Sunderland Open All Hours star thrilled as show named best-watched

Open All Hours starring James Baxter, as Leroy, and Sir David Jason, as Granville. Picture: Gary Moyes.

Open All Hours starring James Baxter, as Leroy, and Sir David Jason, as Granville. Picture: Gary Moyes.

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MACKEM actor and Still Open All Hours star James Baxter is celebrating success after his TV show was named best watched programme over the Christmas period.

The remake of the beloved British sitcom Open All Hours netted a peak audience of 10 million when it aired on Boxing Day.

James, 23, of Barnes, said the ratings, which beat Coronation Street (7.91 million), Strictly Come Dancing (7.3 million) and Downton Abbey (6.59 million) took him by surprise, though he was expecting the programme, starring Sir David Jason, who reprised his role as Granville Arkwright, to attract a large audience.

 

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