Only Fools and Horses: Del Boy and Rodney are Batman and Robin

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David Jason, 82, is best known for his iconic role as market trader Del Boy Trotter in the beloved BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. The comedy ran from 1981 until 2003 and still holds a special place in David’s heart.

In a new interview, the actor admitted that he misses the show “terribly”.

Looking back, he said fondly: “It wasn’t like going to work; it was going to have some fun with your mates. We loved each other.”

David starred alongside the likes of Lennard Pearce as Grandad, Tessa Peake-Jones as Del Boy’s partner Raquel and Nicholas Lyndhurst who played Del Boy’s brother Rodney.

Continuing to Radio Times, David opened up about how his friendship with Nicholas, 61, has changed over the years and admitted that he doesn’t see him as often as he would like.

David explained: “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.”

Nevertheless, David revealed that he hasn’t left Del Boy behind just yet, even after 21 years since the sitcom ended.

He confirmed that he still owns his iconic character’s leather bomber jacket, which he still pairs with a pullover and tweed flat cap. 

The multi-BAFTA winner also explained that he still uses his character as an ice-breaker when meeting new people.

He confessed to the publication: “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!” 

David’s comments come after he admitted that he “finds it difficult” to believe that Del Boy and Only Fools and Horses have become “so beloved”.

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He also said, when writing in his Letter To My Younger Self for Big Issue, that the amount of love the series has received makes him “a bit humbled”.

He wrote: “One gets a bit humbled by it because one has affected so many people and so many people’s lives.

“But I was very fortunate with a great team around me and loved every minute of it.

“That enjoyment, that love of doing what I love doing, the joy I had from being an amateur on stage is still there – and I just think some of it spilled out onto the television screens and into the homes of so many people.

“I’m delighted to be able to say that.”

David is currently promoting his latest book, The Twelve Dels of Christmas, which is his fourth memoir.

The book celebrates the festive specials of Only Fools and Horses and includes comical stories from the set and David’s life in general.

The Twelve Dels of Christmas: My Festive Tales from Life and Only Fools is available to buy now. 

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