A Gateshead film-maker and his BBC Tees radio presenter friend are heading to the Edinburgh Free Fringe with a live show based on their love of the world’s longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine.
Andrew T Smith and Bob Fischer forged a friendship over their mutual adoration of the series, and – when the final episode aired in 2010 – decided on a whim to start watching all 295 episodes from the start. For their own amusement, they kept an online blog of their thoughts about every episode on their website, www.summerwinos.co.uk, but it quickly began to build a cult following, and the quest slowly began to take over their lives.
In recent years, they have made short films in which they track down the series’ original locations in the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth; organised events at the show’s real-life ‘Sid’s Cafe’; interviewed many of the show’s original stars; and even been treated to a slap-up dinner by Last of the Summer Wine’s writer Roy Clarke… a heartfelt thank you gesture for keeping the show’s legacy alive!
They have now turned their obsession into an hour-long live show, also called Summer Winos, which they’ll be performing at PBH’s Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 12th-17th August… in a venue also playing host to household name comedians Phill Jupitus and Robin Ince.
After a successful preview event at Teesside’s Waiting Room venue, and an emotional special performance before a packed-out audience in Sid’s Cafe in Holmfirth, the Summer Winos live show is being staged at Bannermans in Edinburgh at 4.15pm every day from 12th – 17th August, and entry is completely free.
Full details – as well as seven years’ worth of Andrew and Bob’s thoughts on the show – can be found at www.summerwinos.co.uk, and they’re also to be found at www.facebook.com/summerwinos, or @summerwinos on Twitter.