Shop set to reopen all hours for one-off

David Jason (left) and Ronnie Barker during filming of Open All Hours.
David Jason (left) and Ronnie Barker during filming of Open All Hours.
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Classic sitcom Open All Hours is returning to our screens – and the new show could be filmed in Doncaster once again.

For the one-off Christmas special Sir David Jason will reprise his role as put-upon Granville, who has now inherited the store from his stuttering and miserly uncle Arkwright, played by the late Ronnie Barker.

The comedy classic, penned by local writer Roy Clarke, who is also known for his success with Last Of The Summer Wine, ran for four series and 26 episodes.

Balby’s Beautique hairdressing salon in Lister Avenue was used for outdoor scenes.

And former owner Helen Ibbotson admits she is delighted at the return of the show – and is hopeful producers will return to Doncaster for filming.

She said: “I’d love to see it back in Balby. The area has changed a lot from when they first filmed it, but the shop is still there and still looks how it used to.

“We’re hoping to hear something from the production team.

“We gather they have been looking at coming back to Doncaster, but we’ve not heard anything one way or the other.”

The salon is now run by Mrs Ibbotson’s daughter Lisa Taylor – and has just chalked up 50 years in business.

She said: “Filming was always great. We have such happy memories of those times – we still get tourists coming to look at the shop.”

In the 30-minute Christmas special – Still Open All Hours – Granville is running the shop with his son and Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw will also return as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Mavis respectively.

Roy has penned the episode.

He said: “This has been fun – a great opportunity to work with David Jason again and to suggest how things at that corner shop might look today.”

David Jason said: “I’m really excited to be bringing back Open All Hours.

“I am sure there is an audience out there who would like to see what Granville has been getting up to in the corner shop.

“It will be a great family show for Christmas and a fitting tribute to the legacy of Arkwright.”

A BBC spokesman said no decision had yet been taken on filming locations.

How a Balby hairdressing salon became a TV smash

A quiet corner shop hairdressing salon in Balby was thrust into the limelight for the first time in 1973 when it was chosen as the setting for Arkwright’s shop.

Helen Ibbotson, owner of the Beautique salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue, regularly had to hang up her scissors and curlers while stars such as Ronnie Barker and David Jason took over the business for filming outdoor sequences at the cluttered, sell-it-all emporium.

Other spots in Doncaster were also captured on camera – David Jason was filmed riding a bike through Doncaster town centre and filming also took place at The Balmoral Hotel and in Hexthorpe.