Last of the Summer Wine (series 22)

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Last of the Summer Wine Series 22
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Original network BBC One
Original release 1 April – 3 June 2001
Season chronology
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Last of the Summer Wine's twenty-second 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 season 22 consisted of:

Actor Role
Keith Clifford Billy Hardcastle
Peter Sallis Clegg
Frank Thornton Truly

First appearances[edit]

Herman Teesdale (2001–2010)
Toby Mulberry Smith (aka the Captain) (2001–2010)

Last appearances[edit]

Mrs Avery (2000–2001)
Nora Batty (1973–2001, 2002–2008)

List of episodes[edit]

Title Airdate Description Notes
Getting Barry's Goat 1 April Barry tries to return Tom's goat after it has been left in his garage.
  • Billy becomes a regular character
  • First appearance of Herman Teesdale
The Art of the Shorts Story 8 April Howard gets into a panic when he cannot find his shorts and is questioned about them by Pearl. Howard enlists Billy's help to provide him with some spare shorts, though perhaps he has failed to appreciate the height difference between them.
The Missing Bus of Mrs. Avery 15 April Howard is cheerful and Pearl is suspicious. Mrs. Avery is flustered to drive the ladies on their outing.
Hey! Big Vendor 22 April Wesley's latest invention should prove a big hit at the jumble sale, if only the rude noises it makes could be quietened down! Meanwhile, Clegg, Truly and Billy seek to help Barry improve his standing at the local golf club.
  • First appearance of Toby Mulberry Smith (a.k.a. the Captain).
Enter the Hawk - 5.38 million 29 April Barry is interested in a pinstripe suit that he feels will help him look like managerial material. Pearl makes Howard his favourite meal, and Howard becomes suspicious.
Gnome and Away 6 May Howard recruits Truly and Clegg to hide his latest gift for Marina until he can give it to her. The coffee circle becomes suspicious and attempts to uncover the truth behind the mysteriously shrouded object.
  • Sir Norman Wisdom makes his third guest appearance (though uncredited).
A Hair of the Blonde That Bit You - 13 May When Pearl finds a single blonde hair on one of Howard's shirts he need some assistance to get himself out of trouble enlisting Clegg, Truly and Billy to try to find him a plausible excuse.
A White Sweater and a Solicitor's Letter - 5.99 million 20 May As Barry and Howard indulge their latest respective passions, a solicitor's letter arrives, addressed to Compo. Truly, Clegg and a nervous Tom venture out to determine whether it's good Yorkshire fortune or a bad bookie debt.
Why is Barry at an Angle? - 4.86 million 27 May Barry has the undesirable task of collecting on a customer's late payment, and the quartet have a little fun at his expense; meanwhile, Howard and Marina find themselves in a stickier-than-normal situation.
The Coming of the Beast - 5.40 million 3 June While a rumour of a roaming tiger worries the townsfolk, Wesley's new toy gives Barry a chance to prove his usefulness in overalls.
  • Last appearance of Nora Batty until the 2002 Christmas special.
  • Final appearance of Mrs. Avery.
  • Sir Norman Wisdom makes his fourth guest appearance

DVD release[edit]

The box set for series twenty two was released by Universal Playback n April 2012, mislabelled as a box set for series 23 & 24.

The Complete Series 23 & 24
Set Details[1]
  • 22 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • Language: English
Release Date
Region 2
23 April 2012


  1. ^ "Last of the Summer Wine Series 23 & 24 [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 

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