Lynne Hibberd & Zoë Tew-Thompson: Hills, Old People, and Sheep Reflections of Holmfirth as the Summer Wine town

Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK is globally renowned as the setting for the world’s longest running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (UK, BBC, 1973-2010). This article explores how the TV series has become embedded in the practical existence of the town and draws on empirical research with residents of Holmfirth which shows how people situate themselves in relation to their factual and fictionalized cultural heritage. In this paper we consider the interrelationship between media and memories and the role that nostalgia plays for the production, commodification, distribution and exchange of narratives.