Only Fools and Horses fans will be delighted to know that the original cast will be reuniting on screen for the very first time in 15 years. It’s been a long time coming for die-hard fanatics of the comedy series and what everyone wants to know is – when’s it happening?
According to reports, the big reunion will be occurring next week, so there’s really not much time to wait. A source claimed that the occasion “will be a must-watch for Only Fools fans.”
61-year-old Tessa Peake-Jones and 58-year-old Gwyneth Strong are the two characters making the big comeback and haven’t appeared on screen together since the series came to an end back in 2003.
Tessa played the role of Raquel – Del Boy’s girlfriend, while Gwyneth played the role of Cassandra who went on to marry Rodney. The pair were always aiming to keep the two boys on the right path but always seemed to fail as their quick-rich schemes always landed them in a whole heap of trouble.
The two actresses are set to appear on ITV’s Loose Women, as part of their upcoming ‘retro week’, which will occur from Monday onwards.
When Only Fools and Horses came to an end, Tessa went on to appear in Midsomer Murders, Granchester, Silent Witness and Eastenders.
Is Only Fools and Horses set to have a huge comeback?
It’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing a new full-length series in the pipeline, as the show’s original writer John Sullivan tragically passed away in 2011, however, David Jason once claimed that if the show were to ever come back, Del Boy and Rodney would certainly try and earn every penny they could out of Brexit.
In an interview with The Sun, David said: ‘When it comes to Brexit Del would just think, “We’ll earn out of this Rodders’. One day he’s be flogging something to people who want to leave and then the next day he’d be flogging something to people who want to stay. For him, he would find out a way to use it.
‘The big political question about staying or leaving wouldn’t interest him, he would just be thinking, “How do we earn out of this Rodders?”.’
Despite David Jason’s big hope that one day the show may come back, he added that it just wouldn’t be appropriate.
“We can’t do Fools and Horses again as the writers are not there. It will never happen. It ended on a high.” he said. “When we did Fools and Horses we just had a writer who just wrote and that was his craft and he handed it onto us. ‘We were very fortunate that we were doing a TV show that was written by such a talented man.”
Only Fools and Horses hits the West End!
While a series seems to have been ruled out for the near future, an upcoming West-End production of Only Fools is now in production.
Paul Whitehouse who recently wrote the stage version of the show told the Mirror: “This was the last project that John Sullivan was working on when he died – he was just starting to develop Only Fools as a musical – so when writing it, Jim and I have remained very faithful to the feel and scripts of the TV series, but also highlight some contemporary issues. So it is not just a trip down memory lane. ‘
“We’re very conscious of the Only Fools legacy and that it’s so fondly remembered by people of almost all ages, so we’ve tried to incorporate everyone’s favourite moments from the TV shows and of course, all the great characters – but this time it’s with songs.”
The show is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in February 2019 and has over 20 songs written by the late Chas Hodges, of the legendary duo, Chas and Dave. The original score will also be played and will contain a ‘mash-up’ over the credits.
Whitehouse told Neil Smith from the BBC: “It’s a brilliant vocal arrangement and it really builds into a proper crescendo. The audience will come in with certain expectations, some of which we’ll dash and some which we’ll fulfil. We want people to have a good time and think, ‘I’ve just seen a distillation of the show with some of my favourite bits and songs I can almost join in with.'”
The show will feature all of the original characters which of course, will include Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad, as well as a few other favourites such as Boycie, Marlene and Denzil.
The roles of Raquel will be played by Dianne Pilkington and Cassandra will be played by Pippa Duffy.
Fans will be pleased to know that some of the show’s original scenes will also be re-enacted, alongside some brand-new material that is sure to make audience members chuckle.
According to The Daily Mail, theatre executives attended a workshop of the Only Fools and Horses musical to get a feel for what is to be expected. One said: “It was classy, and a lot of fun”, whole another jokingly added: “Someone said they’re going to have a Reliant Regal Supervan drive on stage, but I wasn’t sure if they were serious or not”.
Social media reactions
“Bring it in. We love this seriously. It was what we cut out teeth on. Smashing a touch of good humour and class back”.
“Its about time, thank you for this so many good times”.
“Oh great, I love this comedy and David Jason a great actor always funny and lively.”
“Don’t do it! It could never be the same”.
“One of my favourites! Guaranteed to make us laugh. Always had a massive grin on my face when Trigger made an entrance or when the camera zoomed in on him, Brilliant!”
“Would be great to see the old team together again, fantastic comedy fingers crossed”.
“Won’t be the same without Trigger. May he R.I.P”.
“Love only fools and horses but won’t be same without trigger”.