3 Jun 2010

"Summer Wine" series to end

8:16 am on 3 June 2010

The BBC has announced the long-running comedy show The Last of the Summer Wine is to end after 37 years.

The series - which followed the exploits of Compo, Nora Batty and friends - made its debut in 1973.

Over the years it featured a number of famous faces including Eric Sykes, Dame Thora Hird and Bill Owen as Compo.

BBC One Controller Jay Hunt says the final series will be a fitting farewell to the well-loved characters.