Sir David Jason, 83, makes stance clear on potential Only Fools reboot after latest TV comeback

Sir David Jason, 83, makes stance clear on potential Only Fools reboot after latest TV comeback

WATCH NOW: Jay Blades lauds working with Sir David Jason in new Touring Toolshed series

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 30/01/2024

- 00:01

Updated: 30/01/2024

- 08:24

The 83-year-old has been back on screens in David & Jay's Touring Toolshed

Sir David Jason has addressed the possibility of making a new series of Only Fools and Horses two decades on from its final episode.

The iconic British comedy remains a timeless classic and as such, fans are always keen to know if they may see Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney back on-screen one day.

In the meantime, Jason - who recently recovered from a hip operation - has formed an all-new double act with The Repair Shop's Jay Blades in the BBC's hit new hobbyist show, David and Jay's Touring Toolshed.

The pair travel up and down the country meeting enthusiastic craftsmen and women from all areas of the crafting world, while providing their tips and tricks along the way.

BBC viewers have lauded the show since its debut last week due to Blades and Jason's chemistry - which resulted in a brilliant piece of TV when the latter jokingly stormed off during one demonstration.

But nevertheless, speculation over an Only Fools reboot remains and despite seeing success back on screens at 83, Jason isn't convinced a new series of the sitcom lies ahead.

Jay Blades and Nicholas Lyndhurst

Only Fools and Horses reboot: Jay Blades and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Del Boy and Rodney Trotter


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When the question arose during a joint interview with the pair, Blades was the first to chip in: "Oh, I’d love that. I want to be in it. I could be a long-lost nephew."

"You’d be long, long, long lost if you appeared in it," Jason quipped before he delved into why he felt it wouldn't happen.

He told Radio Times: "I’ve had offers over the years, but without John Sullivan [creator who died in 2011] it just wouldn’t work.

"He was a magician and could whip up humour out of virtually nothing – that was his genius. Without him, I don’t see it working, sadly."

Jay Blades and David Jason

David and Jay's Touring Toolshed: Jay Blades and David Jason get to work in the new BBC series


Jason's current stance is one he's stated before following the death of Sullivan 13 years ago.

While Jason has found a new TV gem in Touring Toolshed, his Only Fools screen partner Lyndhurst recently headed Stateside for his latest project.

Alongside Kelsey Grammer, Lyndhurst landed a leading role in the rebooted series of Frasier - released on Paramount+ in the UK.

Similar to Touring Toolshed, Frasier went down a hit with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, but Jason recently admitted he's still yet to watch it.

David Jason

Only Fools reboot: Sir David Jason isn't on-board with reviving the series


He wrote in a column for The Times earlier this month: "Winter evenings have us hunkering down in front of the fire and watching television.

"I haven’t seen the reboot of Frasier yet with Nick Lyndhurst, my old co-star from Only Fools and Horses, but I’m sure he will have done a great job."

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