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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 Albert Arkwright (25 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Granville (25 episodes, 1976-1985)
Lynda Baron ...
 Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (25 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 The Milk Woman (11 episodes, 1981-1985)
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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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20 February 1976 (UK)  »

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Ronnie Barker's favorite comedy series of his own, even more than Porridge (1974), which was more successful, apparently because of David Jason, who was touched and flattered. 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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Granville: Well, there's a great day for discoveries. My mother was the fisherman's friend and I've got a bottom half called Hugo.
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Gentle and often hilarious British sitcom
8 March 2004 | by (Above Arkwright's) – See all my reviews

Ronnie Barker turns in another stunning performance as Albert Arkwright, the meanest man alive, in this under-rated sitcom about a no-nonsense Northern shopkeeper, his buxom fiancee and his dreamy, accident-prone nephew. The entire cast are good, the scripts mostly tight and inventive and the production design (especially the interior sets) is of a high standard, but the details really make it come alive - Wavy Mavis, the world's most indecisive consumer; Mrs Featherstone, the 'Black Widow'; humourless gossipmonger Mrs Blewitt; gullible loudmouth Cyril, conned into thinking Jamaican ginger cake is an aphrodisiac; names like Scrooby, Parsloe and Micklethwaite; the sympathetic milkwoman; the lethal cash register...I could go on. Despite the occasional duff episode, Open All Hours belongs in the top drawer of British sitcom, alongside Fawlty and Steptoe.


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