GALLERY: Open All Hours in pictures as Sir David Jason celebrates 76th birthday today

Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron and David Jason in Balby during the 1970s.
Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron and David Jason in Balby during the 1970s.
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It's a happy 76th birthday to sitcom legend Sir David Jason today - and we're looking back at the mark he's made on Doncaster during the last forty years.

The star has been a familiar face on the streets of Balby since the 1970s when Open All Hours first began its run, cameras filming at the converted Beautique harirdressing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue alongside comic legend Ronnie Barker.

The pair teamed up for the cornershop sitcom which saw Barker playing miserly, stuttering shopkeeper Arkwright witth Jason playing his put-upon nephew and errand boy Granville.

The show ran for four series between 1973 and 1985 - but made a surprise return in the guise of Still Open All Hours a few years ago and a third series of the revamped sitcom is due to beging filming in Doncaster later this year.

In the latest series, Granville is now running the shop with his son Leroy following the death of Arkwright.

We've delved back into our archives to find some pictures from the Open All Hours set over the decades.

David Jason with young fan Wayne Baker during filming in Doncaster during the 1970s.

David Jason with young fan Wayne Baker during filming in Doncaster during the 1970s.

Sir David Jason reprises his role as Granville alongside James Baxter in the new series.

Sir David Jason reprises his role as Granville alongside James Baxter in the new series.

Beautique salon owner Helen Ibbotson with Ronnie Barker and David Jason during filming of the original series.

Beautique salon owner Helen Ibbotson with Ronnie Barker and David Jason during filming of the original series.

An atmospheric shot of the stars in Balby.

An atmospheric shot of the stars in Balby.

David Jason japes around on the set of Still Open All Hours.

David Jason japes around on the set of Still Open All Hours.

Fan Paul Davis meets Sir David Jason on set.

Fan Paul Davis meets Sir David Jason on set.

The new series has proved a smash hit with viewers.

The new series has proved a smash hit with viewers.

The salon as it normally looks.

The salon as it normally looks.

The cornershop sitcom is one of Britain's best loved comedies.

The cornershop sitcom is one of Britain's best loved comedies.