'Only Fools And Horses' Gets An American Remake

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Del Boy and Rodney are to be given US faces
Del Boy and Rodney are to be given US faces

Del Boy and Rodney's wheeling and dealing adventures are to be relived stateside for an American version of Only Fools And Horses.

A pilot show, written by Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, has been commissioned for ABC, 30 years after the BBC first aired the sitcom sensation.

Trotters Independent Trading ceased business in the UK in 1996 as Del Boy and Rodney finally become millionaires, but now two American stars are set to try their luck at getting rich.

The US pilot will closely follow the basic premise of the BBC One comedy, centring on "the misadventures of two streetwise brothers and their ageing grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in a bid to become millionaires".

Only Fools and Horses' famous catchphrases such as "plonker" may not transfer well to a US audience, but it's hoped the very British comedy will see the sort of popularity Ricky Gervais' The Office received in America, rather than the lacklustre reception given to repackaged popular shows like Dad's Army and Are You Being Served.

It's not known who will take over from David Jason as Del Boy and who will take Nicholas Lyndhurst's role as Rodney yet. However, the American star of The Office Steve Carell previously told The Sun he would love to appear as Del., saying: "That is my dream role. The British do sitcoms better than anybody else in the world. I think with the right scriptwriters and cast we could do Only Fools and Horses justice. If anybody wants to help me do a remake, I'd love it."

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