Returning: Last of the Summer Wine

The final season of the long-running UK show, Last of the Summer Wine, will air on the UK TV channel this month.

The comedy, which began in 1973, wrapped last year -even eclipsing the longevity of The Bill.

Following the misadventures of a group of men who never seem to grow up, it stars Russ Abbot (The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Russ Abbot Show), Peter Sallis (Wallace & Gromit), Burt Kwouk (Honest, The Wrong Door, The Pink Panther) Brian Murphy (George and Mildred) and June Whitfield (Doctor Who, Absolutely Fabulous).

This charming series, set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humour, sees the return of favourite characters Hobbo, Alvin, Entwistle, Clegg and Truly. They go through life full of good intentions, but their antics always seem to get them into trouble as the women in their lives try to keep them in line.

This series it’s clear the team’s talents don’t lie in marriage guidance. Hobbo’s hapless schemes backfire when he tries to help Toby win back both his ex-wife and his beloved Jaguar car. Meanwhile, Howard finds himself homeless when his love life falls apart and wife Pearl throws him out. Acting on the well-intentioned but useless advice of Hobbo and the gang, he resorts to increasingly desperate measures to try and win Pearl over. If he doesn’t succeed, a tent on the moors could become his permanent residence!

It begins Sundays at 7.00pm, from January 16.


  1. Was this ever actually shown on a free to air channel back in the 70s/80s? I don’t ever recall seeing it and I think it’s only become known in Australia through Foxtel.

    Much like Only Fools and Horses – another BBC series never shown on Free to air TV – anyone know?

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