Lovely jubbly! Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst have finally received their lifetime achievement gongs at the National Film Awards, almost 14 years after the last-ever full episode of Only Fools & Horses was broadcast.
They might not look as young as they did back when the show first aired, but Jason (77) and Lyndhurst (55) are still unmistakable as one of television’s finest ever comedic duos.
Dressed to impress and with their families present, Del Boy & Rodney gladly accepted their awards – as voted for by over 1.5 million fans.
Jason & Lyndhurst last starred in a full length episode of Only Fools & Horses back in 2003 (and the TV series itself had come to an end all the way back in 1991)
Sir David had been open to the idea of bringing back show for another special episode, up until the death of writer and creator John Sullivan in 2011.
‘Only Fools can’t come back because John Sullivan is no longer with us and John wrote every word of every episode,’ he told The Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine back in January. ‘Without him it doesn’t exist.’
‘There was a plan to reunite for Del’s 60th birthday,’ recalled the actor. ‘I went to see John to talk about it. It was a great idea, pure gold. We talked it through but then he fell ill and went into hospital and that was it [he died of pneumonia aged 64]. The show has to go with him because it was him. God rest his soul.’
Here at British Legends, we are thrilled to see these two deservedly winning such a prestigious award. Thanks for all the laughs!