In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Only Fools and Horses creator/writer, John Sullivan, had some harsh words for the state of British comedy today. As creator of what has to be the most popular British comedy in the UK of all-time, Only Fools and Horses, which starred Nicholas Lyndhurst and David Jason, he has a very valid point.
With those thoughts in mind, Sullivan has come with an ingenious twist when the series returns to BBC One this coming Sunday evening….a prequel. Not that this is a new idea by any stretch but I can’t think of it as ever being done from a British comedy standpoint.
Set in 1960 on Orchard Street this new feature length comedy stars Lyndhurst as Freddie Robdal, the man long thought to be Rodney’s Dad. James Buckley stars as a young Del Boy.
In this BBC Interview, Nicholas Lyndhurst talks about his original hesitation in committing to the film, and his overall love for the series, the prequel and for Sullivan.
Personally, I have always been a big fan of Lyndhurst. In addition to OFAH, you might remember him as Geoffrey Palmer and Wendy Craig’s son, Adam, in Butterflies or in one of my favorite series, Goodnight Sweetheart as Gary Sparrow. Lyndhurst can now be seen on many public television stations in After You’ve Gone with the great Celia Imrie, known to public television audiences from a number of different appearances including Cranford, Agatha Christie: Poirot, Agatha Christie: Miss Marple and Upstairs/Downstairs.
Only Fools and Horses: Rock & Chips with Freddie headed for London in his 1959 Jaguar Mark 9 is set for premiere on Sunday, January 24 on BBC One.