David Jason urges TV bosses to be patient in search for next Only Fools And Horses

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Sir David Jason has some advice for TV bosses credit:Bang Showbiz
Sir David Jason has some advice for TV bosses credit:Bang Showbiz

Sir David Jason thinks TV bosses need to be more patient to find the next 'Only Fools And Horses'.

The 82-year-old star - who played Del Boy in the classic sitcom - has insisted new shows should be given more time to grow and develop before bosses decided to axe them.

As quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper, he told fans at a convention: "It was not greeted well.

"With comedy you have to give it time to breathe, so the audience can learn about the characters.

"We got another series and even given the chance to keep improving. They don't want to do that these days, they just want the audience figures."

Meanwhile, David also noted that the show's creator John Sullivan had to cut hours of jokes from the script before they even started filming the first series.

As reported by The Sun newspaper's TV Biz column, he added: "I said, 'This is ridiculous. We are cutting and throwing away more funny material than most of the other comedy shows have got in their whole show.'

"It was gold dust and it was so funny but we were just throwing it away.

"We were told that situation comedies had to be 30 minutes... we said, 'But this is Fools And Horses'. So that is the way we got it back to 40 minutes and then we had 50 minutes, then an hour."

Earlier this year, Michael Fenton Stevens - who appeared as a holiday rep in 1989 episode 'The Unlucky Winner Is...' - opened up on the hours of unheard material which could be lost forever.

He said: "Every half hour script has 10 minutes of material which was cut.

“If you can find the original scripts from before they were printed to be used in the studio, if you can get them from when he was writing – and they must be somewhere, his family must have them on record - I think it would be brilliant to read through all those bits that were cut.

"I don’t remember there being anything in it that was worth cutting, we just cut it because we had to, which was a shame.”

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