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Still Open All Hours

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:33 am
by Richard Charles Skryngestone
During this Stalinist lockdown I have been working my through Still Open All Hours, having previously only watched the original one-off.

I wondered what others think of this show, that now has more episodes than the original show.

Personally, I find it somewhat funny, though far from great. There are some very good moments, though there are also long periods of boredom as well.

The other issue is that this show never really feels like Open All Hours, but much more like a substandard Last of the Summer Wine. Understandable, given the writer, and the Ronnie Barker-sized hole. But still somewhat jarring, even 5 series in (as I am at time of typing this). I never feel the legacy of Ar-ar-arkwright, but instead expect Howard to come around the corner any moment.
(This is similar to when Blackadder Back and Forth felt much more like Raymond Fowler:Time Traveller, but maybe that's another whole topic...)

Re: Still Open All Hours

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:48 am
by Mark
I have always liked Roy Clarke's style of writing, and the new series still has that quirky style.

I have the DVD's of the original and also try to catch them on Yesterday channel, and one of the many things I like about the original is the cosy feel to it, with almost all of it revolving around the shop and the two stars, but with the new one, Clarke has done the same as with "LOTW", and turned it into an ensemble piece, with characters in the their own homes and their own storylines.

It's perhaps understandable, as Granville and his son, just don't have the same dynamic as the original twosome, the shop-centric Arkright and the put-upon Granville.

The production is okay, but it's not up to the standard of the original, and the filmed exteriors.

Re: Still Open All Hours

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:53 am
by murphy1961
From the little I've seen of it, it's OK (ie. watchable) for a modern show. I'm amazed they've made so many, I've only seen a couple.

Now there's more episodes than the original I hope we don't hear the somewhat predictable remarks about it being better than the original simply because there's been more episodes made. Some people will use that logic - "hang on, it must be better than the original, there's more of them".

Probably the best thing is just the novelty of seeing David Jason playing Granville again and Lynda Baron turning up as well, although she apparently was only in the first two series. The two episodes I saw, she was in.

Re: Still Open All Hours

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:38 am
by Brian F
I'm just disappointed that (as far as I have seen) Barbara Flynn, the Milk Lady, hasn't been in the new series.

Re: Still Open All Hours

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:00 am
by Mark
murphy1961 wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:53 am
From the little I've seen of it, it's OK (ie. watchable) for a modern show. I'm amazed they've made so many, I've only seen a couple.

Now there's more episodes than the original I hope we don't hear the somewhat predictable remarks about it being better than the original simply because there's been more episodes made. Some people will use that logic - "hang on, it must be better than the original, there's more of them".

Probably the best thing is just the novelty of seeing David Jason playing Granville again and Lynda Baron turning up as well, although she apparently was only in the first two series. The two episodes I saw, she was in.
Yes it's a shame she left, I think she just wanted to do other things, although the character wasn't quite the same since she was the object of Arkright's desire.

Re: Still Open All Hours

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:04 am
by Mark
Brian F wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:38 am
I'm just disappointed that (as far as I have seen) Barbara Flynn, the Milk Lady, hasn't been in the new series.
Mark wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:02 am
She was a great character, but they have focused on Granville's interest in Mavis instead.