Mere days before this year’s Christmas special is set to air, BBC One has handed out a sixth season renewal to their Sir David Jason fronted comedy series Still Open All Hours. The sixth season will once again consist of seven episodes, one of which will be a Christmas special.
A spin-off of the classic sitcom Open All Hours, 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 comedy series is produced by BBC Studios and stars Sir David Jason, James Baxter, Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Brigit Forsyth, Tim Healy, Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, Sally Lindsay, Geoffrey Whitehead and Katie Redford. Season six is once again being penned by Roy Clarke and directed by Dewi Humphreys. Gareth Edwards is the executive producer. Production on the new season gets underway in 2019.
In season six, Eric and Cyril get a little too close to nature trying to impress their wives on a camping trip; Gastric may be ready to die for love of Madge but is he ready to diet?; Mr Newbold’s love life begins a new chapter after meeting Mrs Rossi in the library, but will Mrs Featherstone throw the book at him if she ever finds out?; Madge finally stands up for herself, but will anybody notice?; and Kath stages a jumble sale starring Eric’s favourite clothes. Meanwhile, Leroy is still longing for Beth almost as much as he’s longing for a lie in.
“It always gives me great pleasure to look forward to working with such a wonderful and talented cast and crew, kick-started by the creation of such a surreal and silly world courtesy of Roy Clarke”, Sir David Jason said in a statement, “I am delighted that we will start filming again next year as I know we will all have fun recording each episode and that the viewers get the chance to enjoy the fun on their screens.”
“There are few shows which can claim to be one of UK comedy’s crown jewels but Still Open All Hours comfortably falls into that bracket with its glittering cast and amazing heritage and we can’t wait to kneel before the new series”, commented BBC Commissioning Editor Gregor Sharp, who commissioned the show’s sixth season.
While Executive Producer Gareth Edwards added: “It’s going to be an absolute joy to be back in Arkwright’s, spending more time with our cast of national comic treasures and Roy Clarke’s uniquely daft and delightful scripts.”