‘Only Fools And Horses’ to return, it has been confirmed

Del Boy and Rodney will return to TV for a one-off Sports Relief sketch

Only Fools And Horses is set to return to UK TV screens this year, it has been confirmed by the BBC.

Del Boy and Rodney will make their first appearance in 10 years on British television in a “short Only Fools And Horses sketch” for this year’s Sports Relief in March.

A BBC spokesperson said: “There are plans afoot for a short Only Fools and Horses sketch for Sport Relief. Further details will be announced in the build up to the appeal night on March 21.”

The news comes just a few weeks after speculation of a new episode of the hit BBC comedy was on its way after David Jason, who plays wheeler-dealer Del Boy, revealed that he had received a script. “I’ve had a quick look at the treatment and it’s very good,” he said, “but I’m saving the proper read-through until there are no distractions. It’s not the sort of thing you can muck about with.”

The sketch will be the first the characters since creator John Sullivan died in 2011. Only Fools And Horses was first shown in 1981 and ran as a regular series until 1991. After that, there were sporadic Christmas specials with the last of these being shown in 2003. In 2008, Sullivan said there would never be another series of the comedy, although the new script has been written by his son based on ideas his father had for the characters.

The comedy was set in Peckham in south London, and along with Jason, starred Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney and Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert.