Of Funerals and Fish
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Of Funerals and Fish

"Of Funerals and Fish" is the pilot episode of the world's longest running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010), written by Roy Clarke.[1] It was first aired on 4 January 1973 and became the first of 295 episodes.[2][3] It was aired as a Comedy Playhouse episode. The plot involved the trio going around discussing life and death.

It starred Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Michael Bates. This also was the first appearance of Kathy Staff, although her character is at this point only known as Mrs Batty rather than Nora. Her husband, unseen in this first episode, is referred to as Harold; when the character went on to appear in the series, he would be called Wally.


  1. ^ Langley, William (5 June 2010). "Last of the Summer Wine: the ageless appeal of three old men in a bath". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Vine, Andrew (2010). Last of the summer wine : the inside story of the world's longest-running comedy programme. London: Aurum. p. 3. ISBN 9781845135959.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010)". www.screenonline.org.uk. Retrieved 2018.

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