Nicholas Lyndhurst had doubts over Rock and Chips
Nicholas Lyndhurst has admitted he had doubts over the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock & Chips.
Nicholas Lyndhurst has admitted he had doubts over the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock & Chips. A one-off episode, set in the 1950s, aired earlier this year on BBC One and proved a hit with viewers. The corporation were quick to commission two further instalments of the spin-off owing to the success of the first episode. However, in an interview with TV Choice actor Nicholas Lyndhurst has admitted to doubts over taking a role in the prequel.
John Sullivan, who created Only Fools And Horses, has been talking about doing this prequel for about a decade,” he said. “I was always a little… not suspicious of it, but I just wanted to keep my distance from it for a while until I’d read the script. As soon as I read the first episode that was me on board. I didn’t want to do a prequel to Fools if it wasn’t excellent. I knew it would be but at the same time I thought, ‘Be a bit careful about going back to something’. But it is so different. If it had had the trappings of a sitcom I probably would have stayed away… But the fact that it’s all shot on film, it’s a lot of location shooting, and it’s period stuff as well, was the difference. This is a drama as far as I’m concerned. I think most of it is a drama with some funny things happening in it.” – Nicholas Lyndhurst in TV Choice magazine
Lyndhurst, if you need reminding, played the role of Rodney in Only Fools and Horses. An instalment of Rock & Chips will air on BBC One over the Christmas period.