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 ...
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Arkwright has always told Granville his father was a Hungarian but then a real Hungarian comes into the shop. Could it be him? Arkwright is more concerned that he may be a shop-lifter and hits on a ...
When Arkwright finds himself with a surplus of Jamaican Ginger cakes he tries various marketing ploys in order to sell them off but hits the jackpot when he claims that the cakes contain drugs,which ...
Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
The Fred Tomlinson Singers
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds, who spend their time either drinking ... See full summary »
BBC Television comedy detailing the fortunes of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own ... 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
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 »
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 »
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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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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