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2/26/10 7:38 A

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I've watch every episode and I have to say it is my all time favorite show ! It's just a very endearing ,heart warming,funny show with no violence or swearing or sex in it. Each cast member brings their own unique charismatic character to life in such a manner that without each one of them the show is just not the same . As is true when Bill Owen who played the character of Compo , the impish up for a laugh ,scruffy and child-like always climbing trees and walking on the tops of wall ,always trying to get Nora Batty's affections , Bill Owen (Compo)died in 2000, Bill's real life son, Tom Owen came on the show as Tom Simmonite to fill his fathers place but not as the same character of Compo.

The death of Bill Owens was a Huge loss for the cast and the show. Even though Bill was not in the very beginning of the original episodes, when he did join the cast he played his character so well that he became a vital part of the cast and show. Some think that the show never recovered from the death of Bill Owens. Tom Owens is good in his part , but Compo is forever missed.

The original theme of the show was set around three men .The men never seem to grow up and they develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their youthful stunts .

Each contributing their own subplots to the show and often becoming unwillingly involved in the schemes of the trio. The trio explore the world around them, experiencing a second childhood with no wives, jobs or responsibilities. They pass the time by speculating about their fellow townspeople and testing inventions they would dream up.

If you've never watched the show it is well worth your time to sit and enjoy.

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Hyacinth,

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2/26/10 6:42 A

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I've read in a couple of different places that this is the Queen's favorite show.

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The longest running comedy series in the world started out, as many British comedy successes did, with a 1973 episode of the BBC series "Comedy Playhouse". The basis was simple but complex at the same time, telling the stories of three old men, who in all essence couldn't be more young at heart.

The original trio consisted of Bill Owen, as Compo Simmonite, the scruffiest man in Yorkshire, with only two passions in life: his ferrets and Nora Batty (Kathy Staff). The second man of the group, Norman Clegg, played by Peter Sallis, was from the beginning shown as the most timid of the group, and also the one who gets carried away by the crazy ideas and schemes of his companions, which always seem to get him in trouble. Initially the third man of the group was Blamire, played by Michael Bates, but he was soon replaced by Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde) who always seems to have a scheme or a story that somehow leads to his old days as a war hero... or so he says. In 1986 Brian Wilde left the series, to start filming his new sitcom, which proved to be a wrong move, as the show hadn't the success needed to sustain even a second series. during his 4 year absence from last of the summer wine Michael Aldridge played Seymour, the new third man of the trio, until 1990. Brian Wilde returned to do the next seven years of the show. When Brian Wilde left the series for the second time in 1997 Frank Thornton replaced him as the new third man on the trio as Truly Truelove of the Yard, an ex-police officer who's always remembering his past, both in the police force and in his former marriage to the former Mrs Truelove. When Bill Owen passed away, his son Tom joined the series, replacing him for the rest of the season as Compo's long lost son, Tom. Compo's permanent replacement would come the next year when Keith Clifford joined the cast as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancies himself the descendant of Robin Hood. In 2003, the traditional trio became a quartet with the addition of Brian Murphy as Alvin Smedley, Nora Batty's new next door neigbour. With the addition of Alvin, an element of physical humour missing since Compo's death returned to the series. The quartet once again became a trio when Keith Clifford left the series in 2006. In 2009, the series was once again redesigned to allow Sallis and Thornton a reduced role on the series. A new third man was introduced in the form of Hobbo Hobdyke (Russ Abbott), a former milkman who fancies himself a former MI-5 agent. By combining Hobbo with Alvin and the electrical repairman, Entwistle (Burt Kwouk), a new trio was formed, proving once again the ability of the show to redesign itself over time. The main cast has always been surrounded by some amazing supporting cast throughout the run of the series, who helped to maintain the series as fresh today as it was when it premiered on the BBC. Less





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I love this one, too. Even if I didn't, I would like the scenery; beautiful countryside.

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I have never seen this one. I'm going to see if I can find it in the internet and watch it!!

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2/23/10 12:42 A

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Absolutely Love the new team picture!!!

Last of The Summer Wine has been on since 1973, it is the longest running sitcom ever ! and still running!!


I have that picture as a refrigerator magnet . Who can name everyone in the picture?

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Hyacinth,

"B-u-c-k-e-t. it's pronounced bouquet."
Live your life in such a manner that if someone speaks badly of you no one will believe it.
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If you don't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.
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2/22/10 9:19 P

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I love our team icon! I've been enjoying Last of the Summer Wine for 4-5 years & just love it! My mom watches it w/me sometimes but I have to translate for her emoticon She can't understand the accents. After awhile you begin to understand them.

It has been on the air for a very long time, too. Anyone know how many years? Hmmm... good trivia question Ha ha ha!

Thanks for the icon emoticon

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