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One-off Christmas episode on BBC1 starring David Jason as Granville attracts a peak audience of 10 million

The return of Sir David Jason as grocery shop worker Granville in a one-off Christmas special of Open All Hours was the most popular programme on Boxing Day, attracting a peak audience of 10 million.

The success of Still Open All Hours, which aired nearly 30 years after the last episode of the original Ronnie Barker sitcom, meant BBC1 scooped the Christmas honours, airing the most popular shows on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The comedy, which sees Granville and his son inherit the business from the late Barker's domineering shop owner Albert Arkwright, managed an average audience of 9.4 million and a 35.5% share of all TV viewing between 7.45pm and 8.15pm. The show's peak audience briefly touched 10 million.

The success of the show marks a welcome return of form for Jason after last year's sitcom The Royal Bodyguard »

- Mark Sweney

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