Breaking news: the BBC's longest running "comedy" (and I use the term loosely) series is finally being axed, after 37 years. If you have the good fortune to live outside the UK and not know anything about "The Last of the Summer Wine", it's about a trio of retired Yorkshiremen who, no longer constrained by the need to make a living, discover their inner child and become increasingly eccentric.
The series is much loved by the sort of people who like the poem "When I am an Old Woman I shall Wear Purple" and whilst there is something to be said for raging against the dying of the light, the cloying sentimentality of "The Last of the Summer Wine" is one of the most convincing arguments I've come across for euthanasia.
Apparently the last episode will be accompanied by special, Yorkshire-based editions of Countryfile and Songs of Praise.
The controller of BBC One, Jay Hunt, said "I am delighted some of the channel's other heritage brands will be helping to say goodbye in style."
Heritage brands? Where do people find phrases like this?