Young Del-Boy set for one-off TV special

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Following on from a spate of big-screen offerings that have delved into the back-stories of the likes of Batman, the Star Trek crew and Wolverine, one of Britain's best-loved comedies is set to be given the prequel treatment, it has been announced.

Entitled Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Chips, the BBC one-off will tell the story of Del and Rodney Trotter, stars of Only Fools and Horses, as they come of age in south-east London.

With 'Inbetweeners' star James Buckley set to take on the role of a teenage Del-Boy and Kellie Bright due to play mother Joan, it has been confirmed that Nicholas Lyndhurst will be making a return to the UK TV Guides as Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal, the presumed biological father of Rodney.

Lyndhurst, of course, played Rodney himself over the long-running sitcom, with the show's creator John Sullivan having expressed his confidence that the veteran actor is the ideal choice to bring the shady character to life at long last.

"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," he said.

"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!"

Also set to appear in the upcoming one-off is former EastEnder Phil Daniels, who will play the boys' grandfather Ted, while several relative unknown young actors are to be given their big breaks as they take on younger versions of Denzil, Boycie and Trigger.

While the BBC looks back to the harsh estates of inner-city London, other broadcasters are set to continue attempting to satisfy the British public's demand for all things new and American, with E4 having snapped up two of the hottest shows of the moment State-side.

Channel 4's head of acquisitions, Gill Hay, has confirmed that its digital channels E4 and More4 are to show Accidentally on Purpose and The Good Wife in the New Year, with both shows having already screened in the US to rave reviews.

Notably, light-hearted comedy-drama Accidentally on Purpose will once again see Scottish actress Ashley Jensen return to the UK TV Guides, starring alongside Jenna Elfman in the CBS production.

Meanwhile, The Good Wife sees Juliana Margulies take on the lead role in the drama, which was premiered to almost 14 million American viewers just a few weeks ago.

Closer to home, Jensen's former co-star Ricky Gervais has revealed to Sky News that he would like to make another series of Extras, largely as big-name celebrities are queuing up to appear in the comedy.


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