Sir David Jason has told the BBC that he doesn’t think plans to bring an Only Fools and Horses remake to US screens will work.
The 71-year-old, who played ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the original comedy sitcom, said that the difference in humour would work against it.
“They can do brilliant comedy [in America] but I don’t see that they can bring off Fools and Horses,” he said of ABC’s plan to make a pilot of the show.
“I don’t see that it will travel across the pond.”
Only Fools and Horses, which ran on UK screens from 1981 to 2003 and regularly tops polls as the UK’s greatest ever sitcom, detailed the exploits of the hapless wheeler-dealer Del Boy and his younger brother Rodney.
Sir David said the remake “might work” but that producers would have “to change it so much that, in the change, in order to Americanise it, do you lose the whole concept of the piece?”
“The language will have to change so much and there will be so many parts of the storyline you have to change,” he continued.
“It’s so London and so British, [in] its humour, that you wonder. It’s London based and it took quite a long time for the rest of the country to catch up with the phrases.
“I have no idea what the American equivalent of ‘plonker’ is, for example. Or ‘dipstick’.”
The 1996 Christmas special of Only Fools and Horses was seen by more than 24 million people, making it one of the most-watched programmes in the history of British TV.