Brian Wilde, best known for his roles of Foggy in some 100 episodes of BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine and Barrowclough in Porridge, but whose credits included several cult TV appearances, has died aged 80.
Brian last appeared in Last of the Summer Wine in 1997. “Since then, he has been invited to return many times, but says he feels he has ‘done it now’ and doesn’t want to go back,” the show’s producer Alan JW Bell once said. “I am sure that one day he will make an appearance – we still have his costume standing by.” Sadly, this was never to happen.
Cult TV appearances for Brian included Ace of Wands (as a magician in the episode Peacock Pie, pictured above), Out of the Unknown (The Uninvited), Doomwatch (in the untransmitted third season episode Sex and Violence), Catweazle (as the vicar, Potts, in The Telling Bone), The Avengers (The Fear Merchants), and The Ghosts of Motley Hall. He also appeared in the Hammer film To the Devil a Daughter.
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