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The Last of Nora Batty
The BBC 1 sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, about three Yorkshiremen in their second childhood, ran for about a hundred years. We never thought we'd see the last of it. Very funny at times, at first, and in parts, it became a National Treasure. The plot was generally the same. Dirty old man Compo chased Nora Batty, who in turn brandished her broomstick at henpecked, selectively deaf husband Wally. There would be a scene in the caff with a bossy wife and that man who is in everything, whose name I can never remember. Finally, sure as eggs is eggs, one, two or all three of the men would end up in a runaway go-kart, wheelbarrow, bathtub on castors or some such.
I was fond of the actress Kathy Staff, who played Nora Batty, and it is a shame that she will be drinking no more of that summer wine. From the BBC:
Actress Kathy Staff, who played Nora Batty in long-running BBC One sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine, has died.
The 80-year-old, who was born in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, also played cleaner Doris Luke in long-running ITV soap Crossroads.
She also appeared in Emmerdale Farm, Coronation Street, and with David Jason and Ronnie Barker in Open All Hours.
Last of the Summer Wine producer Alan Bell told BBC News the actress had been ill for some time.
"We're distraught, but we have very fond memories of her," he said.
Battleaxe Nora Batty proved to be her most enduring character. She appeared in 243 episodes of the Yorkshire-based comedy, beginning in the very first episode in January 1973. She made her last appearance in August.
Mr Bell said she often yearned for her character to be more gentle.