Last of the Summer Wine was set and filmed in and around Holmfirth and centred on a trio of older men and their youthful antics. On your visit you could do the Last of the Summer Wine Tour, which is a 10 mile journey round the film locations used in the filming incorporating some of the most beautiful scenery found in the foothills of the Yorkshire Pennines, as well as getting an insight into the filming, there is a full running commentary on the rich history of the local area.
Why not also have a bite to eat and a drink at Sids Cafe the famous cafe filmed with Sid and Ivy, which is right in the centre of Holmfirth, just where the Tour set’s off.
The Last of the Summer Wine was a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke that was originally broadcast on the BBC. Last of the Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world.The final episode was broadcast on 29 August 2010. Repeats of the show are broadcast in the UK and it is also seen in more than twenty-five countries, including various PBS stations in the United States.
The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the scruffy and childlike Compo Simmonite, Peter Sallis as deep-thinking and meek Norman Clegg and Michael Bates as authoritarian and snobbish Cyril Blamire. When Bates dropped out due to illness in 1976 after two series, the role of the third man of the trio was filled in various years up to the 30th series by the quirky war veteran Walter “Foggy” Dewhurst (Brian Wilde), who had two lengthy stints in the series, the eccentric inventor Seymour Utterthwaite (Michael Aldridge), and former police officer Herbert “Truly of The Yard” Truelove (Frank Thornton). The men never seem to grow up, and they develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their stunts. Although in its early years the series generally revolved around the exploits of the main trio, with occasional interaction with a few recurring characters, over time the cast grew to include a variety of supporting characters and by later years the series was very much an ensemble piece. Each of these recurring characters contributed their own running jokes and subplots to the show and often becoming unwillingly involved in the schemes of the trio, or on occasion having their own, separate storylines.
After the death of Owen in 1999, Compo was replaced at various times by his real-life son, Tom Owen, as equally unkempt Tom Simmonite, Keith Clifford as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancied himself as a descendant of Robin Hood, and Brian Murphy as the childish Alvin Smedley. Due to the age of the main cast, a new trio was formed during the 30th series featuring somewhat younger actors, and this format was used for the final two instalments of the show. This group consisted of Russ Abbot as a formermilkman who fancied himself a secret agent, Luther “Hobbo” Hobdyke, Burt Kwouk as the electrical repairman, “Electrical” Entwistle, and Murphy as Alvin Smedley. Sallis and Thornton, both past members of the trio, continued in supporting roles alongside the new actors.
Why why not come pay us a visit and see the beautiful place with your own eyes!