Sir David Jason has claimed that modern comedy is in a “downward spiral” because of the extent of the cursing.
Only Fools And Horses (81) legend said TV bosses lost censorship because swearing got out of hand.
David Jason says comedy is on a downward spiral.
Sir David starred in hits like Porridge, Open All Hours, The Darling Buds Of May and the legendary Only Fools in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
But now he says that today’s comedy contains too much swearing.
“You couldn’t say certain things, you couldn’t show certain things because it was disrespectful or bad,” he told Bucks Live.
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“You had to be smart with your dialogue to get around things – now just say it and we will continue in a downward spiral.”
He also described how fans sent him positive feedback for his crime drama Frost for not swearing.
Best sitcom ever
In 2003, Only Fools And Horses was voted the best sitcom of all time.
It beat Blackadder and The Vicar Of Dibley in the top 10, which also included Dads Army and Fawlty Towers.
With Porridge and Open All Hours also in the top 10, Sir David was represented by three participants.
In Only Fools, he played Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter, a happy Cockney market trader who was always looking for money-makers.
Overall, the show ran between 1981 and 1986, with the specials running until 2003.
Too long for just fools
Sir David wrote in his book A Del Of A Life that the show was likely going on too long.
“We may have returned to the well a few times more than we should have,” he wrote.
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“Maybe the Trotters didn’t like being poor as well as they were briefly, and they were poor.”
He suggested that the show end after the 1996 Christmas special, Time On Their Hands.
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