Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
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A Leg Up for Christmas 

A depressed Howard tries to build himself up but, under Foggy's instruction, ends up breaking his leg. Auntie Wainwright has Smiler testing a Triumph Motorcycle, after she rents him the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J.W. Bell

Writer:

Roy Clarke (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Wilde ... Foggy
Bill Owen ... Compo
Peter Sallis ... Clegg
Jane Freeman ... Ivy
Kathy Staff ... Nora Batty
Sarah Thomas ... Glenda
Robert Fyfe ... Howard
Juliette Kaplan ... Pearl
Jean Alexander ... Auntie Wainwright
Jean Fergusson ... Marina
Thora Hird ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
Stephen Lewis ... Smiler
Gordon Wharmby ... Wesley
Matthew Kelly ... Policeman
James Casey James Casey ... Villager
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Storyline

A depressed Howard tries to build himself up but, under Foggy's instruction, ends up breaking his leg. Auntie Wainwright has Smiler testing a Triumph Motorcycle, after she rents him the riding gear. Foggy intends to sneak Marina past Pearl and into Norman's house so that Howard can come over to see her. Meanwhile, the ladies morning coffee group plan to give Howard a surprise visit that same evening to cheer him up during his recovery. Written by Marko

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1995 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the gang are carrying Howard, Peter Sallis (Norman) and one point calls Howard, Arnold by mistake. See more »

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Last of the Summer Wine
(Theme Song)
Written by Ronnie Hazlehurst
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A decent episode, but perhaps not as great as a 'special'.
27 April 2019 | by extremesteamkeysSee all my reviews

Whilst almost as equally as entertaining as standard episodes of The Last of The Summer Wine the 1995 Christmas Special doesn't quite live up to the quality of other specials in the series.

The episode is amusing and entertaining without a doubt, however it struggles with a little incoherence - the narrative is enjoyable but not compelling. Perhaps it's just the fact that the recurring theme of Howard and his struggle to keep his girlfriend a secret from his wife is becoming more than a little worn out by now, or perhaps it's that there isn't enough physical comedy or poetic irony to drive you into fits of laughter. Either way, whilst this episode is certainly far from terrible it just doesn't quite meet the mark of some of the others, and as a Christmas Special it's a slight let down.

Those things aside it's still worth watching, especially if you are a Summer Wine fan - if you are more of a casual viewer, there are better episodes to pick from.

6* - Good (But Could Be Better)


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