Open All Hours revival in top ten of UK’s most watched shows of 2013

James Baxter and Sir David Jason in Still Open All Hours.
James Baxter and Sir David Jason in Still Open All Hours.

The Christmas revival of Doncaster-filmed sitcom Open All Hours was Britain’s seventh most watched television programme last year, according to figures just released.

According to media regulator Ofcom’s latest report into the TV market, the show, entitled Still Open All Hours and which was screened on Boxing Day, drew in an average of 12.2 million viewers.

The classic programme, starring David Jason, was revived for a Christmas special, showing Arkwright’s corner shop in Balby thirty years on from the original show featuring Ronnie Barker.

The high ratings - which made it one of the most watched programmes of last Christmas - prompted producers to commission a full series with cameras set to return to Lister Avenue later this year to film the new show.

Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown’s Boys and The X-Factor also featured in the top ten, with the New Year’s Eve fireworks display from London topping the list.

The report also found that the UK’s 527 television channels generated £12.9 billion in revenue during 2013 - an increase of £426 million year on year - despite a decline in average viewing times.

The figures reveal that audiences watched television on multiple platforms for an average 3 hours 52 minutes per day last year, nine minutes less than in 2012 and taking them below the four-hour barrier for the first time since 2010.