Acting legend Sir David Jason has begun flming for the one-off Christmas edition of Open All Hours in Doncaster this morning.
Set designers and dressers spent the weekend preparing the Balby hairdressing salon used for filming of the original series in the 1970s and 80s and three days of shooting got under way this morning.
The return of the popular sitcom, which will see Sir David reprise his role as put upon errand boy Granville, who now owns the corner shop following the death of his uncle Arkwright, played by the late Ronnie Barker, has sparked huge interest in Doncaster.
Crews were on set from 7am for a shoot which is expected to last all day. Sir David arrived for a run through at around 8.30am, dressed in the trademark brown shopkeeper’s coat as donned by Arkwright in the original series.
He was accompanied by actress Stephanie Cole, who has reprised her role as the Black Widow, Mrs Featherstone. The Morris Minor driven by Nurse Gladys was also parked up in the street as scores of fans of all ageas armed with cameras and recording devices turned up to catch a glimpse of television history.
The show will feature a number of props supplied by Doncaster businesses, including fruit and veg from Doncaster market and copies of the Doncaster Free Press.
Security is tight for the shooting of exterior scenes between today and Wednesday at the Beautique hairdressing salon, situated on the corner of Scarth Avenue and Lister Avenue in Balby.
Streets have been sealed off but people were able to get a taste of the action as it unfolded.
Work on returning the corner salon to its original got started way on Friday morning and one local resident, who declined to be named, said: “It is all very exciting to have Open All Hours back in Doncaster.
“I think everyone around here is looking forward to seeing their house on television at Christmas, but it will also be amazing to have someone like David Jason in the street for a few days.
“People have been talking about the show ever since it was announced.”
Filming of interior scenes will take place in Salford in early December and the finished show, penned by original writer Roy Clarke, who lives in Sykehouse, is expected to be one of the smash hits of the BBC’s Christmas schedules.