What’s in a Name?

Summer Winos is unjustifiably proud to present our Names Database, which is now linked to from the top of every page of the site. The Database is a partial listing of the many unseen characters mentioned in passing throughout Last of the Summer Wine‘s history. Due to the proliferation of nicknames, characters are listed alphabetically by their first name, be that real or imagined. We only started to take this seriously around the start of series five, so please feel free to leave suggestions for further entries in the comments section below. Here’s one of our favourite entries so far.

Chuffa Enright – Did brilliant duck impressions and used to roll about under Doreen Tattersill. (Christmas, 1981)

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by barmpot on October 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Are you going to back track to the Pilot to add to this useful list? Or are you hoping that we might provide this?

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    • Posted by Andrew T. Smith on October 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      If we get time, we’ll look back through our notes on episodes prior to series five, but watching them again at this stage just isn’t practical. All submissions gratefully received.

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  2. Posted by jakob1978 on October 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

    sounds interesting 🙂 although i’m a little confused, is it just a list of unseen characters? because both “Chuffer Enwright” and “Gordon Lippinscale” (whose nickname is Splutter, not Splotter) appear in the episode Whoops.

    As my first contribution (just cause it was on telly tonight), from “Flower Power Cut” (4.4))

    Murdoch – Drives like a lunatic (even after he’s dead), and never looked right in his Uniform.

    Lily Gilchrist – Once picked up by Compo in the Cafe.

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    • Posted by Andrew T. Smith on October 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Jakob and you’re quite right, I shouldn’t have said unseen characters. We’re looking for either unseen or very rarely seen characters with interesting names. I’ll edit the list to include your suggestions and indicate who actually appeared on the show and who remained off screen.

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  3. Posted by jakob1978 on October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    There’s loads mentioned in the pilot –

    Canon Jamieson – A Tyrant one minute but more than democratic in his ways with the choirboys

    Compo’s Uncle Bill – The first attempted conscientious objector in the area, on the grounds that war interfered with his obligations to her at bogmoor sweet shop

    Our Frank – Relative of Compo who went to grammer school, albeit at 11 o’clock one night..later apprehended in Beumont’s yard about to activate a contraceptive device

    Muriel Fairfax – Clegg was intimate with her in a sandpit (she let him see her without her vest), later married a breadman.

    Susan Anderson – Compo started his romantic career with her, by stuffing broken biscuits down her knickers.

    Doggie – Believed that girls had a trapdoor downstairs, which was how babies were born

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    • Posted by Andrew T. Smith on October 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

      If we made any money off this site, we’d have to put you on salary. Thanks!

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      • Posted by jakob1978 on October 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

        haha, no problems…any excuse to watch episodes again 🙂

        although thinking about these characters does throw up interesting thoughts…such as how many people were in their year at school, given how many different old school friends are named throughout the years of the show.

        But also, the reuse of unusual names. For example, is the Doggie (or Doggy) mentioned in the pilot, Doggy Barnes (from the S20 episode “Beware the Vanilla Slice) who was in dispute with Compo about who was the “Thumpidub” champion, or is it Doggy Wilkinson (played by Eric Sykes in the S28 ep “The Second Stag Night of Doggy Wilkinson”)

  4. Posted by jakob1978 on October 24, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Here’s the next lot 🙂 from episodes 1 and 2. I’ve put characters who are referred to in multiple episodes (or who are likely to be mentioned in multiple ones) at the top, with the episode number after the info that appeared in that ep.

    Edie Clegg – Solid Chapel, Clegg met her at the height of the Depression. A good wife by every definition – She nagged incessantly, and kept things spotless (Pilot), Clegg met her at a chapel tea. He asked for cream but she converted him to custard. She took hold of his arm during the hymns and that was the end of him sneaking out to the pub (1.1) Cut Corned beef thin, trimed with a bit of lettuce and cucumber (1.2)

    Blamire’s Mother – Wouldn’t let him play with lasses, mistrusted them ever since she saw Compo’s granny duffing up policemen. Struggled to bring him up nicely as a little poof (she never succeeded) (1.2)

    Compo’s Granny – Could See into the Future, used to read tea leaves (1.1) Used to duff up policemen, but only when she was drunk (1.2)

    Compo’s mother – Used to eat Insurance Men, knew a lot of sailors (1.2)

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    Compo’s Granny – Could See into the Future, used to read tea leaves

    Mostyn Lightfoot – Fell in love with all the Huddesfield Girls Highschool Netball Team except the goalie who reminded him of some film star he didn’t care for (possibly Wallace Beery). He couldn’t resist the squeak of their little PT shoes on the gym floor

    Adrian Poskitt – From Arthron Street. Went out Wednesday morning, right as rain but round about dinner time, he went off…just like that.

    Judd (Seen) – Old fashioned barber (the only one in the area that remembers short hair), knows who has died recently.

    Judd’s Wife – Not Glamourous (more horrible)

    Nora Fogarty – Someone (it’s unknown who Clegg is talking about) asked her for a lift of her skirt, which put an end to those rumous as to what she had printed on her underwear (which some said was the device of the Egg Marketing Board). Set him off on the wrong foot, he developed a penchant for funny women and was last seen loitering sadly outside Sugden’s Chemist

    Eric – relation of Compo’s, The Police still miss him in court

    Charlie Harris (seen) – The trio have known him since he had gravy down his tie like everyone else, and used to make rude imitation posterior noises for the amusement of the Conservative Club Committee

    Eileen Harris – had to get married

    Mrs Morris – Sid has to partner her in the Dashing White Sergeant at the dance

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    1.2
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    Dudley – Compo’s relative who was nearly killed by a car when he was knocked off his bike (it was probably the owner who recognise his bike)

    Hilda Mason – Everone knew about her and the three yanks during the war…everyone knew it were rape but she were never prosecuted

    Hurley Bailey – went to Australia but came back because he couldn’t stand the beer

    Delphine Hackett – Her knicker elastic aided and abetted Compo in his use of an outsized marble and a catapult.

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    • Posted by Andrew T. Smith on October 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Flamin’ Nora, you’ve been busy! Thanks for these. I shall try to incorporate them this week.

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      • Posted by jakob1978 on October 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

        haha, it’s a good excuse to watch the episodes again, but also i’ve discovered the trick of extracting the subtitles to a txt file, then i can just skim through looking for names and then skip to that part of the ep to get the context 😀

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