UPDATED: The second season of BBC One’s comedy series Still Open All Hours will premiere on Boxing Day (Saturday December 26th) at 8pm before segueing to its regular Sunday night 8pm time slot on December 27th, it has been announced.
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 the director.
In the opening episode of season two, Granville has his eye on a Christmas 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?
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.