The following is a list of characters
in the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine
. The series focuses primarily on a trio of old men and their interaction with other characters in town. Due to the longevity of the series it has often been necessary to replace key characters due to an actor's death, illness, or unavailability for other reasons. Many characters were first seen in "one-off" appearances and were popular enough or felt to have enough potential for them to be brought back as regulars, in some instances replacing previous members of the cast.
Principal cast durations
The "Summer Wine" Trio
(1973-2000) - Dressed in scruffy trousers and Wellington boots
, Compo rarely (if ever) worked for a living, preferring the lazy life. The name probably derived from the term 'compo' a shortened version of the word 'compensation', sometimes used to refer to people living off compensation from an on-the-job injury. A great physical comedian, Compo was often the butt of jokes arising from the many dirty jobs, stunts and escapades that were a central feature of the series. Another recurring theme was Compo's affection for his next-door neighbour, Nora Batty, of whose 'wrinkled stockings' he would frequently despair.
Compo leads a seemingly idyllic lifestyle, chatting and bickering with others, betting on horses, and playing with his ferrets
. In fact, Compo was written as a fragile... Read More