Hours and hours of good com­edy still await

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY -

With all the re­al­ity TV and ‘stale’ pro­grammes on screen now, you would think that TVNZ would have snapped up the episodes of the new se­ries of the clas­sic Open All Hours. The new se­ries Still Open All Hours has been in pro­duc­tion, suc­cess­fully, since the Christ­mas Spe­cial in 2013 – yet TVNZ has never screened it and it is now in its fifth sea­son. It is writ­ten by the orig­i­nal writer, who also wrote Last Of The Sum­mer Wine and Keep­ing Up Ap­pear­ances – both of which were ex­tremely pop­u­lar. It just seems that un­less a pro­gramme has death, sex, swear­ing, vi­o­lence, drugs, or other equally ‘dark’ sto­ry­lines, no­body at TVNZ (or any other chan­nel) ap­pears to want good old-fash­ioned de­cent com­edy any more. I would like to chal­lenge TVNZ, or any of the other TV sta­tions, to screen the new se­ries of the won­der­fully writ­ten pro­gramme and to air it with­out muck­ing about with the times­lot. I think it would be great at around 7.30pm on a Sun­day evening – end the week­end with a good laugh and maybe even have another screen­ing on a Mon­day evening at around 7.30pm to start the week off with a good laugh too. Laugh­ter is, af­ter all, the best medicine – es­pe­cially in win­ter.

An­drea S (Auck­land)

Sky TV replies: Open All Hours will start from se­ries one on Jones! on Fri­day, July 27 at 8.30pm. We’ve just fin­ished screen­ing se­ries four of Still Open All Hours on Jones!. We also have on Wed­nes­day nights: Dad’s Army, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord and ev­ery week­night we screen ‘Allo ‘Allo! and On The Buses.

James Bax­ter and David Ja­son from Still Open All Hours

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