Last of the Summer Wine

The BEST seasons of Last of the Summer Wine

Every season of Last of the Summer Wine ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons of Last of the Summer Wine!

Last of the Summer Wine is an affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their years. The series is the world's longest-running sitcom, having clocked up 31 series and numerous Christmas specials during its run.

Last Updated: 6/26/2022Network: BBC One
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Season 11
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8.00
1 votes

#1 - Season 11

First Aired 10/15/1989

The Last of the Summer Wines eleventh series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

Season 21
star
8.00
2 votes

#2 - Season 21

First Aired 4/2/2000

The trio in this series consisted of: ^1 Compo only appeared in the Special and the first three episodes of this series prior to his death ^2 Tom only appeared in four episodes of this series and became a supporting character from series 22 till the shows end

Season 1
star
7.80
5 votes

#3 - Season 1

First Aired 1/4/1973

Last of the Summer Wine's first series originally aired on BBC1 between 12 November 1973 and 17 December 1973. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by James Gilbert. The pilot episode, alternately known as "The Last of the Summer Wine" and "Of Funerals and Fish," originally premiered on the BBC's Comedy Playhouse on 4 January 1973 at 8:00 p.m. "The Last of the Summer Wine" was the first episode of that show's fourteenth series. The pilot warranted a positive enough that the BBC ordered a full series of episodes which premiered on 12 November 1973. The first series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 2 on 2 September 2002.

Season 5
star
7.75
4 votes

#4 - Season 5

First Aired 9/18/1979

Last of the Summer Wine's fifth series originally aired on BBC1 between 18 September and 30 October 1979. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Sydney Lotterby. The fifth series was something of a departure; it was the first to include two-part episodes and introduced a small number of new characters such as Compo's oft-mentioned but never seen nephew and was also notable for an increase in the more physical comedy for which the programme would become more well-known latterly. The fifth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 6 on 5 March 2007.

Season 6
star
7.75
4 votes

#5 - Season 6

First Aired 1/4/1982

Last of the Summer Wine's sixth series originally aired on BBC1 between 4 January and 15 February 1982. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. The sixth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 5 on 5 March 2007.

Season 8
star
7.75
4 votes

#6 - Season 8

First Aired 3/10/1985

Last of the Summer Wine's eighth series originally aired on BBC1 between 10 March and 14 April 1985. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. The eighth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 7 on 3 March 2008.

Season 3
star
7.50
4 votes

#7 - Season 3

First Aired 10/27/1976

Last of the Summer Wine's third series originally aired on BBC1 between 27 October 1976 and 8 December 1976. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced by Sydney Lotterby. Five episodes were directed by Sydney Lotterby but two, the two parter, "The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper" and "Cheering Up Gordon", were directed by Ray Butt. Although none of the episodes from series 3 made it into the top ten programmes of the week on their initial screening, a repeat showing of the final episode, "Isometrics and After," attracted 15 million viewers during a repeat screening in spring 1977. Also notable was the inclusion for the first time of a two-part episode consisting of "The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper" and "Cheering Up Gordon," both featuring guest appearances by Philip Jackson as Compo's nephew, Gordon. Blake Butler reprises his role from the first series as the librarian, Mr. Wainwright, before departing the show again at the end of the year. The most notable change this season, however, was the addition of Brian Wilde as the new third-man of the trio, Foggy Dewhurst, an ex-military sign painter. Wilde would play this role twice: between 1976 and 1985 and then again from 1990 until 1997, when he was forced to leave due to health problems.

Season 4
star
7.50
4 votes

#8 - Season 4

First Aired 11/9/1977

Last of the Summer Wine's fourth series originally aired on BBC1 between 9 November 1977 and 4 January 1978. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Sydney Lotterby. The fourth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 3 on 26 July 2004. A box set featuring just series 4 was released for region 1 on 9 September 2008.

Season 7
star
7.50
4 votes

#9 - Season 7

First Aired 1/30/1983

Last of the Summer Wine's seventh series originally aired on BBC1 between 30 January and 6 March 1983. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Sydney Lotterby, except for "Getting Sam Home", which is produced and directed by Alan J.W. Bell. The seventh series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 8 on 3 March 2008.

Season 12
star
7.50
2 votes

#10 - Season 12

First Aired 9/2/1990

The Last of the Summer Wines twelfth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. With the departure of Michael Aldridge who had left to nurse his ill wife, the character of Foggy Dewhirst returned to the fold.

Season 13
star
7.50
2 votes

#11 - Season 13

First Aired 10/18/1991

The Last of the Summer Wines thirteenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. Notably, this series of the show was shot entirely on videotape. Prior to this, the show had used videotape for studio scenes and film for location footage. From the following series until 2004, when the it started being shot digitally in High-Definition, the show moved to being shot entirely on film, although the laughter track is still included, respectively.

Season 14
star
7.50
2 votes

#12 - Season 14

First Aired 10/25/1992

The Last of the Summer Wines fourteenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. This was the first series to be shot entirely on film, although the complete episode was still assembled on videotape. This and the following series were broadcast in a 16:10 aspect ratio, compared to the standard 4:3 aspect ratio that it was broadcast in for its previous 13 series.

Season 15
star
7.50
2 votes

#13 - Season 15

First Aired 10/24/1993

The Last of the Summer Wines fifteenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

Season 16
star
7.50
2 votes

#14 - Season 16

First Aired 1/8/1995

The Last of the Summer Wines sixteenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

Season 17
star
7.50
2 votes

#15 - Season 17

First Aired 9/3/1995

Last of the Summer Wine's seventeenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

Season 18
star
7.50
2 votes

#16 - Season 18

First Aired 4/20/1997

The trio in this series consisted of:

Season 19
star
7.50
2 votes

#17 - Season 19

First Aired 1/4/1998

The trio in this series consisted of:

Season 20
star
7.50
2 votes

#18 - Season 20

First Aired 4/18/1999

The trio in this series consisted of:

Season 22
star
7.50
2 votes

#19 - Season 22

First Aired 4/1/2001

Season 23
star
7.50
2 votes

#20 - Season 23

First Aired 1/6/2002

Season 24
star
7.50
2 votes

#21 - Season 24

First Aired 1/5/2003

Season 25
star
7.50
2 votes

#22 - Season 25

First Aired 2/8/2004

Season 26
star
7.50
2 votes

#23 - Season 26

First Aired 3/13/2005

Season 27
star
7.50
2 votes

#24 - Season 27

First Aired 3/5/2006

Season 28
star
7.50
2 votes

#25 - Season 28

First Aired 7/15/2007

Season 29
star
7.50
2 votes

#26 - Season 29

First Aired 6/22/2008

The Last of the Summer Wine's twenty-ninth series aired on BBC One from 22 June to 31 August 2008. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.

Season 30
star
7.50
2 votes

#27 - Season 30

First Aired 4/19/2009

Last of the Summer Wine's thirtieth series originally aired 19 April 2009. All eleven episodes in series thirty were thirty 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 and Frank Thornton 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.

Season 31
star
7.50
2 votes

#28 - Season 31

First Aired 7/25/2010

Season 2
star
7.25
4 votes

#29 - Season 2

First Aired 3/5/1975

Last of the Summer Wine's second series originally aired on BBC1 between 5 March and 16 April 1975. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Bernard Thompson. Although ratings from the first series were not good, the BBC ordered a second series of Last of the Summer Wine after the first season aired but were delayed due to strike action. The second series was eventually produced and aired during March and April 1975. For the first time, series 2 saw two episodes make it into the top ten programs of the week, starting with the opening show, "Forked Lightning," which was watched by over 18 million people. Joining the cast this season was Joe Gladwin as Wally Batty, Nora Batty's henpecked husband. Series 2 would also mark the final appearance of Blamire, played by Michael Bates, who left at the end of the series due to health problems. The second series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 1 on 2 September 2002.

Season 9
star
6.33
3 votes

#30 - Season 9

First Aired 1/4/1986

Last of the Summer Wine's ninth series originally aired on BBC1 between 4 January and 22 March 1987. All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell. The ninth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a box set on 5 May 2008.

Season 10
star
6.33
3 votes

#31 - Season 10

First Aired 10/16/1988

The Last of the Summer Wines tenth series aired on BBC1. All of the episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Alan J. W. Bell.