Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's only weakness is his love - Nurse Gladys Emanuel. Written by
The original pilot was broadcast in 1973 as part of BBC1's 7 of 1, a series of potential pilots showcasing Ronnie Barker. (Seven Of One featured one other pilot which was eventually made into a series; Porridge). When the series was properly made and shown (in 1976), there were a few small changes, including a different actress playing Nurse Gladys Emanuel and a different location for the shop. See more »
Arkwright is supposed to be engaged (on and off) to Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, yet in several episodes, he is wearing a wedding ring. It's particularly noticeable when he's counting money from the till. See more »
[about to put a note in the shop till]
Do you reckon they can stitch fingers back on these days?
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Two great comedy legends Ronnie Barker and David Jason come together to produce one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time.
The plots may seem a little twee compared to the more action packed sitcoms of today but there is something so charming about the simple shop set up combined with the writing talent of Roy Clarke that sets this show apart from anything that has been produced since. There is a timeless appeal about Open all hours.
Barker and Jason have fantastic chemistry and make the characters of Arkwright and Granville so iconic and loved that we get to know them so well over the four series run.
Comedy like this will live on forever while the so called modern classics of today will soon be all but forgotten and the cries of "Granville - get yer cloth" will generate laughter across the world forever.
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