BBC One has handed out a fifth season renewal to the Sir David Jason fronted comedy series Still Open All Hours. Seven episodes have been ordered for season five, with the first such episode serving as a Christmas special.
The renewal – which comes after the previous season managed audiences of a round six million viewers per episode – means the series has gone one better than its fore-bearer Open All Hours, which only produced four seasons between 1976 and 1985.
A spin-off of the classic sitcom Open All Hours, Still Open All Hours stars Sir David Jason as 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.
In addition to Sir David Jason, returning cast members include James Baxter, Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Brigit Forsyth, Tim Healy, Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, Sally Lindsay, Geoffrey Whitehead and Katie Redford. The series hails from Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke and is produced by BBC Studios. Sarah Hitchcock is the sires producer, while Dewi Humphreys is the director. Gareth Edwards is the executive producer.
The show’s fifth season opens with Granville trying to offload a large quantity of bargain spectacles while Mr. Newbold finally decides to tell Mrs. Featherstone how he really feels about their relationship. “I’m thrilled to be bringing Granville and Arkwright’s shop back to viewers’ TV screens along with his regular customers who bring their own sense of barminess to the world of grocery”, Sir David Jason said.
“We’re delighted to see Granville flip over the sign on Arkwright’s and open up for another series of Still Open All Hours – it’s enduring popularity is a testament to the brilliance of Roy Clarke’s scripts and the impeccable performances of a cast of comic legends at the height of their powers”, added the BBC’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Gregor Sharp, who commissioned the fifth season. Production on season five gets underway this summer.