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Roy Clarke's Last Of The Summer Wine Vintage 1997 (BBC DVD)


Picture: C Sound: D Extras: D Episodes: C+



Compo, Foggy and Clegg are back for another season of laughs and troubles in the never-ending series ironically entitled Last Of The Summer Wine. When a movie company comes into town, everyone wants to be an extra in the movie.... now the director has a circus. A dating service comes and Smiler is turned into a new man as Foggy tries to teach him on how to be macho man. A man writing a guidebook for town only ends up getting more lost with the trio trying to 'aid' him. And as usual Compo is trying to woo Nora Betty...on a motorcycle with a kiss.


Set in a small village in the British country side (now in 1997, but no one seems to die as in MidSomer Murders) lives a town full of eccentric old men and women. The men's various outing and ideas most often get them into trouble, the womenfolk try to keep the men on leases at home and away from mischief. Foggy is a war veteran who often recounts his army days, Compo is the unkempt lazy (often the unspoken leader of the trio), and Clegg is more often the timid, but has the most voice of reason among the three. As the men go for their daily walks together, the woman get together to talk and complain on how unreliable the men are. Most of the time they are just trying to get a little excitement out of life, while they may be old, but they still have some life in them left. 


One of BBC longest running sitcoms, filled with light hearted comedy of elderly characters. It is sort of like a British 3 Stooges, but with many other side characters and minor side stories. Most of them with same character themes or subplot, the nagging wife, cheating husband, annoying shopkeepers, etc... If you like witty British comedy and laughter as medicine for geriatrics, certainly all these elderly characters have life to spare. The picture is dated-looking, the sound weak and there are no extras.



- Ricky Chiang


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