Open All Hours filming set to end

David Jason and Johnny Vegas filming Open All Hours in Balby.
David Jason and Johnny Vegas filming Open All Hours in Balby.

Filming on the new six part series of Open All Hours is set to come to an end today.

Sir David Jason and a host of other stars have spent the last six Fridays filming studio sequences for the comedy classic, outdoor scenes for which were shot in Doncaster in September.
Cast and crew spent two weeks at the Beautique hair salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby, transforming the shop into Arkwright’s cluttered emporium once more for the new series entitled Still Open All Hours.

The new run follows a Christmas special last year which proved to be one of the biggest hits of the festive season, drawing in more than ten million viewers.

The original series, starring comedy legend Ronnie Barker as miserly, stuttering shopkeeper Arkwright, ran between 1973 and 1985 across four series.

Sir David, who played put upon errand boy Granville in the original run, has reprised his role for the new series which sees him having inherited the corner shop from Arkwright.

Filming of exterior sequences in Balby attracted huge crowds to the set and the show is set to air later this year or early in 2015 with the series now going into post production.

Others stars involved in the filming include comedy star Johnny Vegas, former Auf Wiedersehen Pet favourite Tim Healy, Chuckle Brothers star Barry Elliott and original cast members Lynda Baron, who played buxom Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, dithering customer Mavis, played by Maggie Ollerenshaw and fearsome Mrs Featherstone, aka The Black Widow, played by Stephanie Cole.