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The Complete Open All Hours - Series One-Four 
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All 25 episodes 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). Season 1 episodes are: 'Full of Mysterious Promise', 'A Mattress On Wheels', 'A Nice Cosy Little Disease', 'Beware of the Dog', 'Well Catered Funeral' and 'Apples and Self Service'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Laundry Blues', 'The Reluctant Traveller', 'Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls', 'The New Suit', 'Arkwright's Mobile Store', 'Shedding at the Wedding' and 'St. Albert's Day'. Season 3 episodes are: 'An Errand Boy By the Ear', 'The Ginger Men', 'Duet for Solo Bicycle', 'How to Ignite Your Errand Boy', 'The Man from Down Under' and 'The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Soulmate Wanted', 'Horse-Trading', 'The Housekeeper Caper', 'The Errand Boy Executive', 'Happy Birthday Arkwright' and 'The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel'.
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Disk 1: Full series 1 including the pilot episode as a bonus. Just over 2 hours of Open All Hours. (175 mins)
Disk 2: Full series 2. Just over 3 hours of Open All Hours. (207 mins)
Disk 3: Full series 3. Just under 3 hours of Open All Hours. (177 mins)
Disk 4: Full series 4. Just under 3 hours of Open All Hours. (178 mins)
All in all very happy and as funny as always, yes there is some sexual jokes the BBC would not get away with now. But remember this was back in the 70's & 80's so you could get away with some stuff you can't get away with now :)
The set includes the pilot episode. It is well worth watching this first, as it fills in Granville's back-story, which is mostly absent from the four series. It also features an Irish nurse Gladys, a character that is the very opposite of the grasping materialist Arkwright. The lofty stuffiness made her come across as remote and unattainable in my view. Presumably the production team thought so too, as her character was switched to that of a local lass, retaining the conservatism but losing the religious sensibilities. Lynda Baron's nurse is friendly, witty, and even motherly at times. Many of the opposites thus pass to Granville's character.
The stories are domestic and often ostensibly trivial, but familiar too. This is, I suppose, what makes it such comfortably engaging material. The stories generally have three themes: Arkwright's ill-starred bids to win Gladys's affection; Arkwright's money-making schemes; and Granville's failing lovelife. These themes often interplay, giving each half-hour episode several plot threads. Always they end with Arkwright's thoughts as he shuts the shop at night.
The only thing missing from the set is the 1982 special at the end of series 3, called "The Funny Side Of Christmas", which I don't think was ever available on any Open All Hours DVD.Read more ›
The series is fantastic with every episode as funny and easy to watch as the next. If you only learn one thing from the tight-fisted stuttering Arkwright its never to hang your trousers out of a car window!!!
arkright, granville, nurse gladys and the till with a will of it's own.
I'm having a good laugh, just thinking about it while writing this.
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Never tire of watching this great series, with two of the best actors in my life time.Published 8 days ago by paul davis
Heartwarming comedy. Real feel good stuff from messars Barker & Jason.Published 16 days ago by Liverpiggy
This is a classic comedy, Ronnie Barker is a genius, this is timeless.Published 17 days ago by P. Sweeting
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