Being a HUGE Open All Hours fan I applied for tickets to go and see the recording of this years Christmas special but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get any :( However I didn’t want to miss out altogether, so I got the filming date & location and thought I’d head over there to see if I could catch a glimpse of any of the stars (particularly my favourite, Lynda Baron) What actually happened was far better than I had imagined it could be!!
We arrived at the beginning of filming having seen Johnny Vegas outside earlier in the day. As he’d been smoking outside one of the exits we assumed that was the Stage Door so later on that’s where we were headed but through the window we could see the monitors showing the filming going on inside. We sat on the wall and watched through the window. After about half an hour one of the security men waved over and said ‘Come in’ I replied ‘We’ve got no tickets’ but he said ‘don’t worry’ and let us sit and watch the filming!! It was a privilege to watch my favourite stars at work and the new episode - even without the inimitable Ronnie B - is one to watch this Christmas. If you want to know more about the episode I’ve posted some teasers below the photo in this post but be warned it DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS, I wouldn’t say they’re anything major as I don’t want to ruin the jokes before people have watched it. I’ve just posted some notes on who’s cast, a couple of references to the past & running gags, one or two new bits and some fluffs made during recording. I’ve not included any of the jokes, as jokes are always best first time around, so you need to watch the pros do them justice this Christmas. But if you’d rather not know any of the details I wouldn’t read past my photo.
After about two and a half hours filming ended the cast took a bow and exited. We waited outside for an hour but aside from crew members we didn’t see anyone… I said to give it ten more minutes when I spotted a familiar lady at reception - Lynda Baron! She was absolutely lovely :) Maggie Ollerenshaw came out at the same time so I didn’t get chance to speak to her as I wanted Lynda, but she looked amazing! Better, I think, than when she was originally in Open All Hours. Really great evening with some of the best actors in the business.
Still Open All Hours Xmas Special
*** This part does contain spoilers ***
Old favourites who are back for this episode are David Jason (Granville) Lynda Baron (Nurse Gladys) Stephanie Cole (Mrs Featherstone) and Maggie Ollerenshaw (Mavis)
There are also plenty of new faces - including Granville’s illegitimate son Leroy (played by James Baxter) along with cameos from Johnny Vegas, Barry Chuckle and Nina Wadia. Johnny is a downbeat man, Barry is constantly dragged around by his dog (remember that from years ago) and Nina is one of Leroy’s many ‘mothers’ who continuously ask “How’s the boy?”
Leroy is the new Granville & Granville has followed in his Uncle’s footsteps and become the new Arkwright. There are plenty of the running gags still going, most notably the till, and there are some lovely references to both Ronnie (who’s photograph hangs in the back) and the previous series.
The current romance is between Granville & Mavis, however there’s a great romantic twist in the conclusion. And the former Nurse Gladys has a couple of cracking lines - one which answers the eternal question of will they/won’t they get married - and she still owns that Morris Minor.
There were a fair few fluffs during filming, most of which actually came from the master himself - Sir David - who ended up saying “I’m gonna give up this job” he really had everyone laughing a lot and when Johnny Vegas fluffed a line, David said “welcome to the club” to which Johnny replied “I thought I’d give you a break.”
"Selected sympathisers", was turned into "synthesizers". And then the other actor tripped up and said "synthesizer" haha!
Lynda & Maggie both delivered all of their lines no problem, but there’s a gag that requires the actors to jump up & down. The first time that went fine, but the second time Lynda overbalanced into the shelves and then appeared to blame her ‘assets’ for the stumble forwards ha!
Seeing it all being made, how much fun the cast had and how brilliant the end result was made it a really special night! Meeting Ms Baron afterwards was the cherry on the cake :)
Blamire: It’s an open question life, anything’s possible. I mean what do we really know about anything?
Clegg: Maybe we’re already dead. Maybe we had to die to get here. From some other place.
Blamire: So this is heaven then… or the other place.
Clegg: Well it can’t be the other place.
Blamire: Why not?
Clegg: In Yorkshire? It’d be further south wouldn’t it.
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel - She’s A Lady
Lovely little snippet from this weeks TV Guide. Patti Clare is - as always - doing such a marvellous job with her current storyline <3
Kate the Great Dane & Pippin the Deer
The story of these two is adorable. This animal program is one of the happiest things I’ve ever watched!
Watching a program about unlikely animal friendships and this is like the real life jungle book <3
Leo the Lion, Baloo the Bear and Shere Khan the Tiger are best friends at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary