Still Open All Hours will return for series three
Still Open All Hours will return for a third series on the BBC.
The Open All Hours reboot, which began in 2014, will return for another Christmas special, followed by a third series of the show.
Sir David Jason stars as Granville in the show, a moody corner shop owner who is keen to save the pennies. In the original series, Granville was a young store assistant at the same shop while late comedy legend Ronnie Barker played the role of tight-walleted storekeep Arkwright.
Jason was delighted to be returning to filming the series, saying: “I can’t wait for viewers to see the scrapes Granville gets into this series, almost as much as I can’t wait to start filming them.
“Roy Clarke has once again written seven fantastically warm, funny and inventive scripts, full of the humour and eccentric characters that the nation has come to love over the years.”
However, not all of the series’ stars will be returning for the third season. Lynda Baron, who played Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in both the original Open All Hours and the reboot, will not be returning to the third series as it clashes with filming for EastEnders.
She said: “I was thrilled by the huge success of Still Open All Hours and was very happy to be a part of it. However this year it just isn’t possible to fit it in with my schedule. I am disappointed not least because it is beyond doubt the nicest cast and crew a girl could wish for. There are as many laughs off the set as there are on. Long may they stay ‘Open All Hours’.”
The 2016 Christmas special of Still Open All Hours will be the “most festive yet”, according to executive producer Gareth Edwards.
Granville and Gastric will help save a marriage, Leroy will struggle with relationship drama, Mrs. Featherstone will struggle with the meaning of Christmas and Kath will rally the street together for a carol singing contest.