Sir David Jason will be returning to our screens for another series of Still Open All Hours. The BBC broke the news, saying in a statement that location filming and studio recording will take place over the summer, which should allow Still Open All Hours to reach our TV sets at some point during the back end of the year.
This news means that Still Open All Hours will have been running for significantly longer than Open All Hours – the classic sitcom it serves as a belated sequel to – originally did. Open All Hours ran for four series and 26 episodes, and Still Open All Hours already has four series and 27 episodes under its belt before this new one even gets started.
On returning to the Arkwright’s convenience store for Still Open All Hours series 5, Sir David Jason said this:
“I’m thrilled to be bringing Granville and Arkwright’s shop back to viewers’ TV screens along with his regular customers who bring their own sense of barminess to the world of grocery.”
And a BBC statement added this, teasing a little of what we should expect from this next batch of Still Open All Hours episodes:
“The new series opens with Granville trying to offload a large quantity of bargain spectacles while Mr. Newbold finally decides to tell Mrs. Featherstone how he really feels about their relationship. In the forthcoming episodes Sir David will be joined by series regulars: James Baxter, Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Brigit Forsyth, Tim Healy, Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, Sally Lindsay, Geoffrey Whitehead and Katie Redford.”
We’ll let you know when we hear a premiere date for this new series of Still Open All Hours.