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Last Of The Summer Wine (BBC-1 1973-2010 With Peter Sallis and Bill Owen)

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UK / BBC One / 240+ x30 minute episodes / 4 January 1973 – 29 August 2010

Writer: Roy Clarke / Theme Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst

Having grown out of an episode of the BBC’s legendary Comedy Playhouse series and written by the well respected Roy Clarke Last of the Summer Wine started off in a quiet low key fashion and continued in the same vein until 2010 and 31 seasons, making it the BBC’s longest running sitcom and one of the longest running shows in the world, all this from a gentle comedy about the pleasures of growing old.

The situation is basically the shenanigans of three elderly men looking to spice up their retirement in an idyllic Yorkshire village (Holmfirth in real life); Initially the three were Blamire who tended to get the ideas, Clegg who was generally unwilling to get too involved whilst the slovenly Compo wass usually the one who sent the plan awry.

The trio changed over the years but Peter Sallis as Clegg was a constant as was Bill Owen as Compo for 26 years until his death. Clegg seemed permanently worried and Compo spent most of his time lusting after the wrinkled stockinged Goddess (at least in Compo’s eyes) Nora Batty. After the departure of Blamire (Michael Bates who retired due to illness and sadly died, around the same time he was also a main character in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum), Foggy Dewhurst joined and then later when he left the village Seymour Utterthwaite became the third member and after his departure he was replaced by ex-policeman Herbert “Truly of The Yard” Truelovel, finally Foggy Dewhurst returned as the third member.

By the time the series was heading towards the late 2000’s Compo was long gone (Bill Owen died in 1999 and was replaced for a time by his real life son Tom Owen) and the rest of the cast as truly ready for retirement age. For the final two seasons creator Roy Clarke brought in some new characters who would take the bulk of the action but still leave room for the main players. These were Luther “Hobbo” Hobdyke, and “Electrical” Entwhistle whilst Alvin Smedley who had been a semi regular for a while also joined this trio.

By this stage though it was clear to all that it was time for the show to be retired gracefully. It still is held in huge affection by audiences around the world though.

There was a prequel called First of the Summer Wine that aired between 1988-1989 this was a cute period piece that followed the gang as youngsters with the added bonus of Peter Sallis playing his own character’s father.

Trivia: The harmonica on the distinctive theme tune is played by Harry Pitch who also played harmonica on fab 1970 instrumental pop hit “Groovin’ With Mr Bloe.”

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BILL OWEN as Compo
PETER SALLIS as Norman Clegg
MICHAEL BATES as Blamire
BRIAN WILDE as Foggy Dewhurst
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Seymour Utterthwaite
KATHY STAFF as Nora Batty
JOE GLADWIN as Wally Batty
JOHN COMER as Sid
JANE FREEMAN as Ivy
THORA HIRD as Edie Pegden
GORDON WHARMBY as Wesley Pegden
STEPHEN LEWIS as Smiler
JEAN ALEXANDER as Auntie Wainwright
TOM OWEN as Tom
FRANK THORNTON as Herbert “Truly” Truelove
RUSS ABBOT as Luther “Hobbo” Hobdyke
BURT KWOUK as “Electrical” Entwhistle
BRIAN MURPHY as Alvin Smedley

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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