Still Open All Hours has lots of shelf-life after 30 years

Sir David Jason at first day of filming for series two of the BBC's Still Open All Hours. Picture: Ross Parry Agenncy
Sir David Jason at first day of filming for series two of the BBC's Still Open All Hours. Picture: Ross Parry Agenncy
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IT IS a sitcom which has proved sometimes the old ones are still the best.

And the much-trumpeted return of Open All Hours to the nation’s television screens showed that the much-loved BBC series still had enduring appeal nearly 30 years on after the last episode of the original show.

Filming began yesterday in Doncaster on the second series of Still Open All Hours after the Beautique hairdressing salon was once again transformed into Arkwright’s cluttered corner shop.

The first series of Still Open All Hours, which featured Sir David Jason reprising his role as Granville, was filmed for two weeks last September and aired over Christmas and the New Year.

The BBC confirmed the show’s return when it starts with a Christmas special. The new series will feature Johnny Vegas as well as original cast members Lynda Baron as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Maggie Ollerenshaw as the object of Granville’s affections, Mavis.

Written by Doncaster-based scriptwriter Roy Clarke, the comedy was given a full series after a one-off special in 2013 proved the biggest show of that year’s Christmas schedules.

Tim Healy on the set of Still Open All Hours. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Tim Healy on the set of Still Open All Hours. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

The six-part series, which focused on life at the corner shop nearly three decades on from the last episode of original show Open All Hours, also proved a smash. The original aired between 1973 and 1985 and featured the late comedy star Ronnie Barker as stuttering, penny-pinching Arkwright with Sir David as his put-upon assistant, Granville.