Acting legend Sir David Jason has revealed how he was threatened by a man wielding a knife during filming of Open All Hours in South Yorkshire.
The star is due to return to Balby, Doncaster, next month for three days of shooting as he reprises his role as put upon errand boy Granville in the hit sitcom which is returning to TV screens for a one-off special this Christmas.
And in his autobiography published this week, Sir David has revealed how a man wielding a bread knife once lunged at him on set during filming of the show – also starring the late Ronnie Barker – outside the converted hairdressing salon used as Arkwright’s shop on Lister Avenue during the 1980s.
He said: “It was night-time but we were filming to make it look like early morning.
“I was outside the shop as Granville, dreamily looking up the road at the departing milk float containing his new, unrequited love, the milk lady.
“Suddenly, a large middle-aged figure in dark, shabby clothing had come striding past the camera and was now standing right in front of me, brandishing a long, serrated blade and bawling meaninglessly.
“Funny how a certain kind of calm can descend on you in a situation like that. I suddenly looked at this man rather quizzically and said ‘Was there something you wanted?’.”
A few moments later, crew managed to bundle the man off the set and police were called to the scene.
In the book, My Life, Sir David added: “The poor bloke turned out to live nearby and to be a fully paid-up member of the bewildered.
“Who knows what was going on in his head, but I don’t think he had me or anyone else in mind as a target.”
The book, expected to be one of the Christmas best-sellers, covers in depth Sir David’s exploits while filming in Doncaster and scores of fans are expected in the town when filming for the show, entitled Still Open All Hours, takes place next month.