Only Fools and Horses’ Raquel teases reboot ‘We all feel the same’

Only Fools and Horses: Tessa Peake-Jones discusses comedy

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Tessa Peake-Jones played Raquel Turner in the hit BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Fans have recently been calling for a return of the comedy, which followed two brothers Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter (David Jason) and Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) who buy and sell almost anything, hoping they will one day get rich doing so. In a recent interview, Tessa shared her thoughts on the possibility of rebooting the hit show.

Only Fools and Horses celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and Tessa spoke all about her time on the show during an interview on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Steph McGovern asked the star if she’s still in touch with her former Only Fools and Horses co-stars.

“Yes, yes some of us are – we all lead separate lives now, but occasionally unfortunately in the last few years it’s been funerals we’ve tended to meet up at,” the actress explained.

“But, it’s lovely to have been part of that for so long.

Steph went onto ask: “Do you think you would ever like to see it come back again?”

“Obviously you know different writers and various different cast members, but would you like to be part of a remake if there was one?”

Tessa admitted: “I think we all probably feel the same now if you asked any of us.

“I think we feel that time has now gone and because John Sullivan the wonderful writer isn’t here anymore – who you know was a genius at writing the scripts – I think it probably wouldn’t be the same.

“I wonder whether its best left where people remember it for what it was, rather than seeing us all sort of elderly and perhaps not remembering our lines as well and all that stuff,” Tessa continued.

“It might be better to just leave it, you know, at a good time.”

Tessa isn’t the only star of the show to be questioned about the possibility of a return, as David Jason was pushed on the subject in an interview in November last year.

“No, no, no, the writing would be the same,” David. “But also don’t forget, one of my flags that I like to wave is that it’s a team effort.

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“And it’s not just the character of Del and Rodney, and Uncle Albert, or Grandad, as it were.

“But it was all the other peripheral characters, you know, Boycie, Marlene and all of those, how beautifully played they all were.

“You’re hard-pressed to replace all those characters who have endeared themselves into the heart of your audience today.

“So it would be a very dangerous journey to take, so my answer to that is, don’t try,” he told Digital Spy.

Only Fools and Horses tallied up a total of seven series after first premiering on BBC One in 1981.

The show was also a regular in the festive TV line-up, having had 16 Christmas specials between 1981 and 2003.

It even had a prequel series in 2009 called Rock & Chips, starring James Buckley.

Only Fools and Horses clips are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now.

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