Open All Hours

Still Open All Hours

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There are very few British sitcoms more beloved than Open All Hours, a slice of comic northern life as comforting as warm Yorkshire parkin.

Of course Ronnie Barker, who added grumpy, low-level-swindling shopkeeper Albert Arkwright to his portmanteau of great comedy characters, is no longer with us. But David Jason, his put-upon nephew and protégé Granville, has become an all-conquering TV star in the years since Open All Hours ended in 1985 and he returns to that little corner shop as its new owner.

He’s helped by his son Leroy (Emmerdale’s James Baxter), the result of a one-night stand 25 years ago – a handsome, ambitious lad who fights off female attention very much as Granville used to back in the old days.

This special episode, written by Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke, takes us back to the shop for a day, and reintroduces us to some familiar faces.

About this programme

David Jason returns as Granville in this one-off special of Roy Clarke's popular comedy, although he is no longer the dogsbody, having inherited the business from his miserly uncle Albert Arkwright, played by Ronnie Barker in the original series. He is not alone in running the shop, however - thanks to a one-night stand in Blackpool 25 years ago he now has his own assistant in the shape of his son Leroy, who proves more popular with the ladies than his dad ever did. It's a typical day at the grocer's as Granville tries to get a date with old flame Mavis without her terrifying sister Madge finding out, while Leroy shuns the old delivery bike in favour of an altogether more attractive way to take out the orders. James Baxter and Lynda Baron co-star, with appearances from Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Brigit Forsyth, Nina Wadia and Sally Lindsay.

Cast and crew

Cast

Granville
David Jason
Gladys Emmanuel
Lynda Baron
Mrs Featherstone
Stephanie Cole
Mavis
Maggie Ollerenshaw
Wet Eric
Johnny Vegas
Planter's salesman
Mark Williams
Leroy
James Baxter
Madge
Brigit Forsyth
Cyril
Kulvinder Ghir
Mrs Agnew
Sally Lindsay
Mrs Hussein
Nina Wadia
Mr Marshall
Barry Elliot
Vera
Kathryn Hunt
Cindy
Misha Timmins
Mrs Hemstock
Cathy Breeze
Mrs Travis
Sally Womersley
Hayley
Emily Fleeshman
Ashley
Nadine Mulkerrin

Crew

Director
Dewi Humphrys
Executive Producer
Mark Freeland
Executive Producer
David Jason
Producer
Gareth Edwards
Writer
Roy Clarke
Categories
Sitcom

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