Sir David Jason says it's 'a shame' TV bosses are focusing on drama over comedy

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Sir David Jason arrives for the world premiere of The Colour of Magic in London (MAX NASH/AFP via Getty Images)

Sir David Jason has said it’s “a shame” that TV bosses seem to be focusing on drama over comedy these days.

The actor, 79, found fame in one of Britain’s most popular comedies, Only Fools And Horses.

But he suggested the genre seems to be on the back-burner for TV executives right now, with drama currently taking precedence.

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He told the Daily Star: “It’s a shame there isn’t much comedy on TV any more. They seem to be concentrating on drama.”

“I don’t know why they are concentrating on that rather than having more comedy,” added the star.

Sir David made his name plying Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the BBC’s Only Fools And Horses, which has been voted Britain’s best loved sitcom in the past.

Raquel (Tessa Peake-Jones), Del (David Jason), Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong) in a Christmas Only Fools and Horses special (BBC)

He is also known for the much-loved shows Open All Hours, The Darling Buds Of May and A Touch Of Frost.

The Darling Buds Of May, which aired in the 90s and also starred Catherine Zeta Jones, is apparently getting a reboot.

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According to the Mirror, Sir David has revealed he would approve if the programme does get remade.

“We need more of that style to balance the shows we’ve got,” he was quoted as saying.

“We’ve got a lot of hard-hitting and rude, vulgar shows. You get an awful lot of that and, like a lot of people, I’m, ‘How can I sit there with my mother-in-law and my daughter?’

“We switch it over.”