- Actors: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn, Stephanie Cole
- Format: Colour, PAL
- Language: English
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Playback
- VHS Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
- Run Time: 350 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00009QNUO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The entire third and fourth series of the BBC comedy written by Roy Clarke. Miserly Arkwright (Ronnie Barker) employs his down-trodden nephew Granville (David Jason) at his grocer's store, while attempting to woo Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron).
Written by Roy Clarke, who was also responsible for Last Of The Summer Wine, Open All Hours exhibited a similarly relaxed attitude towards plot. Ronnie Barker plays Arkwright, the miserly grocer who longs to marry busty Nurse Gladys (Lynda Baron) ("Let's strike while the iron's lukewarm".) David Jason, meanwhile, plays Arkwright's nephew Granville, a romantic who chafes at the confines of shop life and lusts after one "Gloria" (of whom we only ever catch a rear-end view). A series of customers offer little side vignettes, gossipy tittle tattle and tales of their own sexual frustrations. This is a special 90-minute long edition, featuring the pilot. Although it was made in 1983, Open All Hours seems to belong to an earlier era still, in its cosily nostalgic, saucy postcard worldview of everyday Northern folk, a world in which Granville still does his rounds in a cloth cap on a delivery bike. The script creaks with double entendres and how amusing you'll find Arkwright depends on how amusing you find a man with a stammer. Don't expect Steptoe-style pathos or wit, here. Open All Hours is notable, however, in that it constituted Jason's comedy apprenticeship under Barker, standing him in good stead for Only Fools And Horses. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This box set is a fantastic combination of good quality comedy and laughter.
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The boxed set contains three videos with three 30-minute episodes each for a total of nine episodes, which include "Laundry Blues," "Shedding at the Wedding," and "The Ginger Men." The television series, which originally ran to 25 episodes, was written for and stars Ronnie Barker (Porridge, The Two Ronnies) as the miserly, stuttering Arkwright, owner of a corner store. The series also stars David Jason (A Touch of Frost, The Darling Buds of May, Only Fools and Horses) as Granville, Arkwright's half-Hungarian ("the bottom half") nephew and shop assistant. Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God's Diana Trent) and Kathy Staff (Summer Wine's Nora Batty) make guest appearances as customers in a few episodes.
Those who have enjoyed the antics of avaricious Antie Wainwright, owner of the second-hand shop on Summer Wine, will surely enjoy the character of Arkwright. The ploys he comes up with to attract passers-by into his shop, not to mention his methods for moving immovable merchandise, are very original and very funny indeed. As for Arkwright's stutter, there are times when it is simply hilarious.
There is more to the show than merely the running of the shop, as Arkwright is afianced to the "Nurse Gladys Emmanuel," who seems to occupy almost as much of his thoughts as turning a profit, while Granville would do nearly anything just to have a love life period. Typical of Roy Clarke, however, this is first and foremost character comedy. It's what Clarke does best and it's all the better for being so consumately acted. Although Arkwright is a very different character from Hyacinth Bucket, Open All Hours is, in my opinion, every bit as funny as Keeping Up Appearances.
In short, this is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy. Recommended to anyone who enjoys British comedy in general, and especially to those who enjoy either Keeping Up Appearances or Summer Wine. It's definitely one to watch over and over again!
Watching it was in a way "a dream". I have always been interested in Britain and their comedies, like Python.
Open All Hours had what I called "the missing", the feeling of thinking "that's where I want to be". Sure it seems dramatic but if you take it for what it is worth, it is one of those shows you can't forget. Ronnie Barker is fabulous as Arkwright. His sidekick and nephew Granville played expertly by David Jason is a sort of like a modern day (older) boy from American Pie but with good clean humor. Always dreaming and scheming to find a girl.
All in all, this is one of the better, funnier series from Britain, and there are many of those. For people who don't "get" British comedy, just wipe everything out of your mind and watch. When done, you won't stop laughing. Highly Recommended!
It was nice to see some episodes that I had never seen (because I had missed them) and it showed me that even though this is over 20 years old now it still has to be one of the funniest comedies that the BBC have ever produced.
Ronnie Barker and David Jason work together so well on screen that it's sometimes hard to remember that this is fiction. They are the best together and I know that if you buy this video (and can understand the accent!) then you will be laughing hard for a long time!
Written by Roy Clarke, the author of the fabulous show Keeping Up Appearances, this show is extremely funny! The characters are very interesting and work very well together as an ensemble. I highly recommend this show!
This tape collection includes three tapes, each of which contains three half-hour episodes. The following episodes are included (in this order):
Laundry Blues - Series 2, episode 1 (March 1, 1981) - When Nurse Gladys tells Arkwright that she will not marry into a house that does not have a modern washer and dryer, he must find a way to get them, but have you seen the prices?
The Reluctant Traveller - Series 2, episode 2 (March 8, 1981) - When Granville finally succeeds in getting a date, he needs Arkwright out of the house. Nurse Gladys is just the one to get Arkwright moving, but can Arkwright trust Granville to run the shop with a tight enough fist?
The Well Catered Funeral - Series 1, episode 5 (March 19 1976) - When an old friend and customer dies, Arkwright sees one last chance to make a profit from him.
Shedding At The Wedding - Series 2, episode 6 (April 5, 1981) - Arkwright and Nurse Gladys are off to a wedding, but Arkwright's love of mothballs (no moth is getting a free lunch off of Arkwright's suit!) leads to a hilarious situation.
Duet For Solo Bicycle - Series 3, episode 3 (April 4, 1982) - With the old delivery-bike on its last legs, Granville starts agitating for a new transport, but Arkwright knows that he can fix it himself for must less money.
How To Ignite Your Errand Boy - Series 3, episode 4 (April 11, 1982) - When Arkwright decides that you make the most profit off of products you make yourself, he latches onto the idea of making fire lighters. There's a problem, they may be somewhat dangerous to make...oh well, what else does Granville have to do?
The Ginger Men - Series 3, episode 2 (March 28, 1982) - Arkwright has some ginger-cakes that he can't sell, and if there's one thing Arkwright hates, it's stock that isn't making him money. Finally, he has an idea, if he can just convince some of the men that ginger-cakes act as an aphrodisiac...
Horse-Trading - Series 4, episode 2 (September 8, 1985) - An Indian store owner is looking to bring more native Yorkshire residents in as clientele, and drops over to Arkwright's to see how to do it. Arkwright sees a pigeon land on his doorstep, but unloading old stock on him might just backfire!
The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid - Series 3, episode 6 (April 25, 1982) - When Granville begins dressing cool and hip, complete with a large medallion (actually a cocoa tin lid!), Arkwright begins to look into modern advertising. What he needs is a good-looking woman to model for him, one that's beautiful and cheap, but when she and Granville get together...look out!