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Last of the Summer Wine 

Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.


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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Sallis ...  Clegg 295 episodes, 1973-2010
Jane Freeman ...  Ivy 274 episodes, 1973-2010
Kathy Staff ...  Nora Batty 246 episodes, 1973-2008
Robert Fyfe ...  Howard 230 episodes, 1985-2010
Juliette Kaplan ...  Pearl 226 episodes, 1985-2010
Jean Fergusson ...  Marina 216 episodes, 1985-2010
Sarah Thomas ...  Glenda 215 episodes, 1986-2010
Bill Owen ...  Compo 186 episodes, 1973-2008
Jean Alexander ...  Auntie Wainwright / ... 168 episodes, 1988-2010
Mike Grady ...  Barry 161 episodes, 1986-2010
Thora Hird ...  Edie 152 episodes, 1986-2003
Gordon Wharmby ...  Wesley 139 episodes, 1982-2002
Frank Thornton ...  Truly 135 episodes, 1997-2010
Stephen Lewis ...  Smiler / ... 135 episodes, 1988-2007


Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.

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4 January 1973 (UK) See more »

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A bor nem válik vízzé See more »

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In May 2009, Peter Sallis (Clegg) revealed that the programme was nearly cancelled before it had even started, when Bill Owen (Compo) who was very left-wing and Michael Bates who was very right-wing started having a heated and vigorous argument about their different political affiliations, over dinner when they first met. Producer James Gilbert read them the riot act and told them that unless they agreed to differ, and not to argue about politics, he was going to cancel the project. Owen and Bates meekly agreed and never discussed politics again. See more »


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Growing old with the Summer Wine
30 November 2004 | by patjeffoSee all my reviews

When we first started to watch this show we were in our 30's which put the actors at around 50 years of age, As I am sure most of you "younguns" out there of 30 or under will testify, 50 is an age you yourselves will never be, just as we thought then, how wrong we were, Time shoots by so very quickly that here we are 30 odd years later and still avid fans. Last of the Summer Wine was and still is wonderful viewing if you prefer your television to not be peppered with unnecessary expletives nor have endless closeups of moving bed-clothes and sundry body parts. This was a story of 3 middle-aged men who still had their wits and humour about them and most of all loved to laugh. The fact that you knew in advance the slide down the hill on a tray or running with a kite being pulled by Wesleys "jeep" would always end in disaster for one or the other of the trio was part of the attraction and still is. Viewing the programme now with many new actors in the cast, due mainly to the demise of the original cast members, is just a reflection of life and death but the humour, fun and sheer joy of living is still there despite the fact that Norman Clegg still professes to find it difficult to talk to women or for that matter anyone except his close compatriots. Now in our mid 60's my husband and I still love this programme and will always watch the repeats which are, fortunately for us, now running on cable TV. A toast to the Summer Wine-- Long may it Last-.

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