Del and Rodney team up with David Beckham for a one-off special Only Fools and Horses sketch for Sport Relief.
Wheeler-dealers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter are to team up with David Beckham for a one-off special Only Fools and Horses sketch for Sport Relief.
The short sketch, which has already been filmed, will be screened as part of Sport Relief on March 21st.
The short sketch has been written by Jim Sullivan and Dan Sullivan which includes some previously unused material written by their father John Sullivan OBE, who created and wrote every episode of Only Fools and Horses.
I was on set for the filming of the sketch and although I can’t go into details about it at the moment – you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be writing more about it closer to transmission.
Jim Sullivan says: “David Beckham got in touch back in September last year saying he is a big fan of Only Fools and wondering if there was a possibility of doing something together for Sport Relief 2014.”
Jim said recently: “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.”