Last of the Summer Wine (series 12)

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Last of the Summer Wine Series 12
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 11
Original network BBC1
Original release 2 September – 27 December 1990
Season chronology
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The Last of the Summer Wines twelfth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

With the departure of Michael Aldridge who had left to nurse his ill wife, the character of Foggy Dewhirst returned to the fold.


The trio in this series consisted of:

Actor Role
Michael Aldridge Seymour [1]
Bill Owen Compo
Peter Sallis Clegg
Brian Wilde Foggy

^1 Seymour only appeared briefly in Return of the Warrior

When Compo and Clegg inform Seymour that the caning of children in the UK was now illegal. Seymour is clearly disappointed by this news despite him knowing it about in the 1987 feature-length episode "Big Day at Dream Acre."

Returning this series[edit]

Foggy (1976–1985, 1990-1997)

Last appearances[edit]

Seymour (1985–1990)
Barry (1985-1990, 1996–2010)

List of episodes[edit]

Regular series

Title Airdate Description Notes
Return of the Warrior 2 September Compo and Clegg see Seymour off, ready to take up a post of headmaster. They then just keep missing a returning Foggy.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Seymour and also, the returning appearance of Foggy (Having been absent since Series 8, 1985 five years before).
  • The first episode featuring two of the 'three men', however they never meet.
Come In, Sunray Major 9 September After a miscommunication leads to Foggy getting split up from Compo and Clegg, while out walking, he comes up with an idea - portable radios.
The Charity Balls 16 September Compo, Clegg, Foggy, and Howard take part in sponsored football dribble for charity.
Walking Stiff Can Make You Famous 23 September Foggy has come up with another idea, bicycle polo.
That's Not Captain Zero 30 September After meeting Captain Zero, the human cannonball, the trio take him to the pub while his van is fixed. Unfortunately when he gets arrested for being drunk, it's up to Compo to take his place.
  • This Episode marks the last appearances of Clegg and Howard's original respective homes.
Das Welly Boot 7 October Foggy decides to restore an old boat, and Compo knows who he wants to take on the first trip...Nora Batty.
  • From this point onward, Clegg and Howard move into their new respective homes although still next door neighbours.
  • They would remain there for the rest of the series, until the show's end (20 years later).
The Empire That Foggy Nearly Built 14 October After seeing an argument over a parking space, Foggy decides there must be money to be made out of car parking.
The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression 21 October Compo goes on a local TV program with his Maurice Chevallier impression.
  • Guest-featuring a then injury-recovering Gorden Kaye (of 'Allo 'Allo fame) as Maynard Lavery.
Roll On 28 October The trio train for a barrel rolling event.
A Landlady for Smiler 4 November The lads help Smiler find a new place to live.
  • This Episode marked (due to popularity 2 years before) the return of Smiler (who became a regular character from the following series onward until 2007).

Christmas Special (1990)

Title Airdate Description Notes
Barry's Christmas 27 December It's Christmas 1990, and Glenda's so upset because Barry didn't come home the night before. The trio find him dressed as Santa Claus, under a table in the local pub
  • This episode marked the Last appearance of Barry who returns 6 years later in the 1996 Christmas Special "Extra! Extra!" as Mike Grady left to pursue other TV projects of work at the time.
  • This was the last episode to use 16mm film for outdoor scenes until series 14. The next series was shot entirely on video tape.

DVD release[edit]

The box set for series twleve was released by Universal Playback in December 2008, mislabelled as a box set for series 13 & 14.

The Complete Series 13 & 14
Set Details[1]
  • 15 episodes
  • 3-disc set
  • Language: English
Release Date
Region 2
26 December 2008


  1. ^ "Last of the Summer Wine Series 13 & 14". Amazon. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 

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