Ronnie Barker. You either love
or hate him, there doesn't seem to be an inbetween take or leave him.
Fortunately for me, I think he is hilarious and whilst the humour on this disc
is a bit crass, Open all Hours always manages to make me laugh.
The story is of a stuttering shopkeeper
called Arkwright (Barker) and his nephew Granville running a store in a small
English town where everyone knows everyone and their business. All Arkwright
wants is a quiet day in the store, to make a decent living and to get into the
pants of the buxom Nurse Gladys Emmanuel!
The series is full of innuendo and
situational jokes and whilst there are things in every episode (there are six
episodes on this disc), it's most likely not worth doing a breakdown synopsis
of every one. Every single one of them has something funny in it, however I
loved when Arkwright bought up on unlabelled canned foods and when they failed
to sell, ran a surprise bingo. Basically Arkwright believes he knows what is
in any can merely shaking it. Sitting down to a meal of "canned casserole"
with Granville, they open a can only to discover pears in it. The written
explanation does the joke no justice at all, it has to be seen to be believed.
Another favourite was when Arkwright's best friend passes away and Arkwright
is forced to swallow his lust for money and general greed to make sure his
friend is sent off in the right manner.
The things this man will do to turn a dollar
will have you in stitches. The humour should appeal to everyone, though
possibly the bawdiness of some of it will put people off who are in their
teens. The jokes are just a bit dated though perfectly alright for those who
have been on the planet a little longer. I'd be aiming this disc at folks 28
and older, I am not sure that younger viewers would be attracted by it at all
unless they've happened across it playing at some stage.
This disc does not have much in way of
extras, however it does contain the pilot episode "Open all Hours" that was
aired in March 1973 and makes for some interesting viewing.
Open all Hours
Series One Features
- Scene Selection
- Writer Profile
Pilot Episode "Open All Hours"