Open All Hours, the hit BBC sitcom that originally starred Ronnie Barker as tight-fisted shopkeeper Albert Arkwright, is to return to screens this Christmas with a brand new episode.
Written by Roy Clarke, the half-hour 40th anniversary special will be the highlight of BBC One's Christmas schedule, and is expected to broadcast in a prime-time spot on Christmas Day.
David Jason, who co-starred alongside Barker as his put-upon nephew and sole employee Granville, will become the central figure in the special, following Ronnie Barker's death in 2005.
Jason said today: "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."
I dont know if its a good idea or not. I remember David Jason doing a programme about a year ago (cant remember the name of it) and it was a complete flop. I don't think its always a good idea to go back. I hope it does work.
I'm inclined to agree. I've never really understood David Jason's status as a "National Treasure" as an actor, at least, although I'm aware of his splendid charity work. It all seems to be based on one - admittedly very funny - TV series so I hope he gets a decent script for this one. TJ