Stars have been paying tribute to and marking the passing of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ creator John Sullivan.
The legendary scriptwriter died in a Surrey hospital on Saturday, aged 64, after a six-week battle with viral pneumonia.
Sir David Jason, who played Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the BBC comedy yesterday told The Sun: “We have lost our greatest comedy writer but he leaves us a great legacy, the gift of laughter.”
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Sir David Jason – star of Only Fools and Horses and Frost – has been revealing that he and Only Fools writer, John Sullivan, didn’t always agree about what made for good comedy.
Speaking to the PA, Sir David told how in one instance, the lines for his character Del didn’t make any sense and therefore, weren’t funny, but Sullivan insisted Jason deliver them.
Sir David said, “I had to say to Rodney or somebody, ‘I was so worried that my old April was pouting like a guddun’
“I said to John Sullivan, ‘what is that?’ He said ‘it’s modern day Cockney rhyming slang’.
“So I said ‘what does it mean?’ He said ‘well, my old April, April in Paris, Harris, Aristotle, Bottle, Bottle and Glass, A**e…’ Read more & comment »
The BBC has announced that it has commissioned a new comedy which will feature Del Boy Trotter as a teenager.
The 90-minute show, Sex, Drugs And Rock ‘n’ Chips, will be all about the adventures of the Trotter family in the ‘60s and most especially about Del’s teenage years. It’ll also feature younger versions of some of Only Fools best loved characters such as Boycie, Trig and Denzil.
The new show is written by Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan who said of the new programme, “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Chips will be set in the real Sixties, before The Beatles and Mary Quant made London the coolest place on the planet.
“The drama will feature south London at its least glamorous, where money was scarce, the staple diet was rock salmon and chips, and the flicks offer the only hint of glamour… Read more & comment »