Last of the Summer Wine runs dry

Last of the Summer Wine runs dry

I know that the news is almost 48 hours old but I needed too work out what I was going too write without coming down on whatever side, So here goes…

After 37 years the BBC are on longer going too filming Last of the Summer Wine a programme which has seen out most of its cast and four of it main leads, Ok for the people who haven’t ever seen it, it about the lives of people over middle age all living in a small Yorkshire town and all written by the same man Roy Clark, Now most people just think that its a lot of old man rolling down hills in bath tubs but it didn’t start off like that, in fact it was more like three old man talk about there lives before the second world war it was only later when the cast started too move outside did it become old man falling down hills, So that’s talk about the first three main leads

Michael Bates was born in Jhansi, United Provinces India he appeared in “Richard III” and “All’s Well That End’s Well”. In 1956 he appeared in “Hotel Paradiso” which starred Sir Alec Guinness, from 1973 to 1975 as Cyril Blamire and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum from 1974 to 1977 as Rangi Ram On stage, he did Shakespeare at Stratford and the Old Vic and made a big impression as Inspector Truscott in the West End production of Loot by Joe Orton in 1966. He died of cancer in Cambridge, aged 57. (Cyril Blamire)

Bill Owen was born in London, he made his first film appearance in The Way to the Stars In 1958, Owen presented a music panel/programme titled Dad You’re A Square During the 1960s, Owen had a successful second career as a songwriter, with compositions including the hit, Marianne, recorded by Cliff Richard. He at this time also collaborated with songwriter Tony Russell on musical The Matchgirls about the London matchgirls strike of 1888. He starred as Spike Miligan’s straight man in the West End hit Son of Oblomov in 1964. He continued working right up to his death from pancreatic cancer in Westminster, London, on 12 July 1999 His actor son, Tom Owen, was written into the series after his death. The storyline was that Compo knew he was terminally ill but chose not to tell Truly and Clegg, instead writing to his son with whom he has lost contact. The son however does not make it in time to his father’s funeral but remains in the area afterwards. Bill is buried in the churchyard of St John’s Parish Church, Upperthong, in his beloved town of Holmfirth (Compo Simmonite)

Peter Sallis born on 1 February 1921 in Twickenham Sallis started as an amateur actor during his four years with the RAF when one of his students offered him the lead in an amateur production. His success in the role caused him to resolve to become an actor after the war, and so he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts he became a notable character actor on the London stage in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing alongside theatrical legends such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles, Judi Dench and Patrick McGoohan Sallis was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2007 for services to Drama He is also famous for providing the voice of Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit films, utilising another northern accent.

So with the changing of the central figure the show became more out doors but also more people were added too fill in some of blanks the whole show then started too rise in the TV listing, with Peter Sallis as Norman Clegg, Brian Wilde as “Foggy” Dewhurst and Bill Owen as “Compo” Simmonite. and the more it did the bigger the fan base and in fact even today there still tours of Holmfirth were the show is filmed but I getting away for my point which is that show was two dimensional as people think, the have been shows where the three main leads have gone looking at a steam train or been part of a wedding, the show has even move people too tears. One of the last Bill Owen started in was when they take a trip too France and in a clearing of a wood he plays the last post and single tear rolls down his face.

I guess it not only that but the link it has with other shows and films that there have been over the years. Taking just a handful of them they range from A kind of loving with Dame Thora Hird too Jean Alexander who at one time started Coronation Street so even before each one of stared in Last of the Summer Wine they actors of a very high standing. Even the newer members of the cast are of the same class there have comics and double acts each adding too the show, the nice about I guess is that is a very easy show never too over the top just nice a simple. So I guess that in this day and age it was nice too have something that both lasted and could be enjoyed by all.

In the next few weeks I will try and add more and even talk some of the episodes


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