Worst & Best Last of the Summer Wine Episodes

Title: Last of the Summer Wine
Genre: UK Sitcom
Series: 31
Episodes: 295
First Transmission: 1973-2010

Three old men from Yorkshire roam the moors reminiscing about life and having many adventures.


Best Episode #188



Just a Small Funeral – The village prepares for Compo’s funeral; even Auntie Wainwright closes her shop. (2000) 

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
This episode depicts the funeral of the Last of the Summer Wine legend, Compo. Considered the top episode for sentimental reasons.

Fans Comments:
This episode was sad and touching, but as usual very funny.
The long goodbye.


Worst Episode #283

Who’s That Looking Sideways at Nelly – Hobbo disguises himself as a German, the villagers are curious about where Nelly goes in the afternoon and Barry and Morton and Toby try jogging. The local constabulary display their usual level of competence. (2009)

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
One of the later episodes. Clegg and Truly only seem to appear in the episodes at the beginning due to their age and the demands of outside filming. The early formula of using three stars is now long gone.

Fans Comments:
There are still some nice lines.


Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.


#1 Of Funerals and Fish (1973) –
Compo, Clegg, and Blamire go around town, discussing life and death.

Series One

#2 The Lost Key (1973) –
Compo discovers that he has lost his key in the library.
#3 Inventor Of The 40-Foot Ferret (1973) –
Compo is persuaded to visit church.
#4 Pate And Chips (1973) –
The trio visit a stately home with Compo’s nephew, Chip.
#5 Spring Fever (1973) –
Nora is worried when Compo cleans his house.
#6 The New Mobile Trio (1973) –
Clegg buys a car.
#7 Hail Smiling Morn Or Thereabouts (1973) –
Blamire decides to take up photography.

Series Two

#8 Forked Lightning (1975) –
Clegg has his bike repaired after several embarrassing accidents.
#9 Who’s That Dancing With Nora Batty? (1975) –
Compo’s neighbour is emigrating, so he decides to throw her a farewell party at Sid’s Café.
#10 The Changing Face Of Rural Blamire (1975) –
Blamire decides to get a job.
#11 Some Enchanted Evening (1975) –
Compo’s song request is played on the radio, dedicated to Nora.
#12 A Quiet Drink (1975) –
The trio visit the Clothier’s Arms.
#13 Ballad For Wind Instruments And Canoe (1975) –
The trio buy a canoe but soon lose it.
#14 Northern Flying Circus (1975) –
Compo takes up motorcycling.

Series Three

#15 The Man From Oswestry (1976) –
Blamire’s departs and then a letter is received asking them to help one of their old classmates, Foggy.
#16 Mending Stuart’s Leg (1976) –
The trio go to the café to find that Sid is in trouble with Ivy.
#17 The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper (1976) –
The trio, Sid and Ivy, crowd in Gordon’s van for a trip to Scarborough for the weekend.
#18 Cheering Up Gordon (1976) –
The trio are kicked out of a church after Compo’s ferrets get loose.
#19 The Kink In Foggy’s Niblick (1976) –
Foggy mentions that he is pretty good at golf.
#20 Going To Gordon’s Wedding (1976) –
The trio go to Gordon’s wedding.
#21 Isometrics And After (1976) –
Foggy gets Compo and Clegg to do isometrics to improve their fitness.

Series Four

#22 Ferret Come Home (1977) –
One of Compo’s ferrets gets into Nora’s house.
#23 Getting On Sidney’s Wire (1977) –
The trio help Sid install a doorbell.
#24 Jubilee (1977) –
Foggy feels the need to do something special for the Queen’s Jubilee.
#25 Flower Power Cut (1977) –
Clegg opines that flowers have feelings.
#26 Who’s Made A Bit Of A Splash In Wales Then? (1977) –
Foggy visits a lady friend in Wales, but Compo and Clegg intrude.
#27 Greenfingers (1977) –
Foggy searches for some much bigger vegetables.
#28 A Merry Heatwave (1978) –
Nora’s brother won’t see another Christmas, so some Holly is needed – in summer!
#29 The Bandit From Stoke-On-Trent (1978) –
Foggy is suspicious when Amos Hames returns to town.
#30 Small Tune On A Penny Wassail (1978) –
Norman, Foggy and Compo are spending Christmas together and are miserable.

Series Five

#31 Full Steam Behind (1979) –
Compo accidentally starts a steam engine during a visit to the railway.
#32 The Flag And Its Snags (1979) –
Foggy wants to erect a huge flag on the top of a hill.
#33 The Flag And Further Snags (1979) –
Foggy achieves his dream – for a small time.
#34 Deep In The Heart Of Yorkshire (1979) –
What are Sid and Wally doing in the woods? The trio investigate.
#35 Earnshaw Strikes (1979) –
Foggy denies the existence of ancient Yorkshire gods.
#36 Here We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder (1979) –
Compo decides to take up hang-gliding to impress Nora.
#37 Here We Go Again Into The Wild Blue Yonder (1979) –
Wally’s hang-glider is ready for use.
#38 And A Dewhurst Up A Fir Tree (1979) –
Foggy decides to start Christmas shopping – in the summer!

Series Six

#39 Whoops (1981) –
The trio decide to look up some old school-friends and recapture the spirit of Christmases past.
#40 In The Service Of Humanity (1982) –
Foggy sets up a rescue service.
#41 Car And Garter (1982)-
Compo decides to test Wesley’s car in order to impress Nora.
#42 The Odd Dog Men (1982) –
Foggy sets up a dog walking service.
#43 A Bicycle Made For Three (1982) –
The trio decide that they need a bike each after crashing Clegg’s.
#44 One Of The Last Few Places Unexplored By Man (1982) –
Compo wants to have his photograph taken in Nora Batty’s bedroom.
#45 Serenade For Tight Jeans And Metal Detector (1982) –
Compo buys a new pair of trousers, and Clegg buys a Metal Detector.
#46 From Wellies To Wetsuit (1982) –
Compo buys Sid’s wet suit, goes snorkeling and then takes up water-skiing.

Series Seven

#47 All Mod Conned (1982) –
Foggy books a caravan for the trio, hoping to avoid the commercial side of Christmas.
#48 The Frozen Turkey Man (1983) –
Compo and Clegg decide that Foggy needs a woman.
#49 The White Man’s Grave (1983) –
The trio decides that Wally needs a break from Nora.
#50 The Waist Land (1983) –
Foggy hits upon a money-making scheme – selling junk food to people from the local health club.
#51 Cheering Up Ludovic (1983) –
Ludovic buys a tatty old van.
#52 The Three Astaires (1983) –
Compo tries on a suit of armour at a church concert party.
#53 The Arts Of Concealment (1983) –
Foggy demonstrates his army camouflage techniques.
#54 Getting Sam Home (1983) –
The trio visits Sam in hospital, and agrees to help him spend one last night with his ‘other woman.’

Series Eight

#55 The Loxley Lozenge (1984) –
Wesley has found an old racing car and wants help to get it home.
#56 The Mysterious Feet Of Nora Batty (1985) –
Foggy and Compo have a disagreement about the size of Nora’s feet.
#57 Keeping Britain Tidy (1985) –
Foggy embarks on a crusade to clean up the countryside.
#58 Enter The Phantom (1985) –
Compo transforms into a ‘daredevil motorcyclist.’
#59 Catching Digby’s Donkey (1985) –
Foggy offers to help Digby catch his Donkey.
#60 The Woollen Mills Of Your Mind (1985) –
Compo decides to enter a marathon to impress Nora.
#61 Who’s Looking After The Cafe Then? (1985) –
Foggy volunteers to mind Ivy’s cafe.

Series Nine

#62 Uncle Of The Bride (1986) –
Glenda is to marry the hapless but kind-hearted Barry.
#63 Merry Christmas, Father Christmas (1986) –
Seymour dresses a reluctant Compo as Father Christmas.
#64 Why Does Norman Clegg Buy Ladies’ Elastic Stockings? (1987) –
Clegg buys Howard some ladies’ stockings for Marina.
#65 The Heavily Reinforced Bottom (1987) –
Compo takes up canoeing.
#66 Dried Dates And Codfanglers (1987) –
Seymour invents a high-security door lock and Compo loses a prized possession.
#67 The Really Masculine Purse (1987) –
Seymour tries to invent a strictly masculine purse.
#68 Who’s Feeling Ejected Then? (1987) –
Seymour builds an ejector seat, and of course, Compo tests it.
#69 The Ice-Cream Man Cometh (1987) –
Seymour decides to promote the old tradition of bicycling ice-cream men.
#70 Set The People Free (1987) –
Howard and Wally are stuck at home, and it’s up to the trio to try to break them free.
#71 Go With The Flow (1987) –
The trio are ensnared in helping the vicar sell tickets to a theatre production.
#72 Jaws (1987) –
Seymour invents a new waste disposal unit.
#73 Edie And The Automobile (1987) –
Edie has driving lessons – oh dear!
#74 Wind Power (1987) –
Seymour invents wind-powered rollerskates.
#75 When You Take A Good Bite Of Yorkshire, It Tastes Terrible (1987) –
Clegg receives word that an old American friend has died.
#76 Big Day At Dream Acres (1987) –
The trio is persuaded by a tramp to rescue his childhood donkey from a field.

Series Ten

#77 The Experiment (1988) –
Seymour sets up an experiment to show Compo why blood rushes to your head when upside-down.
#78 The Treasure Of The Deep (1988) –
Seymour gets Compo to search a river for stolen valuables in a homemade submarine.
#79 Dancing Feet (1988) –
Compo buys a herbal remedy from a gypsy for the hard skin on his feet.
#80 That Certain Smile (1988) –
The trio attempt to smuggle Smiler’s dog into the hospital.
#81 Downhill Racer (1988) –
Seymour suggests downhill skiing on dinner trays.
#82 The Day Of The Welsh Ferret (1988) –
Compo insists on bringing his ferret to a funeral.
#83 Crums (1988) –
Barry wants to buy Glenda a water bed and the trio dress as Father Christmases.

Series Eleven

#84 Come Back, Jack Harry Teesdale (1989) –
The trio decides to solve Harry Teesdale’s marriage problem.
#85 The Kiss And Mavis Poskitt (1989) –
Clegg goes in hiding from Mavis Poskitt.
#86 Oh Shut Up And Eat Your Choc Ice (1989) –
Seymour, Compo and Clegg accidentally dislodge a large hay bale and attempt to move it back into place.
#87 Who’s That Bloke With Nora Batty Then? (1989) –
Compo is filled with jealousy when he spots Nora with a man.
#88 Happy Anniversary Gough And Jessie (1989) –
The village gathers to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary.
#89 Getting Barry Higher In The World (1989) –
Seymour designs a kite for Compo.
#90 Three Men And A Mangle (1989) –
Nora asks Compo to deliver her mangle to a friend.
#91 What’s Santa Brought For Nora Then? (1989) –
Compo wants to earn some money to buy Nora a Christmas present.

Series Twelve

#92 Return Of The Warrior (1990) –
Compo and Clegg see Seymour off. Foggy returns.
#93 Come In, Sunray Major (1990) –
Foggy has Wesley fix a pair of old WW2 walkie-talkies and he has Clegg and Compo take one out for a test.
#94 The Charity Balls (1990) –
Compo, Clegg, Foggy, and Howard enter a sponsored ‘football dribble’ for charity.
#95 Walking Stiff Can Make You Famous (1990) –
Foggy comes up with another daft idea – bicycle polo!
#96 That’s Not Captain Zero (1990) –
Compo stands in for ‘Captain Zero,’ the human cannonball.
#97 Das Welly Boot (1990) –
Foggy decides to restore an old boat.
#98 The Empire That Foggy Nearly Built (1990) –
Foggy comes to the conclusion that there must be money to be made out of car parking.
#99 The Last Surviving Maurice Chevalier Impression (1990) –
Compo goes on a televised talent show to impress Nora Batty.
#100 Roll On (1990) –
The trio train for a barrel rolling event.
#101 A Landlady For Smiler (1990) –
The trio help Smiler find a new place to live.
#102 Barry’s Christmas (1990) –
Barry needs to be sobered up before Glenda finds out.

Series Thirteen

#103 Quick, Quick, Slow (1991) –
Compo is depressed when Nora takes in Smiler as her lodger.
#104 Give Us A Lift (1991) –
Foggy invents a chair lift.
#105 Was That Nora Batty Singing? (1991) –
Compo is convinced that Nora and Smiler are having an affair.
#106 Cash Flow Problems (1991) –
A skint Compo tries to track down an old schoolfriend who owes him money.
#107 Passing The Earring (1991) –
Howard is desperate to return an earring to Marina.
#108 Pole Star (1991) –
Compo takes up pole-vaulting to impress the ladies.
#109 Situations Vacant (1991) –
Foggy decides to start up a motorbike courier service.

Series Fourteen

#110 By The Magnificent Thighs Of Ernie Burniston (1992) –
Foggy decides that it’s time Compo got fit.
#111 Errol Flynn Used To Have A Pair Like That (1992) –
Compo finds out that Nora likes a man in horse-riding gear.
#112 The Phantom Of The Graveyard (1992) –
Compo is in a new suit as he plans to attend the funeral of a former teacher.
#113 The Self-Propelled Salad Strainer (1992) –
Wesley wants to adapt a lawnmower for cleaning windows.
#114 Ordeal By Trousers (1992) –
Compo and Clegg become suspicious of the truthfulness of Foggy’s war stories.
#115 Happy Birthday, Howard (1992) –
Marina wants Norman to deliver a “cuddly” birthday present to Howard.
#116 Who’s Got Rhythm? (1992) –
Compo is short of money, so he becomes a one-man-band.
#117 Camera Shy (1992) –
Howard goes into a panic when he thinks that Foggy has videotaped him kissing Marina.
#118 Wheelies (1992) –
Compo tests a new form of transport.
#119 Stop That Castle (1992) –
The trio rent a bouncy castle from Auntie Wainwright for the charity Faerie-land Gala Parade. 

Series Fifteen

#120 How To Clear Your Pipes (1993) –
Foggy puts Compo and Clegg through a tough training course that leaves them trapped inside sewer pipes.
#121 Where There’s Smoke, There’s Barbecue (1993) –
Auntie Wainwright sells Norman a portable barbecue.
#122 The Black Widow (1993) –
Too much homebrew and Clegg falls prey to the Widow Attacliffe.
#123 Have You Got A Light Mate? (1993) –
Howard wants Clegg to purchase a present for Marina from Auntie Wainwright.
#124 Concerto For Solo Bicycle (1993) –
After colliding with Compo, Foggy comes up with the idea of bicycle safety underwear.
#125 Stop That Bath (1993) –
Howard purchases a cast iron bathtub and needs Foggy, Clegg and Compo to help deliver it to Marina.
#126 Springing Smiler (1993) –
Smiler is sick of living in misery with Nora Batty and wants out.
#127 There Are Gypsies At The Bottom Of Our Garden (1993) –
Foggy believes that he has discovered the nesting place of a giant woodpecker.
#128 Aladdin Gets On Your Wick (1993) –
After seeing a man on a sailboard, Foggy has the idea of inventing a three-man version.
#129 Welcome To Earth (1993) –
The trio joins Darren’s friend expecting a visitation from outer space.

Series Sixteen

#130 The Man Who Nearly Knew Pavarotti (1995) –
When Wesley almost runs over Billy Ingleton, Foggy gets to prove his talents as a concert promoter.
#131 The Glory Hole (1995) –
Compo and Clegg get roped into Foggy’s plans to recreate a battle scene.
#132 Adopted By A Stray (1995) –
The trio meet Mr Broadbent who aims to become closer to the wilderness.
#133 The Defeat Of The Stoneworm (1995) –
Howard invents a local pest called a “stoneworm” in one of his lamest efforts yet to fool Pearl.
#134 Once In A Moonlit Junkyard (1995) –
Compo briefly casts Nora aside for a biker.
#135 The Space Ace (1995) –
The latest village idiot tumbles down hills in a trash bin – he wants to become an astronaut.
#136 The Most Powerful Eyeballs In West Yorkshire (1995) –
Foggy and Howard become obsessed with the power of hypnotism.
#137 The Dewhursts Of Ogleby Hall (1995) –
Foggy believes that he could be related to the Dewhursts of Ogleby Hall.
#138 The Sweet Smell Of Excess (1995) –
Compo uses his bed as a trampoline to see through Nora’s window.

Series Seventeen

#139 Leaving Home Forever Or Till Teatime (1995) –
Pearl throws Howard out.
#140 Bicycle Bonanza (1995) –
Foggy thinks that he can start a business renting out off-road bicycles.
#141 The Glamour Of The Uniform (1995) –
When Marina’s affections turn to a traffic policeman, Foggy helps Howard win her back.
#142 The First Human Being To Ride A Hill (1995) –
Pearl has confiscated Howard’s bicycle, so Wesley builds him a new “secret” one.
#143 Captain Clutterbuck’s Treasure (1995) –
The trio learn all about the famous Yorkshire pirate, Captain Clutterbuck.
#144 Desperate For A Duffield (1995) –
Compo tries to find one of his old flames.
#145 The Suit That Turned Left (1995) –
The trio meet a man looking for magnetic emanations with his weird invention.
#146 Beware Of The Elbow (1995) –
The trio encounters a man and his inflatable doll.
#147 The Thing In Wesley’s Shed (1995) –
Just what has Wesley invented in his shed?
#148 Brushes At Dawn (1995) –
Compo challenges a man to a duel after finding him in a closet with Nora.
#149 A Leg Up For Christmas (1995) –
While trying to get himself fit for Christmas, Howard ends up with a broken leg and can’t leave the house.

Series Eighteen

#150 Extra! Extra! (1996) –
The trio continuously interrupts a spoof horror film and get enlisted as ‘extras.’
#151 The Love-Mobile (1997) –
A mobile dating agency is in the area.
#152 A Clean Sweep (1997) –
Foggy finds a depressed chimney sweep an old fashioned chimney to sweep.
#153 The Mysterious C. W. Northrop (1997) –
Smiler has a crush on Ivy.
#154 A Double For Howard (1997) –
Howard again attempts to shake Pearl off his adulterous trail.
#155 How To Create A Monster (1997) –
Foggy decides to train Smiler to be more confident.
#156 Deviations With Davenport (1997) –
Foggy claims to know the area like the back of his hand but gets everyone hopelessly lost.
#157 According To The Prophet Bickerdyke (1997) –
The prophet Bickerdyke predicts that the world is coming to an end.
#158 Next Kiss Please (1997) –
Foggy bets that Nora Batty will kiss Compo by the end of the day.
#159 Destiny And Six Bananas (1997) –
A mysterious beast has been spotted in the woods., so the trio and Wesley try to capture it.
#160 A Sidecar Named Desire (1997) –
Compo hires a motorbike and sidecar and takes Nora Batty for a ride.

Series Nineteen

#161 There Goes The Groom (1997) –
Compo, Clegg and Truly try to convince a reluctant groom to go ahead with his wedding.
#162 Beware The Oglethorpe (1998) –
Compo, Clegg and Truly run into a tired, gloomy old school chum, Coggy Duckworth.
#163 Tarzan Of The Towpath (1998) –
Compo wants to prove that he can still do the things that he did as a nine-year-old.
#164 Truly And The Hole Truth (1998) –
Truly wants to get his name in the papers.
#165 Oh Howard, We Should Get One Of Those (1998) –
Wesley’s new creation, a bed on wheels, is a great success.
#166 The Suit That Attracts Blondes (1998) –
Glenda gives one of Barry’s old suits to the jumble sale because she thinks it attracts the blondes.
#167 The Only Diesel Saxophone In Captivity (1998) –
Compo and an old local man start a competition to see which one of them is in better shape.
#168 Perfection – Thy Name Is Ridley (1998) –
Compo is upset when Nora Batty cleans house for a strange man.
#169 Nowhere Particular (1998) –
Howard buys a new van for him and Marina.
#170 From Audrey Nash To The Widow Dilhooley (1998) –
Marina is looking for a stable relationship.
#171 Support Your Local Skydiver (1998) –
Compo discovers that Nora is getting postcards from the Canary Islands.

Series Twenty

#172 The Pony Set (1999) –
Compo takes up horse riding to impress Nora.
#173 How Errol Flynn Discovered The Secret Scar Of Nora Batty (1999) –
The trio come across Billy Hardcastle, a man who believes he is a direct descendant of Robin Hood.
#174 Who’s Thrown Her Tom Cruise Photos Away? (1999) –
Marina has had it with Howard and with men in general.
#175 What’s Happened To Barry’s Nose? (1999) –
Truly tries to help Barry become more confident.
#176 Optimism In The Housing Market (1999) –
Smiler injures his foot.
#177 Will Barry Go Septic Despite Listening To Classical Music? (1999) –
Compo, Clegg and Truly meet a man testing for earthquakes.
#178 Beware The Vanilla Slice (1999) –
Compo tries to revive interest in the childhood game of “thumpy-dub.”
#179 Howard Throws A Wobbler (1999) –
Howard believes that Pearl is having an affair.
#180 The Phantom Number 14 Bus (1999) –
Truly investigates a bus which disappeared between stops.
#181 Ironing Day (1999) –
Smiler gets drunk on some homemade wine.

Series Twenty One

#182 Last Post And Pigeon (2000) –
Compo is selected to travel to France with a group of local WWII veterans, but the offer is declined due to his scruffy appearance.
#183 Lipstick And Other Problems (2000) –
Glenda finds Barry covered in lipstick.
#184 Under The Rug (2000) –
Howard has a wig delivered to Clegg’s, but a suspicious Pearl means that Clegg has to be seen wearing it.
#185 Magic And The Morris Minor (2000) –
The villagers meet a spiritualist nut-case and her fed-up husband.
#186 Elegy For Fallen Wellies (2000) –
Compo meets his end.
#187 Surprise At Throstlenest (2000) –
Clegg and Truly take Compo’s ferrets to their new home.
#188 Just A Small Funeral (2000) –
It’s Compo’s funeral day.
#189 From Here To Paternity (2000) –
Compo receives a personal letter. when Clegg and Truly open it they discover Compo’s biggest secret: he has a son called Tom.
#190 Some Vans Can Make You Deaf (2000) –
Clegg, Truly and Wesley help Tom find a new exhaust for his van.
#191 Waggoner’s Roll (2000) –
Tom and Barry attempt to turn a reluctant Babs into a showbiz star.
#192 I Didn’t Know Barry Could Play (2000) –
Barry ends up with Clegg, Truly and Wesley at the station collecting an organ for Tom.

Series Twenty Two

#193 Getting Barry’s Goat (2001) –
Tom Simmonite is bored with village life.
#194 The Art Of The Shorts Story (2001) –
Pearl makes Howard believe that he has mislaid his shorts.
#195 The Missing Bus Of Mrs. Avery (2001) –
Tom has Mrs Avery driving a minibus for the ladies picnic outing
#196 Hey! Big Vendor (2001) –
Wesley invents hot drinks dispenser which causes havoc.
#197 Enter The Hawk (2001) –
Pearl has a plan to keep Howard at home.
#198 Gnome And Away (2001) –
Howard buys a large Gnome for Marina and tries to keep it from Pearl.
#199 A Hair Of The Blonde That Bit You (2001) –
Pearl finds a long blonde hair on Howard’s clothing.
#200 A White Sweater And A Solicitor’s Letter (2001) –
A solicitor’s letter arrives for the deceased Compo.
#201 Why Is Barry At An Angle? (2001) –
The men torment Barry.
#202 Coming Of The Beast (2001) –
Truly starts a rumor that a tiger is loose in the village.

Series Twenty Three

#203 Potts In Pole Position (2001) –
Tom gives Howard a “going fishing” excuse.
#204 A Brief Excursion In The Fast Lane (2002) –
Barry is having a mid-life crisis and craves a more dangerous life.
#205 The Mystical Squeak Of Howard’s Bicycle (2002) –
Howard’s bicycle develops an annoying, loud squeak when Pearl is around.
#206 Mervyn Would Be Proud (2002) –
Billy is being stalked by a Robin Hood fan.
#207 The Incredible Ordeal Of Norman Clegg (2002) –
Howard stores Marina at Clegg’s.
#208 Beware Of The Hot Dog (2002) –
Pearl makes Howard jealous and Wesley attempts to enter the mobile catering trade.
#209 In Search Of Childlike Joy And The Farthest Reaches Of The Lotus Position (2002) –
Barry’s legs may hold the key to the trio’s enlightenment.
#210 A Chaise Longue Too Far (2002) –
Barry wants a gift for Glenda so Auntie Wainwright sells him a large chaise longue.
#211 Exercising Father’s Bicycle (2002) –
Tom learns of the storied past of Compo’s bicycle and wants the legend to live on.
#212 Sadly, Madly, Bradley (2002) –
Billy must spend the day with his brother-in-law Bradley, who can’t stop spreading around his gloomy mood.
#213 It All Began With An Old Volvo Headlamp (2002) –
The trio latches on to the dumped Kevin who wants to become a “Wise Man of the Woods”.

Series Twenty Four

#214 A Musical Passing for a Miserable Muscroft (2002) –
Billy has acquired a mobile pipe organ.
#215 The Lair of the Cat Creature (2003) –
Alvin Smedley para-sails into the villagers’ lives.
#216 Ancient Eastern Wisdom: An Introduction (2003) –
Truly and Clegg meet an inscrutable bearer of ancient Eastern wisdom, Entwhistle, whom they recruit to help Tom deal with the repo man. whom they recruit to help Tom deal with the repo man.
#217 A Pick-Up of the Later Ming Dynasty (2003) –
After helping Entwistle fix his truck, the trio is recruited to lay hands on Smiler’s cart.
#218 The Secret Birthday of Norman Clegg (2003) –
Clegg wants to celebrate his birthday in the quietest way possible.
#219 In Which Gavin Hinchcliffe Loses the Gulf Stream (2003) –
Gavin Hinchcliffe is worried about the impending ice age, so he’s learning to ski by riding atop Miss Davenport’s van.
#220 The Miraculous Curing of Old Goff Helliwell (2003) –
Goff decides to die next Tuesday but changes his mind when Marina flirts with him.
#221 The Frenchies Are Coming (2003) –
Barry is looking for another hobby, so Billy decides to interest him in archery.
#222 The Man Who Invented Yorkshire Funny Stuff (2003) –
Howard gets a present from Marina – a lifesize fake gorilla.
#223 The Second Husband and the Showgirls (2003) –
Truly discovers his ex-wife’s new husband is coming to town, and Tom and Smiler arrange an interesting blind date.
#224 All of a Florrie (2003) –
A pushy blue-haired woman is pursuing Herbert Truelove.

Series Twenty Five

#225 A Short Burst Of Fred Astaire (2003) –
Various members of the cast perform in the Christmas concert.
#226 Jurassic No Parking (2004) –
Glenda doubts Miss Davenport saw a large dinosaur in their neighbourhood.
#227 The General’s Greatest Battle (2004) –
It is the annual parade to commemorate the Hero of the Battle of Mazurka.
#228 Spores (2004) –
Clegg, Truly, and Billy run into a “damsel in distress”  who has lost her husband.
#229 Happy Birthday Robin Hood (2004) –
Billy and Barry don grass green suits.
#230 Who’s That With Barry And Glenda? – It’s Not Barry And Glenda (2004) –
What is Barry doing in the woods?
#231 An Apple A Day (2004) –
Nora Batty is recruiting for charity.
#232 Barry Becomes A Psychopathic Killer, but Only Part Time (2004) –
Alvin buys equipment to listen for sounds from space, and Barry struggles with his role in a dramatic group.
#233 Things To Do When Your Wife Runs Off With A Turkish Waiter (2004) –
Barry is stuck entertaining a recently divorced man that he and Glenda met on holiday.
#234 Beware of Laughing at Nora’s Hats (2004) –
Truly, Alvin, and Billy try to mend some fences between Nora and her one-time friend, Audrey Craig.
#235 Yours Truly – If You’re Not Careful (2004) –
Someone keeps calling Truly’s new cell phone and he’s worried it might be his ex-wife.

Series Twenty Six

#236 Variations on a Theme of the Widow Winstanley (2004) –
Feeling too old for a bicycle, Howard purchases a “secret” car.
#237 The Swan Man Of Ilkley (2005) –
Alvin teaches Nora Batty to line-dance.
#238 Watching the Clock (2005) –
Clegg gets stuck in a tree trying to see the church clock.
#239 Has Anyone Seen a Peruvian Wart? (2005) –
Truly, Billy and Alvin meet Mr Crowcroft, a womanising flower arranger who is looking for love.
#240 Hermione (The Short Course) (2005) –
Clegg posts a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on his door, piquing the curiosity of the community.
#241 Who’s That Mouse in the Poetry Group? (2005) –
Smiler pretends to be an intellectual in an attempt to delight Marina.
#242 Available for Weddings (2005) –
Clegg ends up with a fractured foot, and Barry and Glenda go camping.
#243 The McDonaghs of Jamieson Street (2005) –
The trio decides to track down the woman who escaped the clutches of Smiler.
#244 The Afterthoughts of a Co-op Manager (2005) –
Truly leads the inquiries into the whereabouts of a tyrannical Co-op Manager.
#245 Lot Number 8 (2005) –
Auntie Wainwright buys something at the auction, but she doesn’t know what it is.
#246 Little Orphan Howard (2005) –
Clegg manages to convince Howard that, contrary to his belief, he was left on a doorstep as a baby.

Series Twenty Seven

#247 Merry Enthwhistle and Jackson Day (2005) –
Truly and Clegg are drawn into Howard’s latest escape plan.
#248 Follow That Bottle (2006) –
Truly and the Boys spot a bottle with a note in it floating down the river.
#249 How to Remove a Cousin (2006) –
Clegg’s cousin Aubrey moves in uninvited, so the Boys help to free him.
#250 Has Anyone Seen Barry’s Midlife Crisis? (2006) –
Barry isn’t having a mid-life crisis, so he goes to see the Vicar about it.
#251 The Genuine Outdoors Robin Hood Barbi (2006) –
Billy takes Clegg, Truly, Alvin and Entwistle into the green wood for a barbecue.
#252 Barry in Danger from Reading and Aunt Jessie (2006) –
Miss Davenport teases Barry, and Alvin is seen with a tall, mysterious blonde.
#253 Who’s That Merry Man With Billy Then (2006) –
Howard wants to learn to fly and Billy is looking for Merry Men.
#254 Who’s That Talking to Lenny (2006) –
Clegg and crew are out for their daily walk when they notice that Lenny is back in town, this time following a strange voice.
#255 Oh Look! Mitzi’s Found Her Mummy (2006) –
Glenda and Barry get dressed up as Cleopatra and an Egyptian Mummy for a fancy dress party.
#256 Plenty of Room in the Back (2006) –
Auntie Wainwright supplies Tom and Smiler with new transport.
#257 A Tale of Two Sweaters (2006) –
Auntie Wainwright gives Tom and Smiler a nice dinner and then empties their pockets in a card game.

Series Twenty Eight

#258 The Second Stag Night of Doggy Wilkinson (2007) –
Doggy is almost 80 and getting married again, so the Boys take him out for his bachelor’s party.
#259 What Happened to the Horse? (2007) –
Truly invents a ghost story that involves a local wooded area.
#260 Variations on a Theme of Road Rage (2007) –
Howard is tired of the bicycle, so he purchases a car.
#261 In Which Howard Gets Double Booked  (2007) –
Howard decides it’s time to take Pearl out for a dinner but Truly invites Marina.
#262 Will The Nearest Alien Please Come In (2007) –
Kevin believes aliens from outer space may have landed.
#263 Elegy for Small Creature and Clandestine Trackbike (2007) –
Howard has purchased a track bike and is desperate to hide it from Pearl.
#264 The Crowcroft Challenge (2007) –
Alvin volunteers to complete the Crowcroft Challenge – a task that has never been completed.
#265 Must Be Good Dancer (2007) –
Smiler answers an ad looking for a dance partner.
#266 In Which Howard Remembers Where He Left His Bicycle Pump (2007) –
The ladies enter a baking contest.
#267 Sinclair And The Wormley Witches (2007) –
Alvin, Truly, and Entwistle are stoned by a stranger and Smiler does some witchcraft.

Series Twenty Nine

#268 Enter the Finger (2008) –
Barry’s fitness-mad neighbour outshines him in all things physical, so how can he even the balance?
#269 Will the Genuine Racer Please Stand Up? (2008) –