Last Of The Summer Wine – Of Funerals And Fish – 1973

It’s 10 years since this long running sitcom left our screens and as we get towards that date we’ll be publishing a series of Last Of The Summer Wine posts.

Who would have thought in 1973, when The Last Of The Summer Wine was just another episode in the long running BBC series, Comedy Playhouse, that it would have it’s own series later that year and then run for thirty seven years, clocking up 295 episodes along the way.

Although there were many changes of faces over the years, one thing that remained consistent throughout was that this was family friendly comedy.  No bad language, violence, etc it appealed to everyone.

Last Of The Summer Wine enjoys regular repeats on both GOLD, Drama and Yesterday, usually running through all series.  However apart from a repeat on UK Gold the pilot episode always seems to get missed out, we haven’t been able to find out why.  It doesn’t appear on the DVD release either.


Three Old Age Pensioners, Blamire, Clegg and Compo, with nothing but time on their hands wander into town, discussing life and death, as they watch their fellow townspeople with their problems in the process.





Cyril Blamire – Michael Bates
William Seminite (Compo) – Bill Owen
Norman Clegg – Peter Sallis
Mrs Batty – Kathy Staff


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Roy Clarke
Original Transmission Date: 4th January 1973 at 8:00 p.m




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