David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst 'drift apart'
Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst have drifted apart in recent years.
The pair are best known for portraying hooky market trader brothers Derek 'Del Boy' and Rodney Trotter in classic sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses', but away from Nelson Mandela House, David has admitted he and Nicholas don't see each other "as much as I would like".
He said: "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."
The pair last starred as the wheeler-dealer siblings in 2003 Christmas special episode 'Sleepless in Peckham', and David admits he misses the show - widely regarded as one of the best British comedies of all time - "terribly".
He said: "I miss it terribly. It wasn’t like going to work; it was going to have some fun with your mates. We loved each other."
But David still transforms into Del Boy - who was known for dodgy deals and coming up with some mesmerising French phrases - in his private life at times, to make people laugh.
He added to Radio Times magazine: "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!"
In January, David admitted he would love another crack at playing Del Boy.
He said: "I’ve always loved Del Boy, who is such a wonderful loser. I would love to revisit him, I need someone to write me a script."
The first 'Only Fools' episode, 'Big Brother', aired in September 1981, and the show went on to run for seven series and numerous specials until the final episode in 2003.