You would be a real plonker to watch this stuff
Nicholas Lyndhurst has hit out at the current state of TV, and said Only Fools And Horses would not be made if it were pitched today.
The long-running BBC1 sitcom, starring Lyndhurst and Sir David Jason as brothers Rodney and Derek Trotter, was largely filmed in Bristol.
But Lyndhurst, 52, told the Radio Times the hit show would now be overlooked in favour of a new breed of light entertainment programmes.
He said: "Take away the talent shows, celebrity cook shows, skating, dog training, dancing, putting people on an island – and what's left? I've been asked to go on all of them."
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Only Fools And Horses, penned by John Sullivan, was not an instant hit when it was first broadcast in 1981 but went on to smash records with 24.3 million viewers for an episode in 1996.
Lyndhurst said: "Only Fools would never be made today, nor Dad's Army. TV companies turn down good scripts because they're not prepared to let them develop.
"A talent show will pick up seven million viewers and they can't afford to nurture something that initially will only have a million."
He said that watching Simon Cowell's ITV talent contest Britain's Got Talent was like gawping at patients in the notorious Bedlam asylum.
"Britain's Got Talent? Hundreds of years ago we were selling tickets to Bedlam. It's become like that. It's cruel to watch these deluded people – the judges as well, sometimes.
"They don't need to be talented, and that's a shame because you don't want to watch people who can't do it."