Book chronicling Open All Hours story to be released

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A book chronicling the history of Doncaster sitcom classic Open All Hours is due to hit shelves later this year.

The book, the first official look back at the much loved show, will be released in October.
News of the book, entitled Still Open All Hours: The Story Of A Classic Comedy, comes in the week that cameras returned to Doncaster to film an updated series of the show.

Cameras are currently rolling at the converted hairdessing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby where acting legend Sir David Jason has reprised his role as Granville for the six part series - also entitled Still Open All Hours - which will be screened later this year.

From its first episode in 1973, Open All Hours was an instant hit.

Audiences around Britain loved its familiar setting, good natured humour, and the hilarious partnership of Ronnie Barker and David Jason.

While it only ran for 26 episodes, it firmly cemented itself as a British comedy classic.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show in 2014, the BBC revived it for a one-off Christmas Special. Still Open All Hours was swamped by a tsunami of audience affection and the BBC promptly commissioned the full series.

With recollections from David Jason, his fellow cast members, and from scriptwriter Roy Clarke, plus never before seen BBC archive material, acclaimed popular TV historian Graham McCann tells the inside story of this very British sitcom, with wit, insight and affection.

Graham McCann is also the author of widely praised books on Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Yes Minister and Morecambe and Wise

Published by BBC Books, the book will be released on October 30.

Filming of exterior scenes of Arkwright’s shop are due to be completed by the end of next week.