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Only Fools and Horses’ Boycie (played by John Challis) is back in a brand new documentary travelogue Boycie in Belgrade, where the actor investigates why the BBC series is so popular in Serbia. The hit comedy came to an end with a Christmas special in 2003 and fans are desperate for the series to return but will Boycie and Del Trotter (David Jason) reunite on screen?
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, John addressed whether Only Fools and Horses could return for a Christmas special.
“I doubt it,” John replied. “Because the main problem is our writer, John Sullivan, who wrote the whole show passed away in 2011.”
“And I think it’s very difficult to go forward from there and a lot of the cast are missing now, unfortunately,” he continued.
“We’re all very old which is part of the problem, everyone says, ‘Oh no, everybody will is very odd, Boycie will have a Zimmer frame.
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“But it just needs a really great script and then we’d also consider it and decide if we could do it or not.
The actor pointed out the cast’s concerns that potential future episodes may not be as good as the original series.
“But we’re very jealous of the legacy that Only Fools and Horses has and how much it meant to be people,” he said.
“So we were a bit wary of doing something that might not be as good or that might not do so well for people.
“Life has moved on, I mean it was at its height really in the 80s.
“That’s some time ago now if you think about it, over 30 years and of course it’s the 40th anniversary this year that’s a hell of a long time ago.”
The Only Fools and Horses star spoke to Express.co.uk ahead of the release of Boycie in Belgrade.
In the documentary travelogue, John travels to Belgrade to find out why the classic British sitcom is such a hit in Serbia.
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The car dealer takes viewers on a tour of the city and visits everywhere from a royal palace to a brandy distillery.
John even features in a Serbian TV sitcom and lists a car dealership in true Boycie style.
Discussing how the series came about, John said: “I had written my autobiography and I was signing copies on it and a Serbian television crew turned up.
“They told me how popular the show was over there and would I come out and appear on the big chat show that they’ve got out there because Boycie would be very popular and millions of people will want to watch you.”
“I thought, ‘This has got to be a wind up’ but in fact it was true and they flew me out there,” he added.
“That seemed to go down terribly well and I suddenly got a view of how popular it was out there and it began to sort of interest me why is Only Fools and Horses so popular?
“They’ve just latched on to the characters and to Dell Boy and this entrepreneur character who is desperately trying to make a living like everybody else.
“But they love the fact that Dell Boy kept getting doing the wrong things, getting knocked down getting up and getting up again and they really identified.”
Boycie in Belgrade is released on DVD and digital on Monday 14th June.
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