Double Christmas helping of Still Open All Hours

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

Comedy fans can look forward to a double dose of Doncaster-filmed sitcom Still Open All Hours this Christmas.

The new series of the show will kick-off on Boxing Day with a second episode from the six part series on December 28.

The remake of the classic corner shop comedy will form part the BBC1 line-up for December 26 and will be screened at 6.25pm with the second episode aired a few days later from 7.30pm.

Details of the first two episodes starring Sir David Jason have also been revealed.

In the first, love is in the air when dithering customer Mavis (Maggie Ollerenshaw) receives a special delivery and Granville (Jason) acts as matchmaker.

In the second episode, Granville is determined to pair up customers Gastric (Tim Healy) and Madge (Brigit Forsyth) while Wet Eric (Johnny Vegas) is lured into a dangerous purchase.

The casr also includes original favourites Lynda Baron as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, Stephanie Cole as Mrs Featherstone as well as James Baxter as Granville’s son Leroy,

Other stars appearing include Goodness Gracious Me favourites Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir, Fast Show and Harry Potter star Mark Williams and Chuckle Brother Barry Elliott.

Last year’s revival of the show proved to the biggest hit of the Christmas schedules, drawing in more than ten million viewers which saw producers commission a full series.

The cast took part in filming outdoor sequences in Balby in September.

The Beautique hair salon on the corner of Scarth Avenue and Lister Avenue was transformed into Arkwright’s cluttered cornershop emporium once more for two weeks of shooting.

The original series, starring comedy legend Ronnie Barker, ran over four series between 1973 and 1985.

Studio sequences have just completed filming at Teddington Studios in Middlesex and the remainder of the six part series is set to be shown throughout January.

It is believed that if the remake series proves to be a big hit with viewers, a second series could be commissioned.