Last of the Summer Wine (Paperback)
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Last of the Summer Wine (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 01/07/2011
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Quite simply, Last of the Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in the world. It premiered 37 years ago, in 1973, and, after 31 series it finally came to an end last year - even though all its original protagonists - Compo, Foggy, even Nora Batty - are now dead. Remarkably, for a series of such longevity and international appeal, it is all about elderly people, has little action or plot, and is set and filmed in and around the small Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. Now, Andrew Vine, the deputy editor of Yorkshire's daily newspaper, has written the definitive history of this television phenomenon. It covers the show's inauspicious beginnings, with low ratings, its endless reinvention as participants like Bill Owen, Michael Bates, Brian Wilde and Kathy Staff retired or died, the appearance of a string of guest stars from John Cleese and Norman Wisdom to Thora Hird and Russ Abbott (both of whom soon found themselves fixtures in the cast), and the ingenious plot contrivances as the protagonists became too old and frail to attempt any of the slapstick stunts with runaway prams - indeed any outdoor action.

Holmfirth is now a year-round tourist attraction, and endless repeats and new DVD box sets will ensure a readership for this book for years to come.

Publisher: Quarto Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781845137113
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 238 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Thorough, affectionate and well-written, this is a must-have for all fans of the show' Choice magazine 'Celebrate the final series of this television classic with this superb book' The Daily Telegraph, Books 'An authoritative history of the show' -- Roger Lewis Mail on Sunday

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“Compo Ration”

The show, alas, has finally gone to that great DVD player in the sky. If anything could possibly take its place though, it is Andrew Vinen’s wonderfully entertaining and informative book. What happy memories it brings... More

Paperback edition
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“Last of the Summer Wine”

For everybody who loved Last of the Summer Wine this is definitely the book to read. I enjoyed every word. I give it a 5 star rating.

Paperback edition
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“Compo Ration”

The show, alas, has finally gone to that great DVD player in the sky. If anything could possibly take its place though, it is Andrew Vinen’s wonderfully entertaining and informative book. What happy memories it brings... More

Hardback edition
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