Series 2 - Christmas Special
It's Christmas at Arkwright's, and Granville has his eye on a tree which gives him more than he bargained for. Nurse Gladys gossips with Mrs Featherstone about tactics for her new job, and Eric and Cyril embark on a new fitness plan to impress their wives.
Meanwhile, as Granville plans a cosy festive drinks party, can he and Gastric tempt Madge into the Christmas spirit?
In some places, this episode is unofficially titled: Tree Crazy
- Saturday 26th December 2015
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
Cast & crew
|Stephanie Cole||Mrs Featherstone|
|Johnny Vegas||Wet Eric|
|Sally Lindsay||Kath Agnew|
|Nina Wadia||Mrs Hussein|
|Lynda Baron||Nurse Gladys Emmanuel|
|Duggie Brown||Dog Man|
|Anne Rutter||Mrs Wilson|
|David Jason||Executive Producer|
|Gareth Edwards||Executive Producer|
|Sarah Hitchcock||Associate Producer|
|David Hitchcock||Production Designer|
It's easy to see why Roy Clarke's revival of his much-loved Ronnie Barker comedy Open All Hours is such a blazing hit. It takes its audience back to comfortable times, when being from Yorkshire was inherently funny, when men were hapless fools, women were either battleaxes or well-upholstered sirens and when everyone loved a bit of mild smut.
There isn't a mean bone in Still Open All Hours's body as grown men have silly fun with an over-sized Christmas tree, a sinister one-eyed Santa mannequin and a trampoline. Parsimonious local shopkeeper Granville (David Jason) remains at the mercy of the supernaturally self-operating till and the terrifying women get all the best lines. "How long since you were in curlers on a Wednesday afternoon?" wonders flinty Mrs Featherstone of comely Gladys Emmanuel.Alison Graham, Radio Times, 23rd December 2015