Worst & Best Open All Hours Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: UK Sitcom
Series: 4
Episodes: 25
First Transmission: 1976-1985
Channel: BBC

Open All Hours is a British television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke.

Arkwright runs a small grocer’s shop in Yorkshire. He is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew is his errand boy, who blames his mad work schedule for his lackluster social life. Across the road lives his fiancee, Nurse Gladys Emmanuel who cares for her elderly mother.

Ronnie Barker: Albert Arkwright
David Jason: Granville
Lynda Baron: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel


Best Episode ( S2 Ep2 )

The Reluctant Traveller – Arkwright decides to whisk Nurse Gladys off to a hotel. This leaves Granville in a position to woo the milk round lady, but Arkwright has booked himself and Nurse Gladys into a hotel just around the corner.

Imdb Score [8.1]



Worst Episode ( S3 Ep 3 )

Duet for Solo Bicycle – When a smartly-dressed man comes to the shop asking for directions, Arkwright is concerned that the love of his life is seeing someone else. Granville’s love life is also suffering. His bike has a squeak and unfortunately, it is the only thing that he can impress Wendy with.

Imdb Score – [7.4]



Full Episode List

Key:-  Blue highlighted episodes rated in the top half, brown highlighted episodes rated in the bottom half.


Season One

Full Of Mysterious Promise (1976)

A Mattress On Wheels (1976)

A Nice Cosy Little Disease (1976)

Beware Of The Dog (1976)

Well Catered Funeral (1976)

Apples and Self Service (1976)


Season Two

Laundry Blues (1981)

The Reluctant Traveller (1981)

Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls (1981)

The New Suit (1981)

Arkwright’s Mobile Store (1981)

Shedding At The Wedding (1981)

St. Albert’s Day (1981)


Season Three

An Errand Boy By The Ear (1982)

The Ginger Men (1982)

Duet For Solo Bicycle (1982)

How To Ignite Your Errand Boy (1982)

The Man From Down Under (1982)

The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid (1982)


Season Four

Soulmate Wanted (1985)

Horse-Trading (1985)

The Housekeeper Caper (1985)

The Errand Boy Executive (1985)

Happy Birthday Arkwright (1985)

The Mystical Boudoir Of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (1985)