Sir David Jason has confirmed an Only Fools and Horses official documentary will be filmed
Jason will front a TV special, which looks back at the popular BBC Sitcom
Sir David Jason will be taking a look at his long and illustrious career, with two documentaries set to be produced. One of which will focus on his years as Peckham market trader, Derek Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.
The comedy icon explained that it is time to “give an accurate insight into how the show was put together”.
Sir David, 76, will head a five-part special titled: The Story Of Only Fools And Horses. This is In addition to David Jason: My Life On Screen, a three-part series revisiting his phenomenal career.
He said: “It has taken a lot of persuasion for me to take part in an official documentary about Only Fools And Horses.
“But, as time has gone on, it seems to have been imprinted in television history and I thought it was only right that I tried to give an accurate insight into how the show was put together.
“In doing so, I hope we can create a definitive programme which appeals to the many fans which have been the stalwarts of the show and are growing with the next generation. It should be fun!”
The Only Fools and Horses production is billed as a definitive look-back at the British comedy favourite.
The sitcom centred around market trader Del Boy, his brother Rodney and their grandfather. Grandad’s character was later replaced by Buster Merryfield however, who played the brother’s Uncle Albert, after actor Lennard Pearce sadly passed away.
The popular series ran from 1981 until 1993, with special feature-length episodes adding to the show.
My Life On Screen will see Sir David, for the first time, speak openly about his life as an actor, his experiences and those who inspired him.
Sir David, whose other TV success stories include A Touch Of Frost, said: “As my life on screen has now gathered variety and quantity, I am hoping that I can offer a documentary which gives the audience an accurate range of my work.
“Fingers crossed, it should make for an enjoyable programme to reflect the enjoyment I’ve had in making each and every show.”
The TV tributes to the acting veteran have been commissioned by multi-channel broadcaster UKTV and will air on Gold to celebrate the channel’s 25th anniversary this year. Gold frequently airs episodes of Only Fools and Horses, with Christmas Day reserved for the show to play in bulk.
Steve North, general manager of the comedy channel, said: “I am so excited to be working with Sir David Jason to help celebrate Gold’s 25th birthday this year, and really delve into one of the most loved shows and actors on the channel.”
He added viewers will get “a real treat from both series, and I personally can’t wait to get to know more about the man behind some of our best performing comedies.”
h/t The Irish News