David Jason to star in Open All Hours Christmas special
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 October 2013
Sir David Jason is to reprise his role of Granville for an 'Open All Hours' Christmas special on BBC One entitled, 'Still Open All Hours'
Sir David Jason is to star in an 'Open All Hours' Christmas special.
The 'Only Fools and Horses' actor will reprise his role of Granville in the BBC One sitcom - which originally ran from 1973 to 1985 - and will see David's alter-ego, along with his character's son, run the back-water grocery store he has since inherited from Albert Arkwright, who was played by the late Ronnie Barker.
The show's original writer Roy Clarke will return to pen the 30-minute festive episode, which will be called 'Still Open All Hours', and Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw will also return as nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Mavis respectively.
David 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."
Roy added: "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."
Show bosses are remaining tight-lipped on what Roy might have in store for Granville, and Mark Freeland, BBC Controller of UK Comedy Production, is hoping the upcoming episode will bring plenty of Christmas cheer to houses all around the country.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome back to BBC comedy the magic pairing of David Jason and Roy Clarke.
"Having the chance to see Arkwright's beloved shop again, now run by Granville, I hope will bring broad grins to lots and lots of faces at Christmas."
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, added: "BBC One's Christmas schedule suddenly feels complete with the addition of this classic British comedy, which will see favourite Sir David Jason return as Granville for a special episode."
The original 'Open All Hours' series ran for 26 episodes across four series.