Sir David Jason opens up on post-operation 'trouble' as actor delivers health update upon TV return

Sir David Jason opens up on post-operation 'trouble' as actor delivers health update upon TV return

WATCH NOW: Sir David Jason throws away crutches after major surgery

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 15/11/2023

- 13:14

The Only Fools and Horses star is back in the limelight

Sir David Jason, 83, has returned to the small screen to deliver a health update following a hip operation earlier this year.

However, while Jason revealed he's on the mend and doing well, he's encountered some "trouble" since his hospital stint.

News that Jason would require an operation emerged earlier this year after the actor was forced to cancel upcoming appearances at an Only Fools fan convention.

He teased at the time it was "to have a bionic part fitted" but has since revealed it was an operation regarding his hip.

Jason's recovery journey has seemingly gone as planned with the Only Fools star showing off his nimbleness in a new social media post earlier this month in which he threw away his crutches.

In his first televised interview since, Jason was asked: "I have to ask you, how are you doing?

Sir David Jason

Sir David Jason has opened up about his operation in his first televised interview since


"You had your hip operation and we saw - it went viral - you throwing your crutches away. Are you okay? Are you on the mend?"

"Yeah I am," Jason replied before he delved into the less-than-positive aspects of his recovery.

He explained: "I'm having a little trouble getting the muscles back because I was so infirm for two or three weeks as it were.

"I wasn't using the legs at all so that's where I'm at now," he added before insisting: "I'm getting it back!

"I'm doing some exercises and working on it - but the hip itself is wonderful," he told Lorraine Kelly.

And Jason is showing no signs of slowing down post-op, with his new book hitting shelves, a promise to return to the Only Fools fan conventions in 2024, and a new TV show in the pipeline.

He's teamed up with The Repair Shop fan-favourite Jay Blades for a new show on the BBC titled Touring Toolshed.

According to the Beeb, Jason and Blades' new show "will see the duo attend a craft, hobby or engineering fair, meet enthusiasts, tinkerers and crafters and call in some talented experts to help fix their problem projects".

Sir David Jason

Sir David Jason underwent an operation earlier this year


It adds: "They’ll also be heading out into the surrounding areas to meet the people whose incredible hobbies have taken over their whole life."

Speaking back in June when the show was commissioned, Jason said: "It’s great to be back on the nation’s TV screens doing something totally different.

"I’ve played a lot of roles in my time but, to be myself, show off my creative passion and help the wonderful people we meet along the way resolve their mechanical masterpiece issues is very rewarding.

"I’ve really enjoyed being on the road with Jay where we have built up a great friendship and had a lot of fun which I hope the viewers will enjoy watching when it airs."

Jason's new TV show is set to air in 2024 and will be available to stream online.

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