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

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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 774 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MC3QWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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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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By Mr. Beaumont TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2013
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After being away from our screens for 40 years I was made up to hear BBCOne was bringing back Open All Hours for a Christmas special & maybe a brand new series in 2014. So I decided to watch all the old ones & buy this box set.

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 :)
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By Thomas Pots TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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How can anyone not like Ronnie Barker and David Jason? They are absolutely perfect together. Modern comedy writers forget that in order for comedy to be funny, the characters need to be both likeable and believable. And this is why, 40 years on, this sit-com still makes me cry with laughter, and I'm a 30-something! The writing is class, the comedy timing is class. It is just pure class, and a lesson in how to do comedy. You can shove 'Mrs Brown's Boys', and 'Citizen Kahn' where the sun doesn't shine. It's a sad indictment of the BBC that I have to watch comedy from 40 years ago - from a time when they actually knew how to do comedy - instead of the lowest-common-denominator, widest-possible-appeal, politically correct garbage they spew out today. No I'm not an old fart; I just know what solid comedy and excellent writing sound like. And this is why 40 years hence people will still remember Ronnie Barker's legacy, and utterly forget the comedy drivel which has now superseded him.
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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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