In the age of the supermarket, Arkwright's Emporium is a truly unique shopping experience. . . Arkwright, the brown-coated, stuttering, Northern shop-keeper is forced to open his corner-shop for as long as the law will permit. But, he still finds time for his passions - parting unsuspecting customers from their hard earned cash, keeping his daydreaming nephew Granville in line , and of course his tireless pursuit of nurse Gladys Emmanuel. In Roy Clarke's successor to the award-winning comedy Last Of the Summer Wine, Ronnie Barker plays Arkwright, the penny pinching proprietor, and David Jason is Granville, his much put upon assistant. Open All Hours takes an absurd, affectionate and hilarious look at the ?cut and thrust' of life in the traditional British corner-shop. Arkwright has not yet emerged from the dark ages of commerce. He is rude and mercenary in equal measure, buying food from his shop is a kind of gastronomic lottery and dietician's nightmare. He is obsessed by his twin business objectives; grooming the hapless Granville for business success, and exploiting an infinitely gullible public. He constantly fights a losing battle to transform his lackadaisical nephew Granville into a worthy heir to his commercial empire. This involves thwarting Granville's amorous prospects and daydreams of wild adventure by ensuring that he is never allowed to wander much beyond the boundaries of his delivery round. This leaves Arkwright with just enough time to conjure up his ever more ludicrous schemes for enticing unwar y passers-by into his shop. Of course, once inside Arkwright's Emporium it's impossible to leave empty handed. In those few hours that Arkwright can bear to close the shop, his lecherous attentions turn to neighbour, customer and objet d'amour, the voluptuous nurse Gladys Emmanuel. Despite his persistence and some hilariously cunning ruses, Nurse Gladys manages, quite expertly, to keep her shopkeeper fiancee from getting his hands on her comestibles . . . most of the time that is!
Episode # 122
Arkwright wants to speed up wedding plans with the reluctant Nurse Gladys, and decides hiring a live-in housekeeper might provoke enough jealousy to get Gladys to the altar. Arkwright believes this ingenious plan will bring his years of frustration to an end. Of course, I doesn't; Nurse Gladys sees through his scheme, and Arkwright is in trouble when Mrs. Featherstone applies for the position.
Monday, April 08, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT
Episode # 123
When Granville learns his uncle considers him "under management", he is delighted and decides to use his newly acquired executive status to woo Stephanie from the local boutique. She is not particularly impressed, so Granville decides he needs a fashion "make-over." Things are looking good until Arkwright enters the scene and exposes Granville's plot.
Monday, April 22, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT
Episode # 124
Arkwrigh is generally despised by customers for his rudeness and meanness, with the exception of Ms. Featherstone, who worships him for his directness. Nurse Gladys and Granville, however, are totally fed-up with his behavior, and tell Arkwright that an undercover reporter is spying on shopkeepers prior to the publication of The Good Shopkeeper's Guide. For a while, Arkwright is forced to behave himself.
Monday, May 06, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT
Episode # 125
Arkwright must find a way to gain access to Nurse Gladys' bedroom. He forces the reluctant Granville to masquerade as a burglar in her room, so Arkwright can come to the rescue. This plan ends in disaster as Nurse Gladys proves she is very able to protect herself against intruders.
Monday, May 20, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT
Episode # 101
Arkwright's fire-damaged bargain provides a kind of gastronomic lottery and a dietitian's nightmare.
Monday, June 03, 2013 Length : 28 min MPT
Episode # 102
When Granville points out that a can could take two people in the back, his uncle's thoughts turn at once to Nurse Gladys Emmanuel.