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Open All Hours - Series One [1976] [DVD]
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2003
"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
on 5 September 2008
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
on 9 March 2009
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
on 25 April 2008
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
on 23 November 2003
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
on 20 March 2010
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
on 29 October 2002
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
on 27 September 2009
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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VINE VOICEon 10 April 2011
It's strange what you remember isn't it? When I first came to England during the mid 80's - I always remember my parents tuning into the repeats of Open All Hours on BBC1 - and it seemed like gibberish to me, but now it speaks volumes. Although outdated, this still has the same values - with Arkwright being rather anti-commercialist, and Granville being the opposite. The humour is still gold though, with Barker's quick wit compared with Jason's delivery - they made a great team, like when he was in the Two Ronnies.

Here you get all 6 episodes - not too badly remastered too, and with English subtitles. The colour is a bit more balanced than the ones you see on satellite - and still presented in their original 4:3 framing.

The best moments include the one with the dog, to stop burglars; the one where Granville goes to a part of Doncaster he's not meant to go, and the one where Arkwright plans to spend the night with nurse Gladys Emmanuelle, the love of his life.

Altogether this is a great package, and with the bonus of the pilot which was shown in 1973, this makes it a worthy addition to anyone's collection.
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on 9 September 2011
Bought Open All Hours - Series One [1976] [DVD],Open All Hours - Series Two [1981] [DVD],Open All Hours - Series Three [1982] [DVD] [1976],Open All Hours - Series Four [1985] [DVD] together as a gift for my son, he loves the humour and I have to say I'm encouraging it! I bought these for him when he was 8 and it's a great, gentle programme to watch together as a family - not much of that around these days! He also loves to watch an episode with his Grandparents when they have chance, it's been a lovely way to create some common ground - LOVE IT!
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