Filming of a brand new series of Open All Hours is due to start in Doncaster next week.
Television crews arrived in Balby this morning to begin setting up Arkwright’s famous corner shop with stars Sir David Jason, Lynda Baron and Stephanie Cole due to descend on Balby for shooting from Monday.
The Beautique hairdressing salon on the corner of Lister Avenue and Scarth Avenue is being being transformed once more for the series entitled Still Open All Hours which sees Sir David’s character Granville having inherited the shop from his late uncle Arkwright, played in the original series by comic legend Ronnie Barker.
The series follows the success of a Christmas special last year which proved to the hit of the festive season, drawing more than 12 million viewers and making it the number one show of last Christmas and the seventh most popular show of 2013.
Technicians have been busy gutting out the interior of the shop and replacing fixtures and fittings with shelving units, household goods and the famous shop sign, which has been on display at Doncaster’s Tourist Information Centre since last autumn’s filming schedule.
Fans have already been turning up to catch a glimpse of the shop being set up, grabbing pictures in front of Britain’s most famous corner shop and sharing them on social media.
Richard Herbert, who lives in Balby said: “I love it that its back. It is great to see the shop going up again and I can’t wait until its finished.”
The original run of Open All Hours between 1973 and 1985 helped turn David Jason into a household name and Ronnie Barker’s penny-pinching, stuttering shopkeeper became a much loved comedy legend.
Filming is expected to last two weeks with interior scenes due to be shot in Salford later this year. No date has yet been revealed for screening of the BBC series.