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 »
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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 Roy Clarke

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David Jason was frustrated when episodes ran long and his part was edited down just to feed Ronnie Barker. See more »

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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 »

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Arkwright: G-Granville? How do you spell p-p-p-p-pepper? Is it six p's or seven?
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Arkwright the lovable scrooge with a stutter.
3 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Ronnie Barker was at the top of his game when he was making the sitcom, "Open All Hours." He added a new comic character to his increasing gallery in the form of stuttering shopkeeper Arkwright. He never spent much money if it wasn't necessary and tended to treat his employee - his nephew Granville - as a slave most of the time. He was courting the local nurse, Gladys Emmanuel but showed no inclination toward marrying her (it would cost him too much money). In spite of the above, Arkwright was a likable character and the viewers soon took to him. The sitcom lasted for four seasons and they are mostly very funny. The episodes usually revolved around Arkwright's corner shop, trying to make Granville a better worker and the attempts at wooing nurse Gladys. Each episode began at the crack of dawn as the shop opened and finish as the shop closed. For the closing scene, Arkwright would be musing to himself over the day's highlights as he would be taking his stock indoors. Ronnie Barker recorded a separate voice-over. David Jason gives great support in one of his first regular television roles.


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