Viewing figures for Still Open All Hours smash through 7 million

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Viewing figures for Doncaster filmed sitcom Still Open All Hours have smashed through the seven million barrier.

Latest figures show that Sir David Jason’s cornershop sitcom drew in 7.12 million viewers on Sunday night - more than 30% of the viewing public at the time,

And while the sitcom lost the number one Sunday night spot to Call The Midwife, which drew in 8.31 million viewers, figures have consistently risen since the start of the six part series on Boxing Day.

The series, outdoor sequences for which were filmed in Doncaster in September, has proved a ratings smash, meaning that a second series is likely to be commissioned.

The programme has easily seen off ITV’s contender, Foyle’s War, which has drawn in audiences of just four million.

The new series of the show will be released on DVD on February 2.

The release will feature all six episodes of the new series as well as the Christmas special from 2013 which sparked the revival.

That episode drew in more than 12 million viewers and was the biggest programme of the Christmas TV schedules as well as one of the most watched shows of 2013.

The original series of Open All Hours ran between 1973 and 1985 and starred Ronnie Barker as penny pinching shopkeeper Arkwright as well as Jason as put-upon errand boy Granville.

The new series sees Jason reprising Granville, who now runs the shop, with his son Leroy.

Outdoor scenes were filmed at the Beautique hair salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby last September - the setting for the original show.