Actress confirms return of Still Open All Hours

Still Open All Hours.
Still Open All Hours.

Cameras are set to return to Doncaster to film a second series of cornershop sitcom Still Open All Hours, an actress appearing in the show has confirmed.

Actress Emily Fleeshman, who appeared in the first series of the Balby-filmed show with acting legend Sir David Jason, took to Twitter to reveal the news to fans.

She told her 600 followers: “Delighted to be going back to film Still Open All Hours Series 2 later this month.”

Comedy fans have been waiting to hear if the show would return to screens after a first series shown earlier this year proved a ratings hit.

The Free Press understands that the cameras could begin filming in Balby next Monday for up to a fortnight.

The first series of the rehashed show, which featured comic legend Sir David Jason reprising his role as Granville, was filmed for two weeks last September and then aired over Christmas and the New Year.

There has been no official word from the BBC whether the show will return for a second run but rumours have been growing in recent months that the stars will be returning to the converted Beautique hairdressing salon on the corner of Scarth Avenue and Lister Avenue.

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 hit with audiences, with some episodes drawing in more than eight million viewers.

The original series aired between 1973 and 1985 and featured the late comedy star Ronnie Barker as stuttering, penny-pinching, northern shopkeeper Arkwright with Jason playing his put-upon assistant Granville.

The reprised version sees Granville now running the shop while actresses Lynda Baron (Nurse Gladys Emmanuel) and Maggie Ollerenshaw (Mavis) also returned for the show along with new characters played by Tim Healy, Kulvinder Ghir and Johnny Vegas.

The streets in Balby were brought to a standstill for the filming for two weeks last September with hundreds of fans trying to catch a glimpse of the stars.

However, it is thought BBC bosses may be keeping tight-lipped over any filming schedules in a bid to prevent a repeat of onlookers descending on the set.