First of the Summer Wine's first series originally aired on BBC One between 4 September 1988 and 9 October 1988. The second series aired between 3 September 1989 and 8 October 1989. All episodes were written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Mike Stephens.
The pilot episode, "First of the Summer Wine," aired on 3 January 1988. The pilot was written by Roy Clarke and produced and directed by Gareth Gwenlan. Subsequent episodes were aired before episodes of Last of the Summer Wine to take advantage of the Summer Wine schedule.