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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9VP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the first series of the sitcom set around Arkwright's grocer's store. In 'Full of Mysterious Promise' Arkwright (Ronnie Barker) tries to sell some unlabelled tins. 'A Mattress on Wheels' has Granville (David Jason) try to persuade Arkwright to buy a delivery van. 'A Nice Cosy Little Disease' finds Arkwright feigning sickness in order to receive the attentions of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron). 'Beware of the Dog' sees Arkwright grow concerned about security after an attempted burglary. In 'Well Catered Funeral' Arkwright sets about trying to make a profit at his friend's funeral. Finally, 'Apples and Self-Service' finds the store overstocked with apples. Also includes the 1973 pilot episode in which Arkwright grows concerned when Nurse Gladys' car starts appearing outside a different man's house every night.

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Already old-fashioned when the show was made, Open All Hours now seems like a glimpse into a much earlier world. Ronnie Barker stars as Arkwright, a tight-fisted middle-aged Doncaster shopkeeper, while David Jason as Arkwright's nephew Granville makes deliveries by bicycle in a manner more evocative of the 1930s than the 70s. Barker's relationship with Jason parallels his rapport with Richard Beckinsale in Porridge (1974-8), and while the pair may not be in prison, the confines of the small general dealer's shop often seem like that to Granville. Even though at 36 Jason was patently way too old for the supposedly teenage Granville, he and Barker made a great double act.

The dry Northern humour centres mostly on money and sex, the latter interest in Arkwright's case being the buxom charms of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, very well played by Lynda Baron. Like writer Roy Clarke's Last of the Summer Wine, the episodes are more amusing character sketches than stories, with the 1973 pilot and first regular episode "Full of Mysterious Promise" serving simply to introduce the players. In "A Mattress on Wheels", Arkwright is tempted to buy a van, and in "A Nice Cosy Little Disease" decides a fake illness will prompt Gladys Emmanuel to provide more than NHS standard TLC. "Beware of the Dog" is Arkwright's response to an attempted burglary, while when his best friend dies he plans a "Well Catered Funeral". Finally, in "Apples and Self Service", paranoia defeats Arkwright's attempts to move with the times.

On the DVD: Open All Hours has a 4:3 picture that is exceptional for a 1970s sitcom, while the mono sound is excellent. Extras are a reasonably detailed text biography of series writer Roy Clarke, and, much more notably, a complete bonus episode, the 1973 series pilot. The picture quality of this is not up to that of the series proper, but it is perfectly fine for vintage BBC TV. --Gary S Dalkin

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "davefoster1" on 12 Dec. 2003
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"Open All Hours" is a sometimes overlooked Ronnie Barker / David Jason masterclass in well written and wonderfully observed comedy. Similar in some ways to Porridge, with the two main characters tucked away in the shop, but good enough to stand on it's own two feet as a genuine British classic.
Set in a small corner shop in Doncaster (the exterior shots were actually of a hairdressers salon, expertly disguised, with the exterior filming being mainly done during the owners summer holidays!) and scripted by Roy Clark, the series is a hark back to a time that had practically passed when it debuted. This is part of the charm though.
Barker plays the tight-fisted but loveable Arkwright, owner of all he surveys from behind his grocers counter. He constantly pursues the affections of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel who lives opposite his shop, but with little success!
David Jason plays Granville, the down trodden shop boy. Although Barker is clearly the star, Jason often steals the scene with wonderfully scripted one-liners.
The extras include the original pilot (complete with a totally different Nurse Gladys!) which is worth the price alone. the quality is good too, considering that the pilot episode is now 30 years old.
I would recommend this comedy to anyone - great comedy doesn't age and the humour is real and warm. Ronnie Barker is a national treasure and every comdey fan should won at least one of his DVDs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Welsby on 5 Sept. 2008
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This is a wonderful comedy series. Well written and superbly acted. I remember watching it as a child and it's as funny now as it was then. Set in a northern corner shop, it reminds me so much of a shop my mother used to work when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Ronnie Barker is faultless as the the stuttering Arkwright as is David Jason as his down trodden nephew/errand boy, Granville. The two of them are so good, even as a born and bred northerner, I forget that the northern characters actually being played by two southerners, they both sound so natural. It has some classic one liners and catchprases (f-f-f-f-fetch a cloth Granville). Arkwrights constant lusting after Nurse G-G-Gladys Emmanuel is also hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C Scognamiglio on 9 Mar. 2009
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It is truly astounding how things have changed since 1976. Watching this really does show how much too, although - as was pointed out to me - things in the south of England were perhaps already much more as they are today. However, once upon a time life in the UK was much like this (although perhaps less comical!). It's a shame that the extras are so slim here, but the original pilot is interesting to see and the episodes themselves are very funny. A real slice of nostalgia, especially at a time when there is a call to go back to older ways of doing things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goodsie on 25 April 2008
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Some of the new comedy writers should watch this and learn. It deals with Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and human emotions - without a single swear word and whilst bringing the viewers to tears of laughter.

Englands two greatest Sitcom comedians together in one show - t...t..t..t.....t..t.timeless c......c..c..c.comedy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "will_2006" on 23 Nov. 2003
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I first seen this series on UK Gold a couple of years ago and it really made me laugh. It is set in a corner shop with a stuttering selfish old man named Albert Arkright and his nephew Granville. Arkright is engaged to Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle, who lives across the road. Arkright is always trying to save money and rarely spends a penny. Granville delivers goods to peoples houses on the luxury shop bike and is not very happy with his life.

The DVD transfer is very good. Not a great deal of extras but I wouldn't suppose there's much that could've been done in the way of extras. Anyway, there's the pilot episode which introduces the series and is quite good. There's also a biography of Roy Clarke, the creator of Open All Hours.
You should get this DVD. If you like Porridge and Only Fools and Horses, you'll love this. G-Granville, F-Fetch a cloth!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. McAdam on 20 Mar. 2010
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A classic british sticom set in a small grocery shop, run by the bossy and untrusting Albert Arkwright and inexperienced nephew Granville.

Out of all the classic british comedies through out the years this one surely has to be hanging around at the top with the likes of porridge and only fools and horses.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Grosso on 29 Oct. 2002
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I rate this item with only four stars cause my top comedies are ¨Fawlty Towers¨ and ¨Only fools and horses¨ .What can i say about this nice comedy? You will laugh a lot with David Jason and Ronnie Barker characters,the script is intelligent and both actors talk with their gestures and faces.
Having born and brought up in Argentina i feel something special for this comedy cause it reminds me during my childhood about the funny situations and anecdotes in a grocery round the corner so sometimes when i watch the comedy i feel as if it all happened here and not in England.
Thank God the dvd contains English subtitles cause the accents sometimes are hard to understand for a foreign person.
B-B-Buy it,you-y-you will enjoyyy it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geordyboy on 27 Sept. 2009
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Not Just this series ,, BUT ANYTHING with Ronnie Barker in floats My boat ,, it was a Very Sad day when He departed this life and NO-ONE could replace Him as Master of Comedy ...
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