First of the Summer Wine is the prequel to Clarke's long running show, Last of the Summer Wine, portraying the youth of the principal characters from the mother show in the months leading up to World War II. With the possibility of war hanging over them, the young men and women enjoy their youth while trying to find a place for themselves in the world. It's 1939 and young Norman Clegg (David Fenwick), Bill 'Compo' Simmonite (Paul Wyett), Foggy Dewhurst (Richard Lumsden) and Seymour Utterthwaite (Paul McLain) are learning to make their way in the world. Life in a small Yorkshire town is pretty much the same as it has been for as long as anyone can remember. Now there's a war coming and the young people sense that life will soon change forever.