Last Of The Summer Wine axed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2010
Frank Thornton

Last Of The Summer Wine actor Frank Thornton

'Last Of The Summer Wine' will run for just one more series before it is axed after 37 years

'Last Of The Summer Wine' has been axed after 37 years.

The long-running BBC TV show - which is based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire - will run for just one more series before it ends for the first time since it was launched in 1973.

BBC One controller Jay Hunt said: "'Last Of The Summer Wine' has been part of BBC One for nearly 40 years. This wonderful final series is a fitting farewell to these much-loved characters and I am delighted some of the channel's other heritage brands will be helping to say goodbye in style."

Cheryl Taylor added: "It is very tough to have to call time on such a cherished institution but we are very sincere in our gratitude for, and admiration of 'Last Of The Summer Wine'. It is the undisputed champion of long-running comedy series."

Over the years, there has been much speculation the show - which has starred actors including Frank Thornton, Peter Sallis and Bill Owen - would shut down.

However, it has been continually recommissioned and has survived the deaths of many of its lead stars.

Since it launched, every episode has been written by Roy Clarke and director Alan J. W. Bell has overseen production.

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