David’s back in busi­ness…

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…but lynda won’t be on hand to take his pulse

Sir David Ja­son will once again star as miserly gro­cer Granville in a new series of Still Open All Hours, but sadly Lynda Baron won’t be repris­ing her role as Nurse Gla­dys Em­manuel.

Lynda, who first played the for­mi­da­ble char­ac­ter in 1976 when Ark­wright (Ron­nie Barker) was run­ning the corner shop, was up­set that other com­mit­ments meant she couldn’t be part of the third series, which be­gins with a Christ­mas spe­cial.

‘I was thrilled by the huge suc­cess of Still Open All Hours and was very happy to be part of it. How­ever, this year it just isn’t pos­si­ble to fit it in with my sched­ule.

‘I’m dis­ap­pointed, not least be­cause it’s be­yond doubt the nicest cast and crew a girl could wish for. There are as many laughs off the set as there are on.’

Sir David, mean­while, as­sured fans there would be plenty of the

lat­ter, re­veal­ing that Roy Clarke, who re­cently penned Young Hy­acinth – a pre­quel to Keep­ing Up Ap­pear­ances – had de­liv­ered a hugely funny set of sto­ries.

‘Roy has once again writ­ten seven fan­tas­ti­cally warm, funny and in­ven­tive scripts, full of the hu­mour and ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters that the na­tion has come to love,’ said the 76-year-old, who has al­ready start­ing film­ing on lo­ca­tion in Doncaster.

The fes­tive spe­cial will see Granville and Gas­tric (Tim Healy) do­ing a spot of mar­riage coun­selling, while Leroy (James Bax­ter) adopts a sea­sonal dis­guise to avoid re­la­tion­ship trou­ble of his own.

Other reg­u­lars re­turn­ing to the fray are Stephanie Cole as

Mrs Feather­stone, Johnny Ve­gas as Eric and Mag­gie Olleren­shaw as the love of Granville’s life, Mavis.

david’s been film­ing in doncaster along­side co-star tim Healy, but we couldn’t get a squeak out of their furry friend

will Mrs Feather­stone be check­ing out Granville’s wares?

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