Sir David Jason is to make his first comedy series for the BBC since the end of Only Fools and Horses 20 years ago.

Sir David will star in The Royal Bodyguard, a series about a lifelong soldier who is put in charge of Royal security. Trouble is, he is totally out of his depth as he previously worked in the Buckingham Palace car park and only got the job through a misunderstanding.

Now the fate of the Royal Family is in the hands of this walking disaster as he supervises security arrangements for all their engagements.

Sir David said: “I am really looking forward to working with the very talented producer Jimmy Mulville, and working on a great comedy project with the BBC. It will be good to have a laugh again!”

Hat Trick Productions‘ Jimmy Mulville said: “When Cheryl Taylor got behind this brilliant script by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni (The Worst Week Of My Life, Armstrong and Miller) and Danny Cohen suggested David Jason for the starring role, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!”

The Royal Bodyguard will be made by Hat Trick (Father Ted, The Kumars, Have I Got News For You?) and will go into production in July.