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Open all hours - Ronnie Barker plays Arkwright

Margaret Sanderson

Joined September 2008

Artist's Description

Open All Hours is a BBC sitcom written by Roy Clarke, and starring Ronnie Barker, David Jason and Linda Barron. The series features a small grocer’s shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire
. The owner, Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for being able to sell anything to any buyer, no matter how unwilling. His nephew Granville (David Jason), is his put-upon errand boy, whose attempts at finding love or a meaningful social life fall flat. He blames his uncle, in particular, that, he has to be up early to open the shop, stay up late to close it with only an odd hour of free time and deliver large numbers of goods on a battered bicycle. Almost every mistake Arkwright makes is followed by a cry of “Gr-Granville! F-fetch yer cloth!”.
Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), Arkwright’s long-standing fiancée; much of the skinflint’s time is dedicated to trying to persuade her to marry him, or at least sleep with him. Nurse Gladys has her rounds and her elderly mother to occupy her. The only one with any influence over Arkwright, she pushes him to give Granville more freedoms and spend money to modernize his archaic lifestyle, though these are reluctantly and slowly to materialise.
Staedtler Ergosoft pencils on bristol Board smooth surface 250 gsm. 297 mms x 420 mms.

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