Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom, starring David Jason, a sequel to the series Open All Hours, written by original writer Roy Clarke.
Open All Hours ran for 26 episodes in four series from 1973 to 1985. The BBC announced on 7 October 2013, 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. Ronnie Barker, who played the main character of Arkwright, in Open All Hours, died in 2005: the special featured David Jason’s Granville, Arkwright’s assistant and nephew in the original series, having inherited the grocery store from Arkwright. Other returning cast members included Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole and Maggie Ollerenshaw.
On 30 January 2014, the BBC commissioned Still Open All Hours for six new episodes beginning on 26 December 2014. The show later returned for a second series, beginning on 26 December 2015. In January 2016, David Jason revealed that a third series would be produced in 2016. The series began airing on 26 December 2016.
Series development and production
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), after inheriting it from Arkwright.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 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.
On 30 January 2014 the BBC commissioned a full six-part-series of Still Open All Hours to be transmitted later in the year. The controller of BBC comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, said: “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.
Production for series one started in August 2014, exterior filming started on 15 September and location recording was completed on 26 September 2014. Interior scenes were recorded in front of a studio audience from 10 October until 21 November 2014 at Teddington Studios in Studio 1.
The announcement of the commissioned six-part-second series was announced on 12 September 2015 with production starting in September 2015. Exterior scenes were filmed on location from 24 September 2015. Interior scenes were recorded in front of a studio audience at Pinewood Studios from 9 October until 20 November 2015. A seven-part-third series including Christmas special was commissioned In January 2016. Production started in September 2016 with on location for exterior scenes being shot in Balby Doncaster from 12 September 2016. Lynda Baron will not be reprising her role as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel as the filming dates clashed with Baron’s current contract with EastEnders. Interior scenes will again be recorded at Pinewood Studios in front of a live-studio-audience on 7, 14 and 21 October and on the 4, 11, 18 and 24 November 2016
by simon schofield