that our site is providing an incentive to help people get online - what a fabulous endorsement! 


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYBODY?


Dear Sir
I wish to obtain a copy of the series The First of the Summer Wine. Any suggestions on how I can accomplish this

Regards
Paul R Evans
.
Email
paul@zenith-corp.com


LISTEN HERE UK BUYERS OF LOTSW DVDS

Hi, if there is anyone in the UK who is thinking of ordering the forthcoming region 1 LOTSW dvd of the 1995 series, playusa.com have it listed for £17.99. See http://www.playusa.com/playusa.asp?page=title&r=R1&title=170866 for full details.

 
Play have free postage, and once an order is shipped, I normally recieve it in 3 or 4 days.
 
I hope this can be of use to someone.
 
Christopher Clutterbuck





May 2004 Postbag

TRAVELLING THRU HOLMFIRTH ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO...

 

Hello!
Thought you might find this photo interesting ...
I was travelling through Holmfirth one day about 15 years ago (or more!) and I took this snap during filming outside the cafe.
(It's a good quality photo but this is a low resolution image to save e-mailing time)
Let me know if you like it ....I may have more that I took at the same time .... if I can find them!

Best Regards
Paul Thorpe
Littleborough
Lancs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks Paul for taking the time and trouble to email this photo for fans to enjoy. And yes please - we would love to see more!


SO SLOW DOWN UNDER

Hi!, At long last they are going to give us a few more episodes of my much loved "Last of Summer Wine".
The channel here in Sydney doles them out so slow it is so aggravating. The series has been going for more than 30 years ,surely we could get some of the earlier episodes..
Going to my list of Episodes I could not find the episode we saw last week "A Blast of Fred Astaire", could someone tell me when this was made ,I love the show&am having withdrawals ,so please forgive the whinge. 

Joy


SAYING GOODBYE TO COMPO...

I have been watching LOTSW episodes since our local PBS station began
airing them in 2003.  I had not realized until this morning that this series began
in the 70s when I came looking for information regarding Bill Owen.  Last night's
episode was saying goodbye to Compo.  I can't begin to tell you how affected
I was by it and the superb way that the storyline was handled.  You knew
instantly that this was more than saying goodbye to a character and, though
I am late by several years, it seems as though it is a recent event and so must
add my thoughts that this man will be, and is, missed enormously.  What a
talent.  I do look forward to more episodes and also more of your interviews with
the cast.  Thank you for a  job well done.
 
D. Howell 
St. Anthony, Idaho, USA


BRILLIANT AND FUNNY


We have thoroughly enjoyed the current series that ended on Sunday. It was brilliant and very funny. Well done to all the cast and crew.
 
Sarah and Vickie


SEEING THOSE BELOVED CHARACTERS

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the New Series.  I can’t begin to express our joy at seeing these beloved characters in their new series.  Indeed, it is like visiting with family.  This Show is one of the best, if not the best, of  any programs offered by our PBS station.  My husband and I look forward to viewing each and every show, new or old.  Due to the kindness and generosity of Harry Moubray, my husband and I received several copies of previous shows that we had not seen.  I do wish the BBC would release some of the Christmas specials as well as copies of the earlier shows.  I know many of us here in the USA would be thrilled to purchase them.  We  hope that Last of the Summer Wine continues for  many years to come.

 Cathy Burns
Ocean City,MD


BBC - DON'T BE BARMPOTS!

So another great series of Last of the Summer Wine draws to a close. 
Nice of the BBC to announce it will be back next year.

As we wait and wait etc for the BBC to grudgingly bring out series 
three and four on DVD why don't they repeat some previous series? There are 
some Compo classics like 'From Wellies to Wetsuit in the vaults somewhere. 
Surely Only Fools and Horses could do with a break. Let's see Sid, Wally, Eli,
Wesley, Edie and of course Foggy once again.

Come on BBC. Don't be Barmpots.

Leo Philips




April 2004 Postbag


BIG THANK YOU ROY CLARKE & ALAN BELL

The standard of this year's series is as high as it's always been and Roy Clarke's writing is a brilliant as ever. I'd like to give a word of praise and a big thank you for the work of Alan Bell whose direction is always such a high standard. The end product is very polished and slick.
Thanks to all involved.

Rob
Birmingham England


KEEP THAT SUMMER WINE FLOWING

Hi
Love you all
I live in USA but get tapes whenever i can
congrats, and keep going.

Dawn



LOTSW DVD MAGIC...ALL THE WAY FROM CANADA


Hello, Just read about the Region 1 DVD of 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Check out "www.dvdboxoffice.com" a company I have used for a couple of years in Canada. Web site can convert to British pounds instead of Canadian Dollars (better exchange rate than US Dollars), delivery to us in the UK about five to ten days. I looked up the DVD comming out in June, price is £20.70. Looks a good box with almost six hours of Last of The Summer Wine, what better way to spend an evening . There is also another DVD but not sure what episodes. Hope this is of interest. 

Mike Loveless Wales, UK

 

SUMMER WINE IN NORTH IDAHO

 

I have only recently discovered LOTSW (I live in North Idaho), and have been loving it.
It's been a little sad watching it, knowing that many of the people I'm seeing have recently passed on 
I have only just this weekend seen "Elegy for a Pair of Wellies", but I love the show.
 
Mikal and/or Sue Johnson


PHOTOS OF MARINA AND "FRIEND" 

Hello there,
it is the first time i have been on your website and i found it a great insight into the series but why have you no photos of Marina and "friend" as he introduces her - you have plenty of Truly ,Glegg and the others.
 
Nine times out of ten i am working on a sunday evening so i have to get my wife to record it .is it available on DVD yet?
 
your sincerely
Nigel Drury


LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE HOURS OF HOLMFIRTH FUN

DEAR FRIENDS @ SUMMER WINE....I HAVE ENJOYED THE CURRENT EPISODES TO NO END....ROY HAS OUTDONE HIMSELF ..THE SENARIOS ARE SO FUNNY..GLAD THAT KATHY STAFF HAS REMAINED ON....IN RECENT TIMES TOO MANY OLD REGULARS  HAVE GONE TO THE THE "GREAT CAFEE"IN THE SKY.
 
I REALLY ENJOY THE "DUELS" BETWEEN ALVIN (BRIAN MURPHY) AND NORA...
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE HOURS OF HOLMFIRTH FUN.
 
PAT LYONS.
R.O.I.



BIT OF A SPLASH IN WALES, THEN? 

Can anyone help me obtain episodes of Summer Wine on video?
The episodes I'm looking are Ferret come home, Getting on Sydney's wire, Flower power cut, and who made a bit of splash in Wales then?
I would be really grateful. 
 
Joanne Ward

NO SUMMER WINE ON THE TELE

No Summer Wine on TV, my VCR is on the blink
What can I do, panic?
No, get online and browse Summer Wine Online
All the way from Holmfirth, England. 
Thanks for all your hard work. 

Jemma (14) 


AN EASTER VISIT TO SUMMER WINE COUNTRY 

AN EASTER VISIT TO SUMMER WINE COUNTRY 

Dear Patrick 
Many thanks for all your help recommending places to visit, and parking etc, for our first visit to the Holmfirth area this Easter holiday. We only stopped over one night but we had a great time, and enjoyed the Summer Wine attractions including the coach tours and the museum. The most interesting was on our last day, Saturday, when we spent the morning walking around. We visited Compo's Grave up the hill, and then went round spotting location sites from the series.  The weather stayed warm and dry. We had a really enjoyable overnighter and plan to visit again during the summer holidays. 

Rod and Louise
Leicester
UK 


SUMMER WINE ONLINE NUGGETS

I have been visiting your website on and off for over three years now and I am delighted to see you adding new content all the time, including the audio interviews and old photos from Radio Times. They are gems.  My one complaint used to be that navigation was tricky. Some pages took some finding - and when I came back to your site, I could never find them again! But on reflection, I think this adds greatly to the appeal of the site. We don't want something which is all gloss, and nothing underneith, and much of the fun is finding the Summer Wine nuggets within your pages.  Last night, I found some shots taken just after Compo died, of a lovely reunion at the old cinema in the village. There were some great photos of Clegg.  I had never seen these photographs before, yet they had obviously been on for sometime. In short, don't change the website and add a lot of new gadgets, we love it just the way it is. 

Richard S Walker 
Norwich
England 


SUMMER WINE LAUGHTER 


Just a word on the comment from Jim Treloar, complaining about the loudness of the laughter. Sorry Jim, but if you don't laugh loudly enough Alan Bell comes on and tells you off!
 
Sue Kimber.
 



DEPRIVED OF LOTSW - BUT THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS

WOW..the photo's are wonderful!!!!

What a treat for someone who loves LOTSW and has been very deprived of late due to our PBS fund drive season.

I will be in UK the week after the last new episode of the series for 2004 however one of the hosts at a B&B we are staying at in East Sussex has said they will tape ( record) it for us to view while guests in their home. I am so pleased about that as I have never seen an episode that is post Compo's death

Thank you very much for posting them on line.

Great Big Hugs, Jo (Joan Marie Hinds)



SONS' ENGLISH CHOICE DUE TO SUMMER WINE MAGIC

Last of The Summer Wine has been our refuge from the maddening pace of American society.  At anytime, just to hear the opening theme will take the edge off the day.
 
My sons choice to attend university in England is directly tied to the evenings spent with the television "citizens" of Holmfirth.  He is completing his first year in London, his only regret being that he has not had the time to vist Yorkshire.
 
Ray Herndon
Conway, South Carolina 
 

SUMMER WINE FAN IN DELAWARE

I live in the State of Delaware and have been a Summer Wine fan
or several years. I will be happy to read all about your comments
on SW. We just had a fund drive to on WHYY here in Wilmington.
Good luck with your venture!

Joyce



VERY FIRST LOOK AT LOTSW 2003 EPISODES

Dear Friends,

Now that the Maryland and Washington, D.C. Public Broadcasting Stations have finished their winter pledge drives, we are excited to report that we are finally getting our very first look at Summer Wine episodes from 2003!  This finally,  after many months of great, but ever-more familiar reruns.

Where was Nora Batty in the 2003 Season's early episodes?  She has not been in any of the new episodes so far?   We were in Holmfirth during one day of filming last June and the episode being filmed featured Nora and her new "love/hate interest."  So we are hoping she will be in some of the episodes we have taped to view this week.  And we are curious to learn about her absence and her handsome new neighbor and we look forward to another look at her warm, wooly "Angel of Mercy" nurse's outfit.  Nora gives new mean to the term, "Layered Look."

Recently friends whom we met at Lyme Park on the last day of our 2003 visit to England sent us a lovely signed postcard from Kathy Staff.  Apparently she is a neighbor of theirs and very kind and accomodating about autographs.  So now we have TWO autographs complete with lovely pictures of Kathy Staff and beautiful, downtown Holmfirth.  We also watched a vintage episode on the newest DVD collection in which Nora and Compo are dancing at Sid's Cafe.  Hot stuff!

Best wishes to all,
Barbara Spencer
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.


DISGUSTED BY BEEB TREATMENT OF LOTSW - WHAT A FIDDLE! 

I RECENTLY FOUND A COMEDY ZONE CD OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE CONTAINING "FERRET COME HOME" AND "GETTING ON SYDNEY'S WIRE" THIS IS NOTED AS CD ONE. SAME AS THE TAPES BUT THE QUALITY IS MUCH BETTER AND FOR ONLY £5.99 THEY WILL LAST A LOT LONGER. IF ANY BODY HAS ANY MORE INFO PLEASE ADVISE. THE CD WAS FOUND IN A LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE. A DEDICATED FAN FROM THE START AND DISGUSTED BY THE TREATMENT OF THE PROGRAM BY THE BBC NOT EVEN IN THE TOP TEN - WHAT A FIDDLE. 

RAY KEMP


DROWNED OUT BY LAUGHTER

We know that the programmes are shown in front of an audience and it is
their laughter we hear when broadcast, but am I the only one to have 
found that in the current series the balance between dialogue and laughter 
seems to be wrong?  During the last couple of weeks I have missed certain 
lines because the laughter has drowned them out, it seems very loud.  I'd be
interested to hear whether anyone agrees with me.

Jim Treloar  



CAPTIONS NOT REQUIRED

I would like to see more cast interviews on your website, to find out what the stars of the show are really like, but I really love the big photos you are using. They provide a real insight into the programme, and captions just are not required.  Your site is to blame for me getting behind with my painting! 

N. Weston


LOTSW BEST PROGRAMME ON CABLE 

Your Summer Wine is the best program on cable. My dream is to wake up one morning in your town and walk along the green valleys - hopefully with Clegg and crew not far behind. What a super lifestyle. 

Ricky N 

VACATION IN SUMMER WINE COUNTRY

Vacation time in Florida, Barbados or Cuba? No thanks, Holmfirth, England, for us July 2005. We are all booked in. London and Edinburgh fringe festival, but Summer Wine country is the one we're all looking forward to. My father says he might just well stay there and be a Holmfirth resident! 

Montasse Family 
Maine, USA. 



SILVER SURFERS ARE GO

I quite agree with one of your other writers, the reason I took up silver surfing at the grand age of 74 was because of Summer Wine. I spend a lot of time looking at the lovely pictures of Holmfirth, and last week I did one of your online cyber walks.  I tried to imagine where the Summer film crews did their filming. 

Please keep up the good work, to the best website on the world web. 

Donald Raynor
Brighton
England





March 2004 Postbag



REGION ONE DVD EXCITEMENT - VINTAGE '95

Hi and thanks for the great website. 
I'm pleased to see that there are a lot of people around the world that love the program.
 
I was excited to hear about the forthcoming region 1 dvd - Vintage 1995, and no doubt, like so many of fans, I've been waiting to find out the contents of the 2 dvds.  Now on bbcamerica.com, they've got a listing of the dvd.  the page is:  http://www.bbcamericashop.com/default.asp?cpa=product&rpa=2&id=2820&mdm=DVD 
 
The dvd includes all 10 episodes from the 1995 season.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Bob’s Big Day Out — a Pebble Mill special, in which Bill Owen (Compo) talks about his love for the town of Holmfirth
  • Thora — A tribute to Dame Thora Hird’s life and career
  • The Funny Side of Christmas — In which Compo, Foggy and Clegg try not to celebrate the holiday
  • 30 Years of Last of the Summer Wine
  • Biographies of the cast and crew
 
I hope this is of interests to you. Thanks again for the great site,
 
Chris Clutterbuck
 

100 EPISODES OF LOTSW

HI, I HAVE APPROX 100 LOTSW EPISODES BUT WOULD LIKE TO ARRANGE TO BORROW  OTHERS TO VIEW. IF ANYONE IN EUROPE IS INTERESTED PLSE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME. ALL ARE PAL TAPES

THANKS
ROBERT
Switzerland


ROBIN HOOD HAS A SENSE OF HUMOUR?


Dear Sir,
              In response to a letter  (see below) stating that Robin Hood is not a joke, I think that the writer has missed the point of Billy's character. It is Billy who is the joke for believing that he is related (on his mother's side) to Robin Hood. I am sure that Roy Clarke is not poking fun at the legend of Robin Hood and feel sure that Robin Hood himself had a sense of humour. The part of Billy Hardcastle is performed marvelously by Keith Clifford, why not let Billy indulge in his fantasy it's very entertaining and after all this is a comedy show and as a bonus to fans of Robin Hood it keeps his memory alive.

UserA8857


WATCH LOTSW FIVE DAYS A WEEK

What a wonderfully entertaining show.  I watch it 5 days a week even though I've seen the episodes quite a few times.  Can anyone tell me what happened to Nora Batty? I just discovered that the actors who played Wesley and Eli are deceased but would like to know what happened to Nora. Thanks to anyone who can answer my question.

Bern Bevenour
Spring Grove Pa USA

DEEPY THANKFUL FOR BRITISH PROGRAMMES

I cannot wait for Saturday night to roll around. Not only do our two PBS stations carry British Sitcoms that night, but my very dear LOTSW comes on and I am transported into that unique world that has been provided to us.

I am so deeply thankful for British programs that are such a delight to so many of us here in the USA.  Bravo, and kudos.  And many thanks to all of those involved with LOTSW and this site.  It is appreciated so very much.

blessings2u2
From Port Orange, Florida (near Daytona Beach)


MORE SUMMER WINE FROM ANNAPOLIS

It's been my pleasure to view this wonderful show.  What a great set of
people and the town is just perfect.  I watch the show every chance I get. I
only wish it were on more often here.  Thanks again.

Fred Bedell, Annapolis, Maryland USA

 

THE MYSTERY OF FOGGY'S NAME

Hello, I'm a great fan of 'Summer Wine' and have recorded many of the
series that have been shown.
My question regards Foggy's name.  I've read the website answer about the
Walter and Oliver names.  But in First of the Summer Wine his name is
Graham, and I'm sure that in the BBC book 'Last of the Summer Wine' A
Country Companion, another name is mentioned.
Now I know Roy Clarke did both First and Last of the Summer Wines', so why the difference in names?

Regards, 
Syd.

WELL DONE MR CLIFFORD!  

Loving the new series.  After following the show for many years, it's delightful to still see it a prominent part of the BBC schedules.  I know a lot of people who laugh merely at the fact that its still going, but each show carries on the joke and develops the characters more each time. 

Obviously its sad that Bill Owen is no longer in them, and even Cleggy seems to have less to do now.  Hope one day to see Foggy again, but love each moment with Billy Hardcastle.  Well done, Mr Clifford!  He thoroughly deserves a 'starring' credit each episode.

I've been enjoying and collecting LOTSW for many years, and this year hasn't disappointed.  And if anyone has a spare copy of the latest Xmas episode on tape, I would love to hear from them, as I missed it.  Still kicking myself.

Carry on for many more years...

Dick Jillings
dickjinx@tesco.net

COMING TO ENGLAND AND HOPING TO VISIT HOLMFIRTH 

I really love your show.  I am coming to England in June and hope to
visit Holmfirth.  Thing is, the local public channel New Jersey network
(NJN) that was showing new episodes, stopped.  I don't know why.  The
other PBS channel, WHYY, has been showing reruns of old seasons for at
least two years.  Curious.  I hope to be able to watch the show again.

Linda Shockley/Delaware, USA

LOTSW AND OUR AFTERNOON SCHEDULE 

We thank you for the sound bites, and will be looking for more. Thanks!
"The Last of the Summer Wine" has determined our afternoon schedule for the last several years, we listen to it, on  Maryland PBS, at 1:30 each afternoon, when possible.

Keep up the good work.
Mary and Austin Twigg           
Baltimore, Maryland

PS --- I did miss today's program, which was a fund raising session, a history of the LOSW production, which my wife, Mary, enjoyed very much and was disappointed that I wasn't in attendence. Hope there's a video!

MISSING EPISODES 

My father in law is missing three episodes from his collection: -

Series 9
Set the people free
Go with the flow

Series 10
The day of the welsh ferret

If anyone can help I would love to hear from you.

ronnie-norton@ntlworld.com

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE  


Hi - just to confirm that some of 'First of the Summer Wine' was definitely shot in Holmfirth.  
Can't give a street name unfortunately, but the last time I went to Holmfirth I went for a wander and 
purely by chance stumbled across the house they used as the Clegg home in 'FOTSW'.  
I don't think they've changed the paintwork either (!) so it is fairly recognisable.  
Also, I always thought that the Epidemic Fisheries was in the square area where Sid's Cafe is, 
though I may be wrong.


The last time I saw David Fenwick on TV was a few years ago, playing a vet in an episode of Emmerdale.  
Since then he's been in Heartbeat as well.  


I've never seen Paul McLain in anything else, but after a bit of web searching it appears that he is now the  
Conservative Borough Councillor for an area of Cheltenham...

Here is a link to that page: http://www.csca.org.uk/2002Site/BoroughCouncillors/PaulMcLainBattledown.htm

Helen Ellis

 
A POEM FOR THORA

This is a poem I wrote for Dame Thora Hird,

 In Memory of Dame Thora Hird

Edie Pegden with your rubber gloves on
Lays down paper for Wesley to walk on
All the ladies meet at Edie's house
They sit and talk about Pearl's spouse
Glenda would turn around to look and see
Her mother Edie say Drink your coffee
Then out for a drive the ladies would go
Edie stopped driving with the gears in low
You made us laugh and you made us smile
Now you're driving on God's eternal miles
You detoured on the road to Heaven's line
Away from those hills of Summer Wine

May You Rest In Peace

KITKATMOM1        



TRIBUTE TO A DEDICATED FAN

We wanted you to know that LOTSW and your website brought a great deal of pleasure to our grandma Edith, who sadly passed away in January, 2004. My Grandma convinced me that people would use new technology if they had a valuable incentive. She learnt how to use her TV remote for LOTSW every Sunday. The same for a video recorder. And finally, two years ago, she insisted she went on the internet when she heard that the series had a website. She particularly enjoyed looking at the pictures of Holmfirth, and trying to guess which were filming locations.  Last summer (thanks to your website), she visited Holmfirth for the first time, we arranged for her to see her other grandchildren who live near Halifax, and we had a marvellous time. We booked a meal at the Old Bridge and we visited the SW museum. The staff at the Wrinkled Stocking were also very friendly. She wanted to visit Bill Owen's grave but it was a long walk up the hill and we never got chance to drive up.  Thanks to her video, she never missed a single episode. We plan to keep all the videos - because we are now hooked on the series. Many thanks for all your efforts - they are much appreciated. 

David and Marjorie, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Editor's Note: Many thanks for this wonderful email - I am so glad that the series and website brought so much happiness to a dedicated fan. 


ROBIN HOOD NOT A JOKE

Hi,  
Robin Hood of Yorkshire is not a joke though we wondered why it has been shown that way on Summer Wine. John Pope de Locksley does claim descent from Robin Hood. For details please see

 
and
 
 
Barbara Green

 

NORMAN CLEGG: NOW YOU SEE HIM...NOW YOU DON'T

 
Just writing in to say how high we think Roy Clarke's standard of writing on this new season has been. For example the tenacity of Alvin in his quest to get Nora's photo, why was he so keen? and all was revealed at the end when he had designed the cardboard puppet - brilliant!! as in the latest episode -"SPORES"
 
However my main point is what is happening with Norman Clegg he's in one scene then he's made an excuse and left. In all three episodes so far he makes an excuse for something and disappears.
 
It isn't the same on screen without Cleggy. Was Peter Sallis sick during filming? or are we being prepared for his retirement as there are a lot of scenes of just Billy and Truly et al.... without Clegg? Whilst it's good to see Billy's part being beefed up and Frank Thornton as Truly has blossomed so much - what a fine actor he is(also due partly to Roy's writing of the character) Where's Cleggy? In "Spores" he just wondered off when everything got interesting  in the past his inquisitiveness would not of let him do this?
 
Let's hope normal service is resumed from now on re Clegg? We would like to see some of the other characters used more sparingly though such as Smiler, Tom, Entwistle and Auntie Wainwright. We've got nothing against them but sometimes the action is slowed down by too many people on the screen and the feeling is the lines have to be diluted just to give them all something to say.
 
Anyway keep up the good work especially the "Dancing scene" in the Xmas special!! Roll on next week and many more.
 
Neil, Angela, Laura and Elaine Smith


PAT ON THE BACK FOR THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE

A pat on the back to the people who tend this site. It is  on the same high level as the show itself. After getting hooked on the show this site has made it possible to know the history of LOTSW. I only wish BBC would cut loose more vids. Maybe they have an over abundance of money and does not need the revenue. Anyhow, keep up the good work. 

L.Marcum, North Carolina,USA   


OUR ONLY LOTSW LINK

Just a message to explain how much we liked Clive's photos of the filming of the series.  They were marvelous pictures, good quality and were almost like screen grabs from the TV.  I want you to know that the Appreciation Society's website is the only link we have in this part of Louisiana, America.  You see, we have not been able to watch Summer Wine from our place for six years.  Instead, a relative tapes some programs for us, which we are able to watch now and again. So please keep up the good work in Britain, we appreciate your efforts. When we win the lottery, we are to visit Holmfirth and have a pint of beer in the White Horse. 

Ted and Rosa Ulla. 

WATCHED SUMMER WINE SINCE BEING IN NAPPIES


"I'm writing to praise everyone involved in making Summer Wine what it is today - a great pleasure to watch. I am 21 and have watched the show since being in nappies and it has never ceased to capture my imagination. When Bill Owen passed away I could not imagine the show without his cheeky presence but Tom Owen has paid a great tribute to his father. I still watch the show each week and I am encouraging my 2 year old daughter to do the same. Many thanks to the cast and crew and may the show live on. I'm sure Bill would be so proud."
Yours faithfully, Kylie Hill


February 2004 Postbag 

A SMILING SHOW...NOT A LAUGHTER SHOW

I live in the North East of England . I have grown up watching Summer Wine. I have many episodes on video, as I'm typing this the episode "The Kink in Foggy's Niblick" is playing on my video . I love the gentle humour and the countryside and the often sarcastic side swipes at events around them and the world in general Brian Wilde summed the show up for me beautifully, he says that it is not a laughter show it is more a smiling show . I do hope to visit Holmfirth sometime and take some photos and have a quiet pint outside one of our intrepid trios haunts

Kevin Haram

 

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM...

Friday nights at 9pm, my house, you can bet I will be watching my favorite show. I can't get enough of these fellows. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I don't care. I hope it never ends!

Big fan,
Kathy Gaddy

GREAT SHOW...AND A GREAT WEBSITE

Hi,
I just wanted to tell you what a great site you have. It is done as well as LOSW.
I'm from the USA and from this area of the country, we're about a year and a half behind your broadcast schedule. Is there any chance you could mention some of the actors/actresses that have passed on since Tom Owen. died? I know of four since then and would like to hear more about them.

Best Always.............Kevin Connolly, New Milford, New Jersey USA 



A BIG FIVE FOR CLIVE EARDLEY'S PHOTOS                                               

Dear Summer Wine fans,
Clive Eardley's photos are delightful - much better than most which you find on websites. Thanks!
I live in New York City, and we are a bit behind with the episodes.  I just saw the 30th anniversary special, and was reminded all over again how much I love everything about this show.  Thanks and a big hug for everyone connected with it.  I hope as I age that I will turn into the kind of person who would fit right in with this wonderful crew!

With my best wishes to you all,
Alison Taylor

 

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE IN NEW ZEALAND

Hi there
While I can't give you any more detailed recollection than anyone else on the web site, I can tell you that First of the Summer Wine was broadcast in New Zealand. Unfortunately I can't tell you when.

Keep Drinking in that Summer Wine.

Sereena Burton

 

FIVE TIMES A WEEK SUMMER WINE FAN

LOTSW is such a wonderful show.  I watch it 5 times a week and have seen episodes three, four and five times but I still enjoy the antics of all the characters.  I enjoy seeing scenes of the beautiful countryside as much as I enjoy the stories.

Bern (Spring Grove PA USA)

 

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIALS WITH COMPO

I started watching LOTSW several months ago and I can't get enough, I feel lucky to get 5 episode's a week  on Maryland public television and Tivo records them for me to watch when I can since I work full time, I love the scenery and characters, my favorite episodes are on Saturday night, they still have Compo in them

Shane Mcnally


QUOTE FROM BBC AMERICA

Here is a quote from the BBC America web site under upcoming releases:

Last of the Summe Wine: Vintage 1985 (DVD)

In the world's longest-running sitcom, Britain's oldest (if not wisest) adolescents uncork a barrelful of laughs and make a toast…to life! The picturesque town of Holmfirth in the unspoiled Yorkshire Dales provides a breathtaking backdrop to the hair-brained schemes and incorrigible antics of these three grey-haired geezers.

Looks like they are testing the water again !

Frank


THIRTY YEARS OF LOTSW TO CHOOSE FROM 

Why don't you people let the pbs stations in North and South Carolina know that there are 30 years of LOSW to choose from and they need not keep running the same 30-40 episodes. I've scoured the web and bought just about all  of the series I can find. LOTSW shames the so call "situation comedys" in the US

L.marcum , North Carolina USA 

 

CONVERTING YOUR DVD PLAYER?  

Hi Patrick
I've recently found out a very useful thing. Most DVD players can have their
region codes amended. If you look on the web site of the manufacturer you
should be able to find a code that you can send to the player from your
remote. The great thing is that there is a region code 0 which will play any
disc. The setting will stay even if it's switched off, (it may change back
if it's switched off for a very long time).
This is very useful for me as a big fan of Bob Hope, it's not easy to find
his films on DVD in the UK.
There is one region 1 Summer Wine DVD I have come across. It's a boxed set
containing 'Getting Sam Home' and most of the episodes from series 1 and 2.
This is available in the US and Canada and I've seen it many times on ebay.
I must stress that the manufacturers themselves supply these codes, therefore it would not appear to pose any legal problems.

Best Wishes

Rob
Birmingham
ohnothimagen2002@yahoo.co.uk



GREETINGS FROM SUNNY CALIFORNIA

Hello, Hello, to all of you LOTSW fans out there! I am an American fan 


in California. I am wondering, how many episodes of 'Summer Wine' that 


you fans personally own? Over the past 8 years or so I've manged to 


purchase about 50 episodes from Great Britain ( BBC Video) and have 


recorded another 50 or so for a total of near 100 episodes in my prized 


collection. It is thrilling to think that there are yet another 100 episodes 


or more I have YET to see!!! Just wondering if anyone knows where any 


might be available  ?

Bruce Millan

isaiah68a@netzero.net


TOM OWEN PANTOMIME 

Hi

We moved house last November, the man who bought ours is a theatre producer. it turned out that he was producing the pantomime in which Tom Owen was appearing , in Basingstoke. Peter told Tom that we were big Summer Wine fans and Tom sent us a signed programme and a photo. wasn't that nice of him. By the way we have moved into an old semi-detached cottage. It is situated up a private lane, everyone has to go through everyone else's garden to get to their own property, a bit like Glegg and Howard.

Sue, England

 

 I REALLY LOVE YOUR SHOW

I really love your show.  I had no idea that Bill Owen died until I saw the three shows you had on saying good bye. I think all the people are so well suited.  It brings laughter to my husband and I. Thank you for this show and I hope they keep it going.

Catherine Florida, USA

   

  A TRIBUTE TO THE HUMBLE WELLY

 As a fan of LOTSW I thought you would get a kick out of this article. 


I bet Cleggy would be glad Compo never saw some of these wellies! 


 Sincerely, LisaMarie Volatile

 

Wellies As Status Symbol
(Extract from Washington Post) 


By Adrian Higgins

 

One of the pleasures of gardening is the chance to dress the part: a 


straw hat in summer, a holstered pair of pruners, a pair of soft 


calfskin gloves.

But the wardrobe is incomplete without Wellington boots -- knee-high 


rubber shodding whose very color speaks volumes about the wearer: green 


(sophisticate); red (extrovert); navy (passive-aggressive); yellow 


(incorrigible). Mine are, let's see, oh, green.

I make do with what I thought was a top-of-the-line model whose thick 


rubber allows me to go where sneakers fear to tread, in ditches, piles 


of manure and muddy plant beds. When it is raining and garden work 


nonetheless must be done, the wellie makes it possible. When it is 


freezing, thick woolen socks and wellies do the trick. My wellies are snug, I 


am smug. Or I was.

In England a few weeks ago, I walked into a store selling country 


clothing, to be stopped in my tracks by the ne plus ultra of wellies. Set 


prominently on a display stand, a lone, spotlit boot looked more
sculpted than formed, a composition in repeated layers of latex -- fat and 


supple. The back of the boot arched rakishly. Up its side, a strip of 


rubber both hid and announced a full-length zipper, capped with a strap and 


buckle. Here's the kicker: It was brown. A dull, dark brown, plain and 


brutish and cool with it. 

To me, this artful boot brought the wellie full circle.


When I was a kid in England, wellies were black, cheap and shapeless. 


They got their start, or the story goes, almost a couple of centuries
earlier  when the Duke of Wellington ordered his bootmaker to come up 


with an improved knee-high leather boot that was tighter fitting and 


devoid of distracting ornament.



 
WE LOVE SUMMER WINE COUNTRY

Just to say thank you to Patrick, of the Summer Wine website for 
assisting with our recent winter break in Holmfirth. It was the first
time we had come "up north" for a break - and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The hotel in the centre of town was marvellous and a bonus was a double 
decker bus ride into Holmfirth from Wakefield, where the train dropped us 
off. Much cheaper than the taxi, and marvellous views of the Holme Valley!
Oh yes - we booked to come again late Spring! 

Best wishes 
Trudy and Richard Greaves, London, England. 

   

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN OUR HOUSEHOLD... 


Friday nights in our house runs something like this. We view the LOTSW on the PSB channel - and then dash upstairs to visit your Summer Wine site on our son's  Laptop.  We love pouring over the information on your site, we always find something new to read, and  love reading the links to Holmfirth.  
We always have to finish by 10pm before our son gets home - if only he knew!

RJ Simons
Washington DC 
America.

 




January 2004 Postbag

NICE ONE, THAT MAN!

I am an American enjoying LOTSW reruns and I am very intrigued by Foggy Dewhirst's occasional use of "that man" when addressing someone else: That is, using the third person when second person is called for. At first I thought it might be regional dialect, but it seems he's the only one that does this. (Am I right on this?) My hunch is that it might be, or was, common military usage in Britain. Can anyone confirm this or otherwise enlighten me?

I am also curious about Compo's dialect, which I assume is a "thick" Yorkshire dialect. If that's so, why is he the only one on the program who uses "tha" for "you", etc. Does it indicate rusticity or lower class? Or, perhaps, a different regional origin? Howard, after all, seems  to be a lone Scottish transplant.Any replies would be greatly appreciated at grnbek@usfamily.net.

Thank you. Robert G. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA  

REGION ONE DVDS PLEASE

I've loved Last of the Summer Wine for a long time but have only been able to watch it on local public television. The BBC has come out with seasons one and two but they're encoded for region 2 while they don't have it encoded for region 1, which I need in order to view in the US. Do you know if there are any plans of putting further episodes on DVD and if any of them will actually be encoded for region 1? Also, exactly how many seasons are there, as they're still going?

Thanks and cheers,
Justin Howland
higpyznal@hotmail.com

LOTSW WEEKLY TREAT WITH A CUP OF TEA

Thank you for the lovely site.  It is a joy to be able to visit; LOTSW is my weekly "treat" with a cup of tea. Even though here in the U.S. (Maryland), our pbs station only goes up to shortly after compo's passing-I still cry everytime I see it, although they did handle Mr. Owen's passing in a wonderful manner.

I am so very frustrated that I will not get to see the new episodes any time in the remotely near future, but I am thrilled that LOTSW is still in production! But I was wondering if someone could tell me if the Christmas special is available to purchase on video-I would love to be able to view it.  Could you advise me?  Thank you again,

Sincerely,
Dawn Cornish

Xduramaterx@aol.com


QUITE AN ERRIE SOUND AT MIDNIGHT

Just a thought whilst visiting your site...

Perhaps Roy Clarke could use an old memory I have from 34 years ago!

There was a whippet dog called Star who belonged to a farmer, surname I believe was Bailes, who howled when the farmer sang "Jerusalem" - no other song. Quite an eerie sound on a moorland farm at midnight!

Kind Regards
Peter Milner


CRIED WHEN I SAW THE FUNERAL EPISODE

HELLO THERE,

I JUST FOUND THIS SITE AND WAS WANTING TO LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I ENJOYING WATCHING THE SHOW OF "THE LAST OF SUMMER WINE".  IN THIS  FAST PACE WORLD WE LIVE IN , I LOVE TO SEE THE CAST PLAY THEIR ROLES OF LIVING IN THEIR SMALL TOWN LIFE.FROM HOWARD ,TRYING TO MESS AROUND, TO THE LADIES HAVING THEIR TEA AND PUTTING DOWN THE MEN.I JUST FOUND OUT THAT BILL OWENS DID PASS ON, I DIDN'T KNOW FOR SURE UNTIL  I READ  HIS SON  PIECE IN THIS WEB SITE.JUST ON SATURDAY NIGHT I SAW " THE SMALL FUNERAL" SHOW.I DO ADMIT ,I DID CRY . HE HAD JUST A FUN-LOVING SPIRIT. I WILL MISS HIM.ANOTHER FELLER I MISS IS THE MAN, THAT WAS REPLACED BY THE "CAPTAIN PEACOCK" FELLER FROM "ARE YOU BEING SERVED". I'M SORRY I CAN'T REMEMBER HIS NAME. BUT , HE WAS SPECIAL TO ME AS WELL.HE REMINDED ME OF AN OLD FRIEND OF MY THAT HAS PASSED ON.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS SITE.I WILL COME BACK ANOTHER TIME . I'VE ONLY BEEN WATCHING THIS SHOW FOR ABOUT THE LAST 5 YEARS.SO I HOPE THEY KEEP ON PLAYING THESE SHOWS OVER HERE ON OUR PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEMS.  THANKS AGAIN.

MELANIE THIBODAUX

FROM DOWN  YONDER IN
PONCHATOULA, LOUISIANA
U.S.A.

 I MISS LOTSW SO MUCH... 

Hi ,  My name is Mary Williamson and I  live in West Virginia--USA   We moved here April-2003 . The only thing I don't like about it is that I cannot get Last of the Summer Wine here.  I miss it so much.  We get BBC America and I hoped it would have but it don't.  LOTSW is the best show I have ever seen. God Bless you all.  

Mary Jane Williamson.

NICE START TO COLLECTING SUMMER WINE
Useful Info for US Fans

Greetings, Holmfirthians and Wine Fans,

A 4-disc DVD (or VHS) set of "Summer Wine" is available in the U.S. through Amazon.com  The set includes two early episodes and 2 ninety-minute movies.  I bought this as a surprise Christmas present this year for my husband and we have enjoyed it very much.  It is listed at $59.99 retail, sold directly from Amazon for $53.00, I think.  But new copies are available from other vendors who deal through Amazon as well.  The copy I purchased was brand new, factory-sealed, perfect, for $33.38 and I received it about a week to ten days after I ordered it through Amazon.com.  I have been unable to find any other commercially available tapes, but this one is a nice start to collecting Summer Wine.  It is a shame that a program which has aired for 30-plus years has only one DVD/VHS set available for sale!  How can this be?!  "As Time Goes By", "Vicar of Dibley", "Keeping Up Appearances" and many others are everywhere on DVD it seems...

By the way, this "Wine" DVD/VHS set is also available to rent from Netflix.com

Hope this helps.  Especially for American markets which are not currently getting "Wine" re-runs on their local PBS stations.  We live in fear that this might happen to us!

Happy New Year to Holmfirth and Summer Winers everywhere!
Barbara and John Spencer
Severna Park, MD, U.S.A.

 
MAKING OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYBODY?

Earlier last year while in Dublin I caught the last part of a special program on the making of the The Last of the Summer Wine.  Is this program available on video or DVD (US format)?

Thanks
Frank Morra
Frank.Morra@pfizer.com


I CAN PLAY PAL VIDEOS AND DVDS…

Hi,
I am a big fan of LOTSW from the U.S.  My local PBS station won't broadcast Christmas specials or any new episodes since Compo's passing.  I haven't had much luck obtaining episodes prior to 1992 either.  I would like to get the Pilot episode also. I would also like to get FOTSW episodes.  If anyone can help, please let me know.  I can play PAL videos and dvds.

Thanks,
Jesse Broseus
Utica, Ohio  USA
pamelab@msmisp.com

 

PROMPTED ME TO LOG IN AGAIN!

  Dear Friends,

It's a while since I visited the site, but the excellent Christmas episode of our favourite serial has prompted me to log in again! What a very entertaining programme it was! And how good to see that Entwhistle [Burt Kwouk] is still with the show and being given a more prominent part. Loved the Chinese outfit! I've also read the interview with Burt. I wish you had mentioned his big role in the 1958 film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness", a film made before the Pink Panther ones and a much more important film. Burt's role as Li was a very significant one. I'd love to know what he remembers of filming in Snowdonia - an area even more rugged than Summer Wine country!!!!!

Good luck to everyone with the new series - I can't wait.

Happy New Year!   From Mary   [Somerset]

 
LOOKING FOR SUMMER WINE

Hi,
I am looking for any Christmas or New Year Specials of Last of the Summer Wine (especially Last Post and Pidgeon).  I live in the U.S. and my local PBS station will not broadcast these specials.

I also am looking for First of the Summer Wine episodes.
I would also like to get any of the episodes since Compo's passing and several prior to 1992.
If anyone can help please e-mail me.

Thanks,
Jesse Broseus
Utica, Ohio  U.S.A.
E-mail address:  pamelab@msmisp.com or parryjacobson@yahoo.com

 
MISSED THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Sadly we were in New Zealand when this year's Christmas Special was shown on the BBC on 21st December. Does anyone have a videod copy that they could let me have or copy please? I should of course meet all your expenses plus some for your trouble; it will be the only episode that I have not copied during the past few years so if anyone can help PLEASE?! 

Gerald D Hayne
gandr@hayne.eclipse.co.uk

 
LOTSW FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK IN OKLAHOMA

Is 30 years of Summer Wine going to be shown in the USA again?  I sure hope so..............I do love the show.  We have it four nights a week here in Oklahoma, but Friday and Saturday is rather dull.  I do miss it on those nights.  Keep up the great work.........it's so entertaining.

P. Long
bbbonly@aol.com  

 

 

 

December 2003 Postbag




Those Yorkshire Memories...

Sirs/Madam,

My wife and I spent three very fine years living in North 
Yorkshire - Harrogate, to be exact. My work took me there, and while 
living in Harrogate proper, we became "locals". Every Saturday that we 
were in town (and not traveling to another part of Yorkshire), we went 
to the market in Skipton. Fond memories still flood back, even as I 
write this. We began watching Last of the Summer Wine while in 
Harrogate, and imagine my delight, when upon returning to my native 
Maryland, our local PBS station was showing LOTSW.  It also shows many 
other comedies originating from Britain which I thoroughly enjoy (ex. 
Keeping up Appearances). I am retired now, and really enjoy the antics 
of those loveable old codgers in LOTSW. I just recently found your web 
site, and will certainly bookmark it. Keep up the good work in 
reporting  on this fine  TV series, and the folks who star in it.

Sincerely,
Robert Kemmer, Glen Burnie, Maryland - USA


Loyal Admirer of LOTSW

Dear Postbag,
I have been a loyal admirer of 'Last of the Summer wine' for nearly every episodes in it's wonderful 31 year history. I thought the Christmas special this year was terrific and although the likes of late and great Bill Owen and Thora Hird and a few others are sadly no longer with us, the scripts are still fresh and extremely funny. Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton, Kathy Staff and the rest of the regulars still command each and every scene that they steal. Its great to see new regulars like Burt Kwouk,Stephen Lewis, Dora Bryan, and recently Brian Murphy and future guests such as Roy Hudd, Josephine Tewson and Anita Carey. Its always a thrill to see guest spots by the great Sir Norman Wisdom.
Could you please tell me, what is going to happen to Dame Thora Hird (Edie) and her screen husband.
They were a huge part of the success of 'summer wine' and deserve a fitting send off. I was deeply moved by Bill Owens send off as Compo and they deserve to be written out of the series with a fitting and moving episode. They do not deserve to be forgotten and never mentioned again or talked about briefly in conversation, no other actors could ever replace them. One more thing, what ever happened to the wonderful actor who played short sighted Eli. Truly a wonderful character and a brilliant actor, not seen nearly enough. Keep up the good work and long may 'Summer wine' remain the worlds longest running comedy, you deserve it.
 
Yours sincerely, from David     D J Bailey        From Plymouth, Devon , England


LOTSW Location Bus Tours 

I am writing from New Zealand. I have been a fan of LOTSW for the past 10 years, although it is no longer on free to air tv.
I am going to be in England next June and want to visit Holmfirth. I know Colin, the owner of the cafe, runs the summerwine bus tour and I'm interested in times and prices for this service. Does anyone have this information? They can e-mail me at john.wealleans@xtra.co.nz or kathrynwealleans@hotmail.com
 
Thanks from Kathryn Wealleans



Compo and Joe Tribbiani?

Hi
This is probably a heresy to many people, but I love LOTSW and Friends 
equally, and I am struck by just how similar Compo and Joey Tribbiani 
are. 
Joey is one of a trio of men friends, he never has any money and is 
always out of work and borrows off the others, he considers himself to be 
irresistible to all women, he has a short fuse temper-wise, he loves 
eating (for pizza read doorstep sandwiches and pies), he is thick but has 
charm, he never reads.
I have do admit he does not keep ferrets.

Paul Davey
Brighton
England

 

Feeling LOTSW Nostalgic in Down Under


Dear all - cast and webmasters,

It''s been some time since my first communication. I'm here now as a result of finding an email in my Inbox I believe was meant for you.

 
I try not to think about the show too much at present because it and it's re-runs are no longer being shown on 'auntie' - Australia's ABC TV, (equivalent to BBC) and hate to think about what I'm missing. I was visiting UK when dear Dame Thora Hird and Compo passed away, and now I read that Eli has also left us.
 
I mourn the loss of each member, including Brian Wilde, who portrayed so wonderfully his quirky character and who is, thankfully, still hale and hearty. I cannot go through the whole cast in this email but would like to make a few more comments.

I remember the first time I saw Peter Sallis, as Samual Pepys, on the BBC. I think, in the late 50s.
I have seen Juliette Kaplan in a BBC special, dressed in a cocktail dress, or ball-gown and gasped at her stunning good looks! I have seen Kathy Staff out of character - another very attractive woman; now I hear - and would love to see 'Auntie Wainright' without her 'old' make-up on. I'm amazed at the transformation by make-up, and the typically english attitude to 'dressing down' as it were, to create older, less glamorous parts that is seldom seen in other parts of the world.
 
I noticed a comment in an email form a fan, "What would it take to get the BBC to re-play old series?" The answer, I think, would be - an Act of Parliament, or a well aimed rocket!
 
I have to stop here and say that without exception, every member of LOTSW is an important part of the Holmfirth LOTSW community to me and I am planning my return to the UK, for keeps this time, very much looking forward to agitating, if need be, for more broadcasts of this wonderful show.
 
 
That's all for now, I'm beginning to feel really nostalgic ...
 
 
Peter Birns, Western Australia.
 



Of Funerals & Fish Pilot Episode

Please can anyone help - has anyone got a copy of the above pilot episode? 

Fred.Ellis@bassetlaw.gov.uk


Still Cry With Compo Episode

I keep trying to get PBS here to show more episodes of summer wine.....just not getting anywhere.  So I watch the same ones over and over.  Compo was a great character, and I still cry when he dies.
Maybe someday.  I hope.

bbbonly@aol.com
 



More First of the Summer Wine 

Can anyone tell me where I can obtain copies of  "First of the Summer Wine " Videos?
Regards Beryl   from Australia


First of the Summer Wine Down Under


Hi
First of the Summer Wine was broadcast in Australia - I managed to get most of the episodes on tape.  It is a fantastic show that i have watched over and over again.  If it is possible to get a DVD or video with all episodes I would love to know.
 
Cheers
Elizabeth Frost
froste@iinet.net
FOTSW Fan


The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Dear Sir,
 
Re the origin of the nickname "Foggy".  Let's not forget the old folk song "The Foggy, Foggy Dew".  Whish may be the origin of "Foggy" Dewhirst.
 
David

Is 30 years of Summer Wine going to be shown in the USA again?  I sure hope so..............I do love the show.  We have it four nights a week here in Oklahoma, but Friday and Saturday is rather dull.  I do miss it on those nights.  Keep up the great work.........it's so entertaining.

P. Long
bbbonly@aol.com
 


2002 Christmas Special Repeat Date? 

Any idea when the 2002 Christmas special will be repeated on TV or Sky? I thought it was excellent. I would also like to know if there is any chance that episodes from the mid 1990's will be show when Foggy was still in the show. 

From Chris
chrisholmes18@yahoo.co.uk


Praise Indeed From a 30 Year Fan

Just a note to thank you for your hard work putting together the Summer Wine website. I also run a website for my company and I know what a job it is organising interesting content, and keeping the site up to date. Your site seems to go on for ever! I keep finding links to pages of interesting stuff I have never seen before. Much appreciated from a 30 year LOTSW Fan. 

David McCall 
Oban, Scotland. 


Any Copies of FIRST of the Summer Wine? 

If you ever find any copies of The First Of the Summer Wine I would love to Know,please
Regards Beryl Ward, Australia

beryljw@bigpond.com

 

Wally and his BSA 

With reference to your photo of Wally and his bike.

 That used to be my bike!  I bought the old BSA M21 many years ago and, after a lengthy renovation, fitted a sidecar (which I also rebuilt).  Problem was that I started seeing my (now) wife and she wouldn't get in the sidecar, tragedy, I had to get a car so the Beeza had to go.  I advertised in in 'Motorcycle News' A props firm rang, they wanted a combo for 'Emmerdale Farm'.  I delivered the bike and sidecar to them and it has since been in 'Brothers MacGregor' and 'Strathblair' as well as LOTSW and Emmerdale.

Chris Salomon


Compo's Dog Puzzle? 

Is this Compo's dog? People stop me all the time asking if Compo's dog was modelled on mine!

Janet Garrett, England



Compo's Funeral Episode

I watched the episode about Compo's funeral and I
think it is one of the best of the series! Not that I
do not miss Compo! I do! Bill and Peter have always been
my favorite characters. But the way it was handled was
brilliant. Sadness and comedy intertwined. Just when you
are feeling so down, up pops Compo's Wellies on his casket!
And his Thursday gal riding her tractor in the funeral procession.
My question is how many members of the cast went to Bill's
funeral? I thought I had read somewhere that only Peter was
invited. Is that true?
I watch an episode or two every night before I go to bed.
I love the show.
Another Yank viewer.
Joyce


Terrific Hour Long LOTSW Special in Maryland, USA

Last Sunday PBS (locally on Maryland Public Television [MPT]) ran an hour-long special with highlights from 30 years of Last of the Summer Wine.  It featured interviews with cast members and a great deal of fasciniating commentary from Roy Clarke.  It was terrific!  We were astonished to learn that Clark has written every episode.  Only Jane Austen herself could find so many wonderful characters in one tiny village.  And even she didn't cover 30 years!  We finally got our first glimpses of Sid and Wally; also some clues about what's new since 2000.  Who knew "Auntie Wainright" is really a mere slip of a girl and quite pretty too?  The only shortcoming in the program--understandable since it was only an hour long--was that there wasn't more of Alan Bell and other behind-the-scenes production people.  Maybe next time...after the second thirty years?
A multiple disc DVD set of older LOTSW's is currently available through catalogues and on-line so I have ordered it as a Christmas surprise.  I hope there will be more forthcoming.  Hope someone out there at the BBC listening?
We're looking forward to news about the LOTSW festival in Arkansas and to seeing some posts here about the event very soon.

Thanks to all at Holmfirth and LOTSW and this site for all the pleasure you continue to give us.  I laugh out loud everytime I conjure the sight of Howard wearing a bicycle inner tube 'round his neck instead of a tie--his reward for getting forceful with Pearl!

Barbara (and John) Spencer
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.


So Grateful for our Summer Wine "Quality" TV

At a time when there is so little "quality" television to watch--I am so grateful for "Last of the Summer Wine".  I have fallen in love with all the characters, the beautiful little town and the wonderful music.  It comes on here (Midwest City, Oklahoma, USA) at 11:00 P.M.  I was devastated to learn Campo and several other cast members have died.  I am so very pleased that the show will continue.  It is such a good way for my day to end.  I'm sure I go to sleep each night with a smile!  

Thanks, Betty Hunt.
 

A New Generation of LOTSW Fans

Hi T.J.

Read your note to SW chat and just wanted to say that I'm sure your grandson is pleased he could hook you up with a site that brings you joy. I have a 12 year old grandson who loves to stay up late with me to watch SW when he visits. I am trying to hook a new younger generation as many fans have done to keep our show going.
Keep enjoying the show and this wonderful site.

I am a Brit living in Texas, USA since childhood.
Jo

Fans of the Series Since it Started

Just to say your website gives us so much pleasure and makes us feel proud to be part of the Summer Wine community. Please keep up the good work in Holmfirth. I can't believe the site is totally free - thank you.  We have been fans of the series since it was first broadcast and our grandchildren are now regular fans. We hope to make our first trip to Holmfirth next year. 

Joan and David Major 
Canterbury, England



Oct/Nov Postbag

Adventure to Holmfirth - Many thanks Summer Wine Online! 

See the original article - click here


This is by way of a very late, rather long note to thank the Summer Wine webmasters for giving us all of Helen Jones' wonderful article about her trip to Holmfirth in June.  As it happens, my husband, John, and I were also visiting from Maryland on that same Sunday morning in June when the Summer Wine crew were shooting at "Nora Batty's House."  We couldn't believe our luck!  We were alerted to the presence in Holmfirth of "another lady from Baltimore" by the assistant director and so were able to capture Helen being greeted by Alan Bell on film.  Her enthusiasm is infectious and her article brought all the wonderful memories of that day back to us.  Many thanks, Helen!

It is not possible to say enough good things about the terrific people we met filming in Holmfirth.  They were lovely and gracious while at the same time working very hard under a very warm June sun.  The assistant director introduced us to Mr. Bell, to the property master, et al.  Unfortunately, we didn't catch HER name.  She wore a blond pony tail tucked into a baseball cap and was a friendly dynamo, just terrific.

Kathy Staff is beautiful.  She was up and down Nora's porch steps dozens of times, literally for hours, cheerful and smiling every time.  Every reading of her lines seemed perfect, but somehow also seemed funnier with each take.  While waiting for the light to be just right for filming, she mugged and waved to the gathering crowd, some of whom (John!) blew kisses back to her.  All the cast and crew members obviously love their jobs and appreciate the show's fans. 

We watch Summer Wine on both the Maryland and the Washington, D.C. channels where they are running a couple of years behind, so some of the newer characters haven't made it across the pond just yet.   It's just incredible to think that this show could be cancelled for ANY reason.  Does the BBC have any idea what a wonderful public relations/tourism inducement Nora, Ivy, Cleggy, et al, are?!  They brought us to lured us out of London toYorkshire, the dales, Manchester, etc. Britcoms like Wine, Keeping Up Appearances, etc.,  are a major draw for American Public Broadcasting Systems channels and are heavily featured marathons during fund drives.  There is nothing quite like the humorous British "take" on things and I think we need a regular infusion of that perspective more than ever. 

LONG LIVE SUMMER WINE!

Barbara Spencer
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A. 

Brits in North Wales, USA! 

Thank  you so much for this great series. We are Brits living in North Wales, Pennsylvania USA and the programme shows several times a week but we get to see it especially Saturday night. Regardless of who is here for dinner, everything stops for LOFSW! I bought the book for Christmas for John (the other half) and he really enjoyed it. He hails from Bury, Lancs and I am a Londoner. Loved Bill Owen for years in all he did but in particular the irrepressible Compo. It is timeless, unique and we hope it goes on forever. We do miss Compo and Dame Thora very much and are intrigued about Nora Batty. I do hope we'll see her again. I would like to know more about each individual character and think that Pearl is a corker when she is dressed up. Dora Bryan is a great asset to the cast, in fact we think they are the most amazing collection of actors/actresses ever to have graced the television screen. Keep on keeping on please. I suppose we will discover what else is coming up on the internet. If there is another way, let me know. 

Reverend Dr. Yvonne Kaye


BBC - Please Release More of our LOTSW Videos! 

I live in Australia and became a devoted fan of LOTSW in 1997 when I first saw the series on cable TV via the UK TV channel.

Since then I have regularly sent emails to the BBC asking them when they are going to release for sale more LOTSW episodes on video or DVD as the number of releases is limited and now most of the limited choices have been withdrawn from sale. I never get any satisfactory response from the BBC.

I managed to purchase all of the limited choices on video before they were withdrawn, but they only represent a fraction of the episodes shown.

Does anyone know how the BBC can be prompted into releasing more LOTSW episodes on video or DVD. I am particularly interested in the series made from 1982 to 1997 as they are mostly not available on video or DVD.

I would be most grateful if someone could help get the BBC to release more of the old episodes for sale.

Kind regards

Peter Guttormsen


My Future Marina! 

Just a quick note to say that LOTSW is the daily highlight of my television viewing. I am quite looking forward to being old now and lying under a tree somewhere and dreaming up mischief (or meeting up with my future Marina)
Thank-you all
Greg Fawcett, Australia 

Share the Summer Wine Pics? 
Does anyone know where one can see a clear close-up of Wesley and Edie's house online?  If so please email site address.  Are there model kits of the town?  Trying to find site with pics from those who have made the trip and are sharing their pictures on line.

Peepdru2@aol.com
 

Summer Wine? Keep it Flowing!
What is up with these people who want to stop it, We are living in a crazy world made by them , so let us enjoy a bit of what a lot of people would like to do but cannot, fantasy and imagination never hurt anyone. if we cannot live and laugh in the real world. then join the Summer Wine and have some fun. Keep it going 

Rob. North Wales.

Help Wanted with Video List 
Your listed episodes which I have downloaded for future reference will be very useful and much appreciated.
Can you help me find a comprehensive list of videos released as I have started to collect them.
Been a fan a long time but have only just realised it is the only program I can watch over and over again.
 
Hope you can help me.
Fred 

Laughed and Cried with LOTSW..
I just wanted to thank the cast of LOTSW, past and present, for some of the best programming I've ever seen!  What a lovely talent Mr. Roy Clark is!  I have laughed and cried watching this show, but mostly laughed, and am so appreciative of the 30 wonderful, blissful, mood-enhancing minutes I experience, each weeknight, at 10:30 p.m. on my local PBS station!
How could an individual ever repay all of those perfectly cast actors/actresses for the beautiful gifts they've shared with us?  Or repay Mr. Clark?  I wish I could give them all whatever their hearts desired most!
How is it that anyone could possibly entertain the thought of cancelling such a gift?  May they rot, eternally, if they do!

G. Hunt

I'm Hooked on LOTSW! 

As an aging "middle aged" American, I had thought that my days of attachment to any television program were long past.  However, I must admit that LOTSW changed all of that.  After my wife got me to watch a few episodes, I got hooked.  Now many years later, the characters are of LOTSW are not just TV personalities, but friends that I have enjoyed and felt emotionally attached.  When Compo died, I lost someone dear to my heart.
 
We have watched all of the episodes available to us, many were repeats.  Like many of the fans of the LOTSW, we hope that the program will continue and we will be able to see some of the earlier programs.  Thanks for the many years of enjoyment that we have received.
 
Wes Keith, Searcy, Arkansas, USA

My Welly Booted Friend.
 
You were the one who could make people smile for a while,
I didn't know now you did it, it was just you going the extra mile.
How you played the joker the only one in the pack when tackling with Nora that battle axe.
The old house is now empty as there is no one inside, but one day there might be some man who asks Nora to be his bride.
But the past has gone alas but not for good as repeats are shown on T.V , V.H.S and D.V.D.
So let us sit back and slump in the new armchair and crack open a new bottle of the ever lasting Summer Wine.
 
By David Fell.


Compo in "Georgie Girl"
We just wanted to thank Clive Eardley and Margaret Tillotson for the great "Episodes" section.  What a terrific resource this is.  We now know how much we have to look forward to if PBS decides to buy some of the earlier episodes and if they become available on tape/DVD (we have seen only as far back as 1988); and what may still be in store for the future (after episodes from 2000.)  I am wondering if the BBC has yet marketed a tape or DVD suitable for American machines of a collection of the Christmas specials?  We have seen none of these specials here.  Wouldn't this be a great buy?!

By the way, one of the classic movie channels showed "Georgie Girl" starring Lynn Redgrave, James Mason and Alan Bates (1966) several times last week; I had not seen it since it came out in theaters all those many years ago.  And what to my wondering eyes should appear but our darling "Compo" as Georgie's father/James Mason's butler.  He is fabulous in the role as he turns a purposefully blind eye to his employer's lecherous intentions toward his daughter, urging her to "show your appreciation, Georgie!" while James Mason chases her around his mansion.  Who else but Bill Owen could have pulled off this combination of slyness and innocence?  And we thought he was just a pretty face!  My all-time favorite Compo scene is him singing "I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter..." while Foggy tap dances with ferrets, Cleggy cringes and offstage Nora laughs 'til she cries.  What a gift he was.
It's so nice to be able to share the fun of LOTSW with other fans at this site.

Barbara and John Spencer
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.


Exiled Geordie Living in the USA 

I am an exiled Geordie, living in the US, and can watch LOSW on public tv each day at 1pm, we are currently ages behind the UK and I'm hoping MPTV have bought all of the episodes as I don't want to miss any.
I watched the show when it first aired with my late Mam, and it IS a cosy comfortable, look at three friends who wouldn't hurt a fly. Just doing good turns and daft tricks to keep a happy lifestyle. I wish I could move to Holmfirth when I retire, I intend to visit one day, but I also like to dream that I and two friends could be the trio, I will not say which is which. I read somewhere that Brian Wilde may consider returning, is that true? regardless of any frictions, Foggy was an essential cog in the wheel. I haven't seen Truly or "young Compo" so I hope they are carrying on the great tradition.
Mind you, a transplanted Geordie might come in handy...
Good luck to all


Jim Charles Maryland USA

 

Radio Times Poll 
I wish we could ban all polls, do you remember the idiot plls we had in 1999, "The Best 100 In The Last Century" rubbish? Popular female singers, for instance, Peggy Lee was 36th. Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore and Jane Froman didn't get a mention, just because polsters and the voting idiots can't get past the likes of Ronan Keeting and the awful Spice Girls!
 
George


September Postbag

Radio Times Poll 
Fans reacted angrily following a shock survey by the UK Radio Times magazine which suggested that LOTSW ought to be axed. Alan JW Bell - who is filming in Holmfirth  - told Summer Wine Online: "Radio Times has always been anti-LOTSW.  As long as we satisfy a large audience, that's all it needs."  Alan revealed there were plans to carry on filming even if the BBC tried to cancel the show.  Local fan and Holmfirth Greengrocer Andrew Bray said: "We have got 34 years of repeats - the show is never going to go away." In an email tonight, fan Ted Harrop, of Surrey,said: "This is typical of the BBC's own magazine to knock a successful British show. The survey involved a limited number of viewers (approx 12,000) and is hardly representative of our worldwide audience. The majority of people want less sex and violence on TV - and LOTSW delivers good clean fun to appeal to a family audience." The Summer Wine website received over 60 emails from fans, all of them complaining about the Radio Times treatment of LOTSW. 

Here are some of your emails (several have been edited for space reasons): 


All fans and people who care about the show over the 30 years, stop buying the radio times. 

Bob

I was disgusted and shocked to hear about the Radio Times poll regarding the possible axing of Last of the Summer Wine. I spoke live on BBC Radio Scotland this morning with someone from the Radio Times and I explained that the series has always been ignored. The Radio Times have only twice in the series history granted it a front cover and not either for the 25 years or 30 years anniversary. Every season goes by without a feature on the new series and minimal or no coverage of that current series is bearly mentioned. The series still pulls in 8 million plus in ratings and is loved by it's family audiences and again as been nominated for the National Television Awards. Recently the series has found an audience in the United States so what possible reason can there be for finishing the series. Last of the Summer Wine provides millions with what is sadly lacking today clean wholesome fun that everyone can enjoy. How many series can boast this.

Clive Eardley President of the Summer Wine Appreciation Society

Please tell me what is going on with these idiots that want to axe Summer
Wine. I am so upset and so is everyone that emails me.

Liz Nichols, USA 

Axe Last of the Summer Wine? No way!
Eight Million viewers can't be wrong. How can a poll of 12,000 people (if it is true) prompt the BBC to axe a much loved programme that has a pedigree of 30 plus years. If the BBC do decide to axe Summer Wine fans World Wide owe it to Compo, Cyril, Seymore, Sid, Edie, Wesley and Eli and of course the present cast to petition the BBC to keep the show. Let us hope it will never come to that.

Leo Philips

II was saddened to hear of the poll conducted by the Radio Times to me this sums up how much the radio times feels about the show  
 
I like Last of the Summer Wine because it provides good family entertainment.  It is one of the few times in the week where my family all sit down to watch the television together.  Even the repeats on UK Gold are as funny as ever time after time. I have been along time customer of the Radio Times, but in future I will not buy it, because if they treat a program that has given good entertainment for 30 years this way then I do not want to know it. 
 
As I see it if people do not like last of the Summer Wine then they can turn the television over to another channel for those 11 weeks a year.  But I also believe the 8 million UK viewers who watch the series have a stronger voice than 12000 who do not.   We pay our TV licence fees to watch a range of television programs. not just what this 12000 in the poll want. But I think we must not forget not only Last of the Summer Wine was singled out but many other long running programs.
 
June Toy
 

The BBC and the Radio Times are still very snobbish. Spike Milligan fans were treated appallingly when he passed away. Apparently he upset someone from the BBC. By the looks of it Bob Hope must have upset someone aswell because both his 100th birthday and his passing were practically ignored.

Their opinion of Summer Wine seems to be quite obvious judging by the 'speed' that they release it on video\dvd.
 
Rob Tomkins
Birmingham
 

To all the SW cast and crew ....there are so many more of us out here who love and want to keep you on air than the poll represents and I am sure you know that but just had to say so.

 Hope I will get to meet some of you at the SW Gala in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am so looking forward to that event.
A Brit who was transplanted to US as a child and now living in Texas.

Peace, Jo Hinds

A survey of 12000 people voted for the axing of Last of the Summer Wine?  Judging by the non-diminishing stacks of Radio Times in various newsagents around this area, that must be about twice the total circulation of this dated magazine.  What do these people want instead?  Do they want more under-rehearsed and badly acted "soaps" like "Eastenders"? ("Everybody's talking about it" crows the BBC - Really? No-one I know ever mentions it).  Do they want more hysterical game shows? Isn't there enough hysteria in the real world without it polluting our television screens?  More "Reality" shows with ignorant and inarticulate nonentities making fools of themselves?  I know that when I sit down to relax in the evening, I want something gentle and humorous and almost always this is a tape of proper comedy with Summer wine featuring prominently in my video collection.

 
Our friends in the USA will probably know that advertisements are not carried on BBC.  WRONG!  - the BBC advertise themselves with increasing frequency.  I have forced myself to watch some of the programs the BBC is currently advertising as "Great Comedy"   To be honest I could not laugh at any of it and much of it sickens me.  It is puerile, often obscene and always both patronizing to the viewer and an insult to  the intelligence.
 
If Last of the Summer Wine goes, then I will have to reconsider whether the BBC is worth the license fee.
 
David Conyers

My sister and I are very unhappy that LOTSW is one of the programmes that was voted for in the radio times survey that should be taken off. LOTSW is our favourite comedy programme and we are looking forward to the new series. Having read Alan Bells remark that the Radio Times is anti LOTSW this explains why there was hardly any coverage of their 30th Anniversary and why there is hardly any mention of it when a new series begins. Also you very rarely get any pictures of it on the television page. We know as we collect them. We just hope that no one takes this suggestion seriously and also that they remember only 12,000 people took part in the vote a fact that we didn't particularly see mentioned in the articles we read about this vote. Best wishes to the Cast and Crew. We hope they keep up the good work.

 
Victoria and Sarah Smith

...Seems the BBC and American television have some things in common, after all ... namely, money, money, money and sex, drugs and violence. I have to admit, reading that the BBC was threatening to cancel Last of the Summer Wine sort of burst MY bubble and has made me re-examine my vision of the "peaceful English countryside and its warm, caring people." Someone please tell me these things still exist, in SPITE of the BBC! American television, I can tell you, has gone overboard with the SD&V ...HERE'S TO ANOTHER 30-PLUS YEARS OF SUMMER WINE!

Judy N

I am shocked to learn of the Radio Times poll. I am an Indian fan of the series living in America and am severely distressed to learn of this. Summer Wine is an excellent program and should go on for many years to come. Who would want to see Last Of The Summer Wine go? Cynical critics, no doubt. Unless I am mistaken, The Radio Times also published the infamous "Canned Laughter" article. Surely the BBC will keep LOTSW, one of its greatest institutions, a memorial to classic entertainment, and one of a very select few, or even the only example of timeless harmless, clean good fun on television.

Siddarth Nagaraj

 

Other Summer Wine Emails:

SUMMER WINE SMILE AT BEDTIME

My Husband and I Love "Last of the Summer Wine" After listening to the BBC news, it relieves the tensions of the day and we go to bed with a smile on our faces. Thank you for telling us why we no longer see some of the actors.

Bill & Florence
Utah
USA

WELL DONE BILLY...

I think Billy Hardcastle is one of the most talented actors I’ve ever seen, he has me in fits of laughter and I do think that the banner (Summer Wine website banner – Ed) needs to be updated to include him as he plays an exceptional part exceptionally
Well done Billy!!

  Rachel Clifford

MANY THANKS GERALD

Hi . Many thanks to Gerald Hayne for his moving piece about Dame Thora's memorial service. There was so little about it in the press it was nice to get a first hand account.

Sue Kimber.


GREAT CHAPTER TWO HELEN


Hi Helen. Chapter 2 was just as great as chapter 1 keep up the great work. Eastenders can be caught on BBC America in the US.            

Regards Al


WELL DONE HELEN


Just finished reading Helen's excellent "Adventure in Holmfirth" and it was one of the best stories I had read for ages. What a lovely way of writing which brings home what life must be like in that lovely place called Holmfirth. We are former Brits (sadly never been to Holmfirth) now living for many years in Hong Kong. We are planning to move back to England in five years and we might, just might, settle in Holmfirth. Apart from a total lack of good beer in Hong Kong, we can no longer tune into Last of the Summer Wine.  Perhaps we might move back sooner..

Richard and Lisa Arygal

SUMMER WINE -  AND PENGUINS

I'm in Oklahoma and have watched Lotsw on our local PBS station for the last 4 or 5 years.   I can't think of enough superlatives for the show.  The remark I make most often while watching is that it simply makes me happy before I go to bed because the characters and stories have so little evil in them.  I'm just sorry that I didn't know about the show earlier in my life.
I also have a personal story which ends with a request.  My name is Barry although my age is closer to the rest of the characters than Barry of the show.  I also have an interest in penguins.  So you can imagine my absolute joy when I watched one of the shows when Barry announces his fantasy of "stroking a penguin" before he dies.  The looks and silence he receives are priceless and not unlike what I get when explaining how I like penguins.  Watching last night's rerun  [The day of the welsh rarebit[?]] I learned this occurred twice, both in shows revolving around funerals. I would very much like to get videotapes of these episodes or the portions where these lines happen.  Any help would be appreciated.
PS I caught a reference to an Arkansas LOTSW function - any info on this?

Barry Benefield
Oklahoma City,Oklahoma
USA

BWENDO@aol.com 

LOTSW DOWN UNDER GALA?

My husband & I are ardent fans of your show & give up all when they re-run. My query is with so many episodes already shown (23 years?) why can't they come down South as we love them too.  PLEASE?   

Austalia
liddiardr@austrometro.com.au

MOST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE

It wasn’t until 1998 that my lovely wife and I stumbled upon an episode of LOSW on our local PBS channel out of Tampa, Florida, USA and we were hooked on the spot.  It is, without a doubt, the most remarkable television experience I have ever encountered.  Every Saturday night, after “our Kyle” is put down for the night, we cuddle on the couch and visit the wonderfully charming village Holmfirth wherein the most entertaining assortment of characters ever assembled muck about.  Gordon’s cap fires, Dame Thora’s wild rides on the verge, Howard’s cheating schemes, Auntie Wainwright’s sales pitches, Billy Hardcastle’s family tree (with a Robin in it), Smiler’s sunny outlook, Compo’s free spirit, Barry’s executive desires – it just goes on and on.  Each character perfectly portrayed – perfectly cast!

 Bill, Peter, and Frank anchored the show in those early viewings and I was stunned to see the episode of Compo’s passing and truly saddened when I found it to be Bill’s reality.  Further, with the recent loss of Gordon and Dame Thora I view the episodes in which they perform with mixed emotions – like watching old family film with loved ones who have since passed on.

Another aspect which I find truly amazing is Roy Clarke’s ability to create consistently great plots and dialogue for decades.  I dwell on every phrase – the English way is both charming and delightful.

To Tom Owen – your dear Dad would be proud to see how well you’ve risen to the task of continuing the great tradition that is – LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE.

 Warmest regards from America,

John S. Davis

DAN O DEA A GENIUS

Hi i think that Danny O'Dea was a genius when playing Eli i have often wonderd how he did it. He was one of the most funnest cast members there was, did he were stronger glassess when playing Eli?

I think there sould be an best comic award for this gift he had.

From David

THRILLED WITH THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE

I have just found this site and am thrilled with it. I hope to read part two of Helen's visit next week. We don't get TLSW anymore in our part  of Ontario. I don't even know why.

Good luck with the site and many thanks for bringing back memories of a great show and a wonderful cast.

Nan

 

With Regard to Helen's "Adventure in Holmfirth" 

Dear All, 

Just a note to let you know I'm loving the report from Helen, whom I know online from the Sid-and-Ivys-Cafe group.  Thank you very much for publishing it online.  Love the site, keep up the good work
 
Antoinette
Ireland

Hi Helen.
 
That was a great beginning of a terrific story. I enjoyed every bit of it. I am ready to go to Holmfirth right now. I like small towns like that, it makes you feel like you are finally at  home and at peace. Congratulations.                 

Regards Al
USA 

Dear Last of the Summer Wine 

We can't wait for the next issue of Helen's Summer Wine Adventure to Holmfith. It is beautifully written, very entertaining and we have got a lot of pleasure from reading it. It is a better advert for Holmfirth than any tourist brochure. 

Love 
Rachel, Kevin and Edith Allbright
Southhampton, UK


Keep up the Good Work Helen - Excellent Adventure. I can almost believe I was there. Any chance of more snapshots? 

PS: I used to visit Holmfirth and your Adventure brought back happy memories.

Carole L 
Scotland 

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story! What a beautiful location for a great show.
 
Kathy Menasche
Westminster, Maryland, USA

 

Rest of the General Mail...

Hello all,
     I really hope you could help me
       My Mum used to have an episode of Last of the Summer Wine on video (recorded from the television) from back in 1989. I think, it was a Christmas special and i think it was called 'what has santa bought for Nora then?' but my stupid brother has recorded over it recently not realising what it was.
       Is it available to buy?
       If so where would i get it from?
       It would really make her day, her month, her year even, if i could buy her another copy. She really does love that episode and still laughed at all the jokes after watching it a good 300 times.

I would be very, very grateful
All fingers crossed Karen
Thumparx@aol.com 


Dear Editor,

With the massive surge in popularity of the DVD medium, it amazes me that a programme with the longevity of LOTSW can only muster series 1 & 2, particularly when you take a look at some of the other available offerings. I note from your website (which I have only just discovered) that series 3 & 4 are due to be released in 2004 (good news indeed). But could you tell me if the Beeb intend to release all their past seasons eventually. Do they have a plan or policy here? I have many series recorded off air onto VHS tape which I intend to transfer to DVD-R after I have bought one of these machines shortly. However I am sad enough to stump up for the officially packaged merchandise if it were to become available.

I would much appreciate any news regarding the Beebs release policy that you have.

Many thanks,

Tony Gavins


Dear Patrick, Tom Owen and the Summer Wine team, 

Just to say you have made me very, very happy. I was the only person in our village who never missed a series of Summer Wine. The rest of the folk round here are a bit grumpy and are more Coronation Street fans. This meant I had no other people to talk to about the series, and how I wanted to talk about the new cast members, and the excellent job they're doing. Last week, my grandson introduced me to the web internet. After looking at some British Legion pages, we tried Last of the Summer Wine, and up came your page.  Since then, I have been calling round to Richard's almost every day to tune into the web. The poor lad can't get rid of me! Many thanks for providing so much interesting information - and look at all the fan mail.  Thanks for making an Old Summer Wine Fan very happy. I wish you could fix it for me to go and watch the filming but I appreciate that many will want to do that. 

Mr T. J Knowles 
Dursley, Glos. England 



August Postbag


Hi!  My husband and I are great fans of Summer Wine.  With the recent deaths of Gordon Wharmby and Dame Hird, we are wondering if their characters will be written out of the series, or will they be replaced.  We will surley miss Dame Hird and Mr. Wharmby, but we are looking forward to new seasons being introduced in the USA.

 
Thanks for a great website.
 
Mary Goodwin
Woodbridge, VA

 

Hi Patrick and the Summer Wine Web-site team 
Just a word to say that we live in Cornwall and can't get enough of Last of the Summer Wine.  We have all the commercially available Videos and DVDs etc, plus our own extensive collection of home-recorded tapes. But I wanted to let you know that we get so much pleasure inbetween each series from your website. It is heartening to know that there are so many other fans out there, particularly from the USA.  So much support will ensure the Summer Wine keeps going for years to come. We use the Internet a lot for so many things but I can tell you your website is just about right. Not too informal and not too formal, well presented and easy to read. We use a lot of other fansite websites (we are also fan of many 60s TV shows) and a lot of them are not only infrequently updated but also have a DIY look about them.  So, Patrick, please keep up the good work. We plan to visit Holmfirth during the next school holidays! 

Best wishes 

Lynda and David Robinson
Cornwall, England. 

 

Hello Patrick, 
Could anybody send me a copy of the sheet music for the theme from the show?
Thanks,


Dear Summer Wine,
Can you give us a complete list of ALL the Summer Wine shows that are 
currently available on VHS (USA compatible)?  We would like to purchase 
whatever is currently available but have not been able to find a 
comprehensive list. Also - what sites do you recommend going to for purchasing the Summer 
Wine Series?

Thanks for whatever you can tell us.

N. Tyler 
nstyler@comcast.net

Hi, 
I have a query for you. In 'Getting Sam Home', did Peter Martin, who plays Len Reynolds in 'Emmerdale' supply the voice for Sid? I know that John Comer who played him was ill and could not speak for himself.
 
Sue Kimber
susank@talkgas.net


Hello folks at LOTSW,

I met the LOTSW folks gathering in America at Ephrata, PA and they were so enthusiastic I could hardly wait to see the program for myself. Alas, my cable carrier does not offer LOTSW.  I want to purchase a video. Do you suggest any particular episodes?

I was treated to a lengthy conversation with Liz Nichols as she waited for the rest of the group to arrive. She is the American fan who attended your anniversary gathering last year. What a great lady. Her description of the beautiful countryside at Holmfirth and the enjoyment of the program, just made me want to be part of the group. I have yet to see an episode, but I already feel like a fan.

Susan 

Gembs5@aol.com 

 

Hi everyone
We were content to be just Summer Wine fans before we started visiting your website. And now we're Holmfirth fans too. We have never been there - but plan to move up there very soon.  We particularly want to live in Upperthong - a great name but also where Compo is buried, just a short walk from Holmfirth centre. I am already an expert on the town (I bore my colleagues something wicked going on about it) but I am determined to retire there very soon. Don't let the house prices get too high! 

Roger Dawson 
London, England 



Greetings, 
I watch Summer Wine on PBS here in the US. Summer wine online does not offer summaries of 2002 and 2003 (unless I have n't found them yet). What has been happening in the past couple of years? I only have seen the good old shows.


Arimillner@cs.com
 


Hi Patrick, everyone;
Thanks again for your work at the website - it serves as ambassador to
those of us in the Stone Age of USA PBS stations, three to six years 
behind. It also serves as an impetus to get hold of the earlier episodes. Just 
as I was reading and remembering about Compo, I also learned about a "new"
character, Wally Batty. Of course, I was aware of him from the book, 
Best of the Summer Wine [Highly recommended]. But to see viewers' 
descriptions of him, his accent, etc. makes me feel better about our recent losses, 
and gives me the chance of a "new" discovery of the old favorites.
As we only get to see a window of the series, we [in Kentucky, anyway] 
have missed a great portion of the show. I would like to thank you again for
inspiring me to acquire all the episodes.
But first, I must get a DVD player.

Warmest regards,
Tim from Lexington KY, USA


If the show Just Pearl is on anywhere near fans in the UK then attendance is highly recommended.  Juliette Kaplan displays exceptional acting skills and also does things which Howard clearly doesn't see very often! This is a Roy Clarke written show featuring JK and an absolute must. There is humour and pathos, comedy and sadness and, most of all, some pure entertainment. GO SEE IT!
Gerald Hayne

 

Sir,
        We just love Last Of The Summer Wine.  It is a pity that the TV station Vision has taken it off the air. We would like to see it from the beginning, or at least the old ones that had Compo in them, Tom does not do it justice at all, but we still wouldn't miss an epidose.
 Mary

 


"Last of the Summer Wine" is my favorite television show. That may seem unlikely for a 23-year-old American, but the show is so well-written, the cast interacts so perfectly, and the setting is so beautiful--how could I not love it?! The passing of Bill Owen and now Dame Hird affected me as if they had been close friends. Regards to the webmaster for setting up this Summer Wine website; it is my sole connection to the information and news surrounding the television family of which I am so fond.

 Christi Pennsylvania, USA


...I liked the photo of Nora on the steps with her broom. But, if I
remember correctly, she always called it a brush. Could I be mistaken?
Thanks for your time, Riche White, Santa Clara, CA, USA.

I have watched LOTSW every week for almost three years. I have not seen one show, not one, that did not make me laugh and feel better. If I'd had a good day, I felt better, if a bad day it all allows me to forget my problems for a half hour or maybe the rest of the evening. Nora Batty and Compo are still my favorite characters. I can see my self being a Compo.
And I got my mother started on watching the show. I have lived in England and can understand the show that much better. She's never been but she enjoys the show so much. And when I watch it, I get "home sick", I really do. I can still smell the grass, the rain in the air, the pints down at the local. the tea and sticky buns.
Thank you all for a wonderful show
 
Paul Griffith
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

 


I would like say how great it is to know that a new series is being made i am a great fan of the show and i am looking forward to seeing the christmas special i saw the pictures on the web site and i think they are great i would also like to add that think it is a wonderful idea of having a statue of bill owen put in holmfirth he was a great actor and allways had me laughing thanks 

Maureen


I'm a huge fan of the show. It is the most pleasant television program I've ever seen. I'm American, so naturally I think of television as transparent and shallow; L.O.T.S.W. is neither. I appreciate the opportunity your web site provides, to learn about the show, the cast, and the location. I think every one needs something to provide them with some form of escape. This show is my one vice. Although I have no personal or even cultural association with any of the cast members, for some inexplicable reason, I am saddened by the passing of some of my favorite characters. Last nite I watched an episode entitled vanilla slices or something of that sort. I did not enjoy it as much having learned of Compo's death. I think part of the problem with being an American, is that in this diverse culture which is spread out across the continent, the feeling of belonging to a place, like that which is portrayed in L.O.T.S.W., does not seem quite so substantial.

 

Unfortunately we have not seen Summer Wine  in New Zealand since Compo passed on so it is good to read about what is happening. it will be interesting to see the statue of Compo when it is completed.It is a lovely idea ,He'd love it.
 
Kevin and Lynne.
New Zealand



HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THAT AFTER YEARS
OF DRIVING BRITISH BUILT CARS,
BARRY NOW DRIVING A FRENCH RENAULT.

Geoff  of  Dagenham (UK) 

 

 




MAY 2003 POSTBAG


THE BEST TV I HAVE EVER WATCHED!!

I've never been much of a TV watcher, preferring to read (I like MY imagination better than I like anyone else's), but when I happened on Last of the Summer Wine, I guess I just fell in love. The show is warm and fuzzy and witty and even a little silly sometimes. Can't get over how much I love Frank Thornton as Truly. What a difference from Captain Peacock. And what's not to love about Normal Clegg. He kind of reminds me of Chucky on Rugrats. I was devastated when I learned of Compo's passing. It was a bit like losing my dad all over again. They even kind of resembled each other a little. The brilliance of putting Tom Owen in after his father's passing is unmatched! Thank you to everyone responsible for bringing such joy into my life. There's nothing like a good chuckle that turns into a good belly laugh.

Thanks again....Barbara

BILL ODDIE

Bill Oddie in Last of the Summer Wine? What a wonderful idea - I would love to see that, he is a natural clown and an very funny man.

Rob
Birmingham

NORA BATTY

Last of the Summer Wine is one of my favorite shows. Has Nora Batty retired from the show? I missed the episode where she goes to Australia....was that a signal that she no longer will be appearing in the Last of the Summer Wine? Hope that is not the case. Thanks for any information that you can send along.

Theresa
YACONA9748@AOL.Com

I'M REALLY GOING TO MISS THEM

I still miss Compo. And, now, it is so sad to know that the people who portrayed Wesley and Edie (Dame Thora) are gone. How will they ever replace Wesley and his truck? He was their sole source of dependable transportation and unending inventions beyond imagination! One of the reasons that I love the show is that the characters are so endearing that you have to watch the show to see what they are going to do next. Unfortunately, this month as been hectic for me and I keep forgetting to set my VCR, so I have missed parts of some of the shows.

Where is Nora Batty? I haven't seen her on the show for a while or I have missed the parts she was in. Hopefully, my station will show re-runs. I would appreciate any information.

As for an American version of LOTSW. No way, there isn't anybody who here who can play those parts like the people who play them in the show. Plus, another of the reasons I love the show is the natural scenery. That's something you don't see on American shows, America television is too fabricated.

Judy

APPRECIATION OF L.O.T.S.W.

Dear Patrick,

Just to let you know how much I have enjoyed the current series of L.O.T.S.W. The inclusion of "Entwhistle" is a very good move as is Billy Hardcastle ... a direct descendant of Robin Hood ... on his mother's side. On browsing the "cast site" I was a little dissappointed that there was no information on Jean Ferguson (Marina), Juliet Kaplan (Pearl), Keith Clifford (Billy Hardcastle), Frank Thornton (Truly of the Yard), Jean Alexander (Auntie Wainwright), and also Mike Grady & Sarah Thomas (Barry & Glenda).

Will Dame Thora Hird (Edi) and Gordon Wharmby be replaced by new characters in up-coming episodes?

Thank you for reading this email. Thank you for the hours of fun. Long may you continue.

Pat L.
Ireland


LOTSW BACK ON WNEO


Patrick,

Not sure if it is do to any of my encouragement or not but LOTSW is back on in the eastern Ohio area on WNEO, 45/49. Thanks to the programming manager that has returned the  show to a Saturday night slot for a double shot of LOSTW at 6 and 6:30PM.

Great job on the website lately. The link for photos of Summer Wine 
Country is truly wonderful for those of us who cannot visit yet (and probably 
for those that already have).

Thx again,
Russ Gaippe
Cleveland, Ohio

BILL ODDIE IN LOTSW? 

I have been an avid viewer of LOSW since it inception in 1972.
I have seen every episode to date and I have every video and DVD currently available.
LOSW goes beyond mere television viewing, it has become an institution with all the old fashioned virtues and standards intact.
Such wonderful acting and storylines make it for me the only truly (pardon the pun) enjoyable, watchable programme on TV today.

I would like to see on your website an opportunity for the fans to choose who they would like to appear in LOSW to fill the void left by Compo. My personal choice would be Bill Oddie as I feel that he would bring back some of the unusual magic sadly lost by compos death.

Thank you for listening to my thoughts and keep up the great work

Thank you

Bailes

MORE USA VIDEOS

I am a HUGE fan of LOTSW. When oh when are more current video's going to be released for those of us here in the U.S. that love this show? I have many of the old episodes, but would like to have some of the newer ones. 

Thanks for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Linda Boyes 


NEXT BEST THING TO LOTSW...?

Dear All 

We think the next best thing to LOSW is the Summer Wine website. Many thanks for all the effort and hard work you put in, which really shines through. We are regular visitors to other TV fan club sites - but yours is easily the best because of the depth of information and the regular updates. 

We particularly enjoy reading about all the fans overseas, and the effect our lovely programme has on people in the States. It is a nice change for the Brits to have some kind of influence across the Pond - normally it is the other way round. 

Love and Best Wishes 

Roger and Arleen Carmichael 
Newbury, UK 


MORE PROFILES AND INTERVIEWS PLEASE 

Hi Robin and Patrick 

Just a few comments about the website. Can we have more profiles and interviews with cast if possible, I would love to know a bit more about them, what makes them tick etc. We absolutely loved the photos of Holmfirth, one of them is on our screensaver. One can almost imagine Compo and Co walking along the little lane. 
We would love to visit Holmfirth, and will get there one day. 

Derrick Andover 
Southampton, UK 

WHAT DO SUMMER WINERS DO? 

Dear Summer Wine

What do Summer Winers do between each series? Wait for the next one of course. I remember asking my husband how much longer can the show go on. And that was in 1987! During that time, many sit-coms have come and gone, some really good ones, some not so good. But the Summer Wine will keep flowing well, of that I am sure. 


Judith Benson
St John's Wood, London 

MY VISIT TO HOLMFIRTH

Hello all,

I had a wonderful visit to Holmfirth on April 7th, 2003. I have been a fan of the Summer Wine program for the 3 years that we, in South Carolina, have been receiving it on our Public Broadcasting System TV channel. A visit to Compo's and Norah's house was really enjoyed. Then a cup of tea and a scone in Sid's Cafe was a perfect way to end our tour around town. I understand the new season shows will start shooting in June, I would have enjoyed seeing that.

TomP>

LUNCHEON IN PA??

We've had a lot of requests for information on the luncheon in Pennsylvania this month and I can tell you that it is scheduled for May 10 (Saturday)at the Cloisters in Eprata. If you need any further information, please contact Elizabeth Nichols at ebnichols28@hotmail.com

APRIL 2003 POSTBAG

PATRICK AND ROBIN

Hi Patrick and Robin, I too started watching Summer Wine because the scenery gave me a feeling of peace while going through a very difficult time in my life. I had lost my mother and my son. I got caught up in the characters and they are like family to me. When one of them passes I feel a great saddness. I can count eight of the characters passing since I started watching.

When the announcement of the 30th yr celebration was announced on Patrick's web I knew that I had to attend.I did just that and it turned out to be a once in a lifetime event that cannot be duplicated at anytime. If there is a 35th I plan on being there and hopefully I will not be the only fan from the USA. I plan on going to the USA SW event in Arkansas in October. I am looking foward to meeting Robin and all of the fans. I met Patrick and his family when I was in Holmfirth last year. They are great people and I hope to see them again. He has three great boys and a beautiful wife. I really fell in love with Holmfirth.

I check and read the webs everyday and it makes me feel apart of whats going on. I visited Andrew Brays greengrocery every day. He had alot to do with my great visit. Good Luck to Robin and Patrick and keep up the great work. xxoo to both - Liz Nichols

FOTSW

I would like to buy first of the summer wine episodes. Does anyone know if they are for sale anywhere?

Thanks
Alys
Alysbradley@aol.com

SERIES 3 :1976

Please can you advise when above series will be available in the UK (DVD) and where I can buy this.

Many thanks
Linda
lindacampbell@btconnect.com

TOM OWEN AND COMPO'S MATCHBOX

I've been a Summer Wine fan since I was a little kid. As I type this another episode has started on my video (the thing in Wesley's shed). My theory on the contents of Compo's Matchbox is that I don't think it is an insect because in the Man from Oswestry (Foggy's first episode ), Compo shows Foggy the contents and after Foggy's shudder, he asks Compo what is it? Now if it was an insect Foggy wouldn't have had to ask what it is, so I think its one of Compo's original teeth.

I have watched the episode CASHFLOW PROBLEMS where I believe Tom Owen made a brief cameo but I can't see him anywhere, can you winers out there tell me where to look please. A tip for people looking for Summer Wine videos, I have found most of mine at my local flea market.

KEVIN

30 YEARS OF SUMMER WINE

Hi There,

Is there much of a difference between the books "30 Years of "Last of the Summer Wine" and "The Last of the Summer Wine: The Finest Vintage ". I have "LOTSW The Finest Vintage" and I was wondering how much of a difference was there between it and "30 years of LOTSW".

Thanks
Eamonn McCarthy

SUMMER WINE DVD/VIDEOS

As a fan of LOTSW who has only discovered it in the last few years, I am trying to collect as many of the old episodes as I can on video and DVD. Something I have noticed is that the commercially produced recordings never encompass the various specials that have been done over the years. The only exception I am aware of is the “Uncle of the bride” special. This is a problem as reruns of old episodes are shown occasionally on public broadcast TV, but not the specials. They are too long, and don’t fit neatly into the same time slot as the regular episodes. Is there any way of tracking them down?

R Mulgan, New Zealand
mulgan@xtra.co.nz

USA ON WEBSITE

Isn't the website focusing rather a lot on the USA? Surely it is shown in other countries too? They dont get any attention.

Mark

Yes, Last of the Summer Wine is shown in other countries besides the UK and the USA. Let's hear from some fans in other countries and we'll be delighted to put their comments on this site, too!

DANNY O'DEA

With the news of the recent death of Danny O'Dea, the beloved character Eli Ducket, we've gotten a lot of fine tributes to a great comedian. Here are a few:

I wrote a fan letter to Danny O'Dea, but it did not reach him in time. Maybe you can publish this edited version on the website. Hey, if any of his friends or family see this, it may give them a smile.

Dear Mr. O'Dea:

I am a fan from Maryland, USA. I enjoy Last of the Summer Wine; however, I guess I commit sacrilege by saying that Bill Owen was not my favorite. You are.

When I watch Summer Wine, I always smile. When Eli comes into the scene, I laugh and smile even more. The writing is excellent, but if the wrong person played Eli, it would be a waste of that writing. You are an absolute comic genius. In one episode, the trio says hello, and you proceed to talk to a roll of linoleum. When F. Thornton tells you this, you say, "Are you sure? It was talking to me a minute ago."

Wherever you are right now, I truly hope that this letter makes you smile the way you have made me smile.

I wanted you to know that you have a fan in the colonies who appreciates you very much. Thank you.

Jean

Sadly another much loved Summer Wine actor has passed away. Danny O'dea's 'Eli Duckett' will be fondly remembered. In a few years we have lost Bill Owen, Dame Thora Hird, Gordon Wharmby and now Danny O'Dea. There can be no finer memorial to these fine actors than the many hours of viewing pleasure they gave us.

Leo

Bear with me, I'd like to say a few words myself.

In less than a year, we've lost three very talented, wonderful actors from our favorite show. Danny O'Dea, our most recent loss, was a fantastic comedian with timing like very few others. It takes so much talent to be able to make people laugh out loud without saying a word. He made it look so easy - effortless. He must have enjoyed making people laugh since he did it for so many years.

Rest, Eli ... you're in a very special place now and I hope you keep them all laughing till we can join you!

Robin

THE MOONBATHER

Hi SummerWine fans! I have come into possession of the 2nd Summer Wine Chronicle: The Moonbather. It has been written by Roy Clarke and is the 1st edition paperback that was published by Penguin books in 1987. If you are interested in purchasing this or have any questions please email me with your offers at barlow_robin@hotmail.com

Many thanks,
Robin J Barlow

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

'Like all UK fans I have been watching the new series and I feel that Roy has excelled himself this time. The whole series was fresh and vital and very funny. The cameos with our two wonderful 'boys in blue' are in the very finest Summer Wine tradition. I cannot agree that there are now too many characters vying for our attention - Roy has always been Master of the Art of 'Threadwork' - he manages to get more story 'threads' per half hour than any writer in history, (especially when you consider that they all have to be neatly ravelled up by the end of the episode!) - and the intricate interplay is never swamped by the characters concerned - you just have to concentrate a bit - this is not a 'soap' remember!

When Summer Wine first started it was the roamings and ramblings and general mischief achieved by 3 chaps who were no longer in employment and who realised that this is no reason to give up - but it is an opportunity to go and do the barmy things that adulthood and marriage and employment tend to steer you away from. As the years have gone by, even without the sad loss of Compo/Bill, it was becoming less believable to have 3 now very elderly chaps trotting around the horizon getting into mischief, I mean, we all knew that they weren't 63 any more! BUT - a couple of seniors, (no 3rd man necessary), ambling gently around the horizon and from cafe to pub to potting shed, CAUSING mischief to be wrought on and by others is sheer genius and totally believable - I know people like that!

And there always exists the 'patsies' who just cry out to be played upon, in the nicest possible way - and Tom, as the long-lost son of the worlds oldest and most natural 'man/boy', being persuaded to try and emulate that Dad is good - even the Repo man is just right, like father, like son, neither has ever had any money and neither will lose any sleep by not paying up! As for Alvin Smedley - well I just can't wait to watch his character develop and take on Nora - I foresee wonderful firework displays there - there has to be something special about a guy who takes on hang-gliding at that age and so is just the sort of person we need to encourage to take up residence in our Summer Wine world. My feeling is that the spirit of Compo lives on - he is 'up there', visiting Disney World, the Blackpool Tower and Nora Batty's Bedroom - not necessarily in that order - and in his spare time he is overseeing the antics of Cleggie and Truly and implanting naughty ideas in the minds of all and sundry! So, thank you once again, Roy, Alan and all the wonderful cast and crew, for all the joy you give us and may I respectfully suggest we all raise our glasses and salute, first of all, the wonderful characters and the actors who created them and who now are no longer with us and then, for the final toast "Last of the Summer Wine - long may we sup the finest vintage!"

Pat Carline

COMPO'S DEATH

I am British but living in Canada. Although I now have seen, twice now, the two programs of The Last Of The Summer Wine following Compo's Death, I can not remember any such greater tribute to any comedian at his death. So I congratulate the writers on such a happy but sad tribute.

John

TEXAS FAN OF SUMMER WINE

Our public television station just started broadcasting The Last of the Summer Wine sometime last fall and I have been in love with it ever since! The characters, ALL of them, are absolutely delightful. I think it's wonderful that a show has been built around older actors and that their considerable talents are being shared with so many of us that love them. I really wish that American television producers and writers would use our older actors to the fullest. Thank you for bringing such talent to the television viewing audience. I am a huge fan of British television (I wish I could get more of it!). Having visited England twice, the charm and beauty of the town and countryside where the show is filmed just leaves me "homesick", as it were. I will visit there when I have another chance.

Thank you, again, for such a delightful and entertaining show.

Dolly

VIDEOS OF SUMMER WINE

We love this show please see that videos are released in the US. Thanks for hours of entertainment.

Donald & Shirley
South Carolina (USA)

ANOTHER SERIES OF SUMMER WINE

Please, please, could we have another series of Last of the Summer Wine?

We have often thought that when a character left that there would be a gap, and the series would lose that special magic and not be able to continue. Not so, Roy Clarke brilliantly weaves his characters into plots and sub plots to bring out the best in all the actors.

The programmes have never failed to make us laugh even when, as in most peoples lives, times are hard and we go through sad patches.

Whatever episodes one watches, one instantly falls immediately into the make-believe world of the three lovable rogues and laugh at their escapades. The antics and mannerisms of them and their friends and neighbours are instantly recognisable and can not fail to make one laugh. Funny but not far-fetched, a hard balance to achieve consistently.

Many thanks, to everyone and please let this unique comedy series continue to evolve and entertain its many fans.

Our dream is to one day attend the live viewing of one of the shows, but even if we will not be lucky enough to do so, we will always watch and appreciate the great scenery, wonderful scripts, superb acting, and admire the professionalism of the cast and crew.

Many thanks once again,
Lynda

EXPRESSION

HI, Clegg came out with an expression sounding like "it's hand ferry hand to me" the only other person I have heard use this expression was my father! how do you write it correctly and what does it mean, origin??

Thanks,
Ivan
si.gane@wolmail.nl

30 YEARS OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Here are a few of the emails we received after last weekend's showing of the BBC special "30 Years of Last of the Summer Wine":

What a great program that was! I watched 30 years of Last of the Summer Wine tonight. An hour long it seemed to end to soon. It was a pleasure to view my favourite scenes once again. What a pity my video recorder had different views and did not record it!

Leo Philips

How great it was to see a brief but poignant return of "the Warrior" in the brief comments made by Brian Wilde (Foggy) in the BBC "30 years of Last of the Summer Wine" special shown the other night in England. I hope that Brian may feel able to return to the series even if only as a guest appearance. Maybe there will be an episode in the "summer 2003" series which will also deal with the departure of so many of our favourite stars of this unique programme as this seems to be what most fans would most appreciate. To lose Compo, Foggy, Wesley, Edie, Eli not to mention Sid and Norah's husband [Wally] and others and to think that the show still goes on just indicates how brilliant it is and how loyal its fans are. If the BBC really does wish to get things right then ALL episodes ever shown need to be made available on video and DVD a.s.a.p. in UK and USA formats. Oh and this is still a GREAT site - keep it up please!

Gerald

My husband & I watched last nights documentary -30 years of Last of the Summer Wine wih great enjoyment. We were not quick enough to read the credits of the orchestra, please would it be possiblet to notify me of these as he used to be a musician & is very interested to know. Thanks in anticipation

Daphne
daphne@fafwright.plus.com

We enjoyed the documentary and thought it was interesting but we thought there was too much emphasis on the past and not the present. Brian Wilde featured quite heavily but Frank Thornton was hardly in it. Ideally it would have been better had more time been allowed and if it had been split more evenly between the past and present.

Sarah and Victoria
eponine@supanet.com

OUR SYMPATHIES

To all the familes of the folks on the show that have recently crossed over. May the Great Spirit comfort their families and friends and fans. We love the show, from the old ones to the new ones and miss the old folks on orginal shows.

take care and lets go have a pint on for them.

Bob
twobob@ipa.net

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Recently, we've had a lot of emails about First of the Summer Wine - here are a few of them:

Hi! I know this a 'Last of the Summer Wine' site but I though you would be the people to ask regarding 'First of..' to. Have either of the 'FOTSW' series ever been released on video? If not, is there anywhere (or anyone) I can obtain copies from? I loved 'FOTSW' when I was younger but I've only a few episodes on (an increasingly knackered out) video. I would be interested in getting hold of the two series of it on video (and I also have a friend who would be interested in copies too) or at least contact e-mails/addresses of the right people at the BBC to badger for a release! I have already tried general enquiries (about a video release or terrestrial repeats) to no avail. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Helen
pelmets@hotmail.com

Hi, I am trying to find a video of First of the Summer Wine for my Uncle who is an avid collector of Summer Wine video's and memorabilia. Any information on where I can find one would be much appreciated.

Susi
susi.cave@ntlworld.com

HELP! A Friend would like to purchase the videos of "the first of the summer wine" can you help as to where to get them please.

Many thanks,
Mo
MBowker@Preston.ac.uk

NORMAN CLEGG'S HOUSE NUMBER

Great ... we had a response just today ...

'What is the number of the house Clegg lives in?'

Could you please tell me what number house Clegg lives at?

I need to find out the number of Clegg's house.

Can you confirm what number house Clegg lives at please?

What is the number of the house that Clegg lives in?

And the answer is: To the person who was asking for the number of Clegg's house. I was number 50 but it is now number 5.
Thanks for the quick answer!!

MISSING SUMMER WINE!

Hello! My name is Al & I hail from Arkansas. We love Summer Wine, but sad to say our state PBS station has decided to replace it with Mr. Bean, why I have no idea.

Regards,
Al
Albertpoppa3@wmconnect.com

Note: Hi, Al -
I can tell you that someone from AETN told me last month that Last of the Summer Wine would be taking a "hiatus" in the month of April but would return in May. PBS has only a certain amount of licensing to show certain purchased programming, which is very costly. From time to time they have to take "breaks" with particular shows in order to follow these guidelines. They assured me they have no intention of taking Summer Wine off the air and that it will return in May. I'm with you on this one - I'm also from Arkansas and I'll have to rely on my tapes to get me through April!

COMPO

Hi Gang

I am going to get up the nerve and order the episodes that deal with Compo's death. I love the scamp.

I have bought many episodes and watch them again and again.

Hope everyone is well.
Joyce
BLACK_DOBE@msn.com

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Hi there,

Just had to say “Hi” as it was so good to find someone in New York who loves Last of the Summer Wine!

Me and my husband were privileged to visit New York 10 years ago and fell instantly in love with your beautiful, busy city. One day we will return!

We live in Birstall, about 30 minutes drive from Holmfirth. Birstall is a small village with a cobbled market square, quite industrial but with a rich heritage. We have a few local old houses, Oakwell Hall and The Red House which is famous for its Bronte connections.

Our little girl is only 4, but she loves to watch Last of the Summer Wine and laughs at their antics. I am always amazed at how the sun is always shining….the countryside is beautiful, but believe me, sun is not something we Yorkshire people get much of!

Having said that, the forecast is pretty good for this weekend, so we are planning to book one of “Sid’s tours”, where you can be driven round the famous film spots for a fun way to pass the afternoon. It was looking for the details of this that I came across your site!

Well, thanks for all the work you put in to your web site. Maybe one day I’ll have a site as a Yorkshire womans guide to why I love New York?!

Karen Dodgson
the.dodgsons@ntlworld.com


MARCH 2003 POSTBAG

The BBC needs your It Ain’t Half Hot Mum memories!

A book on the hugely popular sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, is in production, and we are looking for any material which may be useful for the publication.

Were you in the studio audience? Did you watch outside broadcasts being recorded?

Were you a member of the crew, or did you work on the show?

Have you got any anecdotes to relate or photographs to share?

Tell us about that 'Auntie's Bloomers' moment that never made it to the final programme, or show us your collection of autographs, tickets or memorabilia.

We are also looking for behind-the-scenes footage, VT clips, home video camera recordings and stills, particularly those taken on the set or during location filming.

If you think that you have something which we may be interested in, we want to hear from you!

Replies will be treated in the strictest confidence, and contributors (who may remain anonymous should they prefer) will be asked permission before any material is included in the publication. All original material will be copied and returned, and reasonable postage costs will be refunded.

For further details, e-mail carolyn.bartholomew@bbc.co.uk or write to Carolyn Bartholomew, British Broadcasting Corporation, Audience Foyer, BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12 7RJ.

Incidental to the publication on It Ain't Half Hot Mum, the BBC is trying to trace copies of two episodes of this series which are missing from our Archive in their complete form.

Starring Michael Bates, George Layton, Windsor Davies and Melvyn Hayes, A Star is Born and It's a Wise Child were originally transmitted in 1974.

So, it's over to you: whether you are a private collector, BBC Staff or own a home recording from the television, we are eager to hear from you - no names, no packdrill!

Material in any medium will be gratefully received (VHS or Betamax tape, film, or even audio recordings), and the originals will be returned to you along with modern-format copies for you to keep with the compliments of the BBC.

It's a Wise Child - Is BSM Williams Gunner Parkins' dad? When Bombardier Solomons (George Layton) finds the photograph of Parky's mum in the Sergeant Major's basha, the secret is out. It is down to Solly and his gang to investigate the 'is he or isn't he' mystery. Solly tries to establish the truth by checking the medical records and when he is refused access to these, orders Rangi to steal them for him.

A Star is Born - A show is ruined, thanks to clumsy Parky (Christopher Mitchell). Furious at this, Solly sacks him from his Concert Party. Worried that Gunner Parkins will now be posted up the jungle, the Sergeant Major (Windsor Davies) persuades the Colonel to give him a job in the Battery Office and then tries to post the others while the Colonel is away, leaving Solly with his work cut out in making sure that he and his Gunners are safe from the dreaded jungle . . .

A leaflet describing the appeal in more detail is available from the BBC.

SUMMER WINE IN MINNESOTA

Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy the LOTSW web site. This is especially true now, since Twin Cities Public Television (Minnesota, USA) has chosen to discontinue the series after their recent pledge drive. In response to my letters of protest, they claim they have shown all of the episodes. However, they have only run those from 1991 to 1997 ("Quick Quick Slow" to "A Sidecar Named Desire"). It its place they are currently running BBC's "Chef", which is an enjoyable program but doesn't have the magic of Compo, Clegg, Foggy and company.

For me, BBC's release of the series in NTSC format can't come soon enough, as that may be my only chance of ever seeing the older episodes, as well as the newer ones with Frank Thornton.

Best Regards,
Joe Fishbein
West St. Paul, MN
jmf@visi.com

COMEDY SERIES

I have been enjoying this wonderful, funny, program for several years and cannot tell you how much I love it, as well as the other BBC comedies we receive on our Public Broadcasting System. We have the whole series on Saturday evening, and it is my night for entertainment.

No matter how many times I have seen an episode can still laugh out loud at the hilarious sequence. The actors and actresses do a marvelous job in their unique roles.

The program sparked my interest in Holmfirth, and would dearly love to spend time there. Have often thought it would be great fun to live in the Jersey Isles, but have changed my thinking that this town would be the ideal spot, after reading so much about it.

The British seem to have captured the knack of everyday life in such a way that it is uplifting and funny in ordinary episodes.

Keep sending the programs, they have certainly made my Saturday evenings.

Jackie Davis
Alexandria VA
zckfeline@yahoo.com

HELLO FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Found your site because I was looking for more to read about Dame Thora Hird. I really do like your series. Sometimes a lot of laughter and then just a little smile. But a lot to recognise, how people can act and behave. I'm glad it is subtitled, for I live in the Netherlands and so I can hear and read it and then it's good to understand. So this message is just to let you know that there are fans as well in the Netherlands.

Janneke Middelkamp, Winschoten, the Netherlands
JFMiddelkamp@hetnet.nl

DOCUMENTARY "30 YEARS OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE"

Hello Patrick,
I hope more details will be forthcoming regarding this broadcast, such as the date (when available) and length of the program. I plan on asking my wife's niece in the UK to tape it for me. I realize it will be in PAL format, but I can have it converted here.

Thank you,
Harry
Akron, Ohio
hmoubray@neo.rr.com

Hi, Harry ... a note to clarify - this documentary will be shown on the BBC in April, as far as we know so far, it is not slotted for release on video, but as soon as we find out one way or the other, we will post it on the website. The special is one-hour and the date is April 13th.

WESLEY (GORDON WHARMBY)

Hi Patrick,
I am saddened to see our dear Wesley Pegden has passed. Please see if Mr. Clarke or Mr. Bell can address this in an upcoming episode; he was too good to let go unheralded. Thanks.

Thanks too for all you've done on the website; http://www.area5.co.uk/summer-wine/album.htm is nice, and I only wish it had more clickable images.

I have found there is a website where US viewers can see the plots of current episodes [even those not having yet aired!], and those who do have the good fortune to view them as they air could review the episodes on this website [free login required]:
http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-7397/

I am looking forward to October in Little Rock, Arkansas when the US group meets. I hope to meet Patrick or another are5.co.uk representative there, for they are the lifeblood for those of us who are 3 years behind.

God bless,
Tim
timf@mailhost.mis.net

COMMENTS ON DVD IN USA

I saw your page on the USA DVD and would just like to make a note. Disc 2 says it is a feature film-'Last Of The Summer Wine'. Of course, there is no such thing. It is actually a combination of Short Back And Palais Glide, Inventor Of The 40-Foot Ferret, and Pate and Chips. All in all, the DVD is an excellent contribution to the already mammoth supply of Britcoms on DVD in this country.

The DVD is distributed by BFS, a Canadian company and will run on players in the USA and Canada. What is interesting to note is that 'Getting Sam Home' is in great demand from fans in the UK, but it is not available on video or DVD. Whereas, in America, that is not the case. In reality, the DVD has 9 half-hour episodes, broadcast in 1973 and 1975, and a 90-minute feature film broadcast in 1983. For those of us who have seen later episodes of the show, it is fascinating to go back and examine the simple Yorkshire humour which endeared Clegg, Compo and the others to an international audience.

The world of characters surrounding the "Winos" is much smaller and Nora Batty is referred to as Mrs. Batty, sometimes not even making an appearance in an episode. The plots are simple, the jokes clever, the situations interesting, and the characters entertaining. The DVD features excellent guest appearances from Frank Middlemass, Olive Pendleton, Lynda Baron, Ronald Lacey, and many more people. All in all, it is worth the cost and the wait. It is only the truth to say that Last Of The Summer Wine gives its viewers something more to appreciate each time they see an episode.

Shashi
snagaraj@triad.rr.com

Note: Some of the following comments were emailed before the recent sad death of Dame Thora Hird.




RENEWED MY FAITH IN EXCELLENT TV

 

As an American, Last of the Summer Wine has re-newed my faith in excellent television. Each episode I watch never fails to fill me with with great affection for the program and its characters.

I can honestly state that my life is enriched because of the series and the superb thought and quality that goes into each episode and every word of dialog.

Well done!

Dennis rdavmich@aol.com

SW TAPES FOR SALE


Here are the tapes I have for sale, all bona fide commercially released BBC recordings. Rather than set a price, I would prefer to receive offers: 

*BBCV 4626 Spring Fever/The New Mobile Trio/Hail Smiling Morn or Thereabouts
*BBCV 4627 Forked Lightning/Who's That Dancing with Norah Batty Then?/The Changing Face of Rural Blamire
*BBCV 4718 Quiet Drink/Ballad for Wind Instruments and Canoe/Northern Flying Circus
*BBCV 4935 Complete Series One (on two tapes)
*BBCV 5207 The Kink in Foggy's Niblick/Mending Stuart's Leg/A Bicycle Made for Three/From  Wellies to Wet Suit/The Loxley Lozenge
*BBCV 5571 Three Men and a Mangle/Wind Power/The Treasure of the Deep
*BBCV 5614 The Heavily Reinforced Bottom/Who's Feeling Rejected Then?/Jaws
*BBCV 6109 Flower Power Cut/Who Made a Bit of a Splash in Wales Then?/Green Fingers
*BBCV 6444 A Merry Heatwave/The Bandit from Stoke on Trent/Small Tune on a Penny Wassail

It has to be pointed out that the Complete Series One compilation is a bit peculiar because the BBC chose to omit the theme tunes between episodes. But that's just the way they did it.
Also that these are PAL tapes and would not be of use on an ordinary American domestic VCR.

All the best

Paul Davey, UK 
pldavey@clara.co.uk

SUNDAYS JUST NOT THE SAME WITHOUT SW

Have followed and enjoyed Summer Wine since the start. Sunday is not the same when it takes a rest. Keep it going, never let it retire. All the very best.

A Yorkshire Missionary In Hampshire.
UPTHETYKES@aol.com


SOURCE OF USA-SW VIDEOS

Would like to make two points. The first is for Summer Wine fans in the USA. VHS releases, which are very hard to find, can be purchased at www.britsusa.com This is a secure site and is the website of a store in Lawrence, Kansas. I have bought videotapes from there and they are in excellent condition. The prices are higher than regular videos because of its rarity. The titles they have there are: A Quiet Drink-includes A Quiet Drink, Ballad For Wind Instruments And Canoe, Northern Flying Circus, The Finest Vintage-includes The Kink In Foggy's Niblick, Mending Stuart's Leg, A Bicycle Made For Three, The Loxley Lozenge, From Wellies To Wet Suit, Full Steam Behind-includes Full Steam Behind, The Flag And Its Snags, The Flag And Its Other Snags, Deep In The Heart Of Yorkshire-includes Deep In The Heart Of Yorkshire, Earnshaw Strikes Back, Here We Go Into The Wide Blue Yonder, Here We Go Again Into The Wide Blue Yonder, Uncle Of The Bride-includes 90-minute film Uncle of the Bride, The Heavily Reinforced Bottom-includes The Heavily Reinforced Bottom, Who's Feeling Ejected Then?, and Jaws.

The other point I would like to make is for USA fans awaiting the DVD release. According to information from BBC America and Amazon.com, the DVD will be available for sale on March 11, 2003 at the BBC America site. The cost is $60.00. If you wait another two weeks, you can get it from Amazon.com for only $45.00

snagaraj@triad.rr.com


PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

We enjoy watching Summer Wine. It sure was a shame that we lost Compo & Wesley they will be missed. Mr Roy Clarke really is a genius putting forth such a great program, my wife is into his other program Keeping Up Appearances

Please keep up the good work.
Al 
Albertpoppa3@wmconnect.com

VANDALS AT THE BEEB

Reading all the emails concerning the lack of video tapes and repeats of the series, a terrible thought struck me. We know what vandals the BBC have been with many of its other most popular programmes by thoughtlessly junking them. Now, as a huge fan of Summer Wine, I would not like to think that there any episodes that no longer exist. Can someone in the know please reassure us on this point?

Duncan
DuncanGrover@compuserve.com


WE WANT MORE EPISODES

Does anyone know why UK Gold only show episodes of Last Of The Summer Wine from the early to mid 80s? When are they going to show all of the other episodes from the beginning to date? I have series 1 & 2 on DVD thanks to Playback. I think UK Gold is not the channel it was ten years ago, do you? We want more episodes!

KDa1032982@aol.com


COMMENTS ABOUT THE 2003 SHOW

Hi Patrick

Having watched all of the new series so far I felt it was time to give a few comments from a quality control perspective. Firstly may I echo the comments of previous contributors who are correct in saying that in some scenes there are too many people fighting for the lines on offer.  In the episode "...Gavin Hinchcliffe loses the gulf stream" the image of Tom on top of the car trying to practice ski-ing reminded me of Compo doing it on water but not as good or funny. In fact the whole episode was rather weak. I would say that there were only 2 programmes so date worthy of being called "Vintage Summer Wine" and these are

  "The Secret Birthday of Norman Clegg" and "The Former Mrs Truelove and the Showgirls" where the quality of the writing excelled without having to rely on some mad stunt by a guest star being the focal attention. Not a lot happened as such visually but what did was subtle but the shows I feel benefited from this.

A third " The miraculous curing of old Goff Helliwell was also well done but hinted at a re interpretation of "Getting Sam Home" which was a cracking special episode. So then a half term report mark of 7/10 excellent in some subjects but weak in others.

Thanks
Neil R Smith
neil.smith@oldham.ac.uk

TERRIFIC WEBSITE...AS GENTLE AS THE SERIES

First, compliments to a terrific website. It is as gentle as the series, and the good humour and warmth shine through.

I am in my 40s, now living in Newport, RI USA. Only recently WSBE, my local PBS affiliate in Providence, has started to show LOTSW, it has been so nice to rejoin the folks of Holmfirth. It is a series, which is uniquely English, it is only now, I truly understand why my father is just a big fan.

Sincerely

Geoff Cook
geoffcook@hotmail.com


ROY CLARKE - A NATIONAL TREASURE

How do lads ['n lasses], Please send email to mailto:timf@mis.net and I will reply as soon as I can. I am considering buying a DVD, especially after reading one comment, and I wish to verify this, please. Can these somehow read the British PAL format? Of course, I want access to as much LOSW as I can get me grubby paws on... I am pleased to see all the fans raving about the show. My best wishes - and highest regards - to Mr. Roy Clarke. Your writing is incredible; truly a national treasure of Great Britain. Thanks also to the entire cast and crew, you know why. You are the family I never had. Chin up everyone, and carry on!

Many thanks, and best regards, Tim Fulton 624 Cardigan Ct. Lexington KY 40503 859-296-2797 mailto:timf@mis.net

NORWAY CALLING

Just a quick hello from chilly Norway. I have just bought the DVD of the first 2 series, I thought at first I would not like it without Foggy, but Michael Bates was brilliant. I understand the rest of the series is not available on disc or tape yet as whole series. Is there anyone who maybe has taped them from the tv that could lend them to me. Of course I would pay all costs of posting. A am at a loss now with what to do with the evenings now I have finished the disc. If you can offer advice or help on getting a copy please emeil me at akyhunt@hotmail.com Likewise I have many questions if you want to help and are a LOTSW buff please get in touch

Many thanks, to the SWAS and the cast for a wonderfully relaxing programme.


STAYING AWAKE TO WATCH SUMMER WINE

I happened on your website recently and was thrilled to find that others are just as wild about The Last of The Summer Wine as I am.

I often must make myself stay awake to watch as it airs at 11p.m. in South Carolina.  Nonetheless, each time I fight sleep (I get up at 5 each morning) I am not sorry.  The show always leaves me with a warm feeling and a soft smile on my face at the close.  I even cried at the passing of Campo and believe me I surprised myself in doing so.

I've bookmarked the site and will check in often.

Thanks,
Carol Peeples

 
Peepdru2@aol.com 

HATS OFF TO MR BELL AND ROY CLARKE  

Patrick,

With all his considerable clout, perhaps Mr. Bell could influence the BBC to get more involved in the reproduction of SW 's past seasons. We in the U.S.A. would be particularly interested in professionally done tapes or DVD's. That is, tapes in the American format.

In the meantime, Hats off to Mr. Bell and Roy Clarke for continuing the fine tradition of SW in it's newest episodes.
So, keep up the good work, Patrick. We all continue to come to your website for info about SW. Thanks for your work in its behalf.

Cheers, Robt G. Windsor


TRUE UNIVERSAL APPEAL

Having enjoyed LOTSW since its introduction, and emanating from the North East of England, I am pleased that the series is appreciated in the US. The basic premise can be applied to any community, irrespective of location, and its appeal is thus universal.

From my own recollection, I found the interplay between the librarian and his assistant in one of the earlier series to be a highlight, and I regret that Michael Bates did not reappear within the series before his departure.

analyst2001@iVillage.co.uk

BEST SERIES YET 

I never miss LOTSW - I love all the people in it - Compo was great and so was Wesley Pegedn - I miss them - but I am so glad the show is still on. There has been a new chap on there for a few weeks (the direct decendant of Robin Hood) who is he? I just love him, too. I watch all the shows from home but this is the best yet.

Sincerely, Joan Hallihan
hall525@worldnet.att.net



CLASSIC TRIUMPH HERALD 

If ever you need a home Mr bell for the classic Triumph Hereld please donate it to me !!

MANDY BAIRD
ABKC7@aol.com 




BRILLIANT SERIES 

This series has been brilliant as always. Well done to the cast and crew. We were also amazed at the letter in the Radio Times (canned laughter) and quite cross about it.

Also are you aware that for reasons best known to themselves the BBC keep refering to Thora's character as Aunt Edie Pegden.

Best wishes

Sarah and Victoria
eponine@supanet.com

ANY IDEAS PLEASE? 

Have you any idea where I can get a copy of the Song "Last of the summer wine" that was used in the episode "just a small funeral"

Many Thanks
Ray Young
m3coh@blueyonder.co.uk

LATEST SERIES IS SUPERB

Hi Patrick 

I must tell you that I have found this latest series superb. Clegg and Truly, with Billy as well, roam the lanes as before. They are not quite so active perhaps, but their fun and friendship shine through. They need a vehicle at times so Entwhistle with his van more than fit the bill. Nora is back with a vengeance, Mugging people for charity!! and her new neighbour Alvin was an inspiration. He will cause her as much trouble as Compo did. He is very cheeky and had her weighed up from the start. He does not see her as an object of desire, which is good, but I can see so much promise for this pair for the future. Glenda and Barry have more to do now. I loved the new Barry, showing his more manly side ( when he is allowed ). Of course we will all miss Edie and Wesley. I was glad though that a rumour that was going about, which said that Wesley would have a funeral and be taken to the Church in his landrover, proved to be incorrect, This would have been in very bad taste. Ivy still runs the cafe with a rod of iron. Howard seems to be more interested in Pearl than before, but still has his little assignations with Marina. Tom and Smiler working for Auntie Wainwright works well, as does Tom always being just one step ahead of the repo man. My favourites are the policemen, (shades of Rosie and Wilmot here) and I must not forget Auntie Ros and the lovely Waldo. Altogether enjoyable, well done to them all.

Sue Kimber
susank@talkgas.net

SUMMER WINE IN THE "COLONIES" 

I love Summer Wine. We get the episodes late in the colonies; some episodes may not be shown here such as the Millenium show and Christmas specials.

Summer Wine is brilliant, and the characters seem so real. You have Bill Owen who played Compo for 27 years and worked up to the end (what a work ethic!). Then the Dame Thora makes Edie come alive and be sympathetic. When I watch her and Gordon together, (22 years apart in age) I never saw Wesley as a wimp. Gordon played him as a man who simply let his wife be the boss. My biggest laugh at them came when Gordon starts to put his elbows on the table while Dame Thora questions him about a machine he bought home. She slides a newspaper underneath his elbows right before they touch the table. Mind you, her heard was turned away at the time.

All the actors are brilliant. Maybe I commit sacrilege, by saying this, but my favorite character was Eli. Danny O'Dea wasn't in alot of the scenes, but his timing was amazing. I smiled so much when the trio (Bill, Peter, and Frank) say hello to him, and he thinks a rolled up piece of linoleum was talking. They tell him it is lino, and he asks them if they are sure because it was talking to him a minute ago. The writer is genius, but you need talented actors to bring life to a part such as Eli Duckett. Hey, if anyone knows were I can send a fan letter to Mr. O'Dea, let me know.

Consider this a thank you to the writer, producer, director, and to all the cast who have brought such laughter and humanity to the world. In this day and age, when humanity and laughter are often lacking, this American appreciates the British support of my country as well as the humanity and humor provided by Summer Wine.

JSteigl669@aol.com


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See also the comments about Holmfirth - where the series is filmed - on the Holmfirth Web forum. 




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