Yes, you read it right – after flogging this particular dead horse for several years longer than was healthy, Only Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan has gone the other way and created a prequel show about the early days of Del and Rodney.
Provisionally titled Once Upon A Time In Peckham, the sitcom will feature Derek Trotter (pictured right as an ageing mod) as a teenager, with Rodney still in nappies. All sounds like a ropey spin-off doesn’t it? It probably is, but for one slightly interesting fact – the pilot episode is set in the 1960s and follows Del as he bunks off school and becomes a mod.
Writer Sullivan is now on the look-out for someone to play young Derek – so if you happen to be around 15, you might be in luck. The rest of us will be looking on in embarassment I expect when the show gets round to airing.