Nicholas Lyndhurst has flattened any possibility of an Only Fools and Horses revival, because most of the key players in the classic BBC sitcom are no longer with us.
57-year-old Lyndhurst, who played Rodney to Sir David Jason’s wideboy wheeler dealer ‘Del Boy’ Trotter, also said that without writer John Sullivan, it could never happen.
“We can’t do any more. John was the driving force,” he told The Daily Mirror.
“We’ve also lost quite a few of the cast members now, [so] I don’t think I could do it. I certainly couldn’t do it without John.
“We can’t. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David [were] at funerals. We did make a pact to get out for a drink at some stage without planting somebody. We are still close.”
Over the years, many of the show’s stars have passed away.
The original Granddad, actor Lennard Pearce, died in 1984, while early series of the show were still airing, after which Buster Merryfield replaced him in 1985 (Merryfield then died in 1999).
Kenneth MacDonald, who played Mike, the landlord of the Nag’s Head, died in 2001, while writer Sullivan died in 2011.
More recently, Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger, died in 2014.
It comes after news that the block of flats used for exterior shots of Nelson Mandela House in the show is to be demolished.
Harlech Tower in Acton, West London (not Peckham, as depicted in the series), is to be levelled as part of a development that will regenerate the area with 3,500 new homes.
Jason called for the tower to be listed.
“Of course I think it should be a listed building. What a shame. But they are not going to listen to me are they?” he told The Sun.
Lyndhurst, meanwhile, is to star alongside Frasier star Kelsey Grammer in Man of La Mancha, a play at the London Coliseum starting in April.