In an interview with The Times, Only Fools & Horses star David Jason suggested the show could return next year with a script based on an original idea by the late John Sullivan.
There aren’t enough words to describe how awful an idea this is.
Only Fools & Horses was a fantastic series which earned itself a place in the nation’s hearts, ending on a high note in 1996 with the heartwarming Time on Our Hands which fulfilled Del’s oft-made promise that he and brother Rodney would end up millionaires.
The audience loved it, 15 years of heartache, laughs and adventures were wrapped up with a blinder of a finale which remains a landmark in event TV.
But for some reason the BBC, the cast and show creator John Sullivan just couldn’t leave it there.
Five years later the perfect ending was ripped away from both viewers and the Trotters who found themselves penniless, the butt of everyone’s joke and back in Nelson Mandela House. Impoverishing the Trotters was apparently much easier than taking their story forwards.
Since then we’ve had two further trips to Trotter-land – The Green, Green Grass and Rock & Chips, both of which were serviceable but neither of which really recaptured the spark of Only Fools.
Undeterred, and still clearly unaware of when to leave things be, the unimaginative souls at the BBC are busy digging up the original show’s corpse so that they can give it another flogging.
Lord help us all.
Unless this new ‘special’ undoes the vandalism of the 2001-2003 trilogy and gives the characters the dignified pasturing they deserve, why not just leave things be and spend the money on developing new shows instead?