Note: In the last scene when Maeve is singing Danny Boy, Helen Gallagher started to break down during the scene and improvised the bit about asking everybody else to sing with her. If you look closely at the crowd many of the actors have trouble singing because they don’t know the words to the song! After Ryan’s Hope was canceled, the Ryan’s pub set was given to ABC’s One Life to Live where it was used for another few years.
Last of the Summer Wine was the longest operating sitcom in the UK, from 1973 until 2010 – some 31 series. It followed the antics of 3 retired men (the line up changed several times more than the years, although Norman Clegg, played by Peter Sallis of Wallace & Grommit fame starred throughout). It was set in and about Holfirth in Yorkshire, England and was written by Roy Clarke, who went on to write the wonderful, “Keeping up Appearances”. Here is the theme music, as requested by “APyleOfVinyl”, taken from the LP, “Top BBC Television Themes” on the BBC Records label, from 1978. This isn’t fairly the version with which I am familiar, which attributes a harmonica playing the lead, but possibly this was a slightly earlier version. It was composed by the legendary Ronnie Hazlehurst. I hope you appreciate this mellow track – it brings back memories of Sunday evenings for me, although I ought to admit, I did stop watching the programme a few years ago!
Question by moontan: When was Helen Wagner’s last actual look on “As The World Turns” as “Nancy”?
Helen Wagner currently holds the record for the longest role in a soap opera. She has been on “As The World Turns” given that its beginning in April 1956. Her record may well be 50 years, but i am not sure when her genuine latest look was. Archive footage (scenes of the past) does not count. When was her last appearance so far as “Nancy”?