The Best Episodes Directed by Sydney Lotterby
#2 - Time to Settle Down (a.k.a. You Can't Manufacture Happy Endings for Everybody)
As Time Goes By Season 9 - Episode 1
Alistair has finally proposed to Judith, needless to say there are complications as Judith plans for a country wedding and realisation strikes confirmed bachelor Alistair.
#3 - A Mattress On Wheels
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 2
Granville is fed up with having to do his rounds on his bike and tries to talk Arkwright into buying a van. Granville hopes that a mattress in the back of it will help his love life - and maybe Arkwright's, too!
#5 - You Must Remember This
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 1
We meet the two main characters: Lionel and Jean. In the pilot episode, Lionel is in a hotel cafe giving a waitress a hard time. He is scathingly sarcastic. Jean is, similarly, seen being brittle and unbending. Lionel is working on his book ”My Life in Kenya” about his life in Kenya. (This joke comes up in numerous episodes.) He requires a secretary to help with the revisions. That's where Jean's secretary service ""...Type for You"" comes in. Judith, Jean's daughter, meets Lionel at his hotel to apologize for the terrible secretary. Lionel asks Judith out. When he arrives to pick her up he is introduced to Jean. After about two seconds Jean and Lionel both independently figure out who they each suspect the other person to be: a lover last seen in 1953.
#6 - Laundry Blues
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 1
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, having seen Granville struggling with the washing, tells Arkwright that he must buy a new washing machine. Arkwright has to come up with a plan so that she thinks he has done as she requests. He gets Neville to drop off a new machine, sneak round the back of the shop and take it away again, leaving behind a second-hand machine instead!
#7 - Animal Magnetism
As Time Goes By Season 8 - Episode 2
Lionel trys to convince Jean that a dog has been following him. Judy and Sandy come home with the very dog that was following him. The women want to keep the dog but, Lionel wants to take him to the shelter so they can find his owner. The owner contacts the police and Harry brings him around to get the dog. Since Judy won't go with him to a party, Alistair invites Sandy and she excepts. Meanwhile Harry asks Judy to go to the movies with him and she excepts.
#8 - The Ginger Men
Open All Hours Season 3 - Episode 2
Once again Arkwright has overstocked on goods. This time he has a consignment of Ginger Cake to get rid of. By pretending that it has aphrodisiac properties, he hopes to sell the lot.
#9 - Happy Release
Porridge Season 2 - Episode 5
Fletcher is having a spell in the prison hospital with a broken ankle. He's sharing a ward with old Blanco, who tells him that another inmate has swindled him out of his belongings in a crooked card game. Fletcher hatches a plan to recover Blanco's belongings and to take revenge on the culprit.
#10 - St. Albert's Day
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 7
Arkwright invents a Saint's day so that Granville can check the pockets of a foreign visitor who he suspects of shoplifting.
#12 - Pardon Me
Porridge Season 3 - Episode 4
Old Blanco is doing time for the murder of his wife. He still swears he wasn't guilty. Now he's up before the Parole Board and it looks as if he's sure to be released. Blanco surprises everyone by turning down parole when it's offered to him. He explains that, if he accepts parole, he'll also be admitting that he was guilty of a crime for which he was wrongly convicted. He insists that he'll only leave prison if he's offered a full pardon. Fletcher comes up with a plan to help him.
#13 - A Storm in a Teacup
Porridge Season 3 - Episode 1
When a bottle of pills goes missing from the Doctor's surgery, Harry Grout is worried that investigation of the theft by the prison authorities will jeopardise some of his activities. Grout insists that Fletcher must find the pills and return them before the warders can take action.
#15 - The Harder They Fall
Porridge Season 2 - Episode 6
Godber takes up boxing and wins a place in the prison championship, so Fletcher sees a chance for a bit of a flutter. Then Harry Grout takes an interest and insists that the fight is 'fixed'. When one of Grout's rivals takes a similar interest in Godber's opponent, it looks as if nobody can win. Fletcher, however, has other ideas.
#16 - The Housekeeper Caper
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 3
Arkwright decides that to make Nurse Gladys Emmanuel jealous, he will advertise in the local paper for a live-in housekeeper. Unfortunately he is not prepared for Mrs Delphine Featherstone applying for the position!
#17 - The Right to Know
Yes Minister Season 1 - Episode 6
Jim faces rebellion at home and in the office over the removal of protected status from a badger habitat, while he tries to circumvent Sir Humphrey's efforts to keep him ignorant of things.
#18 - Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 3
Arkwright once again is struggling to sell goods that no-one wants to buy. He therefore tries a special promotion to get rid of the goods, namely fig biscuits and toilet rolls with messages printed on them.
#19 - The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 6
Arkwright tries all manner of things in order to get himself into Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's bedroom, including the use of a ladder and a box of chocolates. Meanwhile Granville takes to wearing tights on his head.
#20 - The New Suit
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 4
Arkwright has to buy a new suit - on Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's say so.
#21 - Happy Birthday, Arkwright!
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 5
Arkwright is on the alert after Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Granville tell him that a man from the ""Good Shop Guide"" is visiting shops in the area. It is only a ruse by Granville and Nurse Gladys to teach Arkwright a lesson in good manners. Nurse Gladys dresses up as a man and is on the receiving end of some very polite behaviour from Arkwright.
#22 - Jobs for the Boys
Yes Minister Season 1 - Episode 7
Jim goes on radio to support the Solihull project a Government, union and private enterprise building scheme, that he has inherited from the last administration, but unknown to him the project is close to bankruptcy, Sir Humphrey hopes to save the deal by offering a Quango to the director of the bank involved
#23 - Beware Of The Dog
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 4
After a bungled burglary on his premises, Arkwright decided the time is right for a guard dog for the shop. However, instead of a real dog, he tries to fool everyone with just the sound of a dog! Meanwhile, Granville thinks he could be the father of Maureen's baby, Eric!
#24 - White Hunter
As Time Goes By Season 2 - Episode 1
Lionel is nervous regarding an upcoming photo shoot for the cover of his book. Despite advice from Jean and Judith that whatever helps sell the book is worth it, Lionel is completely taken aback by what Alistair has in mind.
#25 - Shedding at the Wedding
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 6
Arkwright goes to a wedding with Nurse Gladys Emmanuel. His suit smells of mothballs and he has to hang his trousers out of Gladys' car to air them. After his trousers are blown away and run over by a tractor, he has to borrow her trousers!
#26 - Why?
As Time Goes By Season 2 - Episode 4
Lionel wonders why Alistair, a rich, successful publisher would be interested in publishing Lionel's less-than-blockbuster book.
#30 - The Reluctant Traveller
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 2
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Arkwright are finally going to spend the night away at a hotel. Little does she know that the hotel is round the block! Whilst they are away, Granville is entertaining the milk-woman. Arkwright also has a problem with an over-tight money belt!
#32 - The Copper Kettle
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 3
Lionel is about to go on a lecture circuit, so he invites Jean for a day out. The revisit some old haunts, only to discover that a lot has changed. However, after a trek through an overgrown field, they find 'The Copper Kettle', an old place which Lionel and Jean were quite fond of.
#33 - Arkwright's Mobile Store
Open All Hours Season 2 - Episode 5
In a bid to prove to Nurse Gladys Emmanuel that he means to expand his business, he buys a van so that Arkwright's Stores can have a mobile store.
#35 - A Nice Cosy Little Disease
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 3
Arkwright tries to find the perfect disease to pretend to go down with in order to get the attention of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel who he feels has been neglecting him.
#37 - Soulmate Wanted
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 1
Granville advertises for female company and ends up with more than he can handle.
#38 - The Cruise
As Time Goes By Season 2 - Episode 6
Jean becomes angry when Lionel invites her along on a cruise as a 'freebie'.
#39 - The Picnic
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 6
Jean and Lionel are both flattered by the romantic attentions of Alistair and Judith, but decide that things cannot continue as they are. Jean bets that if all four of them go on a picnic together, Judith and Alistair will hit it off. But perhaps it will be Jean and Lionel who grow closer...
#40 - Well Catered Funeral
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 5
Parslow, an old friend of Arkwright dies and Arkwright handles the catering for the funeral, hopefully with a large profit coming his way!
#45 - Surprise, Surprise
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 4
Judith persuades Jean to surprise Lionel by going along to his lecture in Nowrich. However, it is Jean who gets the surprise when she finds that Lionel already has a lady friend to stay with. While Lionel attempts to deal with the embarrasing position he is in, as well as his new found reputation as an elephant killer (thanks to Alistair's hyped-up blurb), Jean faces the romantic advances of Alistair.
#46 - Full Of Mysterious Promise
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 1
Arkwright buys a load of damaged goods. The snag with them is that they are tinned goods without labels! He then tries to foist them off onto his customers.
#47 - Relationships
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 5
The trip to Nowrich has changed Jean and Lionel's relationship. While Alistair still continues his romantic overtures to Jean, Lionel attempts to smooth things over with Jean. Alistair also gets Lionel to attempt another revision of his book, and Lionel becomes frustrated with the entire project.
#51 - A Night In
Porridge Season 1 - Episode 3
Fletch explains to Godber that the best way to cope with his first night in prison, is to see it as just a "quiet night in". Trouble is, Godber's got another 698 to go.
#53 - Getting to Know You --- Again
As Time Goes By Season 1 - Episode 2
Jean and Lionel look no closer to renewing their relationship when Lionel checks out of his hotel without telling Jean. However, Lionel's publisher, Alistair, convinces him to go to a party tonight to meet some 'faces', people who can help in the sale of his book. He checks back in, and, after a walk in the park, Lionel asks Jean to go to the party with him.
#56 - Horse-Trading
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 2
Arkwright smugly offloads a lot of clothes-horses to an rival Asian shopkeeper. However, when his rival starts making large profits using the clothes-horses as bait for customers, he makes Granville dress up as an Asian woman so that he can buy the clothes-horses back.
#57 - Apples and Self Service
Open All Hours Season 1 - Episode 6
Arkwright starts a sales drive to try and get rid of a large stock of apples that he had over-ordered.
#60 - The Errand Boy Executive
Open All Hours Season 4 - Episode 4
Granville takes a fancy to Stephanie (""with a p-h"") who works in a boutique. He pretends that he is a young executive and that Arkwright is his assistant. Needless to say, Arkwright does not agree with this role-reversal.
#61 - You Must Remember This
As Time Goes By Season 9 - Episode 5
On their own at last, with Alistair and Judith married off and Sally and Harry gone to Canada, Jean and Lionel take a look back on their life together in a one-hour retrospective featuring clips from past episodes.