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Pilot for BBC's Last of the Summer Wine (1973) series.

Director:

James Gilbert (uncredited)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Bates ... Blamire
Bill Owen ... Compo
Peter Sallis ... Clegg
Blake Butler Blake Butler ... Mr. Wainwright
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Partridge
Michael Stainton Michael Stainton ... Vicar
John Comer ... Sid
Jane Freeman ... Ivy
Kathy Staff ... Mrs. Batty
John Barrett ... Repo Man
Pat Bonna Pat Bonna ... Neighbour
Derek Etchells Derek Etchells ... Repo Man
Jean McLaren Jean McLaren ... Neighbour
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Pilot for BBC's Last of the Summer Wine (1973) series.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1973 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First episode of the series. See more »

Goofs

Compo refers to Mrs. Batty's husband Harold. In the series he is named Wally (short for Walter). See more »

Quotes

Compo: Hey, Cyril! Give us a fag, I'll give you a sniff of me socks.
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Connections

References The High Chaparral (1967) See more »

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Not an auspicious start
18 April 2019 | by professoritterrohlSee all my reviews

This is where it all began and this pilot is a long way off what the series would become. There are no elements of slapstick, farce or visual gags to be seen. Instead the show relies solely on dialect. This makes the pace somewhat laboured so the location constantly changes in an attempt to move the pace along. The Compo character would remain consistent throughout the years; however its noticeable how different Clegg was in the early episodes. He was a more confident cocky character and quite a long way removed from the Clegg of later years. The episode is a bit of a time capsule to life in the 70's as we get views of the town and a glimpse of the lives of ordinary folk. Its noticeable how class plays a part in this episode through the characters Blamire and Compo which was a common theme of many sitcoms of the time. The episode doesn't have much in the way of plot; instead its focus is mainly on establishing the characters. Unfortunately the episode is uneventful and the jokes are rather unfunny and dated. The lustful librarians are a welcome relief and can be viewed as a forerunner for Howard and Marina. Worth watching to see how it all started but a weak episode.


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