The Best Episodes of Open All Hours

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's only weakness is his love - Nurse Gladys Emanuel.

A Mattress On Wheels

#1 - A Mattress On Wheels

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!

star 8.43
35 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Laundry Blues

#2 - Laundry Blues

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!

star 8.36
33 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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St. Albert's Day

#3 - St. Albert's Day

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.

star 8.25
20 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
A Nice Cosy Little Disease

#4 - A Nice Cosy Little Disease

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.

star 8.15
26 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Shedding at the Wedding

#5 - Shedding at the Wedding

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!

star 8.14
22 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Ginger Men

#6 - The Ginger Men

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.

star 8.13
23 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Beware Of The Dog

#7 - Beware Of The Dog

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!

star 8.13
23 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The New Suit

#8 - The New Suit

Season 2 - Episode 4

Arkwright has to buy a new suit - on Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's say so.

star 8.13
24 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Housekeeper Caper

#9 - The Housekeeper Caper

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!

star 8.10
20 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Arkwright's Mobile Store

#10 - Arkwright's Mobile Store

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.

star 8.10
21 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Full Of Mysterious Promise

#11 - Full Of Mysterious Promise

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.

star 8.10
42 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel

#12 - The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel

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.

star 8.09
22 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls

#13 - Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls

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.

star 8.05
21 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Reluctant Traveller

#14 - The Reluctant Traveller

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!

star 8.04
26 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Happy Birthday, Arkwright!

#15 - Happy Birthday, Arkwright!

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.

star 8.00
27 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Duet for Solo Bicycle

#16 - Duet for Solo Bicycle

Season 3 - Episode 3

A grocer's bike with a squeaky wheel is definitely ruining Granville's attempts to woo the girls, especially Wendy who suffers the embarrassment of being escorted by Granville and his squeak!

star 8.00
23 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Well Catered Funeral

#17 - Well Catered Funeral

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!

star 7.96
27 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid

#18 - The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid

Season 3 - Episode 6

Granville gets rid of his old image by wearing shades and snappy threads, complete with a ""medallion"" made out of a cocoa tin lid.

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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An Errand Boy by the Ear

#19 - An Errand Boy by the Ear

Season 3 - Episode 1

The customers are upset by Granville continually being dragged around by the ear by Arkwright

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Soulmate Wanted

#20 - Soulmate Wanted

Season 4 - Episode 1

Granville advertises for female company and ends up with more than he can handle.

star 7.85
26 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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How to Ignite Your Errand Boy...

#21 - How to Ignite Your Errand Boy...

Season 3 - Episode 4

Granville is tasked with making home-made firelighters, an essential ingredient being his shredded disco shirt.

star 7.79
24 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Apples and Self Service

#22 - Apples and Self Service

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.

star 7.77
30 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Man from Down Under

#23 - The Man from Down Under

Season 3 - Episode 5

Arkwright has a rival for Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's attention, as a visitor from Australia returns to his old stomping ground.

star 7.74
23 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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Horse-Trading

#24 - Horse-Trading

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.

star 7.71
24 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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The Errand Boy Executive

#25 - The Errand Boy Executive

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.

star 7.48
25 votes
Writers: Roy Clarke
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