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Rodney to play his dad in Fools and Horses prequel

Rodney to play his dad in Fools and Horses prequel
Rodney to play his dad in Fools and Horses prequel (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Nicholas Lyndhurst is set to play his character Rodney’s father in a BBC prequel to the hit comedy Only Fools and Horses. The show – which is going by the working title Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Chips – will see favourite characters Boycie, Trigger, Denzil and Roy Slater as teenagers. Star Nicholas Lyndhurst will join a list of big names to make the show including Bad Girls’ Kellie Bright, Soldier Soldier’s Shaun Dingwall and The Inbetweeners' James Buckley (pictured), who will play a teenage Del Boy Trotter.

James Buckley

Writer John Sullivan said: "Sex, Drugs And Rock 'n' Chips hurtles us into the rough and unglamorous world of London in 1960 to discover the circumstances that led to Del and Rodney Trotter turning out the way they did. "Nick Lyndhurst is a comedy genius and I can't think of anyone better suited to bring the shady but charming Freddie Robdal to life, and James Buckley has a tough act to follow but is sure to do for leather bomber jackets and winkle-pickers what David Jason did for camel-haired coats and cocktail umbrellas!"

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.