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Last Of The Summer Wine (Series 1) [1973] [VHS]

Peter Sallis , Michael Bates    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sallis, Michael Bates, Kathy Staff, Bill Owen
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Playback
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068C3N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"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

Product Description

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.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmassy, but perfect at any time of year. 26 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A Merry Heatwave sees our trio in the middle of a boiling summer heatwave. Nora Batty's brother in Australia just wants to see one more english christmas, and Foggy hits upon the idea of using his cine camera to film one for him with hilarious results!

In The Bandit from Stoke-on-Trent an old friend, Amos, is back in town. Foggy feels a little left out and more than a bit suspicious of the former criminals motives. Foggy feels that it is up to him to preserve law and order...

Small Tune on a Penny Wassail. It's Christmas and all Compo wants is a skateboard as a present. Fed up of waiting to open his presents Compo goes outside and meets a lad who has just got a skateboard...

This video can be watched again and again and it just gets better each time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy with fantastic scenery. 11 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Deep in the Heart of Yorkshire" is a timeless comedy about three retired gentlemen: Compo, Clegg, and Foggy. They spend their days remembering the "good old days", and getting into as much mischief as they can. You get four one-half hour episodes that show our fearless trio, and their friends, doing some of the funniest comedy you will ever see on video tape. Their dry humor and sharp wit make for some great, as well as very funny, dialogue. In the "Deep in the Heart of Yorkshire" episode our trio show how good they are at detective work as they track down two of their friends that were seen heading into the woods with bedding rolls. In "Earnshaw Strikes Again" our trio are depressed. In their depressed state Clegg explains why Yorkshire is not one of the great superpowers of the world, and Foggy incurs the wrath of the Yorkshire gods with very funny results. The two episodes "Here We go into the Wild Blue Yonder" and "Here We go Again into the Wild Blue Yonder" are a two part story of how Compo wants to go hand gliding. One of the cast members remarks how the birds will think the scarcrows are coming up after them. This sums up the situation nicely. I highly recommend this video to anyone who enjoys good light-hearted comedy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The trio at their best! 11 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the finest video tapes put out on "Last of the Summer Wine". It has one of my all time favorite episodes "Who Made a Bit of a Splash in Wales, Then?" You get to see lots of beautiful countryside, as well as the typical Yorkshire humor at its best. Also, there is the classic "Greenfingers" episode with the giant carrot. No matter how many times I watch this episode I still laugh myself silly. It has to be one of the best all time British comedy gags. This is a must have video for any one who is a fan of classic comedy and enjoys a good laugh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
One chapter of the longest running comedy sitcoms on television, this collection from Roy Clark sees our favorite characters in more compromising situations.
The vivid image of the late Bill Owen speeding downhill in a makeshift submarine turned bath (or vice versa!)is as unforgetable as the trademark frowns of Peter Sallis. If you are a fan of the comedy this collection is for you.
Set in the heart of Yorkshire, much of the action is filmed on location around the real village of Holmefirth. Indeed such was the passion fr the location that Bill Owen now rests, following the Londoners demand to be burried overlooking the beatutiful dales.
Along with other well known characters, including the fabulously loose-stocking lover Nora Batty, this collection displays the complete action from the second series of the comedy.
The earlier episodes were an instant hit, but will still surprise fans both new to the series and those loyal longserving admirers.
It is wonderful to see the three hill walkers in their early days, yet acted perfectly in the distinctive style commanded by the quality of Clarke's scripts.
A bargain buy at any price and one certainly not be missed from any comedy collection.
Enjoy the lot - it would be hard not too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video introduces Foggy Dewhurst to the trio, and sets up what I call the "Golden Age" of "Last of the Summer Wine". The title episode shows Foggy coming home and taking up with Compo and Clegg. The other two episodes show the boys on holiday at Scarborough. The chemistry between the three can be seen from the beginning. It created a team that is as legendary as Laurel & Hardy. Lots of good relaxing humor and beautiful British countryside. This is a must have video for all "Last of the Summer Wine" fans, as well as, all comedy fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a scream 21 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you need cheering up or just fancy a good laugh BUY BUY BUY this video DO IT NOW !!!!!!,
it will take you in to the slow steady paced village life with good old fasioned comady if you like programs like youve been framed and open all hours then you will love this, It was bought as a preasnt for me and i love it if youve had a hard day at work crack open a bottle of last of the summer wine and sit back and enjoy
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British comedy at its best! 3 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Full Steam Behind" provides three episodes of some of the funniest British comedy you will ever see. It has one of my favorite episodes from the "Last of the Summer Wine" program on it, the title episode "Full Steam Behind". Only Compo, Clegg, and Foggy can make a runaway steam engine this much fun. The other two episodes: "The Flag and its Snag" and "The Flag and Further Snags" round out a very enjoyable way to relax and view some excellent comedy that will certainly make you feel better. I have watched this video tape many times and still laugh as much as I did the first time I saw it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars last of the summer wine the complete series 2
what happened to the rest of the series 2 there must be more than13 ithink 14 for example gleggy gose to the local grave at the church of his wifes ediths grave.
Published 2 months ago by William MccUlloch
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLMFIRTH HEAVEN
I CHOSE THE TOP RATING BECAUSE OF THE TOP QUALITY OF SUCH A PROGRAMME. THE PRODUCT ITSELF WAS OF PERFECT CONDITION. Read more
Published 13 months ago by AMELIA
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format
My fault didn't check but it was on VHS. Nobody has VHS anymore and when I contacted the vendor he didn't have it on DVD. A wasted purchase
Published 14 months ago by N. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS
Bought as a present and have been told that they have been watched more than once.
Published on 15 April 2010 by Ms. F. A. Lucas
3.0 out of 5 stars Last of the summer wine
These three guys have pleased me for days on end, I have seen many of the DVDs and some VHS tapes about how they spend the days in this little English town and the adventures they... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by Aage W. Vasili Hempel
3.0 out of 5 stars Last of the summer wine
These three guys have pleased me for days on end, I have seen many of the DVDs and some VHS tapes about how they spend the days in this little English town and the adventures they... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by Aage W. Vasili Hempel
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the summer wine
These three guys have pleased me for days on end, I have seen many of the DVDs and some VHS tapes about how they spend the days in this little English town and the adventures they... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by Aage W. Vasili Hempel
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the summer wine
These three guys have pleased me for days on end, I have seen many of the DVDs and some VHS tapes about how they spend the days in this little English town and the adventures they... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by Aage W. Vasili Hempel
3.0 out of 5 stars summer wine vhs
Good value.Quick service.Purchased for friend who no longer sees the series and greatly enjoyed by him
Published on 7 April 2009 by Mr. L. Mears
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Comedy truly British
A truly great comedy which every episode is surly going to mak you watch it over and over again. Never a dull moment and brillian to watch
Published on 23 Jan 2001 by andrew.reeve1@btinternet.com
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