Open All Hours. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), Granville (David Jason), Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Open All Hours

BBC One and BBC Two sitcom about a local corner shop. 26 episodes (pilot + 4 series), 1973 - 1985. Stars Ronnie Barker, David Jason and Lynda Baron.

Series 3, Episode 5 is repeated on Yesterday on Monday at 11pm.

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The top 10 British sitcoms of the 80s

After the dourness of the 1970s, the following decade was much more colourful and self-confident, and this reflected in the increasingly audacious premises of the best situation comedies of the era. There were still perennial British interests of class and social status, with observations on suburban life providing plenty of opportunity for writers.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 29th December 2018

Shop that inspired Open All Hours may shut down

Shop that inspired BBC comedy could shut after 90 years of trading over healthy and safety complaint about goods outside.

Alexander Robertson, Daily Mail, 15th August 2018

Sir David Jason gets second autobiography deal

Sir David Jason is to publish a second autobiography volume later this year. My Lives will focus on his acting work and the characters that made him famous.

British Comedy Guide, 1st March 2017

Open All Hours - a must see, must read, comedy classic

I may be in the minority here, but one of my most favorite British situation comedies of all-time is Open All Hours.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 23rd March 2015

David Jason threatened by knifeman on Open All Hours

Sir David Jason has revealed he was once threatened by a knifeman on set. In his autobiography the actor has revealed how a man wielding a bread knife once lunged at during filming of Open All Hours.

The Mirror, 14th October 2013

Is reviving a classic sitcom ever a good idea?

David Jason will be back in a one-off edition of the corner-shop comedy at Christmas. But as Blackadder, Absolutely Fabulous and others have taught us, comedy revivals are tricky things.

Sophie Hall, The Guardian, 9th October 2013

The REAL Arkwright shop

It is a small corner of TV history. And the store that turned into Arkwright Provisions in Open All Hours is preparing for the spotlight once more.

Daily Mail, 8th October 2013

Audio: Lynda Baron on her return to Open All Hours

The actress Lynda Baron will reprise her role as nurse Gladys Emmanuel in a one-off Open All Hours Christmas special.

BBC News, 8th October 2013

Open All Hours returns for new Christmas special

Classic BBC sitcom Open All Hours will return to screens this year for a 40th anniversary Christmas special, starring David Jason.

British Comedy Guide, 7th October 2013

Shopkeeper who inspired Arkwright dies aged 78

The shopkeeper who inspired Ronnie Barker's Arkwright character in the sitcom Open All Hours has died, his daughter revealed today.

Nick Enoch, Daily Mail, 23rd April 2012