Here’s an interesting little story for you! Sue Holderness – who found fame playing the part of Marlene (Boycie’s wife) on Only Fools and Horses – got pinched on the bottom by Sir David Jason on the very first time she met him on set.
Sue was brought in to play the part of Marlene for the episode ‘Sleeping Dogs Lie’, in which Del Boy and co have to look after Marlene’s cherished Great Dane, Duke.
She was initially only hired for one appearance and was thrown into the deep end with no rehearsal and an instant bottom grabbing for the cameras.
She was hired initially for just the one appearance, and thrown into the thick of filming with no rehearsals whatsoever.
During a recent appearance on ‘Loose Women’, Sue recalled: “My first ever appearance with David Jason we had no time to talk and the director said, ‘Right, Sue we’ve got no time to rehearse, please run over to David and he’ll give you a hug, give you a bit of a snog, and pinch your bum.’ They only wanted me for one episode to hand over a dog in this story in which Boycie wanted Del to look after the dog and they thought, ‘Where’s the dog going to come from. Oh we’ll get Marlene, show her once and get her on and off quick.’ But from that scene he called me and that was it. John Sullivan put me in ‘Dear John’ and then the spin-off (‘The Green Green Grass’), I was very lucky.”
How about that for a first day in the office?