History Series / OpenAllHours

25th Apr '17 3:54:25 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* BlackComedy: In "Beware of the Dog", after the till nearly chops Arkwright's fingers off yet again, a nonplussed Granville suggests in reaction that he make funeral arrangements for his fingers, because sooner or later the till's gonna take them.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being the third main character in the original series and a major character for the first two seasons, Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle disappears without mention in season three of the revival.



* DirtyOldWoman: Mrs. Featherstone in the revival. While to all her husbands and to Mr. Newbold she is the very picture of ice, she is always throwing herself at Granville to his obvious displeasure.
* TheDitz: Wavy Mavis. When she was asked why she married her ex-husband when she knew he was terrible from the start, she revealed that he told her she was pregnant.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being the third main character in the original series and a major character for the first two seasons, Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle disappears without mention in season three of the revival.
* DirtyOldWoman: Mrs. Featherstone in the revival. While to all her husbands and to Mr. Newbold she is the very picture of ice, she is always throwing herself at Granville to his obvious displeasure.
* TheDitz: Wavy Mavis. When she was asked why she married her ex-husband when she knew he was terrible from the start, she revealed that he told her she was pregnant.


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* EveryoneHasStandards: Arkwright, who takes pride in ensuring his customers buy something from his store whether they want to or not, reacts with a degree of disgust when one tries to order fire lighters for her husband.
-->'''Arkwright''': You're supposed to wait until he's dead first!
13th Apr '17 10:53:35 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* CouchGag: The opening sequence always depicts Arkwright doing something different (e.g. looking for bird poop or trying to paint the word "P-P-P-P-PEPPER" on his storefront window). Granville's reaction is always the same.



* PorkyPigPronunciation: Arkwright.

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* PorkyPigPronunciation: Arkwright. Lampshaded at times, usually by Granville, but in one CouchGag Arkwright himself jokingly asks Granville if "P-P-P-P-PEPPER", the word he's trying to paint on the storefront window, is spelled with 6 P's or 7.
-->'''Arkwright''': G-Granville, how do you spell "p-p-p-p-pepper"? Is it 6 P's or 7?
13th Feb '17 9:05:52 AM MGD107
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* ChickMagnet: In contrast to his father when he was his age, Leroy is considerably more successful with women (to the point he borders on being TheCasanova). He normally has a new date or two every episode. Somehow he even manages to convince two of them to help him out with his deliveries. Mrs. Hussain barely makes any effort to hide her interest in him. The trouble is, most of the women turn out to have much larger boyfriends who want to kill him when they find out.* DodgyToupee: One of the odd products Mark Williams salesman character attempts to peddle to Granville in ''Still Open All Hours'' is range of dodgy toupees for the customer too embarassed to consult a hair loss professional but who might impulse buy one at the counter of his local shop.

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* ChickMagnet: In contrast to his father when he was his age, Leroy is considerably more successful with women (to the point he borders on being TheCasanova). He normally has a new date or two every episode. Somehow he even manages to convince two of them to help him out with his deliveries. Mrs. Hussain barely makes any effort to hide her interest in him. The trouble is, most of the women turn out to have much larger boyfriends who want to kill him when they find out.out.
* DodgyToupee: One of the odd products Mark Williams salesman character attempts to peddle to Granville in ''Still Open All Hours'' is range of dodgy toupees for the customer too embarassed to consult a hair loss professional but who might impulse buy one at the counter of his local shop.



* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Much like Roy Clarke’s other series, '''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''', this makes up a lot of the show’s humour in the revival, benefiting from its much larger recurring cast.

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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Much like Roy Clarke’s other series, '''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''', ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', this makes up a lot of the show’s humour in the revival, benefiting from its much larger recurring cast.
13th Feb '17 9:02:21 AM MGD107
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* AwfulWeddedLife: The arguments, infidelities and miseries of just about every single couple who lives in the area make up a large part of the show's humour in both the original and revival.



* ChickMagnet: Leroy is a little more successful than his dad in the romance department, but still tends to fail with the ladies.
* DodgyToupee: One of the odd products Mark Williams salesman character attempts to peddle to Granville in ''Still Open All Hours'' is range of dodgy toupees for the customer too embarassed to consult a hair loss professional but who might impulse buy one at the counter of his local shop.

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* ChickMagnet: In contrast to his father when he was his age, Leroy is a little considerably more successful than his dad in the romance department, but still tends to fail with women (to the ladies.
point he borders on being TheCasanova). He normally has a new date or two every episode. Somehow he even manages to convince two of them to help him out with his deliveries. Mrs. Hussain barely makes any effort to hide her interest in him. The trouble is, most of the women turn out to have much larger boyfriends who want to kill him when they find out.* DodgyToupee: One of the odd products Mark Williams salesman character attempts to peddle to Granville in ''Still Open All Hours'' is range of dodgy toupees for the customer too embarassed to consult a hair loss professional but who might impulse buy one at the counter of his local shop.shop.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being the third main character in the original series and a major character for the first two seasons, Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle disappears without mention in season three of the revival.
* DirtyOldWoman: Mrs. Featherstone in the revival. While to all her husbands and to Mr. Newbold she is the very picture of ice, she is always throwing herself at Granville to his obvious displeasure.
* TheDitz: Wavy Mavis. When she was asked why she married her ex-husband when she knew he was terrible from the start, she revealed that he told her she was pregnant.



* {{Gasshole}}: Gastric, has an easily upset stomach, causing him to often belch (especially when he hasn’t eaten for a while) hence his nickname. The actual effect is downplayed, compared to most examples, but it is still there.



* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Much like Roy Clarke’s other series, '''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''', this makes up a lot of the show’s humour in the revival, benefiting from its much larger recurring cast.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle is the most sensible character, but even she can’t stop herself from taking some joy out of Arkwright’s more comedic gambits.



* OnceAnEpisode: In the revival, Granville points to Arkwright's portrait and quotes him (stutter and all) near the middle of every episode.

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* OnceAnEpisode: In the revival, Granville points to Arkwright's portrait and quotes him (stutter and all) near the middle of every episode. Gets downgraded to being a running gag as the series goes on though.
* OnlySaneWoman: Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle, undisputedly the most down to earth and reasonable character in both series, is also one of the few who isn’t fooled by Arkwright’s tactics.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Gastric, to the point his actual name hasn’t been revealed yet.
* OutGambitted: Only once. Arkwright tried to swindle a seemingly naïve Indian shopkeeper into buying useless wooden clothes horses. However, the man was revealed to be playing him and made the fact his shop still stocked wooden clothes horses a big part of his advertising, claiming he had the most traditional shop in all of Yorkshire. Arkwright was thus forced into buy several back.
* ThePollyanna: Mavis, while mocked by a lot of people for her low intelligence and optimism, is almost certainly is the most cheerful character in the series and overall is the most happy.


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* PositiveDiscrimination:
** Played mostly straight in the original series, with the only person to ever outsmart Arkwright being of Indian descent. But played with slightly, in that the man wasn’t presented as better than Arkwright, rather Arkwright was so used to dealing with idiots he slipped up dealing with a genuinely intelligent person for a change.
** Subverted in the revival. At first glance Cyril (who’s black) appears smarter than Eric and more sceptical towards Granville’s cons. However, he is truthfully just as gullible as Eric. Likewise he and Mrs. Hussain aren’t presented as overall any different from anyone else in the area.


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* TheScrooge:
** Arkwright’s love of money is practically an obsession; spending money not only causes him noticeable strain, at times it seems to make him physically ill and even he admits his products are notoriously overpriced. The one time he allowed a customer a refund spread through the community like wildfire and led to people believing he was going daft. It’s perhaps best demonstrated in one episode: while at a funeral for a friend, due to having no change he is forced to give up a pound to the collection. However, he honestly can’t stop himself from taking change moments later.
** Downplayed, with Granville in the revival. While he’s certainly picked up a lot of his uncle’s business sense and cunning, and has a reputation for being a cheapskate. He’s overall far more relaxed and generous than Arkwright ever was.


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* ThoseTwoGuys: Cyril and Eric in the revival. They are nearly always seen together and are each often part of the other’s hair brained schemes.


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* TookALevelInKindness: Mrs. Featherstone in the revival. While still a stern, unyielding, cold and terrifying woman, she is very much a member of the regular female ensemble and often hangs out with them. In the previous series she didn’t seem to like anyone, and was equally disliked in return.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Downplayed. Granville is certainly more manipulative and greedier in the revival. However, he is still considerably more cheerful and laid back than his uncle ever was.


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* WomenAreWiser: Played With. On average the women are brighter than men. However they are still just as easily duped and outsmarted by Arkwright and Granville, who in turn are presented as sharper and quicker than nearly everyone.
15th Dec '16 10:35:07 AM mlsmithca
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A late 1970s-mid 1980s sitcom by Roy Clarke (''LastOfTheSummerWine'', ''KeepingUpAppearances''). Along with ''{{Porridge}}'', it was based on one of the more successful items from a series of sitcom try-out pilots by Ronnie Barker called ''Seven of One''.

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A late 1970s-mid 1980s sitcom by Roy Clarke (''LastOfTheSummerWine'', ''KeepingUpAppearances''). (''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''). Along with ''{{Porridge}}'', ''Series/{{Porridge}}'', it was based on one of the more successful items from a series of sitcom try-out pilots by Ronnie Barker called ''Seven of One''.



Ronnie Barker played Arkwright (a very common remark is that it's hard to believe he was simultaneously playing the very different character of Fletcher in ''{{Porridge}}'') while Granville was one of the first major roles of a young David Jason (who also played the ''very'' old Blanco in Porridge!). Production was done on a very small budget, with the result that the vast majority of the show takes place on the same shop set - this arguably forced the programme to devote its full attention to the verbal comedy, which is often praised.

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Ronnie Barker played Arkwright (a very common remark is that it's hard to believe he was simultaneously playing the very different character of Fletcher in ''{{Porridge}}'') ''Series/{{Porridge}}'') while Granville was one of the first major roles of a young David Jason (who also played the ''very'' old Blanco in Porridge!). Production was done on a very small budget, with the result that the vast majority of the show takes place on the same shop set - this arguably forced the programme to devote its full attention to the verbal comedy, which is often praised.



* {{Expy}}: Kathy Staff's character Mrs Blewitt is, as the actress herself noted in a making-of documentary, essentially the same character as the one she plays in ''LastOfTheSummerWine'', Nora Batty (also written by Clarke).
** A reverse example - ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' got the character of Auntie Wainwright, who is an obvious gender-flipped expy of Arkwright (and note the similar name) but less sympathetic and with the 'sell anything to anyone' ability turned UpToEleven.
* FailureistheOnlyOption: The series is oddly depressing because of it.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Kathy Staff's character Mrs Blewitt is, as the actress herself noted in a making-of documentary, essentially the same character as the one she plays in ''LastOfTheSummerWine'', ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', Nora Batty (also written by Clarke).
** A reverse example - ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' got the character of Auntie Wainwright, who is an obvious gender-flipped expy of Arkwright (and note the similar name) but less sympathetic and with the 'sell anything to anyone' ability turned UpToEleven.
* FailureistheOnlyOption: The series is oddly depressing because of it.
UpToEleven.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The series is oddly depressing because of it.



* NotWhatItLooksLike: Mr Bristow's head is stuck in his helmet, so Granville bends him over the counter and Arkwright produces a large axe (intending to prise it off with the handle)...then one of his best customers walks in.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: NotWhatItLooksLike:
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Mr Bristow's head is stuck in his helmet, so Granville bends him over the counter and Arkwright produces a large axe (intending to prise it off with the handle)...then one of his best customers walks in.



* ReversePsychology: Arkwright gets rid of unwanted ginger cake by immediately announcing to customers as soon as they come through the door "I'm sorry, but I can only let you have one!" before implying they're an aphrodisiac.

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* ReversePsychology: ReversePsychology:
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Arkwright gets rid of unwanted ginger cake by immediately announcing to customers as soon as they come through the door "I'm sorry, but I can only let you have one!" before implying they're an aphrodisiac.



* RunningGag: The till's tight spring that snaps back as soon as money is put into it, nearly chopping off fingers as it does. (This was originally just a spring clip ''inside'' the till, but the gag evolved.) In later episodes this always dislodges a tin that's balanced on top of the till, but Arkwright usually manages to catch it in mid-air.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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The till's tight spring that snaps back as soon as money is put into it, nearly chopping off fingers as it does. (This was originally just a spring clip ''inside'' the till, but the gag evolved.) In later episodes this always dislodges a tin that's balanced on top of the till, but Arkwright usually manages to catch it in mid-air.



21st Sep '16 3:32:56 AM foxley
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* SquirrelsInMyPants: In episode 5 of ''Still Open All Hours'', Granville persuades Gastric to dress up in his great grandmother's wedding dress and pose as Old Mother Hemlock to help sell a load of herbal remedies. However, a mouse has taken up residence inside the dres which causes Gastric to go through some very odd gyrations, to the confusion of everyone watching.

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* SquirrelsInMyPants: In episode 5 of ''Still Open All Hours'', Granville persuades Gastric to dress up in his great grandmother's wedding dress and pose as Old Mother Hemlock to help sell a load of herbal remedies. However, a mouse has taken up residence inside the dres dress which causes Gastric to go through some very odd gyrations, to the confusion of everyone watching.
8th Jan '16 7:38:37 AM mlsmithca
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* ManipulativeBastard: Arkwright is highly skilled in conning people into buying useless junk, especially strangers or newcomers to the area. On one occasion he even manages to sell trayloads of groceries to a ''professional salesman'' - without, of course, ever buying any of the gentleman's products in turn.
** Grandville has clearly picked up a few tricks as he show in "Still Open All Hours."

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* ManipulativeBastard: ManipulativeBastard:
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Arkwright is highly skilled in conning people into buying useless junk, especially strangers or newcomers to the area. On one occasion he even manages to sell trayloads of groceries to a ''professional salesman'' - without, of course, ever buying any of the gentleman's products in turn.
** Grandville Granville has clearly picked up a few tricks tricks, as he show shows in "Still Open All Hours."
3rd Jan '16 1:32:37 PM MGD107
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** Grandville has clearly picked up a few tricks as he show in "Still Open All Hours."
13th Jul '15 6:30:20 PM foxley
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* DoesNotLikeMen: Mavis's sister Madge, whose failed relationships have embittered her on the entire male sex. Granville keeps attempting to set her up with Gastric in order to give himself a clear run at Mavis.
* DogWalksYou: A recurring gag involves a local man sticking his head into the shop but being yanked away by his massive dog before Granville can find out what it was he came in for.
21st Jun '15 11:17:28 PM foxley
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* DodgyToupee: One of the odd products Mark Williams salesman character attempts to peddle to Granville in ''Still Open All Hours'' is range of dodgy toupees for the customer too embarassed to consult a hair loss professional but who might impulse buy one at the counter of his local shop.
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