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Open All Hours 

Arkwright has only one true love - money. He is also pursuing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and continues to instruct Granville in the art of getting money out of customers. Granville, however, wants a girlfriend.




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Stammering Albert Arkwright runs a tight little corner shop in a suburb of Doncaster. Certainly he's tight when it comes to cost-saving and his put-upon nephew Granville,whose mother apparently gave birth to him after a fling with a Hungarian,bears the brunt of Arkwright's doomed money-making schemes. And has to ride a delivery bike when he'd rather impress the girl at the garage with a van. Arkwright lusts after district nurse Gladys Emmanuel and is shocked to learn that her Morris Minor has been seen parked outside another man's house - until she explains that she was visiting her sister,outside whose house there is no parking space. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 March 1973 (UK)  »

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No special offers but good laughs
23 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the pilot for Open all Hours made in 1973 and shown on the comedy strand 7 of 1 that featured other Ronnie Barker one off comedies.

Although the setting is Yorkshire, filming took place in London and the producers were unhappy about this so when the subsequent series started they decide to film the exterior and location shooting in Doncaster. It also meant that many of the guest stars would be northern based, here we get actresses such as Yootha Joyce popping up with a northern accent.

The pilot sets up Open all Hours from the word go with Arkwright (a more darker haired Ronnie Barker) as the tight fisted shop owner and Granville (David Jason) as the put upon nephew, in his mid 20s and stuck to the long hours of shop life

We have Granville doing deliveries on the shop bike, the snappy till but Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle is played by a different actress in the pilot episode, although still a sight for sore eyes.

The pilot provides good laughs, Barker always had an eye for comic timing and has a good rapport with Jason. The series proper started three years later and was a sleeper hit with its final series getting blockbuster ratings. A re-jigged version (Still Open all Hours) with an older Granville taking over the shop had a pilot in 2013 with great viewing figures.

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