Last of the Summer Wine series 4

Last of the Summer Wine's fourth series originally aired on BBC1 between 9 November 1977 and 4 January 1978.[1] All episodes from this series were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Sydney Lotterby.[2]

Last of the Summer Wine
Series 4
Last of the Summer Wine Series 3 & 4 DVD
No. of episodes9
Original networkBBC1
Original release9 November 1977 (1977-11-09) –
26 December 1978 (1978-12-26)
Additional information
Filming dates
  • Series 4: 1977
  • Christmas Special: 1978
Series chronology
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List of episodes

The fourth series was released on DVD in region 2 as a combined box set with series 3 on 26 July 2004. A box set featuring just series 4 was released for region 1 on 9 September 2008.



The trio in this series consisted of:

Actor Role
Bill Owen Compo
Peter Sallis Clegg
Brian Wilde Foggy

List of episodes


Regular series

Title Airdate Description Notes
Ferret Come Home 9 November 1977 One of Compo's ferrets escapes into Nora's house. Can Wally retrieve it?
Getting on Sidney's Wire 16 November 1977 Sid is installing a doorbell in the cafe, and the trio decide to help him.
Jubilee 23 November 1977 It is the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and Foggy decides that the trio should help the vicar's parade.
Flower Power Cut 30 November 1977 Clegg tries to persuades the others that flowers have feelings and will respond to music.
Who Made a Bit of a Splash in Wales Then? 7 December 1977 Foggy is visiting a lady friend in Wales, but what will happen when Compo and Clegg intrude?
Greenfingers 21 December 1977 Foggy is disappointed in the size of the vegetables being sold in the market, so searches out some bigger examples.
A Merry Heatwave 1 January 1978 Nora's brother, who lives in Australia, is very ill and unlikely to see another British Christmas. Foggy decides to film an old fashioned Christmas to send to him, unfortunately where do you find holly in the middle of a summer heatwave.
  • Guest Appearances of Pete Postlethwaite and Teddy Turner
  • First Christmas themed episode, although actually set in the middle of Summer.
  • Thirty-five-minute-long episode.
  • There is some confusion as to whether this episode was originally intended to be a Christmas Special or not, as it was broadcast in the usual place within a series, but it also happened to be within the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The Bandit From Stoke-on-Trent 4 January 1978 Why has "Laugh a Minute" Amos Hames returned to town? Foggy is suspicious.

Christmas Special (1978)

Title Airdate Description Notes
Small Tune on a Penny Wassail 26 December 1978 Christmas arrives and the trio visit a friend in hospital, before opening their presents.
  • Guest Appearance of Teddy Turner
  • Included on Series 5 & 6 Boxset

DVD release


The box set for series 3 and 4 was released by Universal Playback in July 2004.

The Complete Series 3 & 4
Set Details[3]
  • 15 episodes
  • 3-disc set
  • Language: English
Release Date
Region 2
26 July 2004

In addition, Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1977 has been released on 9 September 2008 in Region 1 and included all episodes from the fourth series including a rare 1977 interview with Roy Clarke.[4]


  1. ^ Bright and Ross (2000), pp. 172–174
  2. ^ Bright and Ross (2000), p. 164
  3. ^ "Last of the Summer Wine Series 3 & 4 [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ Lambert, David (8 May 2008). "World's Longest-Running Sitcom Gets a New DVD Release This Fall". Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.



Bright, Morris; Robert Ross (2000). Last of the Summer Wine: The Finest Vintage. London: BBC Worldwide Ltd. ISBN 0-563-55151-8.