Sir David Jason is to reprise the role of grocery shop worker Granville in a BBC1 Christmas special edition of Open All Hours, nearly 30 years after the last episode of the Ronnie Barker sitcom.
Jason’s Granville, formerly the hapless assistant to the late Barker’s domineering shop owner Albert Arkwright, and his son have now inherited the business in the one-off Still Open All Hours.
Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw will also return as nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Mavis, respectively, for the special, written by Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke.
The original series, filmed in a suburb of Doncaster, ran for four series and 26 episodes between 1976 and 1985, following a pilot broadcast as part of the Ronnie Barker comedy anthology Seven of One in 1973.
Jason said: “I am sure there is an audience out there who would like to see what Granville has been getting up to in the corner shop. It will be a great family show for Christmas and a fitting tribute to the legacy of Arkwright.”
Clarke said it was a great opportunity to work with Jason again and “suggest how things at that corner shop might look today”.
Open All Hours is a BBC in-house comedy production and was commissioned by the controller of comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, and BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore. It is produced by Gareth Edwards, directed by Dewi Humphreys and executive produced by Mark Freeland, BBC controller of UK comedy production, and Jason.
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