Nicholas Lyndhurst has criticised the lack of risk taking in today’s television and claims sitcom Only Fools and Horses wouldn’t be made today.
Lyndhurst is set to join the cast of BBC One’s long-running crime drama New Tricks which remains one of the broadcasters most popular shows. However, Lyndhurst is perhaps better known for his roles in various sitcoms with Only Fools and Horses perhaps being the most famous but others including After You’ve Gone, Goodnight Sweetheart and The Two Of Us.
In an interview with the Radio Times magazine the actor criticised companies for not taking enough risks with television. Lyndhurst told the magazine:
“TV companies turn down good scripts because they’re not prepared to let them develop.. A talent show will pick up seven million viewers and they can’t afford to nurture something that initially will only have a million.”
Lyndhurst claimed that the lack of risking taking meant “Only Fools would never be made today nor Dad’s Army”. Lyndhurst is not the first actor to criticise broadcasters for not developing new talent and not taking risks.
Nor is he the first actor to criticise the reliance on talent shows and reality shows to bring in audiences. Shows such as the X Factor, Big Brother and Britain’s Got Talent are regularly criticised for such reasons but deliver big ratings for their respective broadcasters.
Lyndhurst has joined the cast of New Tricks for its tenth season replacing Alun Armstrong. Amanda Redman will also bow out of the drama with former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite joining the cast as a replacement.
Only Fools and Horses re-runs can be seen on UKTV channel G.O.L.D.