Long-running British Comedy "Last of the Summer Wine" has finally finished following the passing-on of the entire cast in just one week!
The original concept of the show was about 3 old blokes who were catching up on their childhood during their retirement. Each day they would go on some childish adventure like making go karts, flying kites, scrumping apples, pinching a policeman's bike, etc. Juvenile japes and anti-social behaviour in general.
The comedy, now celebrating its 3,120th episode is filmed in Holmfirth in the Yorkshire Dales and can only be filmed five weeks of the year when it is guaranteed not to rain. The show began with Compo, Foggy and Clegg.
Compo, played by Bill Owen was an unkempt 'tramp-like' character who was obsessed by the girl next door Nora Batty who would daily sweep her steps in wrinkly stockings. He played the part for more than 25 years until he died in 1999 from cancer of the pancreas. Foggy who was played by Brian Wilde died on Thursday and Clegg left the show in the late eighties to become the voice of Wallace, the inventor, partnered by the late Marcel Marceau who did the voice-over for his pet dog Gromit.
Peter Sallis, who played Clegg told In Seine News;
"Tis'nt fair, everyone I act with dies. First it were owd Compo, then twas this Marcel chap. Tis as though I am a curse. Actors no longer want to play alongside me in case they die on t'spot."
The series creator and writer, Roy Clark (himself well into his 70s), said;
"I'm devastated and think it's time to ang up me cloth cap and pen. I knew that I should have got some young 'uns in. There was a constant stream of old actors who do not know how to retire gracefully flowing through the show. There was a joke going round the BBC; "Where do old actors go to die? Last of the Summer Wine of Course! Little did I know it would come true and never would I have thought they would've all gone in just a week?"
It has been discovered that the entire cast fell victim to the Mystery illness