David Jason slams BBC over ratings 'obsession'
Sir David Jason has hit out at the BBC for being "obsessed" with ratings rather than giving new shows time to improve
Sir David Jason has slammed the BBC for being "obsessed" with ratings rather than entertaining.
The 'Only Fools and Horses' star - whose comedy 'The Royal Bodyguard' was axed by the BBC last year after just one series - claims the corporation is too fixated with competing against rival channels rather than giving some of its new shows time to improve.
He said: "I think that's very true. We live in such a different, competitive world. But if the BBC nursed shows occasionally like in the past, they would occasionally win.
"I think they've got slightly obsessed with competing and not thinking about entertaining, which is their main priority.
"The BBC is supposed to be the bastion of good taste, good humour, information. It seems to be losing a bit of that attitude.
"Maybe viewers will go down a bit [if the BBC pursues new programmes], but they will bounce up in my estimation because what they're forgetting about is that people still talk, or they'll tweet or whatever.
"They will still go, 'Did you see that programme last night?' And you'll either go, 'No I was watching the news,' or something. But eventually you'll go, 'You missed a great show last night.' "
Despite the 73-year-old actor's comments, he will appear on BBC One later this year when he reprises his role as Granville in a Christmas special of legendary sitcom 'Open All Hours', and he is keen to star in a full series if the one-off festive episode is deemed a success.
He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "If it works to the need for the BBC to think the audience would love it I'd certainly do that."