Let’s have a quick look at what else was on the BBC channels the same night that the pilot for Last Of The Summer Wine aired – 4th January 1973.
At 8 o’clock on BBC One, as part of the Comedy Playhouse, Roy Clarke introduced us to Compo, Clegg, and Blamire in The Last Of The Summer Wine (later re-titled as Of Funerals And Fish). If you didn’t fancy that, you could switch over to BBC Two, and watch Europa.
Either side of the show itself on One, there was an episode of ZCars, and afterwards Cliff Mitchlemore took us on Holiday ’73.
War And Peace was halfway through its extensive and lengthy run too.
Later, you could have enjoyed an episode of Colditz, followed, and this blows my mind, by a brand new episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
I mean, intellectually I knew the two shows were on at the same time, but it just feels like different planets.
The episode that night was Dennis Moore, which I think was the first one I ever saw on a portable black and white telly over a decade later on BBC Two repeats.