ABC, the Network giants behind the US remake of classic Brit sitcom, Only Fools And Horses, have reached out to fans to help name the new show.
In a post on the Modern Family page on the social networking site, Facebook, fans were asked to vote on two possible names for the remake, with the choices being Only Fools and Kings of Van Nuys.
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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… Read more & comment »
The BBC’s new sitcom The Royal Bodyguard – which of course stars Sir David Jason – is officially a royal sized flop.
When the first episode aired on Boxing Day, viewers slated it, saying that it was unfunny and a waste of Sir David’s comedic talent.
That debut episode was watched by around 8million of us, but when the second episode aired on Monday night, just 4.8million viewers stuck around to see what happened next.
Sir David, who plays the sitcom’s main protagonist Guy Hubble, is of course only used to TV success, given his previous roles in Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost, both of which were loved by viewers and critics alike… Read more & comment »
The BBC has been deluged with complaints from viewers who had been eagerly awaiting the return of Sir David Jason to our screens in The Royal Bodyguard.
And the complaints – which were primarily voiced via internet forums – boiled down to the point that the show was pretty dire. And it was, as much as I hate to criticise anything that Sir David stars in.
However, the fact remains that it was barely chuckle worthy, and lacked any laugh-out-loud moments of any sort. Add to that a plotline that was utterly ridiculous, and acting more wooden than Pinocchio, it was rather much a let down.
Airing on Boxing Day, the debut episode was slammed by Twitter users, with one poster commenting that the show was, “about as funny as a bad case of the Trotters”.
Another viewer tweeted, “This has to be the worst programme on TV this Christmas…” Read more & comment »
Sir David Jason – who is starring this Christmas in new BBC comedy, The Royal Bodyguard – has said that he believes Germany is trying to run Europe as a “Fourth Reich.”
He also said that he feels Britain is becoming a “satellite” country which is at the mercy of Brussels.
According to the Sun, Sir David made his remarks during an interview with a magazine.
He said, “The irony is that here we are, the world has changed, and the Germans want to run Europe.
“They failed to do it by war, twice. What is it? Is this the Fourth Reich?”
And though his remarks are of course controversial, Sir David went on to say that he believes his opinions reflect what Britons are thinking in light of a recent poll that put the Conservatives 6% ahead of Labour regarding the Tories’ stance on the Eurozone treaty.
Sir David added, “We have more and more rules coming out of Europe telling us what to do, and I think people are getting a bit fed up with it… Read more & comment »
Sir David Jason, who of course starred in iconic comedy Only Fools and Horses, has slammed modern sitcoms and comedians for relying heavily on offensive jokes rather than good, old fashioned humour.
Sir David – who’s also starring in Christmas comedy, The Royal Bodyguard, and formerly starred in A Touch of Frost – told the Radio Times, “The trouble is now we have stand-up comedians who have forgotten about innuendo.
“In music hall days, and especially at the BBC, you were never allowed swear words so they came up with brilliant wheezes in Beyond Our Ken, The Goon Show and Round The Horne — ‘Hello, I’m Jules and this is my friend Sandy’.
“Everyone knew what it was about and the audience filled in the gaps.”
He also said that swearing has become too “commonplace” in our TV shows… Read more & comment »
What’s On TV today reveals that Sir David Jason is poised to star in a new BBC comedy, ‘The Royal Bodyguard.’
The new show marks the legendary actor’s first return to comedy since ‘Only Fools and Horses’ ended some twenty years ago.
The series focuses on a “lifelong soldier” who’s appointed head of Royal security, however, he finds he’s totally out of his depth in the job, having only previously worked as an attendant in the car park at Buckingham Palace.
WOTV goes on to state, “Now the fate of the Royal Family is in the hands of this walking disaster as he supervises security arrangements for all their engagements.”
Sir David said of the new role, “I am really looking forward to working with the very talented producer Jimmy Mulville, and working on a great comedy project with the BBC… Read more & comment »
Sir David Jason has admitted that he finds adding another award to his huge coleection “embarrassing”.
The veteran actor picked up the gong for Outstanding Drama Performance for his role in ITV1′s ‘A Touch of Frost’ at the National Television Awards (NTAs) last night (26.01.11), and revealed he plans to put the award in his trophy room with all his other prizes.
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Sir David Jason has revealed that he “squirmed” when watching himself on-screen during filming for his upcoming documentary, The Show Must Go On.
The channel Five production sees Sir David revisiting the “world of amateur dramatics” which he himself was a part of before he achieved fame.
The one-off documentary features Sir David following the progress of the Argosy Players in Ickenham when they’re given three weeks to stage a production in the West End stage.
He said of watching himself in the film, “I find it difficult to journey into sort of being more or less myself and it doesn’t sit comfortably.
“Of course I’ve seen the show, but sitting there watching yourself does make you squirm a bit… Read more & comment »
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 »
I don’t like change. Never have, never will, and though I’ve never been a regular viewer of A Touch of Frost, I liked knowing it was there.
As police dramas go, Frost has always been the comfort blanket of the genre; it’s never been grittily realistic but nor has it been lamely unrealistic or Victoriana. It’s the Goldilocks’ porridge of the type, and just right.
And David Jason brought a savoir faire and a certain je ne sais quoi to the role that’s almost certainly unique to him, but I’ve never quite been able to detach him from Del Boy… Read more & comment »
Sir David Jason has blasted the BBC, saying that they have expanded too far and have lost focus on making quality TV shows.
The former Only Fools and Horses star was speaking at the launch of his Channel Five show ‘The Show Must Go On’ and he has supported BBC plans to axe two radio stations and halve online output.
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