Lyndhurst Criticises BBC Over ‘Rock and Chips’ Budget
Rock and Chips may have been gone down better than a man falling through a bar last weekend, but according to Nicholas Lyndhurst, the Only Fools and Horses prequel came close to being shelved several times during production.
The award-winning actor who played Rodney Trotter for two decades in the original series and played Freddie Robdal in the most recent incarnation, questioned the BBC’s commitment to the show when he spoke to The Daily Telegraph recently.
“We shot it in 19 days on not a great budget, I was very pleased it was made at all”, he explained. “There were people who said, ‘I don’t think we’re going to do this’, and we had to wait months to get the green light.”
“We thought, ‘Well, we haven’t got the budget we want, we haven’t got the schedule we want, so we’re going to have to make it as brilliant as we can”.
“It was a costume drama and it needed a costume drama budget, and it didn’t get that.”
The show’s writer John Sullivan branded the Beeb’s comedy department ‘lazy’ last week and the actor agreed.
It will be interesting to see what the BBC make of rising calls for a series after this weekends special.