Enjoy the Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch – but don’t expect any new episodes
The news about a new short Only Fools and Horses sketch for Sport Relief has been greeted with great excitement by fans of the show and in the media.
But I don’t expect it to lead to any other episodes. Here John Sullivan’s son Jim eloquently explains why: “Since Dad passed away back in April 2011 we have been asked a few times whether we’d be interested in writing any new material for Only Fools and we have always said no, our intention being to protect the work and not to attempt adding to it.
“However, Sport Relief being such a worthy cause, and with the opportunity to help raise a lot of money, we felt things were different this time, and we also knew that Dad would approve.
“So we put together a sketch, incorporating some of Dad’s old notes – bits of dialogue for the show that he never found a place for – and, thankfully, the response was positive and everyone got behind it.
“Working on the sketch has been a lot of fun, but also quite daunting. The characters are so well loved, but we do feel we know and care for them enough to give them back their voices just this once.
“And we would like to make it clear that it is just this once, and that we are not, and never have been, looking to write any new episodes. There was only ever one writer of Only Fools and Horses, and it is going to stay that way.”