Entertainment Only Fools and Horses: The other show Lennard Pearce and David Jason starred in together 15 years before being cast as Grandad and Del Boy
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Sir David ruled out a comeback in a recent interview Though the two key actors who most made Only Fools the comedy juggernaut that it is are still around, in David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, it doesn't look like another reunion episode will ever happen, with Del Boy actor David, 82, ruling out a return.
It’s been over 40 years since we were introduced to the characters of Grandad and Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the most iconic sitcom to ever grace British television screens - Only Fools and Horses. The show aired for more than 20 years, and while two decades have gone by since it ended, it’s still one of the most talked about and referenced shows in the country.
While the cast was full of memorable names and faces, many of whom had already built up a strong acting portfolio before even starting their new roles in thecomedy, very few stood out like Grandad actor Lennard Pearce and actor David Jason.
David for one cemented himself as one of Britain’s most beloved television personalities with his cockney one-liners and catchphrases while playing Del, the dodgy dealer from Peckham. Lennard, meanwhile, reached the pinnacle of his long acting career, playing the role of Del and Rodney’s dim-witted grandfather.
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The BBC were clearly confident the episodes would be a successThe BBC announced the re-boot after a five-year hiatus and continued the story of what happened after the Trotters became rich in Time on Our Hands. Sir David Jason revived his role as Del Boy Trotter, as Nicholas Lyndhurst returned as his younger brother Rodney, and the actors raked in a lot of cash for the trio of episodes.
Unfortunately, Lennard’s spell in the show only lasted three years, as he passed away in December 1984 at the age of 69. David of course remained throughout the entire course of the show, which ended in 2003.
Although many of the cast had only met each other for the first time in 1981 when the show first brought them together, Lennard and David had actually been previously acquainted with one another some 15 years earlier.
They first met in 1966 behind the curtain of the threatre show ‘The Rivals’, amusical written by 18th-century Irish political satirist Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The play was being performed at a theatre in Bromley, South London, with both actors scoring roles in the show.
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Between 1991 and 2003, there were six actors who portrayed the 'devil child' Damien Trotter in the BBC sitcomHooky dealer Del (David Jason) always looked at his son like a chip off the old block and a complete angel, but in Rodney's (Nicholas Lyndhurst) eyes, his nephew was the Antichrist. Although teenage Damien became a savior to his uncle Rodney after he placed Cassandra's birth control pills inside Uncle Albert's urn and the pair consequently became parents to baby Joan in the final Only Fools and Horses episode in 2003.
Lennard, already a well-established actor at this point, had been cast in the lead role of Sir Lucius O'Trigger. Meanwhile David, who was still in his mid-20s and was not as well known back then, took a much smaller role.
When the two actors reunited in 1981, they initially did not remember meeting each other before, and continued to introduce themselves as strangers. It was only when they got talking that they realised they had met before.
In his autobiography David Jason: My Life, the Del Boy actor said: “We only worked that out much later, when we started to reminisce.”
Likewise, David also later realised that he’d met Rodney Trotter star Nicholas Lyndhurst before as well. They met in 1975 when Nicholas was still a teenager. He’d been working for a children's TV show in which the kids would interview celebrities, and David had turned up to speak about his role in thesitcom Lucky Feller.
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The two actors played mother and son in the Heroes and Villains episode of the BBC sitcomDespite finding their fortune and then losing it again, the couple never married but they did go to live happily ever after in Peckham along with their son Damien.
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