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Series 3[[File:Lotsw3.4.JPG|thumb|182px]]
 
Series 3[[File:Lotsw3.4.JPG|thumb|182px]]
 
'''''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine Last of the Summer Wine's]''''' '''third series''' originally aired on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_One BBC One] between 27 October 1976 and 8 December 1976.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-0 [1]]</sup> All episodes from this series were written by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Clarke Roy Clarke] and produced by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Lotterby Sydney Lotterby].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-1 [2]]</sup>. Five episodes were directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Lotterby Sydney Lotterby] but two, the two parter, "The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper" and "Cheering Up Gordon", were directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Butt Ray Butt].
 
 
Although none of the episodes from series 3 made it into the top ten programmes of the week on their initial screening, a repeat showing of the final episode, "Isometrics and After," attracted 15 million viewers during a repeat screening in spring 1977.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup>. Also notable was the inclusion for the first time of a two part episode consisting of "The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper" and "Cheering Up Gordon,"<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> both featuring guest appearances by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Jackson Philip Jackson] as Compo's nephew, Gordon.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup>
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Butler Blake Butler] reprises his role from the first series as the librarian, Mr. Wainwright, before departing the show again at the end of the year.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-5 [6]]</sup> The most notable change this season, however, was the addition of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wilde Brian Wilde] as the new third-man of the trio, Foggy Dewhurst, an ex-military sign painter. Wilde would play this role twice: between 1976 and 1985 and then again from 1990 until 1997, when he was forced to leave due to health problems.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Summer_Wine_%28series_3%29#cite_note-6 [7]]</sup>
 
 
The third series was released on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD DVD] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code region 2] as a combined box set with series 4 on 26 July 2004. A box set featuring just series 3 was released for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code region 1] on 11 March 2008.
 
 
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