Still Open All Hours filming enters second week

Sir David Jason pictured on set during filming of the latest Still Open All Hours. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Open All Hours MC 4
Sir David Jason pictured on set during filming of the latest Still Open All Hours. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Open All Hours MC 4
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Filming for a new series of Still Open All Hours in Doncaster has entered a second week.

Cast and crew for the cornershop sitcom have returned to Balby today after a weekend break to shoot more outdoor scenes for the show which will be aired later this year.

Fans of the show have been flocking to the Beautique hair salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue which has been converted into Arkwright’s cluttered emporium once more to catch a glimpse of stars such as Sir David Jason, Lynda Baron, Tim Healy, Johnny Vegas and Sally Lindsay.

Television crews set up the shop last weekend with filming getting underway last Monday. Filming is due to be completed by the end of this week.

The first series, which featured comic legend Sir David reprising his role as Granville, was filmed for two weeks last September and aired over Christmas and the New Year.

The new series will start with a Christmas special where Granville bags himself a bargain Christmas tree, which gives him more problems than he wanted.

Written by Doncaster-based scriptwriter Roy Clarke, the comedy was given a full series after a one-off special in 2013 proved the biggest show of that year’s Christmas schedules.

The six-part series, which focuses on life at the cluttered corner shop nearly thirty years on from the last episode of original show Open All Hours in 1985, also proved a smash.

The original aired between 1973 and 1985 and featured late comedy star Ronnie Barker as stuttering, penny-pinching Arkwright with Jason playing put-upon assistant Granville.

It was voted one of the best sitcoms of all time in a BBC poll.