Last of the Summer Wine (series 19)

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Last of the Summer Wine Series 19
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 11
Original network BBC One
Original release 28 December 1997 – 8 March 1998
Season chronology
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Last of the Summer Wine's nineteenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.


The trio in this series consisted of:

Actor Role
Bill Owen Compo
Peter Sallis Clegg
Frank Thornton Truly

First Appearances[edit]

Truly (1997-2010)

List of Episodes[edit]

Christmas Special (1997)

Title Airdate Description Notes
There Goes the Groom 28 December Barry is best man at a friend's wedding, but when the groom doesn't want to get married, Truly, Compo & Clegg try to convince him of the advantages of a good married life.
  • This is a 1-hour special
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Truly and the final appearance of Foggy (as played by a double, due to Wilde's illness and unavailability).
  • This was the second episode to feature two of the 'three men' however they never converse, (albeit Foggy being played by a body double as Wilde was unable to take part due to ill health).
  • Although Foggy is seen in some faraway shots, his face is obscured, and a body double is used.
  • Guest Appearances of Lloyd Peters, Michele Whitehead, Brenda Kempner and Kriss Akabusi

Regular series

Title Airdate Description Notes
Beware of the Oglethorpe 4 January Compo, Clegg and Truly run into a tired, gloomy old school chum, Coggy Duckworth (whose mother was an Oglethorpe). Seeing him strengthens their resolve to stay active and adventurous.
  • Guest Appearance of Norman Mitchell
  • This is the first regular episode to have a Cold open. Although past episodes used them occasionally.
Tarzan of the Towpath 11 January The trio ends up rolling down a hill, instead of walking down it, as they did when they were children, but their age proves to speak louder than their will for adventure.
  • Filming took place along the adjacent towpath of the River Calder (near Mirfield).
Truly and the Hole Truth 19 January Truly becomes jealous of people who get their picture in the paper for performing selfless acts of bravery. He sets out to prove he's up to the task of rescuing others, even if he has to orchestrate a disaster himself.
Oh Howard, We Should Get One of Those 25 January Wesley's new creation meets with great success – particularly with Compo – who wants to be the first one to try it. Has he finally found the perfect way to get close to Nora?
The Suit That Attracts Blondes 21 January Glenda gives one of Barry's old suits to the jumble sale, because she thinks it attracts blondes. Compo ends up buying the suit, with money from Truly and Clegg.
The Only Diesel-Powered Saxophone in Captivity 8 February Barry buys a new saxophone from Auntie Wainwright. Glenda doesn't let him play indoors, so he has to find a spot outside to practice. the problem starts when Barry discovers in what type of case the saxophone comes in.
Perfection - Thy Name is Ridley 15 February When the local ladies start to gain some interest for a man named Walter Ridley, it's up for the trio to try to find out why he's so highly regarded by all the local women.
Nowhere Particular 22 February Howard buys a new van, as part of his new scheme to be left in peace with Marina. He even buys some furniture to put on the back of the van, to make it "a little more comfortable".
  • Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton only feature in two scenes during the episode, once near the beginning and another near the end, marking this episode as one of the first not to feature a trio of men at the centre of the plot.
From Audrey Nash to the Widow Dilhooley 1 March Truly hears an old girlfriend of his is coming back to town, and he tries to meet her dressed as he was the last time they saw each other.
  • Huddersfield train station appears in this episode
Support Your Local Skydiver 8 March Compo finds out that Nora Batty is getting post cards sent from the Canary Islands. This makes him jealous, so he seeks help from Clegg and Truly to try and impress her - but he's not very pleased with the plan.
  • This is the last episode to be made in 4:3 format which has been used since the first episode 25 years before.

DVD release[edit]

The box set for series nineteen was released by Universal Playback in February 2011, mislabelled as a box set for series 19 & 20.

The Complete Series 19 & 20
Set Details[1]
  • 22 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • Language: English
Release Date
Region 2
7 February 2011


  1. ^ "Last of the Summer Wine Series 19 & 20 [1997] [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 

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