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
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
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
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.
Enjoy watching the Last of the Summer Wine. Its my favourite program.
WHICH ONE WAS THE MARCHING BAND
please could you tell me which episode featured bill owen singing with
GETTING SAM HOME ANYONE?
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.
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
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.
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????
Apologies for delays publishing your October
SIGN THE SUMMER WINE PETITION!
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
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
I'll keep you informed of the petition.
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.
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?
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!!!!
01372 365132 - 07770 652821
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
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,
WHERE CAN IF GET THAT MUSIC CD?
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
Pat and Lee Duigon
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please click link top left to SW CD -
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.
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.
A BIRTHDAY PEACOCK
We are very avid watchers of LOTSW and also have a book or two by Roy
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
Nanon and Don
WOULD LOVE TO CHAT TO OTHER FANS
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.
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 ?
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
anniversary of her death, then he reunites with his friends Compo
Simmonite and Cyril Blamire and the trio wonders through town talking
life, death and fish"
However, it would be unfortunate if the pilot was junked as as
commonplace with other BBC series from the time.
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
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
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
Thanks to the BBC for keeping such a marvelous thing going.
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
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
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.
MISSING PUB MYSTERY - CAN FANS HELP?
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 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.
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!
Your American first cousins,
Bob & Alae Risse Thomas
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
It would be interesting to hear from others to find out where this
wonderful music is played and
Roy & Wendy Bailey
SUMMER WINE MAGIC ON TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TV
Just wanted to let you know that TPT, Twin Cities Public Television
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.
West St. Paul, MN, USA
ANY WORDS TO THE SIGNATURE TUNE?
Are there words to Ronnie Hazlehurst signature tune for The Last of the
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
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.
SUMMER WINE SPECIAL NOW AVAILABLE
We recently produced a one-off 32 page (A4) colour Summer Wine Special
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
on the Summer Wine button on the left hand side) - there's a price
including UK or overseas
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!
...AND JUST LOVE THE WEBSITE
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
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,
scenery and incredible music, as well as the great actors whom I just
adore, especially Peter
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!
Robin in Greenville, SC
NOT ANOTHER REQUEST FOR MORE LOTSW DVDS....
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.
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
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.
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
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
The address details are:
BBC Commissioning Editor
33 Foley Street
Any fans wishing to contact me please email me at email@example.com
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!
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.
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 .
NOTE: The following emails
were published following the launch of
www.holmfirth.tv during September, which features videos of Summer
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.
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.
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.
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!
At last – we have our own TV in the town. But can we have the cinema
back showing regular films again please.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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
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!
PLENTY OF FOOLS AND HORSES AND DADS ARMY?BUT
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
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?
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
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.
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:
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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,
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.
Callum & Jade
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,
Little Rock, Arkansas
PS- I watch LOTSW on AETN transmitting from Conway,
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Missing Episode Plea
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.
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
Collie Johnson, Virginia,
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.
ALWAYS LOVED LOTSW
I have always loved LOSW.
Last year our friends took us to see Holmfirth it was such a fantastic
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
Eli ,although all the actors are good in todays LOSW ,its all the old
love and I still watch my old videos I have a few Dvd's but cannot get
Your sincerely Lesley Howells
SIGN THE PETITION FOR MORE SW DVDS
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.
MY FAVE BRITCOM
“Last of Summer Wine” is my all time favorite Britcom. I watch most of
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
friend J.R. and Ron, we seem to mirror the trio of Foggy, Campo, and
In fact I believe that all the cast can be found in about any city
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
and the whole village was wonderful (apart from the weather) we could
stop for about 2 hours but found the village really had a great
we felt as if we were playing a part in one of the episodes,
cousin –in- law is in a wheel chair and Holmfirth is not really geared
wheelchairs and he found it difficult to get around but he still enjoyed
there. Hopefully we will get back again and spend more time.
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
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
Catherine Burns, DE, USA
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
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
Hello, do you know who plays digby in catching digbys donkey?
FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYONE?
I am very keen to aquire First of the Summer Wine on DVD or VHS. Is it
Marette Swan (Australia)
....ANOTHER ON FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE
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
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
"How does it feel Cleggy, being rehoused"
"Well, I'm still next door to you Howard, it's a lot like it never
GREETINGS FROM INDIANA
Hello from Indiana;
I've been a fan of Last of the Summer Wine for about two or three years
but in that time I've grown very fond of the program. In fact, last year
and I supported the closest public television station carrying the
Imagine my chagrin when I saw, in the latest edition of the station's
guide, that they've dropped LotSW, as of a week ago! No warning, no
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
until the show is back. If you are in the WFYI viewing area, or know
who is, please urge the station to return the show to the air.
New Castle, Indiana
PS, while we're at it, keep those requests going to the BBC to get more
out on Region 1 DVD!
PLAY FOR TODAY SET IN BRID?
I remember a play for today about three yorkshire men who got
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?
YORKY PUPPY NAMED COMO
My Husband recently bought me a yorky puppy for Valentine's day. The
thing was to give him a name. And of course the first thing that popped
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
still cry everytime I see the LOTSW episode where Compo passes. All my
and best wishes to Mr. Owen's friends and family. I hope to one day come
your great country and town to pay my respects in person. Thank you.
Elizabeth Gifford USA
MISSED HOLMFIRTH WHILE STAYING IN YORK
We've been fans of "Summer Wine" since we discovered it o PBS several
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"?.
THOSE SUMMER WINE REPEATS ARE A REAL TREAT
Hello - I'd like to say how much I love seeing 'Last of the Summer Wine'
every lunch time, they are a great treat in the middle of the day. I
forward to my fix of Cleggy, Compo and Foggy, and never tire of them,
are an absolute joy. Christine.
Wally Batty's BSA Motorbike
I am the current owner of the BSA M21 sidecar combination which featured
some of the earlier episodes. I also notice that there is a picture of
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
when it appeared in another series Strathblair which I am told was a
series. The bike has in fact spent the last few years in Shetland, from
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
storage space, I have had to put the bike up for sale. The bike is
Ebay at present ( Item number: 4623872160 ) and the auction is due to
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
would dearly like it to stay as it was in this great series.
I hope this is of interest to someone.
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
way the audience responce to the episodes. Unless they take an audience
into the hills to react to every scene I fail to see how the producers
any better. They always play to a full house, I myself have actually
turned away at the door because the studio was full to bursting point.
program is still very funny, even after over thirty years ( I was only a
when I first watched) This years episodes are excellent. Well done to
MISS ZHANG IS FASCINATED WITH SUMMER WINE
I recently visited Holmfirth with Miss Shixin Zhang, a journalist from
the People's Republic of China. S he was fascinated with the place and
many questions about the TV series. Have any episodes ever been
in the Chinese speaking world, I wonder? If so, perhaps someone out
have some information which I can pass on to Miss Zhang?
LONELY FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Well, I must join in the enthusiasm I've read about from your fans on
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
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
at stones reminicent of school days nonchalance, the picturesque
countryside, unspoiled and serene, all roll into one sweet smelling pie
serenity. I have a slice each night it is on, to transport me to where
where I once was way back then and to where I'd love to be again. Bless
all for this magical production....long may it wave across the pond to
us who can, purchance to dream?
Compo is the impish sweetheart that is so very heartwarming to watch. He
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
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
and in fact has been gone for several years. What a loss this man was. I
yet to see the episode where his passing was featured. I know the day I
it, I will be shedding some tears. Bill Owen was able to transport Campo
our hearts and minds with the ease of a seasoned and very talented
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!!!!!!!!
LATE DANNY O' DEA?
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,
ANYONE HAVE THE
Hi i have nearly all
Last of The Summer Wine episodes but not the pilot one, can anyone
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?
Kent Island, Maryland
DAD'S A BIG FAN
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
EMAIL FROM "ON THE BUSES"
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
VIEWING PROBLEMS IN NAPLES
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'
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.
John (Bryan) Waddington - alias Foggy
(born in Yorkshire, too)
MUSIC SECTION OF WEBSITE
On the Music section of the website, the Producer Alan JW Bell says
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
Xmas specials. It was the one where Clegg and Compo seek out two old
friends, and ends up with the friends climbing lamp posts and not
able to get down. I haven't seen it for ages, but maybe someone
confirm or deny it.
NAME THAT BRIDGE?
If at all possible could you please help to
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
BIG SUMMER WINE FAN...NOT ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
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.
would like to hear from any SW fans
CONTACTING BILL ABOUT FIRST OF THE
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
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 if you are out there I am no longer contactable
on the previous email address so could you email me at
email@example.com or call me on 07946
LOTSW ONE IN A MILLION SHOW
- FROM A USA FAN
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!
Carefree, Arizona U.S.A.
DOWN UNDER VISITORS IN LOTSW - BUT WHICH EPISODE?
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.
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
But I can tell you
the Holme valley Has
it's own small brewery that brews a very tasty brew,Compo would have
Anyway nice site but
wheres Barry, Sarah Thomas ,Jeans Alexandra
MUCKY NECK DILEMMA
What is a "mucky neck" as
mentioned in 1/14/06 episode aired over PBS Oxford, OH?
Todd and Brigitte
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
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.
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
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
SEARCHING FOR DVDS AND VIDOES
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
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.
FOR "GETTING SAM HOME"
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
A FLORRIE AND...DAMP COURSE!
from Last Month - a Fan Replies:
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
caught him looking for one of these!
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
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.
WHAT ABOUT A 2006 CALENDAR?
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
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
is one. Thanks for your info!
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
series, 2005! WHYY apparently somehow had the money or
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
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!
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
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,
it's well worth ordering and waiting for at that price. The Series
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
Also, use this link
order Thora Hird's excellent autobiography for only £5.49.
Thanks for the great website,
DESPERATELY SEEKING OLD LOTSW EPISODE
Hi I am desperately looking for a VHS or DVD copy of an old LOTSW
All I know is that its "the one where
one of the characters falls through or into a caravan" and that its
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?
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
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
get a dvd copy of the 1999 season featuring the death and aftermath of
and the introduction of his son, etc.? Any help you could offer
appreciated. Money is no object.
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,
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
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
Thanks to all involved in the making this
show. You are the best!
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
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.
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
Many Thanks in advance for your time in
reading my email.
Kindest regards and best wishes
Burt Kwouk, and Brian Murphy
AT TELLYNATION THIS APRIL
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,
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
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
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!
ROY CLARKE FAN CLUB?
Hello from Cornwall.
Is there a Roy Clarke fan club?
I've seen listings for a collectors set
of LOTSW that has the
* Getting Sam Home
* Last Of The Summer Wine
* Forked Lightning
* Who's That Dancing With Nora Batty Then?
* The Changing Face Of Rural Blamire
* 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
(along with Getting Sam Home) are feature length films. I found a
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.
a vague memory that it was mistitled, but cannot remember where I read
that, so I come to the LOTSW experts. Thank you.
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
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
We thank you in advance very much!
Best Wishes and many thanks,
Lea and Heinz v. Däniken-Steiner
Im Lichs 1
AGREE WITH YOUR DISCLAIMER BUT...
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
MISSING OUT IF UNABLE TO TUNE INTO
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.
VISITING HOLMFIRTH WITH MOM,
GRANDMA AND AUNT
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?
Florence, Kentucky, USA
Editor's Note: We have replied
highlighting the useful links on our Holmfirth "info" guide -
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
Many thanks for
your efforts and information you provide on the show.
Its much appreciated !
Te Atatu South
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.
..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.
LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING COPIES:
i am looking for the following
Dewhirst Up A Fir Tree
Frozen Turkey Man
White Man's Grave
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
DISGUSTED WITH CANNED LAUGHTER ALLEGATIONS
after reading about summer wine had canned laughter
put on the show like other fans i'm disgusted with all
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
why it is the bbc and radio times always seem to
knock the show and they should try praising it for a
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Any members trying to get
the song So Lucky by Freddie Davis written
by the late Bill Owen .. Please Contact me
(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
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".
Gambrills, Md and Linden, Va.
SEYMOUR'S HOUSE MYSTERY
Thumbing through the postbag, I noticed a question about Seymour's
House. Well, it was a derelict house in a field earmarked for the
of clay by the owners - The Hepworth Iron Company. During
in the series, we would, every year, remove the shutters, put glass in
windows, and generally do the place up in readiness for filming.
included cleaning put the duck pond that we had dug out for 'Uncle of
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
cottage went with him. The house was subsequently sold and
improved to become
a rather impressive property. In fact, it is unrecognisable as
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
Alan J.W. Bell
FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE - WHAT HAPPENED TO
In the First of the Summer Wine there was a
character called Sherbet, how come he has never been in Last of the
Regards Dave Bardon
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
Love and best wishes to everyone in Holmfirth - and
keep up the good work.
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.
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.
Hagerstown, MD, US
SO LUCKY BY BILL OWEN
(See earlier messages below)
The sheet music appears to be available for sale at
Martin John Green
EMAIL FROM LOUISIANA
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
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
A FAN SINCE AGED 14 - NOW A 48-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA
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.
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 -
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.
WESLEY'S DREAM CAR...NOT A LAND ROVER BUT ALVIS SPEED TWENTY DROPHEAD!
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.
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.
CALLING ALL LOTSW FANS - LIVING IN
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,
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.
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].
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
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.
Dot Gamble (New Zealand)
WHERE DID FOGGY GO?
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.
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.
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
GETTING BARRY HIGHER IN THE WORLD -
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SID AND IVY MYSTERY
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
VISITING HOLMFIRTH 2006
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
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
SUMMER WINE UPDATE FROM THE FALKLANDS
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?
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT
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.
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.
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.
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
AND ITS SNAGS...AT BROCKHOLES STATION
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
Editor's Note: Thanks for the tip Clive. See the photo feature on
Summer Wine's sister website: www.holmfirthweb.com
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.
TRYING TO BUY "GETTING SAM HOME" FOR HER MUM
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.
would love to here from any uk fans for chat
WANT TO BUY RONNIE'S HAUNTING THEME MUSIC
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.
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
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.
Editor's Note: We have
emailed the Humphreys and Sally to advise them to write to the Beeb in
Your Dream Visit to
Summer Wine Country - Holmfirth
Photo courtesy K
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!!
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!".
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 !!!!!!
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
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!
Des Moines, Iowa
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.
Sunnie K. Dickinson
Benicia, CA 94510
I would like to stroll through Auntie Wainwright's resale shop and have a "Smiler" or two.
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.
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
HELP ME NAME THOSE EPISODES?
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
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?
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.
Try to model myself on Cleggy
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.
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
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
Montezuma, IA, USA 50171-0847
ON THE AIR MAGAZINE - LOOKOUT FOR
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!
ICING ON OUR HOLMFIRTH CAKE!
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
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?
PEACEFUL SUMMER WINE END to
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.
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
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…
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.
DON'T FORGET BLAKEY - ON THE BUSES
Pleased to announce that ON THE BUSES fanclub can now be found at the new web address.
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
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.
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.
MAN...BUT NO LOTSW?
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.
STILL AMAZED AT THOSE AMERICANS
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.
BACK FOGGY? DON'T THINK SO
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.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE BEEB
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!
Mirfield, West Yorkshire
A VERY PLEASANT TIME IN HOLMFIRTH
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!
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.
It seems that Bill was indeed a man of many talents.
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
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.
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.
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
PEACOCK DRIVING THE BEATLES
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
Venice, California, USA.
"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?
Ernest Jones email@example.com
EDITOR'S NOTE: Talking of
Freddie Davies...be sure to read the newly published interview on the Mike
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".
missing episodes of lotsw
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,
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
Richard Laithers, UK
C'MON BEEB - REPEAT ALL THE LOTSWS
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!
LOTSW - THE
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!
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
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
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
Thought it would be nice to include a few words on the great Sir John
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.
HOLMFIRTH FOR EASTER - WHAT A
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
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.
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?
WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN THE SERIES
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
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!
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
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?
What is Compos
Christian name? Why was he called Compo?
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.
EASTER BREAK TO SUMMER WINE
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
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!
Dursley, Glos, UK.
Hi from Adelaide,
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
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.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIETTE
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
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.
BILL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS OCTOBER 1998
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Richard Mathers, Nottingham, England.
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.
Barry Moreton email@example.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.
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 FANS KEEP ASKING
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
WINE FAN MEETING USA - CAN ANYONE GO?
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!
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.
and register for the FREE copy by the end of this month.
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
Thank you very much.
Michelle Welch email@example.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.
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
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?
UPDATE FROM PAT LYONS
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.
2005 VALENTINE'S DAY SCREAM
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:
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.
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.
Tomlinson, Lincoln, UK
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
Taylor, Bristol, England.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Vivian Creasy (formerly of
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!
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.
the episode "HOWARD THROWS A WOBBLER", I thought Pearl
mentioned a daughter Shirley.
I hear right, do they have children?
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!!!!!
kindest regard to all LOTSW fans-- I am sending this from
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
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
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
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.
OFFERED BY THE BEEB?
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!
Richards, London WC1
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.
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
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
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
Esther R, Cresskill, New
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.
SUMMER WINE DVDS
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.
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
PHOTOS OF MARINA
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.
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.
NEVER WANT THE SUMMER WINE
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,
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
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
All the best Lass,
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS - BEYOND
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.
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,
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.
Please publish email address for responses thanks
NOW VIEWING THE 2002 SERIES - AND LOVING
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.
ONE FOR DINKY - WE LOVE YOUR ADVENTURES
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.
A FRUSTRATED FAN IN NEW
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 ... firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER WINE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
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
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
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
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
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?
ITS THE "ON THE BUSES"
Hello from ON THE BUSES
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.
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
WEST VIRGINIA WANTS EVERY SERIES
I love LOTSW and hope it
never ends – just wish I could all the series here in
I think my favorite
moment is when
, 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
no not one!
WHY ALL THE UNPUBLISHED SERIES?
Dear Sir/ Madam,
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.
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
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
LIFE LONG ADDICT OF LOTSW
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.
LOVED FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE
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
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
LIVE WEBCAM IN HOLMFIRTH?
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
COUPLE OF DALES AWAY FROM THE HOLME
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.
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!
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
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
Ann Owen Vernon Norfolk, VA USA
THE VOICES OF BILL
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.
and thanks for the site.
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..
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.
Durham, NC USA
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.
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.
Sept 2004 Postbag
SO SAD WHEN
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
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE
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
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
Best wishes and cheerio from the "continent"
DINKY'S WONDERFUL TRIP TO LOTSW-LAND
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
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?
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
REAL TREAT TO SEE NORA IN HOLMFIRTH
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.
LOTSW SAVED MY LIFE
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
THAT IS ONE OF MY DREAMS BEFORE I GO INTO THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
GREGORY H. POKORSKI
SO LUCKY MYSTERY SOLVED
In regard to the question about 'So Lucky' - it was recorded by
Davies and was a big hit in South America
RUNNING ROUND TO CLEGGY'S EVERY FIVE MINUTES?
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.
"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.
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..
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
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
THE ORIGINS OF COMPO?
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
Kevin Bazkur, Prince Edward County, Canada
ALL DOWN TO THE ENGLISH SENSE OF
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?
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
episode each day for me and I watch them when I get home from work.
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
The web site also talked about how there was interest in filming
in the US, a look-a-like LOTSW. I don't agree with using famous
actors. For me the charm of the UK show is getting to know
character's personality and I had not seen any of them before this
maybe should use undiscovered talent.
So much of the charm for me are the rolling hills, the
stone walls, cozy pubs and the quaint town. The presentation on film
one the desire to be there. Maybe someday!
Thanks again for the site, especially the photos that are updated.
NORA'S NEIGHBOUR IS DOING GREAT
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.
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
best time would be when they were all tipped from Wesley's truck
wooden barrow (kegs) rolling down the hillside. Almost hitting Howard
Marina as they were hiding again from Pearl & as usual Pearl and
ladies happen to turn up as Compo is stuck in the barrow leaving Nora
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.
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
...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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
This series beats any of our USA
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
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
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?
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
FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE PLEA
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 :
OUR LOTSW SOUND BITE INTERVIEWS
I loved them!
July 2004 Postbag
3 DVD MAGIC!
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
Just thought I'd let you know that I had
an email from www.sendit.com
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
All the best.
(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.
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SUMMER
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.
CRIED LIKE I HAD LOST A
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
MISSED IT BY A DAY
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?
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?
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
THE BEST SERIES..WITH THE BEST WEB
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
Richard and Tessa Holt
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.
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.
TRUMPET PIECE MYSTERY
- CAN ANYONE HELP?
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..
RELEASE OF LOTSW DVD SERIES 3 & 4 JULY 2004
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 ]
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).
As you can imagine, I'm now
going to pre-order my copy.
Thanks again for the great website
ANYONE FOR LOTSW IN CANADA?
Fan Sue Lacour wonders if any our of our Canadian readers fancy starting
a LOTSW club in their country?
"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
You can email me at email@example.com."
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
E.C Jefferson & Family
"CLEGGIE" IS MY
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
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!
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?
I wish to obtain a copy of the series The First of the Summer Wine. Any
suggestions on how I can accomplish this
Paul R Evans.
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.
May 2004 Postbag
TRAVELLING THRU HOLMFIRTH ABOUT 15
Thought you might find this photo
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
BBC - DON'T BE BARMPOTS!
So another great series of Last of the Summer Wine draws to a
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
some Compo classics like 'From Wellies to Wetsuit in the vaults
Surely Only Fools and Horses could do with a break. Let's see Sid,
Wesley, Edie and of course Foggy once again.
Come on BBC. Don't be Barmpots.
April 2004 Postbag
BIG THANK YOU ROY CLARKE & ALAN
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.
KEEP THAT SUMMER WINE FLOWING
Love you all
I live in USA but get tapes whenever i can
congrats, and keep going.
LOTSW DVD MAGIC...ALL THE WAY FROM
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
Mike Loveless Wales, UK
WINE IN NORTH IDAHO
I have only recently
discovered LOTSW (I live in North Idaho), and have been loving
It's been a little sad watching
it, knowing that many of the people I'm seeing have recently
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"
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?
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.
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.
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.
AN EASTER VISIT TO SUMMER WINE
AN EASTER VISIT TO SUMMER WINE
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
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
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
DEPRIVED OF LOTSW - BUT THANKS FOR
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
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.
Conway, South Carolina
WINE FAN IN DELAWARE
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!
VERY FIRST LOOK AT LOTSW 2003 EPISODES
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.
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."
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!
wishes to all,
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.
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.
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
found that in the current series the balance between dialogue and
seems to be wrong? During the last couple of weeks I have missed
lines because the laughter has drowned them out, it seems very
loud. I'd be
interested to hear whether anyone agrees with me.
CAPTIONS NOT REQUIRED
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!
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.
IN SUMMER WINE COUNTRY
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
SURFERS ARE GO
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
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.
The dvd includes all 10 episodes from
the 1995 season.
- 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,
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
ROBIN HOOD HAS A SENSE
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.
WATCH LOTSW FIVE DAYS A WEEK
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.
Spring Grove Pa USA
DEEPY THANKFUL FOR BRITISH
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
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.
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
and the town is just perfect. I watch the show every chance I
only wish it were on more often here. Thanks again.
Fred Bedell, Annapolis,
THE MYSTERY OF
Hello, I'm a great
fan of 'Summer Wine' and have recorded many of the
that have been shown.
My question regards Foggy's name. I've read the website answer
Walter and Oliver names. But in First of the Summer Wine his
Graham, and I'm sure that in the BBC book 'Last of the Summer Wine'
Country Companion, another name is mentioned.
Now I know Roy Clarke did both First and Last of the Summer Wines',
the difference in names?
WELL DONE MR CLIFFORD!
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.
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
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.
for many more years...
COMING TO ENGLAND AND HOPING TO
really love your show. I am coming to England in June and hope
visit Holmfirth. Thing is, the local public channel New Jersey
(NJN) that was showing new episodes, stopped. I don't know
other PBS channel, WHYY, has been showing reruns of old seasons for
least two years. Curious. I hope to be able to watch the
LOTSW AND OUR AFTERNOON
thank you for the sound bites, and will be looking for more. Thanks!
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.
up the good work.
and Austin Twigg
--- 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!
father in law is missing three episodes from his collection: -
Set the people free
Go with the flow
The day of the welsh ferret
anyone can help I would love to hear from you.
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...
is a link to that page: http://www.csca.org.uk/2002Site/BoroughCouncillors/PaulMcLainBattledown.htm
A POEM FOR THORA
This is a poem I wrote for Dame Thora Hird,
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
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
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
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
CLEGG: NOW YOU SEE HIM...NOW YOU DON'T
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
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
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?
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.
keep up the good work especially the "Dancing scene"
in the Xmas special!! Roll on next week and many more.
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
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
and Rosa Ulla.
WATCHED SUMMER WINE SINCE BEING IN NAPPIES
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."
February 2004 Postbag
A SMILING SHOW...NOT A
I live in the North East of England
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
do hope to visit Holmfirth sometime and take some photos and have a
quiet pint outside one of our intrepid trios haunts
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT
nights at 9pm, my house, you can bet I will be watching my
show. I can't get enough of these fellows. My husband thinks
crazy but I don't care. I hope it never ends!
GREAT SHOW...AND A
I just wanted to tell you what a great site you have. It is done as well
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
A BIG FIVE FOR CLIVE EARDLEY'S
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!
best wishes to you all,
FIRST OF THE SUMMER
WINE IN NEW ZEALAND
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.
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)
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
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 !
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
I've recently found out a very useful thing. Most DVD players can have
region codes amended. If you look on the web site of the manufacturer
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
disc. The setting will stay even if it's switched off, (it may change
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
his films on DVD in the UK.
There is one region 1 Summer Wine DVD I have come across. It's a boxed
containing 'Getting Sam Home' and most of the episodes from series 1 and
This is available in the US and Canada and I've seen it many times on
I must stress that the manufacturers themselves supply these codes, therefore it
would not appear to pose any legal problems.
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 ?
TOM OWEN PANTOMIME
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.
I REALLY LOVE
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
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!
Trudy and Richard Greaves, London, England.
FRIDAY NIGHTS IN OUR
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
January 2004 Postbag
ONE, THAT MAN!
am an American enjoying LOTSW reruns and I am very intrigued by
Foggy Dewhirst's occasional use of "that man" when addressing
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?
am also curious about Compo's dialect, which I assume is a
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
you. Robert G. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ONE DVDS PLEASE
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?
WEEKLY TREAT WITH A CUP OF TEA
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,
ERRIE SOUND AT MIDNIGHT
Just a thought whilst visiting your site...
Roy Clarke could use an old memory I have from 34 years ago!
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!
WHEN I SAW THE FUNERAL EPISODE
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.
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.
DOWN YONDER IN
LOTSW SO MUCH...
, 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
Mary Jane Williamson.
START TO COLLECTING SUMMER WINE
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
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.
OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE ANYBODY?
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)?
PLAY PAL VIDEOS AND DVDS…
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.
would also like to get FOTSW episodes. If anyone can help, please
let me know. I can play PAL videos and dvds.
Utica, Ohio USA
ME TO LOG IN AGAIN!
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!!!!!
luck to everyone with the new series - I can't wait.
New Year! From Mary [Somerset]
FOR SUMMER WINE
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.
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.
Utica, Ohio U.S.A.
THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
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?!
FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK IN OKLAHOMA
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
Those Yorkshire Memories...
My wife and I spent three very fine years living in
Yorkshire - Harrogate, to be exact. My work took me there,
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
Harrogate, and imagine my delight, when upon returning to my
Maryland, our local PBS station was showing LOTSW. It
also shows many
other comedies originating from Britain which I thoroughly
Keeping up Appearances). I am retired now, and really enjoy
of those loveable old codgers in LOTSW. I just recently
found your web
site, and will certainly bookmark it. Keep up the good work
reporting on this fine TV series, and the folks
who star in it.
Robert Kemmer, Glen Burnie, Maryland - USA
Loyal Admirer of LOTSW
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
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
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 email@example.com
Thanks from Kathryn Wealleans
and Joe Tribbiani?
This is probably a heresy to many people, but I love LOTSW
equally, and I am struck by just how similar Compo and Joey
Joey is one of a trio of men friends, he never has any money
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,
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.
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
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.
& Fish Pilot Episode
Please can anyone help - has anyone got a copy of the above pilot
Still Cry With
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
Maybe someday. I hope.
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
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.
The Foggy, Foggy
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Is this Compo's dog? People stop me all the time asking if Compo's dog
was modelled on mine!
Janet Garrett, England
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
characters. But the way it was handled was
Sadness and comedy intertwined. Just when you
are feeling so
down, up pops Compo's Wellies on his casket!
Thursday gal riding her tractor in the funeral procession.
My question is
how many members of the cast went to Bill's
thought I had read somewhere that only Peter was
I watch an
episode or two every night before I go to bed.
I love the
Terrific Hour Long
LOTSW Special in Maryland, USA
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
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
Keep enjoying the show and this wonderful
I am a Brit living in Texas, USA since childhood.
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
Joan and David Major
Holmfirth - Many thanks Summer Wine Online!
See the original article - click
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!
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.
Brits in North
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
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.
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.
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)
Greg Fawcett, Australia
Share the Summer Wine
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.
Summer Wine? Keep it
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
Rob. North Wales.
Help Wanted with Video List
Your listed episodes which I have
downloaded for future reference will be very useful and much
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.
Laughed and Cried with
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!
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.
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.
Searcy, Arkansas, USA
My Welly Booted Friend.
were the one who could make people smile for a while,
didn't know now you did it, it was just you going the extra
you played the joker the only one in the pack when tackling
with Nora that battle axe.
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.
the past has gone alas but not for good as repeats are shown
on T.V , V.H.S and D.V.D.
us sit back and slump in the new armchair and crack open a new
bottle of the ever lasting Summer Wine.
Compo in "Georgie
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
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
It's so nice to be able to share the fun of LOTSW with other fans at
Barbara and John Spencer
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.A.
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
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!
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
All fans and people who care about the show over the 30 years,
stop buying the radio times.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
If Last of the Summer Wine goes,
then I will have to reconsider whether the BBC is worth the
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
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
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
WINE SMILE AT BEDTIME
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
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!!
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.
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.
WELL DONE HELEN
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
WINE - AND PENGUINS
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
DOWN UNDER GALA?
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?
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!
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.
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
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.
regards from America,
DEA A GENIUS
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.
WITH THE SUMMER WINE WEBSITE
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.
luck with the site and many thanks for bringing back memories
of a great show and a wonderful cast.
With Regard to Helen's "Adventure
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
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.
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.
Rachel, Kevin and Edith Allbright
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
Thank you for sharing this wonderful
story! What a beautiful location for a great show.
Westminster, Maryland, USA
Rest of the General Mail...
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
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
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.
Dear Patrick, Tom Owen and the Summer
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
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.
Hi Patrick and the Summer Wine
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!
Lynda and David Robinson
Could anybody send me a copy of the sheet music for the theme from
Dear Summer Wine,
Can you give us a complete list of ALL the Summer Wine shows that
currently available on VHS (USA compatible)? We would like to
whatever is currently available but have not been able to find
comprehensive list. Also - what sites do you recommend going to for
purchasing the Summer
Thanks for whatever you can tell us.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
"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
Thank you all for a wonderful show
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
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.
HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THAT AFTER
OF DRIVING BRITISH BUILT CARS,
BARRY NOW DRIVING A FRENCH RENAULT.
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.
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.
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.
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
APPRECIATION OF L.O.T.S.W.
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.
LOTSW BACK ON WNEO
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
for those that already have).
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
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
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.
NEXT BEST THING TO LOTSW...?
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
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
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.
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.
St John's Wood, London
MY VISIT TO HOLMFIRTH
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
I would like to buy first of the summer wine episodes. Does anyone
know if they are for sale anywhere?
SERIES 3 :1976
Please can you advise when above series will be available in the UK (DVD)
and where I can buy this.
TOM OWEN AND COMPO'S
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.
30 YEARS OF SUMMER WINE
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".
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com
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!"
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
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
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
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
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
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
For further details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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.
West St. Paul, MN
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
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
Janneke Middelkamp, Winschoten, the Netherlands
DOCUMENTARY "30 YEARS OF LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE"
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.
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
WESLEY (GORDON WHARMBY)
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]:
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
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.
Note: Some of the
following comments were emailed before the recent sad death of Dame
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.
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
*BBCV 4626 Spring Fever/The New Mobile Trio/Hail Smiling Morn or
*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
*BBCV 5614 The Heavily Reinforced Bottom/Who's Feeling Rejected
*BBCV 6109 Flower Power Cut/Who Made a Bit of a Splash in Wales
*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
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
SOURCE OF USA-SW
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
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
Please keep up the good work.
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?
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!
COMMENTS ABOUT THE 2003 SHOW
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.
Neil R Smith
WEBSITE...AS GENTLE AS THE SERIES
compliments to a terrific website. It is as gentle as the series, and
the good humour and warmth shine through.
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
ROY CLARKE - A
How do lads ['n
lasses], Please send email to mailto:email@example.com
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
Many thanks, and best
regards, Tim Fulton 624 Cardigan Ct. Lexington KY 40503 859-296-2797 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
I've bookmarked the site and will check in often.
HATS OFF TO MR BELL AND ROY CLARKE
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
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.
TRUE UNIVERSAL APPEAL
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
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
CLASSIC TRIUMPH HERALD
If ever you need a
home Mr bell for the classic Triumph Hereld please donate it to me !!
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.
Sarah and Victoria
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"
LATEST SERIES IS
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.
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
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.
For earlier comments, click here
See also the comments about Holmfirth - where the series is filmed -
on the Holmfirth Web forum.