Months after series star David Jason revealed that BBC execs had ordered a new run, BBC One has officially confirmed that they have renewed Still Open All Hours for a Christmas Special and six episode third season.
“I can’t wait for viewers to see the scrapes Granville gets into this series, almost as much as I can’t wait to start filming them”, said David Jason. “Roy Clarke has once again written seven fantastically warm, funny and inventive scripts, full of the humour and eccentric characters that the nation has come to love over the years.”
Still Open All Hours follows Granville (Jason), 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. In addition to David Jason, returning cast members include James Baxter, Tim Healy, Stephanie Cole, Sally Lindsay, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, Brigit Forsyth, Nina Wadia and Geoffrey Whitehead.
Lynda Barron (pictured, below), who has been playing Nurse Gladys since Open All Hours in the 1970s, will not be returning for the Christmas Special and third season, however, due to scheduling conflicts. “I was thrilled by the huge success of Still Open All Hours and was very happy to be a part of it”, she said in a statement. “However this year it just isn’t possible to fit it in with my schedule. I am disappointed not least because it is beyond doubt the nicest cast and crew a girl could wish for. There are as many laughs off the set as there are on. Long may they stay Open All Hours.”
A follow up to classic series Open All Hours, Still Open All Hours has been a ratings hit for BBC One since its first aired as a one-off special in 2013, drawing more than 12 million viewers, promoting the BBC to order take the comedy project to series. The show’s second season, which attracted an average audience of just shy of seven million viewers, ranks as the the highest rated comedy of the past 12 months.
Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke is penning the scripts for the new episodes, which are being produced by BBC Studios. Alex Walsh-Taylor is the series producer. Dewi Humphreys, who recently signed on to helm BBC One’s Christmas production Peter Pan Goes Wrong, is attached to direct. Gareth Edwards is the executive producer. Filming begins on location in the coming weeks, with studio filming to follow from October. Still Open All Hours will once again be a key component of BBC One’s Christmas schedule.