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An Aussie's review of a British comedy
on 30 April 2009
I have just added series 13 & 14 to my Last Of The Summer Wine collection & again more excellent comedy from Roy Clarke.
Whilst I have other series of Roy's, Open All Hours & Growing Pains of PC Penrose, LOTSW is my favorite & leaves no doubt in my mind as to why it is the longest running British TV comedy programme.
I have no favorite episode. They are all excellent comedy with a cast to match. From Cleggy, with Peter Sallis's voice as a reminder of Wallace in Wallace & Grommit to the late Bill Owen's role as the lovable Compo. Bill stands out in this role, from his continual obsession with Nora Batty's wrinkled stockings to an excellent performance in the episode The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression, complete with his lucky ferret concealed (for a short time) in his trousers. This episode also has a guest appearance by Gordon Kaye of Allo Allo fame.
The late Brian Wilde, who we remember as a wonderful Mr Barrowclough alongside Ronnie Barker in Porridge portrays Foggy, the self appointed leader of this infamous trio. After all, he is suitably qualified, being a "former corporal sign writer".
Series 13 also sees the reappearance of Smiler, Inspector "Blakey" from On The Buses. Smiler becomes Nora Batty's lodger, much to the dislike of Compo & with a never before seen side of Compo, jealousy.
All our old favorite clips are there too; the Howard/Pearl/Marina saga & Dame Thora Hird as Edie with her never-ending passion for keeping both house & husband Wesley clean.