G-g-Granville is back in town

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Acting legend Sir David Jason brought the streets of Doncaster to a standstill yesterday as he returned to begin filming for the Open All Hours Christmas special.

The TV favourite was back at his familiar corner shop in Balby for the first time in nearly 30 years as a three-day shoot got under way.

18/11/13   Picture shows the set of the Christmas special of Open All Hours, staring Sir David Jason as Granville. Filmed in Doncaster the corner shop 'Arkwright' is now run by Granville.  rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

18/11/13 Picture shows the set of the Christmas special of Open All Hours, staring Sir David Jason as Granville. Filmed in Doncaster the corner shop 'Arkwright' is now run by Granville. rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

The star donned the brown coat made famous by the late Ronnie Barker as miserly shopkeeper Arkwright in the original BBC smash-hit series which ran from 1976 to 1985.

And scores of people with cameras turned up to catch a glimpse of the action, being shot at the Beautique hairdressing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue.

Set designers and dressers spent the weekend preparing the salon for the return of the sitcom, in which Sir David will reprise his role as put-upon errand boy Granville, who now owns the corner shop after the death of Arkwright.

The famous Morris Minor car driven by Nurse Gladys Emmanuel was also parked up in the street.

Rosie Mae-Halstead, 21, who lives in the flat next door, was among those who had arrived from 7am to see the stars.

She said: “It seems totally surreal to have someone as famous as David Jason in our street!”

Producer Gareth Edwards said: “It’s not just about a nostalgia trip. It’s about taking the story forward too. Who knows, we might make a full series.”

Interior scenes will be filmed in Salford in December.