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    Last appearance of Entwistle and Alvin?

    I came across this skit that aired apparently in 2010 where Burt Kwouk and Brian Murphy reprise their roles. I'm guessing it was filmed after the final series and as such represents their final appearance in their LOTSW roles. The Bill - Harry Hill & Paul O'Grady: The Bill for the Summer...
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    They haven't completely forgotten about the show

    Sid's Cafe on Facebook had this linked tonight: The last greengrocer in Holmfirth who was best friends with Last of the Summer Wine stars - YorkshireLive (examinerlive.co.uk)
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    Peter Sallis and Patrick McGoohan

    I was watching an interesting documentary on Amazon the other night about an interview Patrick McGoohan did in 1984 where he discussed "The Prisoner." The documentary had a lot of unused footage from the attempts to get that interview done. At any rate, they also had a bit of an overview of...
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    The wrong Wally?

    As I'm sure many know, Nora wasn't originally supposed to be a major character on Last of the Summer Wine. She wasn't really supposed to appear after the pilot opening scene, but test audiences liked her so Roy Clarke used her in a few episodes of Series 1 and the rest is history. In the...
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    British TV in the 1970s was such a small world!

    It seems like every show from that era has a bunch of people from other shows. The Dustbinmen, S2, episode 2. I was watching this on YouTube. Trevor Bannister and Brian Wilde were in the regular cast, along with Brian Pringle (who guest starred later in "Cheering up Ludovic." Who also has...
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    A scary thought

    I was thinking the other day about how they would update Last of the Summer Wine if they restarted it today. And one thing I realized is that if they started like the original did with the actors (and the characters they are playing) are about 50, it would be people born in the late 1960s/early...
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    Thoughts on the later years of LOTSW (long)

    This has been discussed before, but its only been since the final DVD's were released last year that I've had a chance to see the later years multiple times. And I've developed some ideas about what I think happened and why. In a nutshell, the show deviated from the formula that had worked so...
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    Was "A Musical Passing for a Miserable Muscroft" written for Wesley originally?

    So this is the 2002 Christmas special that was obviously not meant to be the first episode that aired from that series. That's pretty clear because of the involvement of Entwhistle, who isn't actually introduced until the second episode of the following series. Likely another case of the BBC...
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    Is that a Roy Clarke cameo in Mending Stuart's Leg?

    Ive been wondering this for some time. Early in the episode Sid is outside the cafe and Ivy is throwing plates out the door at him. As Sid is sweeping them up a man comes by pushing a bike and greets him. Even though it's a speaking part no credit is listed for it and I've always thought the...
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    Actors who played multiple characters over the years

    We discussed this at least once in the past but I keep finding new, unexpected examples. Some of the better known examples are: - Maggie Ollrenshaw. Played the Commodore's girlfriend in "The Flag and Further Snags," and then played Ethel in both "The Love Mobile" and "All that Glitters is not...
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    A little Tony Capstick memory

    I'm sure this is old news to many members, but I've been watching Series 25 this week. As it was the final series Tony Capstick appeared in, I did a bit of research on his career and came across some of his earlier non-Summerwine successes. For those of us who only know some of these...
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    Covering for Compo in Series 21

    I've always been intrigued by Alan Bell's statement in his book that they used a variety of tricks to cover for scenes Bill Owen did not film before his death in Series 21. In particular, Bell's statement that they used "green screen" to insert Owen into scenes. I'm watching Series 21 again at...
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    Brian Murphy as . . . Billy Hardcastle?

    I must have missed it in previous reads, but Alan Bell says in his book that Murphy was his first choice to play Billy Hardcastle in How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty. It was only because of a "misunderstanding" that Murphy did not originate the role, which Keith...
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    Clothiers Arms Netherthong Pub - 40 years later

    I was watching "A Quiet Drink" from Series 2 last night and was thinking about how isolated the pub looked to be. So I looked it up on the map here on Summerwine.net and realized how much appears to have changed. That dirt parking lot, nothing visible in background to the right of the main...
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    The real Yorkshire Bacon Sarnie?

    Whenever I see the episode where Nora gives Compo a bacon sarnie (sandwich) it puts me in the mood for one. But I realized recently that my idea of what that is probably isn't what Nora gave Compo! When I was growing up here in the US a bacon sandwich was either a BLT or a bacon with either...
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    US DVD release of Series 27 (Vintage 2006) delayed

    February is when a new series of LOTSW has been released in the US/Region 1 the last few years but it looks like that's not going to be the case this year. Series 26/Vintage 2005 came out last fall but the next series just got delayed at the last minute from February 2 to June 21. I'd grab...
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    The US version that almost was

    I was re-reading Alan Bell's book the other day. Although I remember it vaguely, some of the details of the US version that almost happened surprised me. As many probably know, Bell and Clarke did get involved (during the Seymour era) in plans to create a US network version of the show, which...
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    Why is Big Day at Dream Acres so bad?

    Maybe "bad" is an exaggeration, but for a show I love to watch this is easily the worst episode in my opinion. It's so bad I've never been able to watch it to the end, and I've cycled through all the episodes I have many many times now. With two exceptions, I've skipped it every time. Those...
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    The Secret Birthday

    I watched The Secret Birthday of Norman Clegg episode last night and it really resonated with me. My own birthday is later this week and it has been organized into an event well beyond my wishes. Last year I allowed my mother to organize my birthday as it was a milestone year and it had been...
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    Who were the biggest name guest stars?

    Watching from the U.S., most of the guest stars over the years are actors I don't recognize. Norman Wisdom was obviously a big deal, but I'm wondering who else was "big" news to see from the standpoint of other fans and why they would have been considered likely to draw people who otherwise...
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