The BEST Episodes of Open All Hours
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Network: BBC One
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.
#1 - St. Albert's Day
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 19, 1981
Arkwright invents a Saint's day so that Granville can check the pockets of a foreign visitor who he suspects of shoplifting.
#2 - A Mattress On Wheels
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 27, 1976
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!
#3 - Laundry Blues
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 1, 1981
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!
#4 - The New Suit
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 22, 1981
Arkwright has to buy a new suit - on Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's say so.
#5 - Beware Of The Dog
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 12, 1976
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!
#6 - The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 6, 1985
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.
#7 - Arkwright's Mobile Store
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 29, 1981
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.
#8 - A Nice Cosy Little Disease
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 1976
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.
#9 - Full Of Mysterious Promise
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 20, 1976
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.
#10 - Horse-Trading
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 8, 1985
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.
#11 - Apples and Self Service
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 26, 1976
Arkwright starts a sales drive to try and get rid of a large stock of apples that he had over-ordered.
#12 - Soulmate Wanted
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 1, 1985
Granville advertises for female company and ends up with more than he can handle.
#13 - The Ginger Men
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 28, 1982
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.
#14 - Happy Birthday, Arkwright!
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 29, 1985
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.
#15 - The Reluctant Traveller
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 8, 1981
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!
#16 - Shedding at the Wedding
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 5, 1981
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!
#17 - The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 25, 1982
Granville gets rid of his old image by wearing shades and snappy threads, complete with a ""medallion"" made out of a cocoa tin lid.
#18 - The Housekeeper Caper
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 1985
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!
#19 - Well Catered Funeral
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 19, 1976
Parslow, an old friend of Arkwright dies and Arkwright handles the catering for the funeral, hopefully with a large profit coming his way!
#20 - Duet for Solo Bicycle
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 1982
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!
#21 - An Errand Boy by the Ear
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 1982
The customers are upset by Granville continually being dragged around by the ear by Arkwright
#22 - How to Ignite Your Errand Boy...
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 11, 1982
Granville is tasked with making home-made firelighters, an essential ingredient being his shredded disco shirt.
#23 - The Man from Down Under
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 18, 1982
Arkwright has a rival for Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's attention, as a visitor from Australia returns to his old stomping ground.
#24 - The Errand Boy Executive
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 1985
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.
#25 - Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 18, 1981
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.