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David Jason: Still Open All Hours is full of barminess this Christmas!

Thursday 28th December David Jason Still Open All Hours 2017
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David Jason returns as Granville in the Still Open All Hours festive special…

While TV Times is enjoying a cuppa, Granville (David Jason) is sorting through some dodgy-looking stock in Still Open All Hours.

But aside from son Leroy (James Baxter) stacking shelves, Arkwright’s seems oddly quiet…

We’re at Pinewood Studios to watch filming for Still Open All Hours, which returns for a seven-part series this week, beginning with a festive special in which Granville devises a cunning plan to sell boxes of unpullable Christmas crackers.

In between scenes, David Jason, James Baxter, Tim Healy (Gastric) and Sally Lindsay (Kath) tell us more about Still Open All Hours festive episode…

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What’s Granville up to this Christmas?

David Jason: “More of his ridiculous schemes in order to extract cash from his gullible customers!”

Tim Healy: “Also Mr Newbold [Geoffrey Whitehead] has decided to do a runner, leaving Mrs Featherstone [Stephanie Cole] alone and free to seduce Granville, so he enlists Gastric’s help to stop him. Granville finds out that Mr Newbold once had visions of a fairy, so he gets Gastric to dress up in a fairy outfit and convince him to stay. It’ll make sense when you see it!”

David: “I’m always surprised at the sheer inventiveness of the show’s creator, Roy Clarke, who has provided us with another batch of barminess this year!”

Granville (Sir David Jason) is back in business for a new seven-part series of the hit corner-shop comedy, which kicks off with a special festive episode.

What else can we expect from Arkwright's regulars this series?

Tim: “Gastric is still trying to impress Madge [Brigit Forsyth], so he tries to lose weight and also enters an art competition. But of course it all goes wrong!”

Sally: “Kath is always being pursued by Eric [Johnny Vegas], who’s trying to recreate this wedding bliss they keep saying they used to have.”

James: “There’s a new love interest on the horizon for Leroy and he comes up with many different tactics to try to woo her, not all of which are successful!”

Still Open All Hours – starring David Jason - is on BBC1, Thursday 28 December, at 7.30pm.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 


David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.


Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!