"It's destiny, fate that brings us together. Redundancy. They just don't care that your mother used to eat insurance men and that yours was struggling to bring you up nicely as a little poof". So says Clegg (Peter Sallis) addressing his companions, Compo (Bill Owen) and Blamire (Michael Bates), three fellows getting on in years reunited by unemployment after knowing each other all their lives in a small Yorkshire town. There's no real story to Last of the Summer Wine
, simply the well-observed banter of the central trio and a gallery of eccentric supporting characters. Compo, the irreverent and scruffy "village idiot" and Clegg, the amiable working man are well-loved figures, but the middle-class Conservative Blamire, a nicely rounded portrayal by Bates, may surprise fans expecting to see Foggy (Brian Wilde), who didn't join the series until 1976. This double-video presents the six episodes of the first series, from 1973, of the longest-running comedy in British television history. It's a shame the pilot episode which introduced the characters has not been included, and that the credits have been edited out, but this is a reminder of how good Last of the Summer Wine
once was, when it was new, fresh and laugh-out-loud funny. --Gary S. Dalkin
All six episodes from the first series of Roy Clarke's popular comedy set in the Yorkshire Dales, featuring the misadventures of Compo, Clegg and Blamire. In 'Short Back and Palais Glide' the friends go in search of Compo's key. 'Inventor of the Forty Foot Ferret' sees Blamire try to get Compo into church. 'Pate and Chips' has the gang spend a day out at a stately home. 'Spring Fever' finds Compo indulging in carnal fantasies about Nora Batty. 'The New Mobile Trio' sees Clegg and friends taking to the road in their new £30 car. Finally, 'Hail Smiling Morn or Thereabouts' has Blamire rekindle his interest in photography.