Lyndhurst: 'Only Fools would never be made today'

 
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Nicholas Lyndhurst has said he believes Only Fools and Horses would never be made today.

He told the Radio Times he believes that TV companies would not take a chance on a show like that now.

"TV companies turn down good scripts because they're not prepared to let them develop," he said.

"A talent show will pick up seven million viewers and they can't afford to nurture something that initially will only have a million."

"Only Fools would never be made today, nor Dad's Army."

Only Fools and Horses, which featured Lyndhurst as the hapless Rodney and David Jason as his wide boy brother, had a slow start and it was only when it got to its third series that it became a ratings hit.

It was eventually voted the nation's favourite sitcom in a BBC poll.

New Tricks

Lyndhurst is about to join the cast of New Tricks, replacing Alun Armstrong in the veteran detective series.

The show, which stars Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman and Denis Lawson, is in its tenth series and has been a ratings success.

Lyndhurst said he was not impressed with the talent shows that TV companies are willing to put money into.

He said he felt watching talent shows was "cruel", and compared watching Britain's Got Talent to "selling tickets to Bedlam" - referring to the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill, which allowed the public to pay to look at the patients in the 18th century.

"It's cruel to watch these deluded people - the judges as well, sometimes," he said.

"They don't need to be talented and that's a shame because you don't want to watch people who can't do it."

He admitted his son Archie has inherited the "acting gene" and is at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

But he worries about what sort of industry he will enter when he leaves.

"I can hardly say, 'Darling, do all this training and the best thing will be Celebrity Dog Watch'. Take away the talent shows, celebrity cook shows, skating, dog training, dancing, putting people on an island - and what's left?

"I've been asked to go on all of them," he admitted.

 

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    Comment number 560.

    Whatever happened to the USA remake?

    Was that risk worth taking?


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16796364

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    Comment number 559.

    Nicholas is right. The BBC has been so dumb down in the last ten years. Take those good quality drama who were non PC back in the 1960s/1970s...now all we get is utter rubbish. The ITV is a bit better but only just.

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    Comment number 558.

    555.tigersimon
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    But even the scripts of Casualty are getting farcical the last few episodes.

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    One of my lads is an ambulance man who's appeared on some of the BBC "reality" programmes, but he watches Casualty as a comedy while he looks for the errors.

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    Comment number 557.

    UK TV won't take risks because of the constant threat of privatisaition by the Tories!

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    Comment number 556.

    Weakness of BBC is that we have no option but to pay for them even if we don't watch the drivel they give us. At least if we don't watch other channels we don't feel we've been fleeced. Complain and auntie Beeb says "we know best, you don't matter, la di da, not listening" and that's directed at most over-40s with any intelligence. Fine, amuse moron kids, but are they paying the fee?

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    Comment number 555.

    ..@538. spindoctor .."Nicholas is quite right, current TV is awful with very few exceptions and all of those are Drama's
    Casualty
    Holby City
    New Tricks
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    But even the scripts of Casualty are getting farcical the last few episodes.

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    Comment number 554.

    Are TV program editors simply a product of today's straight-jacketed society ? Whilst the only true "wrong" is illegality the chattering classes, free from a national crisis, have time on their hands to invent the quasi "wrongs" we call political correctness. Result ? TV has become timid, bland, PC & therefore boring. RIP Johnny Speight you have no equal.

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    Comment number 553.

    The problem can be that the lead actors get an offer to leave the series that they can't refuse once the seies becomes popular.

    It happened to Father Ted.

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    Comment number 552.

    ..@1. jeffhairy.."And the same for the funniest ever sit-com: Father Ted"
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    Now, that would be an ecumenical matter!

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    Comment number 551.

    Too right about the state of TV today. We have endless braindead "reality" tv shows. As for the singing rubbish, the winners don't necessarily deserve their success any more than the hard working bands often with their own songs. Indeed you can argue the karaoke shows encourage record companies to look for the 3 hit wonder rather than a quality band that may be around 20 or more years.

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    Comment number 550.

    Good TV is wasted on some. "Till Death Us Do Part" mocked the Alf Garnetts of this world, but the Alf Garnetts of this world didn't get that. If that kind of satire is wasted on people, give them what they want: dumbed down, simple toilte humour.

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    Comment number 549.

    Somebody mentioned Blackadder - never watch series 1 these days because it was poop, thankfully then they brought Ben Elton in which made all the difference to the other series.

    They wouldn't do that these days as it would be pulled and that would be the end of it.

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    Comment number 548.

    I rarely watch TV live, I record and watch when I want to, schedule is irrelevant to me. Do the stats reflect this? There is so little worth watching unless you are into the progs Nick Lyndhurst and I both hate. Guess he and I are not the audiences the TV folk want - even the BBC as I checked and found I watch less BBC than Ch 4 or Universal. Poor value for the fee. New Tricks is my favourite.

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    Comment number 547.

    In the US, TV and cinema were strictly separated. Now, you get the actors like Buscemi, Close, Hoffman etc acting in TV shows.A lot of money is invested in US TV shows. Look at the amount of writers that worked on shows like Friends, who even had Brad Pitt, John Favreau, Gary Oldman and Charlton Heston in it. With etaht kidn of investment, you want a return.

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    Comment number 546.

    Everything has a shelf life. X-Factor's sell-by date expired years ago.

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    Comment number 545.

    The best thing on TV is the Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Family Guy.... Why cant the UK make good shows any more... :(

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    Comment number 544.

    All the best TV at the moment is American produced, from comedy to action, and none of it is on free to air.

    We need to stop making cheap to produce unfunny comedies and put the funniest scripts into production, irrespective of costs. Companies will reap the rewards further down the line.

    I can't understand the mentality of producing rubbish cheap TV over brilliance, when you CAN afford it.

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    Comment number 543.

    538. spindoctor - I genuinely can't remember the last time I sat down and watched a whole programme on ITV1. 9 years ago? Its a shocking decline when you consider what they USED to make. I've been watching repeats of Rumpole of the Bailey (Leo McKern) on 'Drama' (Sky 166) 20-odd years ago ITV made loads of dramas like that. Not any more. Sherlock apart the Beeb isn't making much either.

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    Comment number 542.

    NO more Simon Bowell - please.

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    Comment number 541.

    I've never seen Lyndhurst anything risky. As far as OC goes: Shameless was shamelessly un-PC.

 

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