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.

Graham McCann - Still Open All Hours: The Story of a Classic Comedy

Graham McCann - Still Open All Hours: The Story of a Classic Comedy

From its first episode in 1973, Open All Hours was an instant hit. Audiences around Britain loved its familiar setting, good-natured humour, and the hilarious partnership of Ronnie Barker and David Jason. Whilst it only ran for 26 episodes, it firmly cemented itself as a British comedy classic.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show in 2014, the [z]BBC[/]z revived it for a one-off Christmas special. Still Open All Hours was swamped by a tsunami of audience affection and the BBC promptly commissioned a full series.

With recollections from David Jason, his fellow cast members, and from the scriptwriter Roy Clarke, plus never before seen BBC archive material, acclaimed popular TV historian Graham McCann tells the inside story of this very British sitcom, with wit, insight and affection.

First published: Thursday 30th October 2014

  • Publisher: BBC Books
  • Pages: 288
  • Catalogue: 9781849908863

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  • Released: Thursday 7th March 2019
  • Publisher: BBC Books
  • Pages: 304
  • Catalogue: 9781785944659

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