Nicholas Lyndhurst reluctant to make Only Fools and Horses doc

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 March 2017
Nicholas, Lucy and son Archie

Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and their son Archie Lyndhurst at National Film Awards

British star Nicholas Lyndhurst has confessed he was reluctant to make an 'Only Fools and Horses' documentary because he hates being himself on camera

Nicholas Lyndhurst was initially reluctant to make the forthcoming 'Only Fools and Horses' documentary.

The 55-year-old actor, who played Del Boy's plonker brother Rodney Trotter in the long-running sitcom, has been grilled about his time on the beloved comedy but admitted he accepted the project despite his "better judgement" because he doesn't like being himself in front of the camera.

Speaking to Bang Showbiz at the National Film Awards on Wednesday (29.03.17) at London's Porchester Hall, he said: "I am involved in it much against my better judgement because I don't like talking to cameras, sorry. I'm good at pretending to be someone else. But yes, it is a very comprehensive documentary of the entire show."

'Only Fools and Horses' ran for seven series from 1981 to December 2003 and starred Sir David Jason as the cockney market trader who was always hopeful he'd become a millionaire "this time next year".

There were 19 festive episodes, including 1996's 'Time on Our Hands' - which pulled in a sitcom record 24.3 million viewers - and 'Only Fools' spawned two spin-off series.

Nicholas returned for the prequel Rock & Chips' and starred as Rodney's biological father Freddie "The Frog" Robdal, and characters Boycie and Marlene (John Challis and Sue Holderness) were revived in 'The Green Green Grass' about their new life in the countryside.

Nicholas admitted that the cast still enjoy watching old episodes thanks to the writing talent of creator John Sullivan and said the documentary won't throw up any surprises but there will be a lot for fans to "appreciate".

He added: "There can't be many surprises, we always watch the show and we always find something to appreciate and something else to see that we didn't see before, because that's the genius of John Sullivan."

And though there were rumours the series could make a one-off return, talk went quiet after John passed away aged 64 in April 2011.

Meanwhile, Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Del Boy's partner Raquel, recently admitted she cannot see the show - which also starred Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert, and Lennard Pearce as Granddad - coming back.

She said: "The show's legacy is remarkable but it was John's baby.

"He was the most amazing writer. I can't see it coming back."

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