Still Open All Hours bows out with biggest audience yet

Sir David Jason in Still Open All Hours
Sir David Jason in Still Open All Hours

Nearly eight million viewers tuned in for the final epsiode of Doncaster filmed sitcom Still Open All Hours - meaning a second series of the sitcom is likely to be commissioned.

Viewing figures have risen steadily since the first part of the six-part series was aired on Boxing Day with 7.85 million viewers tuning in for Sunday’s final episode, its biggest yet.

The programme has drawn in an additional one million viewers over the course of its run with the series set to be released on DVD next month.

More than 34% of the viewing public tuned in at 7.30pm, with only the new series of Call The Midwife drawing in more viewers.

The series, outdoor sequences for which were filmed in Doncaster in September, has proved a ratings smash, meaning that a second series is now likely to be commissioned.

The new series of the show will be released on DVD on February 2.

The release will feature all six episodes of the new series as well as the Christmas special from 2013 which sparked the revival.

That episode drew in more than 12 million viewers and was the biggest programme of the Christmas TV schedules as well as one of the most watched shows of 2013.

The original series of Open All Hours ran between 1973 and 1985 and starred Ronnie Barker as penny pinching shopkeeper Arkwright as well as Jason as put-upon errand boy Granville.

The new series sees Jason reprising Granville, who now runs the shop, with his son Leroy.

Outdoor scenes were filmed at the Beautique hair salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue in Balby last September - the setting for the original show.