Only Fools and Horses star comes to Otley

WORDS NATHAN ROUSE - FEATURES. Pictured is John Challice who played "Boycie" in classic BBC sitcom "Only Fools and Horses", getting ready to star in a new BBC venture  about Boycie's new life living in Shropshire called, "The Green Green Grass".
WORDS NATHAN ROUSE - FEATURES. Pictured is John Challice who played "Boycie" in classic BBC sitcom "Only Fools and Horses", getting ready to star in a new BBC venture about Boycie's new life living in Shropshire called, "The Green Green Grass".
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A popular comedian and star of Only Fools and Horses is visiting Otley as part of his last-ever UK tour.

John Challis, best known as Boycie in the BBC show, will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets at his Otley Courthouse date on Saturday October 22.

The Only Fools and Boycie material will cover his relationships with co-stars David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and his appearances on Dr Who and Coronation Street. He will speak about turning down a tour offer from The Beatles and his friendship with The Rolling Stones.

More recently, Challis has played Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and Monty in Benidorm.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting arts centres and theatres around the UK. I can’t wait. Local fans have Tweeted me and told me they are looking forward to the show and it will be great to catch up with fans during a meet and greet after the gig. I’ll be signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans,” he said.

The 30-venue theatre tour will be the veteran entertainer’s final stint on the road.

“Fans really enjoy finding out what happened once the cameras stopped running. This show gives them the chance to ask a few questions of their own and then to meet me afterwards.

Tickets are available from the venue and at www.wigmorebooks.com/events.php.

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