Last Of The Summer Wine, The Michael Aldridge Years, 1986 – 1990
This year 2020 sees the tenth anniversary of the final episode of Last Of The Summer Wine.
For this post we are looking at the Michael Aldridge years. Making his first appearance in the feature length special ‘Uncle Of The Bride’ on 1st January 1986. It would be December 1986 and the Christmas Special ‘Merry Christmas Father Christmas” before we saw the new trio together again.
Following on from this the regular series (the ninth) returned for an extended run of 12 episodes, before reverting back to the usual 6 for series ten. By the end of series 11, Michael Aldridge decided to leave the series for health reasons.
With Michael Aldridge installed as the new third man and the introduction of some new characters the series followed the same successful formula as had worked previously, but as Seymour was an inventor new challenges awaited Compo.
There was the running gag of Edie’s poor driving that ran through the series, some excellent pop up gags and hair raising situations with Ely, the partially sighted character that sprung up from time to time.
Written By: Roy Clarke
Original Transmission Dates: 1st January 1986 – 23rd December 1989, plus a brief appearance 2nd September 1990