The BEST episodes directed by Alan J.w. Bell

Elegy for Fallen Wellies
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8.50
4 votes

#1 - Elegy for Fallen Wellies

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 4

After seeing Nora Batty dressed in a ""sexy"" outfit, Compo's heart doesn't live up to the excitement. He dies a happy man! His friends show him their respects, and 200 pairs of white overalls provide an ideal goodbye to Compo...

All That Glitters is Not Elvis
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8.33
6 votes

#2 - All That Glitters is Not Elvis

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 5

After witnessing Lance trying to convince his wife that Elvis does truly indeed still live, Alvin and Entwistle conceive a plan to make The King appear.

Enter the Finger
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8.17
6 votes

#3 - Enter the Finger

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 1

Barry is tired of being outperformed in fitness by his physically fit neighbour, so his friends decide to help him out.

Will the Genuine Racer Please Stand Up?
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8.17
6 votes

#4 - Will the Genuine Racer Please Stand Up?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 2

Howard disguises himself like a racer to escape Pearl's watchful eye but discovers disguises have effects he didn't bargain for when Aunty Wainwright mistakes him for Tom.

Is Jeremy Quite Safe?
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8.17
6 votes

#5 - Is Jeremy Quite Safe?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 4

Howard becomes jealous when Marina and Miss Davenport become enamored with Jeremy, a man who claims to be an international jewel thief. When Tom discovers a safe in Aunty Wainwright's store which she can't remember the combination to, Howard puts Jeremy to the test by enlisting him to crack the safe.

Episode 1
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8.13
376 votes

#6 - Episode 1

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 1

Arthur Dent, a perfectly ordinary Earthman, is surprised to wake up one day to find bulldozers outside his house with orders to knock it down to build a by-pass. He is even more surprised later on in the pub when his best friend Ford Prefect reveals himself to be from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. The two are forced to hitch a lift on one of the advancing Vogon spacecraft which proceed to blow up the Earth to make way for an interspace bypass. Our two heroes find themselves trapped in a storage room in hyperspace, with only a menacing Vogon guard for company.

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Episode 2
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8.08
207 votes

#7 - Episode 2

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 2

Arthur and Ford have been discovered. Vogon Captain Jeltz tortures them by reading his poetry. He then has Arthur and Ford thrown off his ship, to what must be certain death - except for one improbable miracle. At the last second, an infinite-improbability prototype ship (which can pass through every point in the Universe) rescues them. What is rather surprising is that Zaphod Beeblebrox, the hip cat who stole the spaceship, is vaguely familiar to Arthur. And so is Zaphod's companion, Trillian.

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A Bicycle Made for Three
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8.00
14 votes

#8 - A Bicycle Made for Three

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 6 - Episode 4

Foggy convinces his companions to design a bycicle that fits each of their personalities

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The Glamour of the Uniform
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8.00
5 votes

#9 - The Glamour of the Uniform

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 17 - Episode 3

Marina leaves Howard for good this time. he suspects that she has been seeing another man, and asks for the help of the trio to get her back. Foggy feels that what Howard needs is a bit of ""the glamour of the uniform"". Auntie Wainright's new established costume department might be just the perfect place to find it

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Beware of the Elbow
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8.00
4 votes

#10 - Beware of the Elbow

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 17 - Episode 8

The trio encounter a man, and his inflatable doll, which creates some natural curiosity among the three elders.

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Lipstick and Other Problems
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8.00
5 votes

#11 - Lipstick and Other Problems

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 1

Truly tries to fix Clegg's Vacum Cleaner. Compo and Howard get into a fight with a big man. Barry gets in trouble, because he's ""caught"" by Marina, as she kisses him, and leaves traces of her lipstick on his mouth. In order to explain this to Glenda he enlists the help of the trio, and they start spreading the rumour that the kisses are for ""charity purposes"". Auntie Wainright sells a motorbike to two policemen.

Ancient Eastern Wisdom: An Introduction
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8.00
3 votes

#12 - Ancient Eastern Wisdom: An Introduction

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 24 - Episode 2

Whilst out walking, Clegg and Truly meet a Chinese handyman full of wisdom for a price - Entwistle from Hull. Also, Tom gets visited by the repo-man.

Who's That with Barry and Glenda? It's Not Barry and Glenda
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8.00
3 votes

#13 - Who's That with Barry and Glenda? It's Not Barry and Glenda

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 25 - Episode 5

Clegg, Truly, and Billy discover Barry in the woods. He's obviously guilty of something - but what? A strange man is seen near Barry and Glenda's house while Barry is away. Alvin tries welding as a way of sprucing up the yard. Miss Davenport has a less-than-romantic entanglement.

A Short Introduction to Cooper's Rules
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8.00
3 votes

#14 - A Short Introduction to Cooper's Rules

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 3

Policemen Cooper and Walsh are looking to have a quiet day out, but while trying to avoid everyones problems they end up kidnapping a vicar, believing its the best think for him.

Eva's Back in Town
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8.00
5 votes

#15 - Eva's Back in Town

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 29 - Episode 6

Eva, who happens to be a woman from Alvin's past, finds a way to make Howard's life even more complicated.

In the Service of Humanity
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7.82
11 votes

#16 - In the Service of Humanity

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 6 - Episode 1

After a close encounter with an emergency, Foggy decides to go into the rescue business, all in the service of humanity, of course

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Brushes at Dawn
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7.80
5 votes

#17 - Brushes at Dawn

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 17 - Episode 10

When a local man ""takes advantage"" of Nora Batty, Compo challenges him to a duel. Will he win? He sure gets a kiss from Nora in the end.

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Episode 4
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7.76
182 votes

#18 - Episode 4

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 4

Arthur learns about the Great Project - the second most powerful computer in existence, called Deep Thought, created to answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. The computer comes back online much later on to give its final answer - 42. The scientists are understandably hacked off, even more so when Deep Thought cannot tell them what the Ultimate Question is, and a new computer, called the Earth, has to be built for that purpose. The current owners of the Great Project, Trillian's pet mice, want to cut open Arthur's head to find the Question, but when the crew are all trapped behind a bank of exploding computers, all appears lost.

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Captain Clutterbuck's Treasure
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7.67
3 votes

#19 - Captain Clutterbuck's Treasure

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 17 - Episode 5

When word comes around that there's a treasure buried in town, it's up to the trio to go and find it. to do so they need the help of the one man that has the *only* map, Lieutenant Commander Willoughby (Royal Navy, retired). it's up to Foggy to pay the 30 pounds the map's worth. the problem is... how many maps were sold in the first place? Foggy vows not to be near one cash dispenser again...

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How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty
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7.67
3 votes

#20 - How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 20 - Episode 2

The trio come across a man dressed as Robin Hood. Compo knows that Nora has a birth mark on one of her knees, but can't remember on which one, so he thinks of a way to discover it.

Just a Small Funeral
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7.67
3 votes

#21 - Just a Small Funeral

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 6

It's Compo's funeral day, and all his friends come to pay their last respects to the ""little scuffy one"". Even Auntie Wainright closes the shop to attend his funeral... one of the best send off episodes to a lovely character and actor. RIP Compo.

Episode 3
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7.60
221 votes

#22 - Episode 3

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 3

The starship Heart of Gold is headed for the planet Magrathea, a planet which it is generally agreed does not exist. In trying to land on Magrathea's surface, the crew faces an ancient nuclear missile defence system, escaping only when Arthur turns on the Infinite Improbability Drive. This helpfully replaces the missiles with a bowl of petunias and a very surprised sperm whale, who learns about the ground before he hits it. Later on, deep in the core of the planet, an unknown enemy attacks Trillian, Zaphod and Ford while Arthur meets Slartibartfast, an old man who designs planets for a living. Slartibartfast takes Arthur on a tour of the factory floor, showing off his latest project - Planet Earth, Mark Two.

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Episode 6
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7.53
161 votes

#23 - Episode 6

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 6

Fortune is on the crews' side - the transporter on the ship is still working, but needs someone to manually operate it. Marvin is therefore pressed into volunteering to sacrifice himself so the rest of the group can escape. Arthur and Ford get separated from Zaphod and Trillian and find themselves on board a space ship about to crashland into the prehistoric past of a planet that the two of them find strangely familiar. If this is indeed Earth, then history as they know it is about to be changed - and so is the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything....

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The Heavily Reinforced Bottom
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7.50
8 votes

#24 - The Heavily Reinforced Bottom

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 9 - Episode 2

A rotting old boat is made to float...sometimes most unsuccessfully.

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The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression
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7.50
4 votes

#25 - The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 12 - Episode 8

To stop Nora taking him for granted, Compo becomes a TV star for the day doing his legendary impression.

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Surprise at Throstlenest
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7.50
4 votes

#26 - Surprise at Throstlenest

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 5

Clegg, Truly and Barry spend the day trying to find someone to take care of Compo's ferrets. They end up finding the ideal person for the task, encovering also a secret that Compo kept for quite some time

Why Is Barry at an Angle?
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2 votes

#27 - Why Is Barry at an Angle?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 22 - Episode 9

Barry needs to collect overdue insurance from someone he has never met, so Clegg, Truly, and Billy help him stand up (at an angle) and be brave and make a call to his house with confidence. He's at an angle because the Trio got Barry drunk.

The Secret Birthday of Norman Clegg
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7.50
2 votes

#28 - The Secret Birthday of Norman Clegg

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 24 - Episode 4

In order to avoid any fuss, Clegg spends his birthday having a quiet meal in a nice small hotel - but as usual things don't work out as he might want them to...

All of a Florrie
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7.50
2 votes

#29 - All of a Florrie

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 24 - Episode 10

Cupid's arrow targets Truly when a blast from his past returns with amorous intentions.

Episode 5
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7.44
163 votes

#30 - Episode 5

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Season 1 - Episode 5

Arthur, Ford and the gang arrive at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe on Magrathea, built on the ruins of a planet-building complex, transported there by the exploding computers. Here, thanks to compound interest, you can enjoy a vast five-course meal and cabaret at no cost whatever while the universe collapses and dies around you. Arthur and Ford are surprised to find Marvin still waiting for them in the restaurant's star-ship park. He has been there rather a long time. They decide to steal a space-ship, but unfortunately it turns out to be the stunt ship of <I>Disaster Area</I>, the loudest rock band of all time, and is programmed to plunge directly into the sun. So what next?

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A Double for Howard
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7.33
3 votes

#31 - A Double for Howard

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 18 - Episode 4

When Pearl's ""security"" at home becomes too much for Howard to handle and Pearl starts suspecting his furtive encounters with Marina, the trio try to find a double for Howard, so Pearl can see them together, and think she was mistaken all these years, regarding Howard's secret love.

Deviations with Davenport
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7.33
3 votes

#32 - Deviations with Davenport

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 18 - Episode 6

The trio gets lost in the woods with Mr Davenport, a man in search of wisdom.

Truly and the Hole Truth
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7.33
3 votes

#33 - Truly and the Hole Truth

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 19 - Episode 3

Compo wants to buy a present for Nora but has no money. Auntie Wainright search Compo's house for something of value to swap for the gift. Truly misses his life as a police officer, and regrets not being recognized for something heroic during his police force service. He and Clegg wonder through town in search of ""an accident waiting to happen"", so he can prevent it, and be regarded a local hero - he even calls the local paper. However it's not HIS face who ends up on the front page.

Jurassic - No Parking
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7.33
3 votes

#34 - Jurassic - No Parking

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 25 - Episode 1

Barry must dispose of a prize he's won; Truly plots to fob it off on Howard, who has forgotten an important birthday and needs a present quickly. Glenda doubts Miss Davenport's claims of seeing a large dinosaur in their neighborhood. Alvin takes up propecting for gold in the river.

An Apple a Day
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7.33
3 votes

#35 - An Apple a Day

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 25 - Episode 6

Nora Batty is recruiting for charity, which in this case is giving a day out to an older rural family. But who exactly is "the Lad" and why is carrying an apple? Barry considers making a charity appearance in Western gear.

Who's Looking After the Cafe Then?
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7.29
7 votes

#36 - Who's Looking After the Cafe Then?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 8 - Episode 6

Ivy has to leave the cafe for the afternoon. Can she leave it in the capable hands of Foggy Dewhirst?

From Here to Paternity
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7.25
4 votes

#37 - From Here to Paternity

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 7

Compo recieves a personal letter after all these years. when Clegg and Truly open it they discover Compo's biggest secret: he has a son. The son, Tom, wrote to Compo, because after all the years of separation he hoped he and his father could get together. When Tom arrives in town it's up for the pair of them to give him the shocking news.

Waggoner's Roll
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7.25
4 votes

#38 - Waggoner's Roll

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 9

Tom and Barry attempt to turn a reluctant Babs into a showbiz star.

The Art of the Shorts Story
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7.25
4 votes

#39 - The Art of the Shorts Story

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 22 - Episode 2

Howard has lost his boxer shorts and Pearl is upset at him. But it turns out she hid them from him just to keep him on his toes. Barry wants to become thin and Tom and Mrs. Avery help him out by being his personal fitness trainers. The Trio help Howard figure out a way to prove to Pearl that he's found his shorts so the trio helps him out. Howard borrows some boxer shorts from Billy and then he shows them to Pearl. She tells him to put them on and when he does (Note that Billy's legs are very long) the boxer shorts go from his waist down to his ankles almost! Howard is very embarrased!

Hey! Big Vendor
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7.25
4 votes

#40 - Hey! Big Vendor

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 22 - Episode 4

Wesley has a ""Go anywhere"" coffee vending machine, which is successful at first, but after trying it at the ladies' Jumbo Sale and the Golf Course it finally blows up, which is a huge embarrassment for Barry, who is trying to be on the captain's good side, like Petal said after she gave him a palm reading. Before, Glenda rang Barry right when the golf captain was about to make a shot, which made him angry.

A White Sweater and a Solicitor's Letter
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7.25
4 votes

#41 - A White Sweater and a Solicitor's Letter

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 22 - Episode 8

Tom recieves a Solicitor's letter, which says he has recieves a big screen television set, which he ends up giving to Eli, and Barry takes up flying, which is just a model airplane. Also, Howard wants Norman to play Tennis so he can play Tennis with Marina, who gets sick of it and then ends up flying with Barry.

Set the People Free
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7.20
5 votes

#42 - Set the People Free

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 9 - Episode 7

The trio devise a plan to ""spring"" Howard and Wally for a few hours of freedom.

From Audrey Nash to the Widow Dilhooley
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7.20
5 votes

#43 - From Audrey Nash to the Widow Dilhooley

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 19 - Episode 9

An old sweetheart of Truly is back in town, after many years living abroad. he spends the day preparing for their reunion, but he certainly takes more than he expected when he sees former Audrey Nash, now known as ""the Widow Dilhooley""

Under the Rug
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7.20
5 votes

#44 - Under the Rug

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 21 - Episode 2

Howard has a wig delivered to Clegg's, but when Pearl is suspicious Clegg has to not only pretend ownership of it, but be seen wearing it, much to Truly's amusement. Howard is only persuaded to reclaim the wig after the trio arrange for Smiler to wear it and Marina to kiss him. Meanwhile Barry tries and fails to be master of his own home, and Compo offers himself to Nora Batty as a "limited sale".

Why Does Norman Clegg Buy Ladies' Elastic Stockings?
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7.14
7 votes

#45 - Why Does Norman Clegg Buy Ladies' Elastic Stockings?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 9 - Episode 1

Clegg has to deliver a note to Marina in the supermarket. Can Seymour invent something highly original to justify all the security?

Who's Feeling Ejected Then?
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7.14
7 votes

#46 - Who's Feeling Ejected Then?

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 9 - Episode 5

Will Seymour's car safety device really make him rich and famous? His ""guinea pig"" may not agree

The Treasure of the Deep
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7.14
7 votes

#47 - The Treasure of the Deep

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 10 - Episode 2

Is the piece of silver fished out of the canal really a thief's haul? Is there more where it came from?

Dancing Feet
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7.14
7 votes

#48 - Dancing Feet

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 10 - Episode 3

Compo's feet hurt-but why go to visit ""The Witch"" for a cure?

That Certain Smile
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7.14
7 votes

#49 - That Certain Smile

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 10 - Episode 4

visit by a much loved pet seems the only way to bring a smile to Clem's face during a spell in hospital.

The Day of the Welsh Ferret
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7.14
7 votes

#50 - The Day of the Welsh Ferret

Last of the Summer Wine - Season 10 - Episode 6

Compo is given a very nice, but ill-fitting suit to attend the funeral of the suit's former occupant. On the way to the visitation, Compo searches for, and finds, his stray ferret.