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Open All Hours: The Ginger Men [VHS] [1976]

Ronnie Barker , David Jason    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn, Stephanie Cole
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Jun 1996
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CSAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,048 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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88 minutes

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open all hours the comedy 9 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Every morning I wake up and the first thing that goes on the television is my copy of open all hours.
This box set is a fantastic combination of good quality comedy and laughter.
I would recommend this box set to anyone who is looking for a good laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars open all hours- series 1 and 2 (vhs) 19 Dec 2012
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I ordered this for my father who is big fan of the comedy set in doncaster which is local to him , he still likes the old vhs which he is used to & likes.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing collection 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although I am a fan of Open All Hours, I have to say that I was quite disappointed with this video. In my opinion these aren't some of the best episodes from the series - the highlight is probably seeing Granville trying to dress to impress with disastrous results!
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open All Hours- Roy Clark's 29 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Open All Hours - Roy Clark. Roy Clark has ritten lot's of sitcom's like - Open All Hours - Last Of The Summer Wine -Keeping Up Appearances. All the episode's of Open All Hours star's Ronnie Barker (From Porridge) and David Jason (From Only Fools And Horses). Buy all of the series on VHS or on DVD You will like it Open All Hours.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable British Comedy 7 Aug 2001
By Tiggah - Published on
Anyone who has ever watched Keeping Up Appearances or The Last of the Summer Wine will be familiar with the comedy of Roy Clarke, and anyone who has enjoyed either of these two comedies will most certainly enjoy Open All Hours.
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rude, crude and very very f-f-f-funny! 1 Jun 2004
By Arkwright - Published on
Open All hours is quite literally one of the funniest television shows ever! Being British and from the north i can tell you that it doesn't get better than this. Stuttering Arkwright who is superbly played by Ronnie Barker in arguably his greatest ever role is the shop keeper from hell! his love for nurse gladys and his even greater love for money which comes at no cost! Accompanied by Granville played by David Jason his errand boy nephew desperate to find a love of his own but always being the fall guy and the butt of the jokes. Arguablly the best part of Arkwright's shop is the 'evil' till! Overall Open All Hours is British comedy at its b-b-b-b-est
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If life was only like this! 29 Sep 2002
By "manifan" - Published on
I happened upon this gem many years ago via WCML/WCMU Public TV in Northern Michigan. At first I didn't know what to make of it. But, for lack of TV channels, four in all, the hard choice was made. It only took one complete show to get hooked.
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful comedy! 14 Oct 2000
By Andy Staves - Published on
Okay so I am biased I grew up with this comedy (and in the same town it was made) so I already knew that I was going to love this collection!
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!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High time this came to DVD!!! 29 Jun 2005
By Carmen - Published on
As an American, this charmingly funny series was the catalyst for my love of all things BBC. Shouldn't we be given this gem on DVD!!!!????

Do all you can to catch this classic!
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