Sir David Jason has confessed he’s not quite ready to let Del Boy go and continues to wear clothes from the Only Fools and Horses character’s wardrobe.
The A Touch of Frost actor starred as the iconic wheeler-dealer in the BBC programme set in Peckham from 1981 until 1991, alongside the likes of the late Roger Lloyd Pack.
Throughout the beloved series, which has recently been voted the UK’s favourite sitcom, Del Boy and his half-brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) scrabbled to get rich quick with hair-brained schemes.
While the comedy ended in the early 90s, Sir David and other cast members reprised their roles in several Christmas specials leading up to the early 2000s, with the final episode coming out on December 25 in 2003.
The 82-year-old performer revealed that he had kept hold of the market trader’s outfits, including the legendary sheepskin coat, much to his wife Gill Hinchcliffe’s displeasure.
Sir David joked: ‘How dare you even suggest that I kept that bomber jacket, and that black cap, and that overcoat.’
He continued to The Sun: ‘I didn’t steal them . . . they were offered to me and because they were memories of my character, I grabbed them with both hands. I put them in a big suitcase and off I went.
‘There’s still one sweater I wear much to my wife Gill’s chagrin. She hates it and I love it.
‘She says I should give it to charity and I say no, it’s my memories of Fools and Horses. I’ll tell you what I’ve also got, that big sheepskin coat that Del wore right at the beginning.
‘Unfortunately, I can’t wear that because it’s too loud but I love it.’
TV fans still very much love the classic programme, with a recent poll, by channel Gold, voting an Only Fools and Horses scene the funniest sitcom moment of all time.
In the 1989 episode titled Yuppy Love, Del Boy is trying to woo some women in a bar, only to fall flat on his face despite trying to play it ‘cool.’