Only Fools and Horses

John Challis reveals favourite Only Fools and Horses scene and what it’s like working with Sir David Jason

Can you guess which scene the Boycie actor particularly loves?

BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses aired between 1981 and 2003, so with an episode count spanning decades it’s very tricky to choose a clear favorite.

It’s fair to say they’re all very funny.

The legendary Christmas episodes including The Jolly Boys’ Outing and Time On Our Hands are no doubt firm fan favorites, all written by the show’s creator John Sullivan of course.

Throughout the sitcom’s history, there have been countless memorable scenes including the moment when the chandelier famously drops from the ceiling in A Touch of Glass, and when Del Boy Trotter falls through the bar in Yuppy Love, the list could go on for ages.

So, MyLondon spoke to Only Fools legend John Challis recently and found out which scene really stands out for him.

The TV star, who played ‘yuppie’ secondhand car dealer Boycie, reveals the whole series is iconic but there is one episode that he adores.

John Challis as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses (Image: BBC)

John, 78, explains: “There are so many wonderful moments in the show involving all the characters.

“I suppose one of my favorites is the Batman and Robin sequence in Heroes and Villains.

“Del and Rodney were dressed as Batman and Robin and were running towards what they thought was a fancy dress party, and on the way – by accident- they stopped this mugging which made them superheroes.

“And then their van had broken down so they carried on running, by the time they turned up at the fancy dress party it was actually a wake because the gentleman who was holding the party had passed away that morning.

“So now everyone is dressed in funeral suits looking glum and fed-up.

“Boycie lets Del and Rodney in and suddenly gets the opportunity to put one over on Del when he sees how they are dressed so he doesn’t tell them someone has died.

Boycie mocked Del and Rodney’s super hero outfits in the Hero and Villains episode (Image: BBC)

“I just think it was a brilliant piece of writing, and visually very funny too. And Trigger coming as a chauffer and turning up to the party in his normal clothes was brilliant.

“But there are so many wonderful bits of Only Fools, I liked the seance scene too when Boycie’s name is mentioned, the setup for that too was incredible.”

It would also appear that working behind the scenes on Only Fools was legendary, and a lot of fun.

John recalls how before filming the episodes the cast would rehearse their scripts together which sometimes broke-out into waves of laughter and they would need a time out

The relationship between Sir David Jason, who plays Del Boy, and Rodney actor Nicholas Lyndhurst was also incredible and they were brilliant to work with, reveals John.

He explains: I generally liked it when we are all sitting around the table in The Nag’s Head joking with each other.

“David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst were a great double-act, one of the greatest of all time I think.

“There have been so many terrific moments including Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) had his wartime stories which were hilarious, and Roger Lloyd Pack as Trigger of course.

“When we got the scripts, you can imagine the character saying the lines you were reading, then you would hear those characters say their parts for the first time, and it was just hilarious.

“So we would have to have another coffee break to recover from laughing.

Trigger, Rodney, Del Boy, Boycie, Marlene and Uncle Albert in The Nag’s Head (Image: BBC)

“But then the hard work starts because you have to stand in the right places, there could be a lot of people in The Nag’s Head and suddenly it becomes very technical.

“And then the humour drains and you think maybe it’s not funny at all until the audience comes in and you realise of course it is funny, it all lights up again, and then it’s shown on TV and millions of people watch it.”

Since Only Fools and Horses went off air in 2003, John Challis has starred in the spin-off The Green Green Grass between 2005 and 2009.

He’s also starred in My Family, Last of the Summer Wine, Doctors, and Are You Being Served amongst other television roles.

John also starred as Monty Staines in the series Benidorm between 2015 and 2018 and was a great addition to the show.

Most recently, comedy icon John set out to Belgrade to find out why Only Fools and Horses is so adored in Serbia, and his new film Boycie in Belgrade was created – which is a must-watch for any fan!

Due to the pandemic, John has had to put work commits on hold for now but hopes to be back with his hilarious one-man show later this year.

John Challis features in new show Boycie in Belgrade (Image: Boycie in Belgrade)

For avid Only Fools fans who remember the Losing Streak episode from series two of Only Fools, John has also launched a very special poker set which is available to buy now.

Just keep your eyes on those four kings!

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