Comedy legend Sir David Jason has returned to Doncaster to begin filming scenes for a second series of cornershop sitcom Still Open All Hours.
The much-loved star began shooting at the converted hairdressing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby this morning after crews spend the weekend turning the shop into Arkwright’s cluttered emporium once more.
Between takes, the star chatted to fans, signed autographs and posed for photographs along with other cast members Tim Healy, Brigit Forsyth, Maggie Ollerenshaw and Sally Lindsay who have all been on the set today.
Security is tight while filming takes place with shooting expected to take place daily over the next fortnight.
Interior scenes will be shot in the studio later in the year with the series due to begin with a festive episode at Christmas.
The first series, which featured comic legend Sir David reprising his role as Granville, was filmed for two weeks last September and aired over Christmas and the New Year.
Executive Producer Gareth Edwards said: “It‘s wonderful to be returning with our fantastic cast to Granville’s daft, warm and life-affirming world, full of the kind of characters and situations that could only come from the remarkable mind of Roy Clarke.”
Written by Doncaster-based scriptwriter Clarke, the comedy was given a full series after a one-off special in 2013 proved the biggest show of that year’s Christmas schedules.
The six-part series, which focuses on life at the cluttered corner shop nearly thirty years on from the last episode of original show Open All Hours in 1985, also proved a smash.
The original aired between 1973 and 1985 and featured late comedy star Ronnie Barker as stuttering, penny-pinching Arkwright with Jason playing put-upon assistant Granville.
It was voted one of the best sitcoms of all time in a BBC poll.