Sir David Jason speaks out on Fools and Horses remake, and The Royal Bodyguard

by Lynn Connolly

Sir David Jason has revealed that in his opinion, a US remake of classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses, in which he of course played Del Boy, is unlikely to do well given that the humour is distinctly British.

The veteran comic has also spoken out about his new venture, the rather spectacular flop, The Royal Bodyguard.

But first, speaking to the Daily Mirror about the rumoured American remake of Only Fools, Sir David said, “They can do brilliant comedy but I don’t see that they can bring off Fools and Horses…

“I don’t see that it will travel across the pond. The language will have to change so much and there will be so many parts of the storyline you have to change.

“It’s so London and so British in its humour that you wonder…

“I have no idea what the American equivalent of ‘plonker’ is, for example. Or ‘dipstick’.”

However, when asked who he’d like to see playing Del if the remake did happen, Sir David joked, “I’d go for Johnny Depp because he’s such a good actor!”

On now to what Sir David had to say in a recent interview with BBC News about why The Royal Bodyguard – which debuted over Christmas on BBC1 – has been such a failure, he said, “You can’t get it right all the time. We tried, we had a good go, we enjoyed doing it…

“And yeah, perhaps I think we didn’t quite bring it off and it came in for quite a lot of harsh criticism.

“But there you are – if you don’t put your head above the parapet you won’t get it shot off. You’ve got to do that occasionally.”

Sir David of course played Guy Hubble in The Royal Bodyguard, which concluded its first, and most likely, only, run on Monday night.

What do you think? Would a US remake of Fools work? And why was The Royal Bodyguard just so dang bad?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.