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Last Of The Summer Wine: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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Meanwhile, a regular audience in excess of five million found their viewing diminished in favour of those who wanted something completely unrelated. On their way to Wainwright's, the trio come across a man intending to 'end it all' because of problems with his wife. He directed all but two episodes of the third series [6] [23] – Ray Butt directed "The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper" and "Cheering up Gordon". There’ll be one more visit to Holmfirth in four weeks time, in which I’ll be making some further observations about what changed after this second series, and about whether the changes were for the better or not.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site, provide personalised content and advertising, analyse our traffic, and ensure you see more of what you love. Needless to say, at the beginning, LOTSW was a very different show to what later generations became used to. Thus, when Bill Owen died in 1999, having filmed only two episodes of a twelve episode season, I was curious as to how LOTSW would handle this, and how it would continue without him. W. Bell, Last of the Summer Wine became the first comedy series to do away with the live studio audience, moving all of the filming to Holmfirth.Needless to say, the demand for cancellation came entirely from people who did not watch the series, never had watched the series and would never dream of watching it, yet who believed that they had the right to prevent the programme’s not-so-negligible audience from watching it. The programme was nominated for numerous awards and won the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 1999. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the mischievous and impulsive Compo Simmonite, Peter Sallis as easy-going everyman Norman Clegg, and Michael Bates as uptight and arrogant Cyril Blamire.

Compo’s mooning over Norah Batty again (not that way though at this early stage you wouldn’t put it past him) and gets his chance when Wally makes a break for it and runs home to his mother. But over the years the series changed and, after twenty years or so I lost interest sand stopped watching it, except for the extraordinary series of episodes that dealt with Bill Owen and Compo Simmonite’s death and, in protest, the last series, when the show was cancelled by the BBC because the wrong sort of people enjoyed it. The advent of Foggy was a necessary change without which the show, in my opinion, would not have outlasted the decade, let alone become television’s longest-running sitcom ever.Yes, on one level it was very naturalistic, in a manner well ahead of its time, depicting the conversations you have with your mates when you go out for a drink, but the subtlety of the approach, if it was intended to have that effect, was undermined by the comic personae: Blamire, Clegg and Compo are sitcom characters, not real people: they are overdrawn, rigid and overplayed. Still much, much better than watching from a well used VHS or poor quality youtube copy from over a decade ago. However, on 26 June 2009, the BBC announced that it had recommissioned the show for a 31st series with Bell continuing as producer and director. Looked at now, though the basic element of the show was there at the beginning, this was not the Last of the Summer Wine people grew to love.

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