Sir David Jason has revealed that David Beckham was the driving force behind Only Fools And Horses heading back to TV.

The actor who first played Del Boy in 1981 told the Michael McIntyre Chat Show about how the sitcom classic had returned for a Sport Relief special starring Becks, according to The Sun.

He said: “John Sullivan, the creator of it all, unfortunately died. As Nick Lyndhurst (Rodney) used to say, Sullivan made the ammunition, we just fired it. So when dear John died we thought that was the end of it.

“But what happened was they wanted to do something for Sport Relief and they got hold of David Beckham and asked would he do something and he of course said yes.

“During the conversation he said he’d always loved Only Fools And Horses and it would be great to do something with me and Nick.”

The short sketch that will be shown this week for the charity broadcast was created by John’s sons using notes that he had left.

Sir David said: “Once I read the script I said yes I would do it. There was so much of Sullivan and so much of the original Fools And Horses in it that I said yes let’s do it.

“When I got together with Nick for the first run-through it came back like that.”

The sketch will be shown on Friday on BBC One as part of the Sport Relief show.

 

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