David Jason wants new Only Fools and Horses series

Sir David Jason is keen to reprise his role as Derrick 'Del Boy' Trotter in a new 'Only Fools and Horses' series and has backed fans of the show to pressure the BBC into making more episodes of the sitcom

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Sir David Jason has urged 'Only Fools and Horses' fans to pressure the BBC into making a new series of the sitcom.

The 73-year-old star admits he would love to reprise his role as Derrick 'Del Boy' Trotter in the popular show and has called on its supporters to launch a social networking campaign to convince BBC bosses to bring the programme back for a new series.

He told the London Evening Standard newspaper: "Maybe, if [we] get enough tweets, we might be able to bring it back."

However, David admits finding someone to pen the episodes could be tough after the show's writer John Sullivan passed away in April 2011.

He added: "The trouble is it's the material we lack. We need John Sullivan."

John's sons Jim and Dan have managed to put together a script for an upcoming 'Only Fools and Horses' sketch for charity Sports Relief based on several unseen scripts their father wrote.

And the BBC has said there are "hundreds" of John's ideas about potential 'Only Fools' episodes.

One storyline idea John had before his death was to bring the comedy back for a one-off special focusing on Del Boy's 65th birthday - a potential episode David spoke to John about before his death.

He previously said: "The ironic story is that John and I had a meeting about three months before he died about a special 'Fools and Horses'.

"It was going to be Del's 65th birthday. We talked about it.

"But John's the magic man. He made the ammunition and we fired the bullets.

"It won't come back.

"There's no writer who is capable of taking the challenge."

'Only Fools and Horses' - which also starred Nicholas Lyndhurst as Del Boy's dopey brother Rodney Trotter - aired for seven series between 1981 and 1991 before returning for several special episodes until the final one, 'Sleepless in Peckham', in 2003.

In 1996, a Christmas special of 'Only Fools' pulled in an incredible audience of more than 24 million viewers, which is still a record for a British sitcom.

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