Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom written by Roy Clarke that is broadcast on BBC One . Last of the Summer Wine premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on 4 January 1973 and the first series of episodes followed on 12 November 1973. Since 1983, Alan J. W. Bell has produced and directed all episodes of the show. The 29th series concluded on 31 August 2008 and a 30th series is set to air in the autumn of 2009. A December 2008 interview with Bell suggested the 30th series would be the last, although the BBC denies such a decision has been made. Repeats of the show are broadcast in the UK on satellite station G.O.L.D. and it is also seen in more than twenty-five countries, including various PBS stations in the United States and in Canada on VisionTV . Last of the Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world.
Last of the Summer Wine is set and filmed in and around Holmfirth , West Yorkshire , England and centres around a trio of old men whose line-up has changed over the years. The original trio consisted 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. When Bates left in 1976 after two series, the role of the third man of the trio was filled in various years up to the 30th series by the quirky war veteran , Foggy ( Brian Wilde ), the eccentric inventor , Seymour ( Michael Aldridge ), and former police officer Truly ( Frank Thornton ). The men never seem to grow up and develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their youthful stunts. The cast has grown to include a variety of supporting characters, each contributing their own subplots to the show and often becoming unwillingly involved in the schemes of the trio. The main cast of the 30th series consists of Russ Abbot as a former milkman who fancies himself a secret agent , Hobbo, Burt Kwouk as the electrical repairman, Entwistle, and Brian Murphy as the childish Alvin. Sallis and Thornton, both past members of the trio, continue on in supporting roles.
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