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Series 3 Episode 1: The Man From Oswestry

There’s a glorious moment when Foggy is rummaging maniacally in his pockets for his notebook, and Clegg turns to Compo and gives him a look of utter, heartfelt joy. It’s only a fleeting second or two, but you have to wonder if there’s a little bit of Sallis’ true feelings in that look – it’s a real ‘everything is going to be alright, after all’ moment, and Sallis seems to be genuinely revelling in Brian Wilde’s performance. Read more

Series 2 Episode 7: Northern Flying Circus

BOB: These first two series have a gritty, rough and ready atmosphere that I think slowly begins to lessen from hereon, and lots of that feel is down to Michael Bates who brings a real edge to proceedings. Whereas future ‘third men’ tend to be buffoons, Blamire really isn’t to be messed with Read more

Series 2 Episode 5: A Quiet Drink

ANDREW: This has to be the most sitcom-like of the episodes so far. The plot is much less free-wheeling, for the most part we remain within the confines of the studio-bound pub, and there are a set of stock comedy characters; the miser, the con-man, the woman driver, the drunk. Read more

Series 2 Episode 3: The Changing Face of Rural Blamire

Well they’re all lesbians or husband abusers. Read more

Series 2 Episode 1: Forked Lightning

Three fifty-year-old men know full well there’s nothing they can say to a crying thirty-year-old woman, so they gently leave her alone and wander off to find something else to do. It’s a very different era. Read more

Series 1 Episode 5: The New Mobile Trio

Clegg on his expired partner, “My dear wife, God rest the silly bitch…” I know I keep pointing out these lines, but bloody hell! Read more

Series 1 Episode 4: Spring Fever

I think Compo just wants his leg over, far more than you’re prepared to admit! And his washing done as well, admittedly. Read more

Introduction: About Summer Winos

Last of the Summer Wine has a reputation for excessive cosiness and when it is mentioned in conversation many are quick to dismiss the series as, “that sitcom where old men roll down hills in bathtubs all the time.” Surely, though, with 295 episodes and almost forty years under its belt, one shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Read more

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