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Release Date:
20 February 1976 (UK) See more »
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low... See more »
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
British comedy at its very best See more (19 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 17)

Ronnie Barker ... Albert Arkwright (26 episodes, 1973-1985)

David Jason ... Granville (26 episodes, 1973-1985)
Lynda Baron ... Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (25 episodes, 1976-1985)

Barbara Flynn ... The Milk Woman (11 episodes, 1981-1985)

Series Directed by
Sydney Lotterby (25 episodes, 1976-1985)
Series Writing credits
Roy Clarke (26 episodes, 1973-1985)

Series Produced by
Sydney Lotterby .... producer (26 episodes, 1973-1985)
Series Original Music by
Max Harris (25 episodes, 1976-1985)
Series Film Editing by
Jon Gregory (7 episodes, 1981)
Alistair McKay (6 episodes, 1976)
Mike Jackson (6 episodes, 1982)
John Jarvis (6 episodes, 1985)
Chris Wadsworth (3 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Design by
Tim Gleeson (26 episodes, 1973-1985)
Series Costume Design by
Mary Husband (7 episodes, 1981)
Irene Whilton (6 episodes, 1982)
John Hearne (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Judy Cain .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1981)
Jean Steward .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1976)
Sally Sutton .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982)
Mary Liddell .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Management
Janet Bone .... production manager (7 episodes, 1981)
Mandie Fletcher .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Sue Bysh .... production manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Art Department
Pamela Hoffman .... props buyer / properties buyer (7 episodes, 1981)
Bob Warans .... props buyer / properties buyer (6 episodes, 1982)
Judy Ducker .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Sound Department
Terry Elms .... film recordist (19 episodes, 1981-1985)
Paul Roberts .... re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1981-1982)
Richard Chamberlain .... studio sound (7 episodes, 1981)
Tony Philpot .... sound (6 episodes, 1976)
Mike Felton .... studio sound (6 episodes, 1982)
Peter Barville .... studio sound (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Visual Effects by
Dave Havard .... visual effects (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bristow .... studio lighting (19 episodes, 1981-1985)
Peter Ware .... senior camera operator / senior cameraman (12 episodes, 1981-1982)
Peter Smee .... lighting (7 episodes, 1973-1976)
Yousuf Aziz .... film cameraman (7 episodes, 1981)
John McGlashan .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1976)
Max Samett .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1982)
Chris Seager .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Husband .... costume (6 episodes, 1976)
Series Editorial Department
Angela Beveridge .... vision mixer (12 episodes, 1982-1985)
Howard Dell .... videotape editor / editor: video tape / ... (7 episodes, 1976-1982)
Joan Duncan .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1981)
Graham Sisson .... vt editor / video tape editor (7 episodes, 1981)
Stan Pow .... videotape editor (3 episodes, 1976)
Chris Wadsworth .... videotape editor (3 episodes, 1985)
Steve Murray .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Music Department
Max Harris .... composer: additional music (1 episode, 1973)
Series Other crew
Judy Loe .... production assistant (19 episodes, 1981-1985)
Mandie Fletcher .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1981)
Clive Gulliver .... technical manager (7 episodes, 1981)
John Kilby .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1976)
Neil Banks .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Donna Rolfe .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1985)

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30 min (26 episodes)
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Did You Know?

The original pilot was broadcast in 1973 as part of BBC1's "7 of 1" (1973), 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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Arkwright:Don't just crit there siticizing!See more »
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Did Arkwright and Nurse Gladys get married?
Who did Granville go out with?
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
British comedy at its very best, 24 January 2006
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

Open All Hours has to be one of the best comedies ever made, along with Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools And horses.

This one is about a Northen shopkeeper, Arkwright and his nephew who works for him, Granville. His lover, Nurse Gladys Emmanual lives across the road. We get to see a variety of customers coming into the shop and also Granville's love for the milk woman. This series was filmed in Doncaster.

The brilliant cast includes the late, great Ronnie Barker as Arkwright, David Jason (Only Fools And Horses) as Granville and Linda Baron as Nurse Gladys. Others appearing as customers over the years include Kathy Staff (Last Of the Summer Winw) and Stephanie Cole (Waiting For God).

Open All hours is certainly a comedy classic and the BBC still regularly repeat episodes and is much better than any comedy made today. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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