Summer Wine Holmfirth

Last of the Summer Wine

Last of the Summer Wine Cast
Filmed on location in and around Holmfirth in the Holme Valley, Last of the Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world.

Centred around the activities and shenanigans of three elderly men, Last of the Summer Wine is a gentle comedy about the pleasures of growing old. The cast has changed my times over the years with the original trio
consisting of Bill Owen as the scruffy and child-like Compo, Peter Sallis as deep-thinking, meek Clegg and Michael Bates as authoritarian and snobbish Blamire.

Over the years the original cast has grown to feature a wide variety of supporting characters, with each helping to contribute to their own unique sub-plots and often finding themselves somehow involved in the daredevil stunts and boyish pranks of the trio.

Whilst the characters of Clegg and Compo remained a constant duo throughout the series, the third character in the trio was replaced numerous times. In 1976, Michael Bates (the actor who played Blamire) had to drop out of the show entirely due to illness, after two series on the show.

From series three right up to the 20th series, the ‘third man role’ in the trio was filled by various characters, one of the most popular being the quirky war veteran Walter “Foggy” Dewhurst (Brian Wilde). Brian enjoted two rather lengthy stints on the show and quickly established himself as one of the group – and a firm favourite among the fans.

Other characters that made up the third man of the trio include the eccentric inventor Seymour Uttherthwaite (Michael Aldridge), and former police officer Herbert “Truly of The Yard” Truelove (Frank Thornton).

Whilst the trio has changed over the course of the show, Peter Sallis as ‘Clegg’ has remained a constant character as was Bill Owen as Compo for some 26 years until his death in 1999.

Much to the division of fans of the show, Last of the Summer Wine returned following the death of Compo, with the Compo replaced at various times by Tom Simmonite (Bill Owen’s real life son Tim Owen), Billy Hardcastle (Keith Clifford), and Alvin Smedley (Brian Murphy).

Due to the age of the main cast, a new trio was created during the 30th series which featured relatively young actors, and this format was used for the final two instalments of the show.

The newly casted trio included Russ Abbott as former milkman/secret agen Luther “Hobbo” Hobdyke, Burt Kwouk as the electrical repairman, “Electrical” Entwistle, and Murphy as Alvin Smedley.

Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton continued on in the show as supporting to characters to the new cast, but their screentime was somewhat limited.

Despite many viewers and fans feeling that the quality of the show declined over time, Last of the Summer still continued to pull in large viewing figures for the BBC right until its end, and was often praised for its positive and refreshing portrayal of older people with its special touch of family-friendly humour.

Often seen as ageing delinquents, the three men have never seemed to have grown up. With their often youthful stunts and japes aimed at wooing their lady friends or getting male chums out of trouble.

Last of the Summer Wine continues to raise a large viewing audience on the BBC, and has been awarded in the past for it’s positive portrayal of older people and it’s family-friendly humour and content.

On the 26 June 2009 the BBC announced that it had recommissioned the show for its 31st series, consisting of 6 episodes to be broadcast in 2010.

Last of the Summer Wine Video Tribute

Full Cast & Crew

Bill Owen
Peter Sallis
Michael Bates
Brian Wilde
Michael Aldridge
Frank Thornton
Tom Owen
Kathy Staff
Joe Gladwin
Gordon Wharmby
Jonathan Linsley
John Comer
Jane Freeman
Thora Hird
Mike Grady
Sarah Thomas
Robert Fyfe
Juliette Kaplan
Jean Fergusson
Danny O’Dea
Stephen Lewis
Keith Clifford
Julie T Wallace
Norman Wisdom
Compo Simonite
Norman Clegg
Cyril Blamire
Foggy Dewhurst
Seymour Utterthwaite
Herbert ‘Truly’ Truelove
Tom Simonite
Nora Batty
Wally Batty
Wesley Pegden
Crusher (Milburn)
Sid
Ivy
Edie Pegden
Barry
Glenda
Howard
Pearl
Marina
Eli
Smiler
Billy Hardcastle
Mrs Avery
Billy Ingleton

Roy Clarke
Alan J W Bell
Sydney Lotterby
Ray Butt
Martin Shardlow
Alan J W Bell
Sydney Lotterby
James Gilbert
Bernard Thompson
Robin Nash
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44 Comments on “Last of the Summer Wine

  1. Holmfirth is a fantastic little town in its own right regardless of the Last of the Summer Wine TV show. The people and friendly the shops are interesting the scenery is breathtaking and it has one of the best Fish and Chip shops this side of the equator.
    Well worth a visit.

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  2. Dear sir or madam, I think your website is great and fantastic I think the pictures are great where do you send pictures to? I shall be obliged if you would kindly let me know yours faithfully David Hudson.

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  3. this is a great place to visit we come on a regular basis and never get fed up of it thanks holmfirth

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  4. I was thinking of having a meeting of poets in Holmfirth, some time in September. Is this passed your busy season? And is the Tea Room still open then?

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  5. I will one day travel to England just to go visit the town of Holmfirth! Iwould love to see the country side and take pictures in front of Compo’s house and Clegg’s house and Sid famous cafe.

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  6. Dear Admin. May I say what a wonderful series Last of The Summer Wine was, and delighted that it is on going on the G . O. L. D. channel which I watch regularly all the Wine eppisode repeat, and never fails me to raise a hearty laugh at their antics. It is a great tradgedy that the series did finaly come to an end, I still feel that there were loads more situations that could have been thought up, but I must give due to all the wonderful star actors and actressess, their ages getting on in years, and not able to do so much. The secenary was breathtaking, and a delight. The series realy did take one out of their selves, from the daily strife of every day living and worries, a breath of fresh air, where one could indulge in a little escape of fantasy. I thought it would be a wonderful idea, if perhaps the writer Roy Clarke, could do a cartoon series of Summer Wine, but based in heaven, whereby Foggy is incenced that Compo is still scruffy as he was on earth,, how did he get past St Peter at the gate?, only to be bowled over by God himself comming along, putting his arm around Compo and saying, ” Compo my DEAR fellow, I get fed up seeing all those souls in formal atire, how nice to see one dressed casual for a change”, also Compo still chasing Nora from cloud to cloud, ” Get OFF MY CLOUD” she rants, Compo says, ” I still see thee got those shocking wrinkled stockin`s on”. Foggy says he will put the stop to the solo harp lark, and get up a good military band instead, only his idea to be scupperd by Gabriel. ” I am the only one who blows the horn”! Of course Wesley Pegdon thrilled to bits at meeting all the former car makers, drivers Henery Ford, John Cobb, and asks what would be the best car to get around heaven in? Much to Edie being upset, and oil from these machines ruining the cloud home she keeps spotless! Yes I think it would be fantastic, but of course bearing in mind, no doubt the church and church minded folk would raise totaL objections! , So I porofusely apologise. With best wishes David Barber

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  7. im sorry but in my opinion bbc should reshow the series from the very start, i love this programe so much allways brings a smile ,and then allout laghter..

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  8. i loved this show and felt like i knew all these people. i watched this every night for years. maybe someday i can visit this town. it is just so beautiful there. and then again the towns people are like the show.

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  9. Hello from Oklahoma, USA.
    Loved the show, in fact watch it on youtube.
    Someday would love to vist your wonderful historical town.

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  10. Has anyone ever produced a hybrid pictorial map locating the cafe, Auntie’s, Nora’s, the various pubs, where the threesomes went, the arched bridge, (etc.) poster sized? I’d pay a few quid for such and I can think of quite a few others who’d like to hang such in a picture frame on wall. jccampb

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  11. if it is possible could you send me the words for the song which has occasionally featured during ‘Last of the Summer Wine.’ I heard it on the episode when they were all saying ‘Goodbye to Compo. It was also sung on the programme titled ‘Whoops.

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  12. If only it could go on for ever…..

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  13. Ive been watching this Great Britcom for almost 10 yrs.I think its the very best program ive ever watched.Its Good clean Fun.Not like alot of the Filth thats on TV today.I only wish they could continue to film more episodes.Im buying the DVDS as they become avalible so I can watch it when I want to.May God bless all those who Starred in the series and the Producer and Roy Clarke.Thank You All.Jim.P.

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  14. On Saturday 6th July me and my lady friend went to Holmfirth for the day we had a great time. People was friendly.went to the museum was very good .

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  15. As we live just over an hours drive away, we have been to the lovely Holmfirth a couple of times and it is so pretty and traquil, just as the seen in the the TV hit show, we both fell in love with the area and its friendly residents. The Compo musuem is very interesting with many props that are well recognised from the hit show and just a short walk from this up a little steep walk you find Compo’s resting place in a pretty little church yard looking over Holmfirth.

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  16. I do drawings and woodcarvings of Compo Clegg while watching the show on PBS.or my collection of DVDs of theshow.My dream is to go to Holmfirth and do landscape paintings there.That would be heaven on earth! Thank-you for Last OF TheSummer Wine.

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  17. Hi loved the series I plan on visiting Holmfirth in the near future it`s on my must do list. Thank you BBC for an original comedy series.

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  18. Hello.
    I live in Avondale, Arizona and visiting Holmfirth is NUMBER ONE on my overseas vacation list. I am a diehard Summer Wine viewer and I miss there not being new episodes. But as you know, life goes on. Bless all the actors and actresses who starred on the show. My Grandmother is from Rotherham, so I feel a part of me belongs in Yorkshire.

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  19. I have loved this show for a long time. Whenever I need to escape to a better world I watch one of the many Dvds I have boughten over the years. The characters remind me of little boys that. Have never grown up. Thank you so very much.

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  20. its sad that the bbc are no longer making the last of the summer wine, it is a great comedy and the sceanery is just first class, please bring back last summer wine…..

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  21. There was a time when my daily schedule revolved around Last of the Summer Wine. I still watch it as often as possible, not just for the first class acting, but also the fantastic scenery. The background music is perfect.
    Must make a visit to Holmfirth

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  22. I grew up watching last of the summer wine and loved the humour and the way it has been done.over the years ive had many traumatic events in my life and currently battling ptsd and depression.however when i get low in mood i put on a dvd of last of the summer wine and it helps my mood lift. My kids live it as do i and ill never get bored of watching the programme and this summer for the first time i can go too holmfirth itself.

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  23. While i live on my own now and in my twilight years i watch with great avidness summer wine everyday and often wish that i could of been there with the jolly old threesome sharing stories etc. And wish that the series was still running now and i shall continually watch until i can no longer see but will always listen too when i cant see the program.

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  24. Watched this program over & over again ,yet still brings a laugh makes you feel warm .Sorry it had to come to an end.
    Planning a trip out now to Holmfirth to see where it started.

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  25. Best show on television

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  26. I watch the show daily and cry like a baby when the story line of Compos death is aired. Just love those people!

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  27. I wrote to the bbc,members of parliament.even 10 downing street complaining about the show being ended,It is the finest show i have watched on television,but it seems the bbc are not bothered about viewers and what they like to watch.My whole family of all ages love to watch and we think it should be brought back.

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  28. Where can I purchase the cd’s of the shows of last of the summer wine. ??

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  29. Where can I purchase the cd’s of the shows of last of the summer wine. ?? I’ve never ask that before. All I want to know is where can I buy the movies.

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  30. last of the summer wine my all time favourite show i hope one day to visit holmfirth

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  31. I play Last of the Summer Wine at my private office during the work day. Knocks some of the boredom off the work day. Makes the day go faster. Brings a smile.

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  32. I loved the show when it was being shown as a continuing series. I still love it & watch every repeat episode possible. Tomorrow I will be going on my 4th visit to Holmfirth. The place itself is so beautiful, it is unbelievable. I loved the show & now I love Holmfirth too.

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  33. Iv visited holmfirth seen compo s house and nora battys but was told by several people there that all filming was not all filmed at holmfirth was told country side was filmed at peak district and cleggs house isnt in holmfirth is this right

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  34. To whome it concern, I would like to visit and maybe move thair from the UNITED STATES is it expensive to live thair? Please let me know

    THANK YOU

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  35. Living in he USA, I started watching years ago and I’ve seen them all. Most several times, and it just reminds me of a time long past. When things moved a little slower, unlike today’s fast paced cell phone and computer driven society we live in now. It was a simpler time when neighbors knew each other. I love the little country bridges and small creeks that run under them. I only wish I could one day visit some of the areas the show was filmed, most of the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful . I have most of the shows on DVD but I prefer to sit down every saturday night and see what kind of mischief and mayhem the characters get into. It’s one of my all time favorite shows on television no matter how many times I watch I seem to find something new to smile and laugh about. It was just a great show.

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  36. Four years ago I was on my deathbed from complications from so many surgeries that I had and watching the last of the summer wine help me through this difficult time they became my friends my family daily and I started to get better each day the doctors could not understand it but I know that the show last of the summer wine is what helped pull me through, so I had a chance to visit Holmfirth two and a half years ago and I was blown away ,I was standing in town and cried like a baby because this is the place that saved my life and I am so grateful and six months after that I made a second trip there I just could not stay away . I wish I could find every episode of last of the summer wine but I don’t think they’ve all been released I live in Selbyville Delaware United States and I just want to thank you for saving my life bless you .

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  37. Nice place to vist a good site but i cud never find seymour house is it still there what a fantastic place to live

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  38. they are rerun on sky gold and sky gold+ i just keep them on forever record,wonderful funny,nothing but brilliant good honest clean best humour,see them over and over still laugh my head off,go there if you get chance great place,and look round for some of the places they filmed in,don’t forget to go to sids cafe get yourself a tea shirt,talk about the old pay tv i’d pay for that anytime,just takes you away it should be on the national health good cure for stress,love it think i’ll just watch one now bye

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  39. I discovered “The Last of the Summer Wine” through a friend, about 6 months ago. What a refreshing half hour. Viewing here in the U.S.A. over NPT, Nashville Public Television, Nashville, Tennessee. Have been telling friends about it.

    Would love to visit Holmfrith sometime. The scenery is beautiful.

    Hats off to the writing staff. Some of the most creative, down-to-earth people on the planet.

    Thanks!!!

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  40. Visited Holmfirth recently on a long weekend trip to Yorkshire, Museum was great, loved seeing all the props used in the show, and had cuppa in Sids cafe, town is very quaint and had lots of lovely shops, people very friendly, My only annoyance was lack of car parks, in the main one you can only stay 2 hrs.

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  41. We really enjoy this British humor here in lethbridge Alberta Canada.
    It is so refreshing to see such enjoyable characters instead of all the violence garbage on Canadian TV.
    Cheers
    Hal

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  42. Brilliant! I have always and will always love it! So many laughs, I even got misty eyed when they did Compos funeral when Clegg went to the back of the hearse and said ‘I just thought you’d like one last run around the hills old lad’.

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  43. Last Of The Summer Wine what can you say …….cracking program and many laughs a long the way ..

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  44. Just spent two days in Holmfirth and had a great time , we took the tour and visited all the sights in the series, we stayed at the Rose and Crown about 5 minutes away accommodation was 1st class can recommend it , will be back again .

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