Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1998
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Join everyone's favorite trio for another season of hilarious adventures! Hoping to keep his comrades as young and spritely as ever, Foggy sets up a training course to get Compo and Clegg in shape, but, as usual, safety isn't his first concern. When the trio gets a grill from Auntie Wainwrights, they have a barbecue like never before. Foggy, ever the inspired inventor, comes up with the idea to create bicycle safety underwear and, later in the season, a three man windsurfing sailboard. Finally, in the Christmas special, the trio plan to host a visitor from outer space…or maybe just a neighboring town.]]>
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Series 19 from 1998 is the first full series (aka season) with Frank Thornton as "Truly". There was no "Christmas Special" produced for the 1998 series. This is one of the last series with Bill Owen as "Compo". He would complete series 20 and 3 episodes in series 21 before passing.
Here are the episodes from 1998 - series 19:
S19/E1 - 4 January 1998 "Beware of the Oglethorpe": The trio meet a world-weary old school chum, and resolve not to go the same way.
S19/E2 - 11 January 1998 "Tarzan of the Towpath": The trio attempt to relive an old childhood tradition of rolling down a hill instead of walking, but it wasn't as easy as they thought!
S19/E3 - 18 January 1998 "Truly and the Hole Truth": Truly is determined to get his name in the paper as a local philanthropist, even if he has to con his way in!
S19/E4 - 25 January 1998 "Oh Howard, We Should Get One of Those": Could Wesley's new invention help Compo get close to Nora Batty than ever before?
S19/E5 - 1 February 1998 "The Suit That Attracts Blondes": Glenda gives one of Barry's suits away to a jumble sale, because she thinks it may cause him to be unfaithful- it soon falls into Compo's hands.Read more ›
Well I'm back to give you another hopefully correct listing of this '98 series contents. I first should correct my '97 listing review where I listed the '97 contents. My apologies to you and my mistake was believing and cutting and pasting the then listed '97 contents from the BBC America site. I actually cut and pasted the then BBC America listing of the '97 release contents when I posted that review, it turns out they later changed the contents and instead included "Extra Extra" as the special in the '97 release rather than the "Here Comes The Groom" special which the website then listed as part of it's contents. So NOW it looks like, according to the BBC America website episode list of contents, "Here Comes The Groom" will be on this new '98 series DVD set rather than the '97 set. I wish they could get it straight on what the contents are. My apologies for quoting the source, who I thought knew best.
I don't believe I need to extoll the virtues of this series again, it's one of the very best. I only wish these releases by BBC America would make crystal clear exactly what the episode contents are, both on the package itself, when you get it in your hands and list correctly the episodes on their own website and here on Amazon too. Here then is another quote from BBC America's website as to the contents of this new '98 season's release. If this is wrong, blame BBC America, now to the quotation of the episode listing:
There Goes the Groom - After drinking too much at a friend's stag do, Foggy passes out and is whisked off to Blackpool by the amorous village post-mistress. The last we hear is that she mistakenly believes he has proposed to her, and we never find out if he managed to wriggle out of it.Read more ›
a relatively quiet story and turn it into an adventure.
The change of man brought a much needed shake-up to Summer Wine. The show's early 90s years with Foggy suffered from too many formulaic plots (a criticism leveled at this show frequently as it went on and on and on). Although there would always be a formulaic element to the show, the 1998 season sees episodes with a little more variety to them. Clegg (Peter Sallis) and Compo (Bill Owen) remain just as mischievous and irrepressible and Truly is much more relaxed than Foggy, making for some delightfully funny situations. Exploits here range from enjoying being towed down the river in a barge (by Compo no less!), a saxophone in an ostrich (yes you read that right!), a mobile bed, a tan suit that attracts blondes, and skydiving! The three leads are just as good a trio as the best of the Foggy years and there seems to be a greater emphasis at fighting off the fact that they really are old men (especially in the first episode).
Time has not been kind to this amazing little program. Summer Wine has faced indifference from it's own network and criticism by those who don't see the joyous humor created by Roy Clarke and the actors. Still, there are some good years left and 1998 is definitely one of them!
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as with all the last of the summer wine series I some times need a laugh and all of them do that.Published 5 months ago by michael R Smith
This series stopped showing on PBS station and my Dad's loves it. It made a great father's day gift.Published 7 months ago by JR