David Jason on missing Only Fools and Horses

David Jason, who is best known to many TV fans as Derick “Del Boy” Trotter from John Sullivan’s brilliant BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has said that he misses the celebrated show terribly, and revealed that he isn’t in touch with his co-star from the show, Nicholas Lyndhurst, “as much as I would like.”

Jason, 82, played Del Boy on Only Fools and Horses between 1981 and 2003, the wheeling-dealing older brother of Rodney Trotter (Lyndhurst) in the sitcom which remains one of the most popular in the BBC’s history. The show ran for seven series until 1991 and then became a seasonal speciality for viewers most years, commanding audiences of 20 million viewers plus at its peak.

“I miss it terribly.” said David Jason speaking about his time on Only Fools and Horses to Radio Times.

Added the actor: “It wasn’t like going to work; it was going to have some fun with your mates. We loved each other.”

Jason, who has enjoyed a long-celebrated career in acting, including in Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost, admitted that although everyone had a great time on the set while making the show, he doesn’t see his co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst very often anymore.

“He’s much more – how can I say? – self-contained, perhaps, than he used to be. So, unfortunately, we don’t see each other as much as I would like to. But that’s how things work out sometimes,” said Jason.

Jason also admitted that from time to time, he still takes on the nation’s favourite comedy character.

“I do morph into Del sometimes to make people laugh. I enjoy it. I realise it’s a pretty low shot, but it makes life easier for me on occasion. When I meet people sometimes, they’re a bit stiff and awkward to get on with!”

Well, who wouldn’t want to be greeted by Del Boy?

Lovely jubbly.