David Jason Shines as Cockney

Sir David Jason has been persuaded by ITV bosses to return to his Cockney roots in a new drama film 'Come Rain Come Shine'

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Sir David Jason is to play a Cockney ex-docker in a new TV film.

The veteran actor - who is best known for playing wheeler-dealer Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in 'Only Fools and Horses' - has been persuaded by ITV bosses to return to his Cockney roots in the new drama 'Come Rain Come Shine', which deals with global financial issues.

Producer Jeff Hope said: "For obvious reasons David has been nervous of playing Cockney characters. But he felt the chance to say something about the kind of reckless reliance on credit, that has almost brought us to our knees, was too good to miss."

The 70-year-old star will play the character of Don, a former ship yard worker who is proud of his son David's successful career but whose own fantasy life is run on credit.

A show source told The Sun newspaper: "Initially blissfully ignorant of his son's problems, Don views David (Shaun Evans) through rose-tinted spectacles. He'll not have a bad word said about his son and is his constant champion... The film is basically a modern tale of how superficial life can be if you chase credit with no means to pay and no back up plan."

This will be the actor's first project since he finished the long-running ITV series of 'A Touch of Frost'.

Filming for the drama film will begin next month, with the programme set to air next year.

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