The special 90-minute doc will go out in time for this summer's World Cup
There are many strings to David Beckham’s bow. A long and illustrious career in football is one of them, as he uses his sporting nous to potentially create an empire over in Miami. Acting is another one; though only for special occasions, like his cameo on 'Only Fools and Horses.' And he likes to support charities, too. But traversing Brazil’s vibrant rainforest is new to us.
Becks drops in on Del Boy and Rodders for Sports Relief
Beckham, accompanied on his expedition by fellow explorers Dave Gardner and Derek White, travelled to Brazil in secret to make the 90-minute film, which will tie in with this Summer’s World Cup, giving fans an insight into the country’s natural beauty while swarms of football fans descend upon city centres to soak up the atmosphere.
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'Still Open All Hours' will return to the BBC this year.
David Jason and the team behind 'Still Open All Hours' - the sequel to Ronnie Barker's classic sitcom 'Open All Hours' - will return to Doncaster in 2014 to shoot a full series of the show.
David Jason At Arkwrights
Granville's corner shop will be open for business once again after the BBC confirmed it had commissioned a full series following the one-off Christmas special, watched by 12.2 million viewers.
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Only Fools and Horses' David Beckham episode will air in March.
Only Fools on Horses, David Beckham? Not two things you'd traditionally put together, but both British institutions formed a comedic alliance to shoot a special sketch for BBC One's Sport Relief. The scene - filmed this week - sees the English sports star head to Peckham to meet up with Del Boy and Rodney - Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst - in a local greasy spoon.
David Beckham meets up with Del Boy and Rodney in one of Peckham's greasy spoon.
The actors last played the wheeler-dealer Trotter brothers in a Christmas special in 2003. The new sketch will be broadcast on March 21 as part of the Sport Relief weekend.
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Del Boy and Rodders will be scheming through a short due to air later this year
There had been rumours floating around, but now it has been confirmed that Del Boy and Rodney will definitely be back on TV as an Only Fools And Horses short has been green-lit by the BBC. Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst will both return to the show for the one-off short, which will air in March as part of Sports Relief.
David Jason [L] and Nicholas Lyndhurst [R] will both be back for the sketch
The beloved UK sitcom, regularly voted the nation's favourite, will see the return of Del Boy and Rodders to their South London stomping ground in a "a short Only Fools and Horses sketch," which was confirmed by a BBC spokesperson this week. A statement from the network read: "There are plans afoot for a short Only Fools and Horses sketch for Sport Relief. Further details will be announced in the build up to the appeal night on March 21."
Could 'Open All Hours' be returning for a new series?
The BBC were so impressed with a one-off Christmas special of the classic sitcom Open All Hours that a full series is being planned for 2014. Producer Gareth Edwards confirmed plans for a series to The Sun, saying, "I can't say too much about the plot, but it does involve anchovy paste - that's all I'm saying."
David Jason in the Christmas Special of 'Open all Hours'
During filming of the Christmas special, the Sheffield Star quoted Edwards as saying "there is a lot of optimism to take this project forward" and "there is a lot of life in the world that writer Roy Clarke has created."
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Author was one of the sharpest writers in British novel history
The British author Tom Sharpe has passed away aged 85 years-old. Sharpe was the author of critically acclaimed novels like Porterhouse Blues and the Wilt series of novels. Possessing aggressive language and biting turns of phrase, he was known as the master of British farce.
In a statement reported by The Guardian, Sharpe’s editor at Random House publishing paid tribute to the late scribe, commenting “Tom Sharpe was one of our greatest satirists and a brilliant writer." She added that he was "Witty, often outrageous, always acutely funny about the absurdities of life." Sharpe’s debut came in 1971 with the dark comedy of Riotous Assembly. It took inspiration from Sharpe’s time spend in South Africa, enduring national service in the Royal Marines and doing social work, and described the reaction to an innocent black man being blown to bits by an elephant gun.
Arguably his most successful book was his third novel: Porterhouse Blue was published in 1974 and its satirical take on life in a fictional Cambridge college – Sharpe studied at Lancing and Pembroke Colleges, and went onto lecture in the city too - made enough of an impact for it to be resurrected in the 80s, with a television adaptation starring David Jason. After this he wrote the Wilt series of novels, about Henry Wilt. He was another character perhaps drawn from his own experiences of life, described as, "an insignificant little man to whom things happened and for whom life was a chapter of indignities".
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