BBC One has ordered a 30 minute special of its comedy series Open All Hours – which aired for four seasons between 1973 and 1985 – titled Still Open All Hours which will form part of the channel’s Christmas schedule.
This new special, which is being written by series creator Roy Clarke, will see original cast members Sir David Jason, Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw reprise their roles as Granville. Gladys Emmanuel and Mavis, respectively. Still Open All Hours follows Granville who, alongside his son, now runs the back-water grocery store inherited from his uncle Albert Arkwright, who was played by Ronnie Barker in the original series. BBC In House Comedy is producing the special with Mark Freeland and David Jason serving as executive producers. Dewi Humphreys is attached to direct.
“BBC One’s Christmas schedule suddenly feels complete with the addition of this classic British comedy, which will see favourite Sir David Jason return as Granville for a special episode”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore.
While Mark Freeland BBC Controller of UK Comedy Production, added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome back to BBC comedy the magic pairing of David Jason and Roy Clarke. Having the chance to see Arkwright’s beloved shop again, now run by Granville, I hope will bring broad grins to lots and lots of faces at Christmas.”
Still Open All Hours is the latest scripted commission for the BBC’s Christmas output. The corporation also has three-parter Death Comes To Pemberley, an adaptation of the PD James novel starring Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin; and a Christmas special for Citizen Khan for BBC One; and The Thirteenth Tale, a 90 minute adaptation of the Diane Setterfield novel starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman.