History Series / LastOfTheSummerWine

19th Dec '16 1:31:41 PM Aurelian
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* MadeOfIron: Despite all the potentially dangerous scrapes the main characters get themselves into, they always avoid serious injury.
14th Dec '16 4:02:21 PM Xtifr
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'''''Last of the Summer Wine''''' was a gentle, family-friendly TV comedy set in rural Yorkshire, OopNorth in England, which became the world's [[LongRunner longest]]-running SitCom. First aired in [[TheSeventies 1973]] and running almost continually until [[TheNewTens 2010]], its remarkable longevity is starkly ironic in light of the fact that it centred from the word go upon a ComicTrio of elderly men who -- as the show's title suggests -- were meant to be living out the autumn of their years, and their friends and neighbours of a similar, erm, vintage. Frequently regressing to a kind of eccentric second youth, the trio routinely got themselves [[HilarityEnsues into comic scrapes]], often while trying to help somebody or partake in a perfectly sensible-sounding ZanyScheme.

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'''''Last ''Last of the Summer Wine''''' Wine'' was a gentle, family-friendly TV comedy set in rural Yorkshire, OopNorth in England, which became the world's [[LongRunner longest]]-running SitCom. First aired in [[TheSeventies 1973]] and running almost continually until [[TheNewTens 2010]], its remarkable longevity is starkly ironic in light of the fact that it centred from the word go upon a ComicTrio of elderly men who -- as the show's title suggests -- were meant to be living out the autumn of their years, and their friends and neighbours of a similar, erm, vintage. Frequently regressing to a kind of eccentric second youth, the trio routinely got themselves [[HilarityEnsues into comic scrapes]], often while trying to help somebody or partake in a perfectly sensible-sounding ZanyScheme.
29th Oct '16 9:28:15 AM nombretomado
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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: One of the main drivers of the humour. Usually approached by the women, but occasionally the men would weigh in as well, such as Norman Clegg stating the reason why women scare him is that they don't like ''TheGoonShow''.

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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: One of the main drivers of the humour. Usually approached by the women, but occasionally the men would weigh in as well, such as Norman Clegg stating the reason why women scare him is that they don't like ''TheGoonShow''.''Radio/TheGoonShow''.
22nd Oct '16 1:36:51 PM nombretomado
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Most of the characters had a [[BritishAccents Yorkshire accent]], and exemplified many of the associated stereotypes. During its run, the show used the majority of ComedyTropes, most commonly ZanyScheme. It also had many running gags: Howard and Marina's affair, Auntie Wainwright's shop, Nora Batty's stockings. The quintessential sight, at least in public perception, was someone usually Compo whizzing down a hill in some [[HomemadeInventions Homemade Invention]] like a tin bathtub with wheels on, crashing into a low drystone wall at the bottom and disappearing over it into a field. Despite their age, the characters appeared to have rubber bones, routinely suffering accidents like this which would leave most people severely injured, let alone someone of their advanced years.

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Most of the characters had a [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Yorkshire accent]], and exemplified many of the associated stereotypes. During its run, the show used the majority of ComedyTropes, most commonly ZanyScheme. It also had many running gags: Howard and Marina's affair, Auntie Wainwright's shop, Nora Batty's stockings. The quintessential sight, at least in public perception, was someone usually Compo whizzing down a hill in some [[HomemadeInventions Homemade Invention]] like a tin bathtub with wheels on, crashing into a low drystone wall at the bottom and disappearing over it into a field. Despite their age, the characters appeared to have rubber bones, routinely suffering accidents like this which would leave most people severely injured, let alone someone of their advanced years.



* BritishAccents: Most characters naturally had a Yorkshire one, and Edie would try to put on an absurdly exaggerated posh southern one (which often [[OohMeAccentsSlipping breaks down]]).
21st Jun '16 2:17:56 PM ScottMarshall
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Played for laughs with Edie, who would often put on an exaggerated posh southern accent that quickly broke down.
16th Jun '16 6:09:46 PM ScottMarshall
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** Notably, a spin-off has been announced, centering around ThoseTwoGuys Police Constables Cooper and Walsh, of all people.



** Compo, whenever Seymour needs someone to test his latest prototype: "He's looking at me, Norm! Why's he looking at me, Norm?"



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After [[BunglingInventor yet another failed invention]]: "Why? What have you got against Seymour Utterthwaite?"



* StrictlyFormula: The beginning of most of the '90s Foggy episodes followed a very set routine. Each show would start not necessarily in this order with a scene of Compo trying to romance Nora, a scene of Foggy boring/repelling a stranger with a made-up war story, and a scene of Howard bursting into Clegg's house to ask a favor. Once Foggy left, the openings became a little more varied, although there were still many scenes of Compo pursuing Nora and Howard bothering Clegg.

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* StrictlyFormula: The beginning of most of the '90s Foggy episodes followed a very set routine. Each show would start not necessarily in this order with a scene of Compo trying to romance Nora, a scene of Foggy boring/repelling a stranger (or [[ButtMonkey Barry]]) with a made-up war story, and a scene of Howard bursting into Clegg's house to ask a favor. Once Foggy left, the openings became a little more varied, although there were still many scenes of Compo pursuing Nora and Howard bothering Clegg.
28th May '16 11:20:58 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* DueToTheDead: The focus of a three-episode arc centering on [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Compo's death and funeral]], the final shot of which was the funeral procession taking Compo on one last hillside stroll on the way to his final resting place.
14th May '16 3:33:56 PM LondonKdS
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* LongRunnerCastTurnover: Due not just to the length of the show's run, but to the advanced age of most of the cast.
25th Dec '15 8:38:43 AM Kitchen90
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''Last of the Summer Wine'' was a gentle, family-friendly TV comedy set in rural Yorkshire, OopNorth in England, which became the world's [[LongRunner longest]]-running SitCom. First aired in [[TheSeventies 1973]] and running almost continually until [[TheNewTens 2010]], its remarkable longevity is starkly ironic in light of the fact that it centred from the word go upon a ComicTrio of elderly men who as the show's title suggests were meant to be living out the autumn of their years, and their friends and neighbours of a similar, erm, vintage. Frequently regressing to a kind of eccentric second youth, the trio routinely got themselves [[HilarityEnsues into comic scrapes]], often while trying to help somebody or partake in a perfectly sensible-sounding ZanyScheme. Just quite how old the characters were meant to be originally is unsure, but the actors were actually in their 50s when the show was first aired, and by the final episode the oldest surviving cast members were in their late 80s.

The original trio was Compo (scruffy and lazy, played by Bill Owen), Clegg (meek, quiet and sensible, played by ever-present Peter Sallis) and Blamire (pompous, opinionated conservative, played by Michael Bates); Blamire was replaced in 1976 by the first of several {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, 'Foggy' Dewhirst (pompous, ex-military), played by Brian Wilde and who quickly elected himself the leader of the other two, who put up with this arrangement because his schemes always went so amusingly wrong. Subsequent leaders, all pompous, were incompetent inventor and ex-teacher Seymour Utterthwaite (Michael Aldridge, 1986-90), a returning Foggy (1990-97) and ex-policeman 'Truly' Truelove (Frank Thornton, 1998-2010). Toward the end, a new trio took the central role, while Clegg and Truly receded into supporting roles.

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Just quite how old the characters were meant to be originally is unsure, but the actors were actually in their 50s when the show was first aired, and by the final episode the oldest surviving cast members were in their late 80s.

The original trio was Compo (scruffy and lazy, played by Bill Owen), Clegg (meek, quiet and sensible, played by ever-present Peter Sallis) and Blamire (pompous, opinionated conservative, played by Michael Bates); Blamire was replaced in 1976 by the first of several {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, 'Foggy' {{suspiciously similar substitute}}s, "Foggy" Dewhirst (pompous, ex-military), played by Brian Wilde and who quickly elected himself the leader of the other two, who put up with this arrangement because his schemes always went so amusingly wrong. Subsequent leaders, all pompous, were incompetent inventor and ex-teacher Seymour Utterthwaite (Michael Aldridge, 1986-90), a returning Foggy (1990-97) and ex-policeman 'Truly' Truelove (Frank Thornton, 1998-2010). Toward the end, a new trio took the central role, while Clegg and Truly receded into supporting roles.
24th Dec '15 4:45:15 PM nombretomado
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Unsurprisingly perhaps, after decades on the air the show was frequently a target of those who saw it as stale and repetitive and wished to see it axed. Creator/TheBBC kept producing new episodes, however, as it remained highly popular, in particular among older generations; several older members of the BritishRoyalFamily were known to have apparently stated ''Summer Wine'' was their favourite television programme, including UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen and the Queen Mother. More bizarrely, so did President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

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Unsurprisingly perhaps, after decades on the air the show was frequently a target of those who saw it as stale and repetitive and wished to see it axed. Creator/TheBBC kept producing new episodes, however, as it remained highly popular, in particular among older generations; several older members of the BritishRoyalFamily UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily were known to have apparently stated ''Summer Wine'' was their favourite television programme, including UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen and the Queen Mother. More bizarrely, so did President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.
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