There are surprisingly few adverts that cash in on Last Of The Summer Wine. For a show that was consistently highly rated over it’s 295 episode run, and bowed out winning its slot, this seems strange to me.
A cursory search of these things usually throws up a dozen examples, but I can only find two for this show, and one is dubious.
Here’s Nora Batty flogging us Ovaltine.
And here’s a John Smith advert, featuring Jane Freeman, vaguely dressed like Ivy from Sid’s Cafe.
Like I say, this one’s a bit tenuous, because it’s part of a wider campaign, featuring the character of Arkwright (of all people), played by Gordon Rollings.
You’d think Compo was such a recognisable character that he would have popped up selling us something, but maybe Bill Owen turned lots of offers down. Likewise Clegg and Foggy.
I wonder if the BBC was keeping a tight rein on the show.