Last of the Summer Wine (series 30)

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Last of the Summer Wine Series 30
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L to R: Alvin, Entwistle, and Hobbo
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 11
Original network BBC One
Original release 31 December 2008 – 21 June 2009
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Last of the Summer Wine's 30th series originally aired 19 April 2009. All eleven episodes in series 30 were 30 minutes in length. A New Years Special aired on 31 December 2008. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

This series is notable for forming a new trio composed of Alvin, Entwistle and Hobbo, who was introduced in the New Years Special. Peter Sallis (Clegg) and Frank Thornton (Truly) are now demoted to secondary characters, filmed only in studio scenes due to the cost of insurance for the actors at their age on location.


The trio in this series consisted of:

Actor Role
Russ Abbot Hobbo
Burt Kwouk Entwistle
Brian Murphy Alvin

First appearances[edit]

  • Hobbo (2008-2010)
  • Stella (2008-2010)

Episode Information[edit]

New Year Special (2008)

Title Airdate Description Notes
I Was A Hitman For Primrose Dairies 31 December 2008 Retired milkman Luther 'Hobbo' Hobdyke calls upon his MI5 experience to form a band of reluctant volunteers, to react to any emergency.
  • First appearances of Hobbo and Stella.
  • This episode sees the introduction of the new trio: Alvin, Entwistle and Hobbo. Clegg and Truly are reduced to secondary characters, and only appear briefly in the episode.
  • This episode was dedicated to Kathy Staff who died 2 weeks before this episode aired. Her character, Nora Batty, does not appear in this episode. It is explained that she is visiting Australia, and her sister, Stella, is house-sitting for her.
  • This is the first episode to be produced in High Definition (HD)
  • Final New Year special
  • Provisional audience figure of 3.9m.

Regular series

Title Airdate Description Notes
Some Adventures of the Inventor of the Mother Stitch 19 April 2009 When Hobbo discovers that the newly divorced Morton is lonely and depressed, what else should a former milkman and undercover spy do, but find him a good friend. Meanwhile, the hapless Barry is also depressed when he finds that Toby, the Golf Captain is moving-in next door, and firmly cements the ill-will that exists between them by smashing his bedside lamp. The situation is set for happy endings all round.
The Mother of All Mistakes—Or Is It? 26 April 2009 Adopted as a baby, former milkman and undercover secret agent Hobbo is determined to trace his natural mother. He has found out her name and exactly where she lives, but how should he approach the poor woman to tell her the good news? Meanwhile, Howard is in trouble when Marina, on finding out that he has been making inquiries about another woman, turns up at his house.
How Will Howard Cross the Atlantic Single Handed? 3 May 2009 Hobbo is still having trouble getting Nelly to admit that she is his natural birth mother. To get the proof he needs, he fits Howard up with an eavesdropping wire to pick up Nelly talking to Pearl. Howard does his best to look inconspicuous, but his rumbling stomach and an electronic fault on his transmitter may scupper his plans.
Who's That Looking Sideways At Nelly? 10 May 2009 Hobbo, former milkman and undercover agent at Primrose Dairies, is ready for any dangerous situation - and going round telling everyone that Nelly is his mother is one. Another danger arises when he demonstrates his gift of disguise, and finds himself the new recipient of Marina's affections. Hobbo then discovers the danger of exercising when his neck locks solid while doing some simple head movements. Not only is this dangerous, but highly hazardous when trying to sip a pint of beer sideways.
Nobody Messes with Tony the Throat 17 May 2009 Howard is deeply concerned when Pearl starts going out every day with Nelly, and she will not say where. Hobbo comes to his aid, and heads a surveillance party to follow Pearl and Nelly. When the women go into a Hell's Angels club, they decide not to be hasty, and confront them later.
Will Stella Find True Love with Norris Fairburn? 24 May 2009 When Clegg and Truly tell Hobbo that local serial groom Norris Fairburn is free again, he decides that Norris would be an ideal husband for Stella. At the cafe, Ivy observes and listens as Hobbo, Alvin and Entwistle discuss their foolproof scheme. Later, Ivy warns Stella about the plot to provide her with one house-trained potential husband. Hobbo and his team return with Norris, but both Stella and Ivy look at him with total disdain. Hobbo decides to save the day, but Stella has other ideas.
  • Guest Appearance of David Williams reprising his role of Mr. Fairburn
  • Williams previously portrayed the forsaken character in the 1983 feature-length episode Getting Sam Home, over a quarter of a century before.
Will Randolph Make a Good Impression? 31 May 2009 Hobbo turns up at the river wall with Randolph, who he hopes will bring romance into Stella's life. Randolph seems to lack any of the requirements of a potential suitor, and is limp and unattractive, especially after Hobbo drops him in the river. After a little rehearsal and some invaluable tips on how to give Stella 'the look', Randolph demonstrates that he has no chance whatsoever of impressing her. But there must be some way - for instance, who is Stella's favourite movie character?
In Which Romance Springs A Leak 7 June 2009 Toby is beginning to realise that the benefits of going back to his ex-wife far outweigh the advantages of living alone in a sparsely furnished house with no-one to cook or clean for him. Fortunately, Hobbo is on hand to skilfully guide him on the route back to marital bliss. But, for some reason, his wife doesn't want him back, and flowers don't work. Undaunted, Hobbo reminds Toby that, in films, romance equals music.
Variations On A Theme Of Father's Day 14 June 2009 In order that Hobbo can find out more about Nelly, his supposed mother, he has Howard eavesdrop on her when she is visiting Pearl. Soon realising what Howard is up to, the women plant a completely false story about Hobbo's father being a hippie. Hobbo loses no time in making himself look exactly like the description of his father, complete with earrings and beads. Unfortunately, by the time the women see the fruits of their imagination, Hobbo is being arrested.
Goodnight Sweet Ferret 21 June 2009 When word goes around town that Old Heptonstall is looking for volunteers, Hobbo and his army of volunteers, namely Alvin and Entwistle, go and visit him without a second thought. They find that he has a bad leg and is confined to the shed, where at least he doesn't have to listen to his wife's snoring. Tearfully, Heptonstall tells them he wants to go to the churchyard and bury a very dear friend. They are scuppered, however, by a wedding in progress, and by PCs Cooper and Walsh.



  • This series started on 19 April 2009.


This comedy show is criticised for its speculated loss of quality and the fact that it is generally aimed at the older generation. Despite this, the show still gains respectable viewing figures.

DVD release[edit]

The box set for series thirty was released by Universal Playback in August 2016, mislabelled as a box set for series 31 & 32.

The Complete Series 31 & 32
Set Details[1]
  • 18 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • Language: English
Release Date
Region 2
15 August 2016


  1. ^ "Last of the Summer Wine Series 31 & 32 [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 

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