Last Of The Summer Wine: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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Last Of The Summer Wine: The Complete Collection [DVD]

Last Of The Summer Wine: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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When Took heard that James Gilbert and Roy Clarke were looking for a place with a centre surrounded by hills for their new television programme, he suggested the idea to Duncan Wood, who was at that time filming Comedy Playhouse. The humour, especially in the exchanges between the trio, may be many degrees more abrasive than the LOTSW we remember, but this was always intended to be cosy comedy.

Jane Freeman seized her brief opportunity to look and sound soft, saying that they never had any babies. I have the complete series as well but mine is Region 4 and I had to get mine a couple of series at a time. The BBC initially disliked Hazlehurst's theme, feeling it was not proper for a comedy programme to have such mellow music. Anyone can be, and several times an episode is the butt of the joke (actually it’s usually either Cyril or Compo but Cleggy can cop it too). It was more of the same, gradually getting further and further away from reality and more and more characters were added until I gradually lost the ability to suspend disbelief and switched off.He gets out his old box camera, Cleggy’s cleared out his old camping gear, reminiscent of one utterly disastrous camping holiday with his unsympathetic wife, and this leads to an overnight camp, in the pouring rain, to enable Blamire to take a shot of the sunrise. He identified it instantly as a harmonica, which I should have recognised for myself, but had failed to do so because I simply did not associate harmonicas with pop (I had heard no blues up to this point).

In contrast, ‘The New Mobile Trio’ is inspired by Clegg who, after making a hash of things on a Road Safety Exhibition Driving Simulator, gets to hankering to use his barely-touched Driver’s Licence to make the Library Mob mobile, spread their wings, extend their horizons, run into tractors. After the death of Owen in 1999, Compo was replaced at various times by his real-life son, Tom Owen, as Tom Simmonite, Keith Clifford as Billy Hardcastle, a man who thought of himself as a direct descendant of Robin Hood, and Brian Murphy as the cheeky-chappy Alvin Smedley. Although in its early years the series generally revolved around the exploits of the main trio, with occasional interaction with a few recurring characters, over time the cast grew to include a variety of supporting characters and by later years the series was very much an ensemble piece.Brian Wilde, Michael Aldridge and Frank Thornton each brought a sense of completion to the trio after the departure of the preceding third man. The show changed from passive to active, and with that change the inner dynamics also had to change, permanntly. The series was probably at its commercial peak, and certainly at its most respected, in that late-Seventies/early-Eighties period.

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