The BBC is bringing back Granville and co.
Some eight months after the show’s six episode first season wrapped its run, BBC One has confirmed that they have renewed their David Jason fronted comedy series Still Open All Hours for a second season. Additionally, the BBC’s flagship channel has also commissioned a Christmas Special to air later this year.
Still Open All Hours follows Granville, who some years back inherited the shop from his beloved but miserly Uncle Arkwright. He now runs it with his son Leroy, a cheerful, good-looking lad with more female admirers than Granville ever had. The series follows a day in the life of the shop and its customers including retired Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and the Black Widow.
The comedy series hails from Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke, who is penning the scripts for the new episodes, and is being produced by BBC In-House Comedy. David Jason will be reprising his role as Granville, while other returning cast members include Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, James Baxter, Brigit Forsyth, Tim Healy, Nina Wadia, Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole and Maggie Ollerenshaw.
A sequel to Open All Hours, Still Open All Hours was originally envisioned as a one-off special in 2013, but after it proved to be a ratings hit BBC execs picked it up to series with a six episode order. The initial one-off special drew a tick over 12 million viewers, while the audience for the series hovered around 7 million viewers. The series producer is Alex Walsh-Taylor, while Dewi Humphreys is attached to direct.
“It‘s wonderful to be returning with our fantastic cast to Granville’s daft, warm and life-affirming world, full of the kind of characters and situations that could only come from the remarkable mind of Roy Clarke,” said executive producer Gareth Edwards. Production on the Christmas Special and the second season is set to commence this week in Doncaster.