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Last of the Summer Wine: Series 21 & 22 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NVKZV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

All 21 episodes from Series 21 and 22 of Roy Clarke's long-running BBC comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. Series 21 episodes are: 'The Pony Set', 'How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty', 'Who's Thrown Away Her Tom Cruise Photographs?', 'What Happened to Barry's Nose?', 'Optimism in the Housing Market', 'Will Barry Go Septic Despite Listening to Classical Music?', 'Beware the Vanilla Slice', 'Howard Throws a Wobbler', 'The Phantom Number 14 Bus' and 'Ironing Day'. Series 22 episodes are: 'Last Post and Pigeon', 'Lipstick and Other Problems', 'Under the Rug', 'Magic and the Morris Minor', 'Elegy for Fallen Wellies', 'Surprise at Throstlenest', 'Just a Small Funeral', 'From Here to Paternity', 'Some Vans Can Make You Deaf', 'Waggoners Roll' and 'I Didn't Know Barry Could Play'.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2012
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After Bill Owen's death, Roy Clarke did a brilliant job with the farewell trilogy ... made all the more moving because the preceding episode ends with Compo sounding the last post when he revisits a place in France where he spent time with some army colleagues.

The trilogy is genuinely moving and is possibly one of the highest points of the entire lengthy series in terms of writing, acting and effect - but thereafter (for me) everything goes into a downwards spin with the ghastly decision to introduce Bill's own son Tom as a replacement character ... accompanied by 'Mrs Avery' who must be the weirdest, most badly acted character ever to appear anywhere at any time in LOTSW. The character of Tom Simmonite is just too artificial and shallow with lots of unnecessary gurning and an an aura of unpleasantness around him that was never the case with old reprobate Compo, no matter what he got up to. Only the introduction of Billy Hardcastle stood out as a bright spot, together with the continuing influence of 'Truly of the Yard'. (So much better as a character than Foggy Dewhurst).

For me, this type of successful change was repeated several seasons in the future with the introduction of Brian Murphy as the character Alvin Smedley. Such a shame he wasn't involved instead of Tom Owen.

As for the storylines themselves, these again revolve far too often around the nastiness of Howard and his attempts to outwit Pearl. This becomes such a common theme that even in Compo's time, it often tilted the series towards repetitiveness.

Oh for the times when it was Compo's involvements in experiments and outlandish stunts or simply in meanderings around the landscape without constantly encountering the peevish Howard or the matronly Marina.
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on 18 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Here we are again, another release of the best loved & longest running sitcom in the world, however with the series 9 dvd being called 9 & 10 what we should actually getting is series 20 & 21 which are from 1999 and 2000 plus the millenium special, so what can we expect from this set, well if nothing is missed out then we will finally see some of the saddest episodes in the history of Last of the Summer Wine on DVD (which were about Compo's death from series 21 (22 dvd)), but onto them in a bit firstly we get some very good episodes from series 20 (dvd 21) such as How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty, Who's Thrown her Tom Cruise Photos Away?, What's Happened to Barry's Nose?, Howard Throws a Wobbler, The Phantom Number 14 Bus and Ironing Day, we should also get the millenium special Last Post and Pigeon (which includes Bill Owen's final filmed scene), in the next series we get Lipstick and Other Problems, Under the Rug and Magic and the Morris Minor before the three episodes about Compo's death which are Elegy for Fallen Wellies, Surprise at Throstlenest and Just a Small Funeral, we then see Compo's long lost son Tom (played by Bill Owen's real life son, Tom Owen) arrive and we finish the series off with From Here to Paternity, Some Vans Can Make you Deaf, Waggoner's Roll and I Didn't Know Barry Could Play, another fantastic set of episodes from playback who i ask to hurry up and get the rest of the episodes out on DVD ASAP

List of expected episodes on the set

Series 20 (DVD 21)

18 April 1999 "The Pony Set"
25 April 1999 "How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty"
2 May 1999 "Who's Thrown her Tom Cruise Photos Away?"
16 May 1999 "What's Happened to Barry's Nose?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Angleterre on 13 April 2012
Format: DVD
Firstly, the programmes.Series 21 (DVD) is up there with the best, and is definitely worth five stars - especially for the intoduction of 'Billy Hardcastle'(the character who was [effectively] to ensure the longevity of LOTSW - Keith Clifford's departure marked the beginning of the end...).However, we then come to Series 22 (DVD).Bill Owen's illness, and death, were always going to be extremely difficult for Roy Clarke - he subsequently stated that keeping the series going, after the demise of such a significant character, was his greatest challenge during the whole of LOTSW.Inevitably,all does not go smoothly.Bill Owen insisted that his final scenes should be included in the programme, even though he clearly looks as ill as he was - accomodating those scenes affected the writing of those episodes.Unlike many, I do not think that Roy Clarke handled Compo's death particularly well - the episodes look like a writer struggling to come to terms with the loss of a major character, so we get characters and scenarios (such as 'Throstlenest')which did not go onto be developed.The decision to try and bring in Tom Owen as part of the 'threesome' was clearly misguided - he did not become settled until his focus was shifted to be part of the 'Smiler / Auntie Wainwright' strand.Even worse was the introduction of the 'Mrs Avery' and daughter characters - clearly a misguided attempt to make the programme appeal to a younger audience.That Roy Clarke turned things around (by the development of 'Billy' as one of the threesome, and the introduction of 'Alvin' [name chosen to appeal to US viewers?])is testament to his undoubted skill as a writer, and to why LOTSW sustained for so long.

Now for the inevitable technicals.
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