Tessa Peake-Jones up for new Only Fools and Horses

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 December 2014
Tessa Peake-Jones with John Challis

Tessa Peake-Jones with John Challis

Actress Tessa Peake-Jones would be willing to star in a new episode of 'Only Fools and Horses' but thinks it's unlikely to happen due to the death of writer John Sullivan

Tessa Peake-Jones would be "up" for starring in a new episode of 'Only Fools and Horses'.

The 57-year-old actress played Del Boy Trotter's wife Raquel in the classic sitcom and admits she'd be interested in reprising her role if a script was written and thinks most of the surviving cast would be keen for a return as well.

But she insists everything would rest on whether David Jason - who played Del Boy - and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Rodney Trotter) wanted to do it.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, she said: "I think everyone would be up for it because we had such a brilliant time doing it. How lucky we were, a group of people that all got on very well making great comedy which pleased the audience. We would have loved to go on doing it forever but with all these things you just can't, especially for John Sullivan who was writing it, there is a point you can't keep going with new ideas ... But I'm sure everyone would look at a script, but it would depend on how David and Nick felt about it."

Although she'd love to step back inside Del and Raquel's Peckham flat one more time she thinks it's unlikely because writer John Sullivan has passed away and key cast members like Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger) and Roy Heather (Sid) are no longer with us.

Tessa - who most recently starred in 'Grantchester', which is out on DVD now - added: "There were talks a few years ago about John Sullivan being keen to bring it back for a Christmas special, I think actually he'd written some of it and then of course he died tragically. With that, I think the whole idea died but at one point it was on the cards. I don't think it'll happen now. Also more and more of the cast seem to be dying so we haven't got that many left now. Also there is something to be said for keeping it as it is ... If you bring anything back there's always a risk that it won't live up to expectations and all of us in that programme would be really upset if it didn't live up to expectations."

The last episode of 'Only Fools and Horses' - also starring John Challis as Boycie and Sue Holderness as his wife Marlene Boyce - was filmed in 2003 and this year a new short sketch featuring Del Boy, Rodney and David Beckham was screened as part of 'Comic Relief'.

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