Still Open All Hours

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Still Open All Hours
Still Open All Hours Title Card.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Roy Clarke
Written by Roy Clarke
Directed by Dewi Humphreys
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Producer(s) Gareth Edwards
Location(s) MediaCityUK (2013)
Teddington Studios (2014)
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 26 December 2013 (2013-12-26) – present
Preceded by Open All Hours
Related shows Seven of One
External links
Still Open All Hours at BBC Comedy

Still Open All Hours is a BBC television sitcom sequel to the series Open All Hours, written by original series writer Roy Clarke and featuring several of the permanent cast members of the original series, including David Jason, Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole and Maggie Ollerenshaw. Open All Hours ran for 26 episodes in four series from 1973 to 1985, created and written by Roy Clarke. The BBC announced on 7 October 2013,[1] that the show would air for a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013. The 40th Anniversary Special aired on 26 December at 7:45pm on BBC One. On 30 January 2014, the BBC commissioned Still Open All Hours for six new episodes to be shown later in the year.[2]

Series development and production[edit]

Still Open All Hours was broadcast on 26 December 2013, with Jason reprising his role of Granville from Open All Hours. The new one-off episode written by Clarke showed Granville now running the shop with his son Leroy (played by James Baxter),[3] after inheriting it from Arkwright.[4] Clarke wrote the script in two weeks, and production began in October 2013. The exterior scenes were filmed at the original location at Lister Avenue in Doncaster from 18 to 20 November 2013. The interior scenes were recorded on 3 December 2013 at MediaCityUK in Salford in front of a live-studio-audience. A 30-minute documentary accompanying the show's return, entitled Open All Hours: A Celebration, aired on 27 December 2013, the day after the new episode was broadcast, on BBC One.[5][6][7] On 30 January 2014 the BBC commissioned a full six-part-series of Still Open All Hours to be transmitted later in the year.[8] The controller of BBC comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, was quoted as saying: "The resounding success of the Christmas revival showed the huge and enduring audience affection for this much-loved classic. —"Roy has done a terrific job of updating the characters whilst keeping what was warm-hearted and enjoyable about the world of the original series."[9]

Production for series one started in August 2014, and exterior filming started on 15 September, and location recording was completed on 26 September 2014 .[10][11] Interior scenes were recorded in front of a live studio audience from 10 October 2014- 21 November 2014 at Teddington studios in Studio 1.[12]

Filming locations[edit]

The exterior shots re-used the original shop from the series, on Lister Avenue in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster. The shop has been a hair salon since 1962, so once again it had to be extensively redressed to resemble a traditional corner grocery shop. This process took two days, before filming on location for three consecutive days.[13]

For the 2013 special, the studio shots were recorded at Dock10 studios at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. For the full series, Teddington Studios was used.


  • Episode count is as of 28 December 2014 (Series 1, Episode 2)
Character Actor Years Series Episode Count
Granville David Jason 2013- 1.1- 3
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel Lynda Baron 2013- 1.1- 3
Leroy James Baxter 2013- 1.1- 3
Mrs Delphine Featherstone Stephanie Cole 2013- 1.1- 3
Mavis Maggie Ollerenshaw 2013- 1.1- 3
Eric Johnny Vegas 2013- 1.1- 3
Madge Brigit Forsyth 2013- 1.1- 3
Gastric Tim Healy 2014- 1.2- 2
Cyril Kulvinder Ghir 2013- 1.1- 2
Mrs Kath Agnew Sally Lindsay 2013- 1.1- 2
Mrs Hussein Nina Wadia 2013- 1.1- 2
Mr Marshall Barry Elliot 2013- 1.1- 2
Salesman Mark Williams 2013- 1.1- 2
Mr Bentinck Alan David 2014- 1.3- 1

     – Main Character in Series 1. Christmas Special (2013) is considered as Episode 1.1.

Guest cast[edit]

Still Open All Hours has played host to many guest actors, including Kathryn Hunt as Vera, Misha Timmins as Cindy, Cathy Breeze as Mrs Hemstock, Sally Womersley as Mrs Travis, Emily Fleeshman as Hayley and Nadine Mulkerrin as Ashley.


Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
Christmas Special 1 26 December 2013
1 6 26 December 2014 25 January 2015

Christmas Special (2013)[edit]

This episode marked the 40th anniversary of original show, Open All Hours.

No. Title Director Writer Original airdate Viewership
1 "Still Open All Hours" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 26 December 2013 (2013-12-26) 12.23 million
A day in the life of the shop and its customers is followed including former Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and the Black Widow; Granville tries to secure a date with old flame Mavis without her terrifying sister Madge finding out; Leroy refuses to use the old delivery bike and comes up with an altogether more attractive way to deliver the orders and a sneaky new plan to shift a lot of anchovy paste has some rather surprising side effects. This episode was recorded on 3 December 2013.

Series 1 (2014-15)[edit]

No. Title Director Writer Original airdate Viewership
2 "Episode 1" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 26 December 2014 TBC
Granville is forced into taking extra security precautions for the shop's takings, which cause him no end of discomfort. Eric suffers a curious injury. Love is in the air for some as Mavis receives a special delivery, and Granville begins to play matchmaker. This episode was recorded on 10 October 2014.
3 "Episode 2" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 28 December 2014 TBC
Granville is determined to improve Gastric's image in order to matchmake him with Madge. His plans take an inspired turn when a salesman returns to town. Wet Eric is desperate to convince his wife it's going to rain but gets lured into a dangerous purchase. Meanwhile, Old Mr Bentinck never goes into the shop, so Granville finds a way to tempt him in to spend. This episode was recorded on 17 October 2014.
4 "Episode 3" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 4 January 2015 TBC
Another episode of the revival. This episode was recorded on 24 October 2014.
5 "Episode 4" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 11 January 2015 TBC
Another episode of the revival. This episode was recorded on 7 November 2014.
6 "Episode 5" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 18 January 2015 TBC
Another episode of the revival. This episode was recorded on 14 November 2014.
7 "Episode 6" Dewi Humphreys Roy Clarke 25 January 2015 TBC
Another episode of the revival. This episode was recorded on 21 November 2014.

Broadcast and reception[edit]

The special was broadcast on BBC One on 26 December (Boxing Day) 2013 and received 9.43m (39.9% of the audience) viewers according to overnight figures and was the most watched programme on that day.[14] Final viewing figures showed that it was watched by 12.23m and was the most watched programme for that week.[15] It received poor reviews from critics. Will Dean of The Independent called it a "w-w-worthy [sic] effort" but criticised the attempt to revive the show without the late Barker.[16] Ben Lawrence of The Telegraph said it "felt like a relic of another era" criticising the jokes and Jason's performance.[17] Jacob Mason, writing on the Radio Times website, described the show as "warmly nostalgic", whilst others noted it as "a fitting tribute to Ronnie Barker".[18] On 21 November 2014, the BBC confirmed that Still Open All Hours would be back with a full series from Christmas 2014. Jojo Martin praised the show saying "I love Open All Hours, I love Still Open All Hours even more".


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  2. ^ "Still Open All Hours commissioned for full series". BBC News. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Look who's the b-b-boss now: Granville pulls on Arkwright's famous brown coat as David Jason returns in Open All Hours after 30 years". Daily Mail. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sir David Jason back for Open All Hours Christmas show". BBC News. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Open All Hours: A Celebration". BBC. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Open All Hours special could lead to new series". Doncaster Free Press. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "BREAKING: New version of Open All Hours will be filmed in Doncaster". Doncaster Free Press. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Glanfield, Tim (30 January 2014). "Still Open All Hours series confirmed". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (30 January 2014). "BBC commissions full series of Still Open All Hours". theguardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Video: Open All Hours filming starts in Doncaster". Doncaster Free Press. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Open All Hours filming set to end in Doncaster". Sheffield Star. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Still Open All Hours Series 1". The Pinewood Studios Group. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilkes, David (19 November 2013). "The real life shops behind Open All Hours: How a hairdressers and a c-c-convenience store helped inspire the BBC sitcom that is about to be resurrected for Christmas special". Mail Online. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Rigby, Sam (27 December 2013). "Still Open All Hours tops Boxing Day ratings with 9.4m". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top 30s". BARB. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Dean, Will (26 December 2013). "Still Open All Hours review: It was a w-w-worthy effort – but there’s only one Arkwright". The Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Lawrence, Ben (26 December 2013). "Still Open All Hours, BBC One, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Andrews, Marc (26 December 2013). "TV viewers hail the one-off return of classic sitcom Open All Hours as 'warmly nostalgic' and 'a fitting tribute to Ronnie Barker'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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