Doncaster filmed sitcom Still Open All Hours to return tonight

Still Open All Hours.
Still Open All Hours.

The new series of Doncaster filmed sitcom Still Open All Hours will begin its run tonight.

The first episode of the new series will be screened at 8pm on BBC1 before moving into a regular Sunday night slot for the rest of its run. The second episode will air at 8pm tomorrow.

The second series sees Sir David Jason (Granville) returning to run his Uncle Arkwright’s corner shop along with son Leroy and it follows on from a six-part series last winter which proved a big hit with viewers, drawing in more than eight million viewers.

Outdoor sequences for the show were filmed at the converted Beautique hairdressing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby in September - the setting for the original Open All Hours series starring Ronnie Barker as miserly and stuttering shopkeeper Arkwright.

The new series was written by Doncaster-based TV scriptwriter Roy Clarke who also penned Last Of The Summer Wine.

Joining Sir David for the new season are returning cast members including Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, James Baxter, Brigit Forsyth, Tim Healy, Nina Wadia, Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole and Maggie Ollerenshaw.

A sequel to Open All Hours, Still Open All Hours was originally envisioned as a one-off special in 2013, but after it proved to be a ratings hit BBC with over 12 million viewers, a full series was commissioned.

In the opening episode of season two, Granville has his eye on a Christmas tree, which gives him more than he bargained for. Nurse Gladys gossips with Mrs Featherstone about tactics for her new job, and Eric and Cyril embark on a new fitness plan to impress their wives. Meanwhile, as Granville plans a cosy festive drinks party, can he and Gastric tempt Madge into the Christmas spirit?