The follow up of Open All Hours starring Ronnie Barker will return for further episodes next year.
James Baxter and David Jason as Leroy and Granville.
“It always gives me great pleasure to look forward to working with such a wonderful and talented cast and crew, kick-started by the creation of such a surreal and silly world courtesy of Roy Clarke. I am delighted that we will start filming again next year as I know we will all have fun recording each episode and that the viewers get the chance to enjoy the fun on their screens.” – Sir David Jason
David Jason returns as Granville, the grocer with the gift of the gab, as he opens the door of Britain’s favourite corner shop for a sixth series of Still Open All Hours. The original followed the ploys of owner, Arkwright played by Ronnie Barker, as he attempted to make as much money from customers as possible, while also wooing local district Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle played by Lynda Barron. Nephew Granville (David Jason) was seen as his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life. The series debuted in 1973, ending in 1985. The original ran over four series, with twenty-six episodes produced.
The setting is a small grocer’s shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, where the programme returned to in 2013 with Granville now master of the store, still called Arkwrights, as he now attempts to keep sales up assisted by son Leroy, played by James Baxter.
The late Ronnie Barker as Arkwright in the original Open All Hours.
Cast reprising their roles for the continuation included Lynda Barron as the retired Nurse Gladys, Stephanie Cole as Delphine Featherstone, undecided Madge played by Maggie Ollerenshaw and of course David Jason as Granville. Lynda, once one of the key stars, bowed out of the series after the end of its second run having become one of an ensemble of women in the show. New characters included customers Eric, played by Johnny Vegas) and Cyril, played by Kulvinder Ghir.
There is in-tents excitement in the new series for Eric (Vegas) and Cyril (Ghir) when they get a little too close to nature trying to impress their wives on a camping trip. Gastric (Tim Healy) may be ready to die for love of Madge (Brigit Forsythe) but is he ready to diet? Mr Newbold (Geoffrey Whitehead)’s love life begins a new chapter after meeting Mrs Rossi (Sue Holderness) in the library, but will Mrs Featherstone (Cole) throw the book at him if she ever finds out?
Madge (Ollerenshaw) finally stands up for herself, but will anybody notice? And Kath (Sally Lindsay) stages a jumble sale starring Eric’s favourite clothes. Meanwhile Leroy (Baxter) is still longing for Beth (Katie Redford) almost as much as he’s longing for a lie in. Plus there’s the driving lesson of doom, a dog whispering sweet nothings, a bicycle ride full of surprises, all sorts of interesting new uses for a mangle, and the snapping drawer of that famous till.
“There are few shows which can claim to be one of UK comedy’s crown jewels but Still Open All Hours comfortably falls into that bracket with its glittering cast and amazing heritage and we can’t wait to kneel before the new series.” – BBC Commissioning Editor, Gregor Sharp
The series is written by Roy Clarke, who devised Open All Hours, and has written other series such as Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine.