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The Complete Open All Hours - Series One-Four [1976]

Ronnie Barker , David Jason    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 774 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MC3QWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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). Episodes comprise: 'Full of Mysterious Promise', 'A Mattress on Wheels', 'A Nice Cosy Little Disease', 'Beware of the Dog', 'Well Catered Funeral', 'Apple and Self Service', 'Laundry Blues', 'The Reluctant Traveller', 'Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls', 'The New Suit', 'Arkwright's Mobile Store', 'Shedding at the Wedding', 'St. Albert's Day', 'An Errand Boy by the Ear', 'The Ginger Men', 'Duet for Solo Bicycle', 'How to Ignite Your Errand Boy', 'The Man from Down Under', 'The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid', '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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open all hours 11 Mar 2012
By gerry1
I've always loved Open All Hours and the box set pulls all the episodes together. Ronnie Barker is perfect as Arkwright the tight-fisted corner grocer and he has perfect foils in David Jason as his nephew Granville and Linda Baron as his object of desire, Nurse Gladys Emmanuel. The writing is tight and focussed and gives all the cast plenty of time to shine. There has been criticism of Ronnie Barker using his stammer to get cheap laughs in it's being insulting to genuine sufferers - I don't know how they feel but to me the stammer is very much in character and does not come over as intentionally insulting.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb comedy classic 20 Nov 2009
This was the BBC doing comedy at its best in the 1970's. Written by the marvellous Roy Clarke (80 next year) and with superb performances from Ronnie Barker as Arkwright the stammering shopkeeper, David Jason (pre Only Fools & Horses) as his naive nephew Granville, Lynda Barron as the shapely nurse Gladys Emanuel and a stellar supporting cast, this was as close as situation comedy can get to perfection. Over 4 series this brilliantly comic and well observed show explored every human foible and weakness known to man - and a few that weren't (before viagra there was ginger cake!) and developed cult status. If you missed it the first time, do yourself a favour and see it now. If you already know how good it is, enjoy it again. Highly recommended.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 Nov 2010
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Ronnie Barker was at the height of his powers when he took on the role of Arkwright in Open All Hours. Plenty has been said about the high watermark of British comedy which this series represents so, if gentle, knowing, and mildly suggestive banter is your thing, then this will suit you well. The scripts are wonderful, written almost as a stage play, and are character-driven like nothing is these days.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars open all hours 18 Dec 2009
Oh yes.Very good indeed.Ronnie Barker and David Jason make a fantastic team.It was just as i remembered it the first time round.Well worth buying.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ronnie Barker 10 Mar 2007
By M. Wood
I dont remember this when it was originally on tv, but like the other reviewer i saw it on Uk Gold and had to have the box set. Classic british comedy with Ronnie Barker as the stuttering shopkeeper Arkwright and David Jason as his long suffering errand boy. Very funny, a must for your comedy collection, includes all 4 series and the pilot episode. 5 Stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a clean laugh. 20 Nov 2013
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This DVD brings back happy memories from the past. Although slightly dated it is all good CLEAN fun. I didn't realise how David Jason has aged since these were made. Oh my gosh so have I !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius 6 Jan 2012
By df
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very pleased with this set, the 1st series picture quality is 'ok ' on a modern tv, it does make a reference to the lower quality of picture of archive material on the packaging, but this does not detract from what is a superbly funny series. Ronnie B is as always a genius, and it knocks spots off today's series, some may find it a little un-politically correct though.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted comedy 13 Nov 2009
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I don't remember Open All Hours when it was first on TV. My first memory of it is watching it on a Saturday or Sunday evening at my Nan and Grandads. My dad purchased Series 4 last year and when I received an email from Amazon showing the release date for the box set, I had to have it. Also the fatastic price of £20 was not to grumble about!

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!!!
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