Idris Elba dreams of bringing 'Only Fools and Horses' back to TV screens.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

The London-born actor has stepped into a comedic role with the launch of his self-penned show 'In The Long Run', and Idris has admitted he's always had aspirations of playing the iconic Del Boy in the BBC sitcom.

He shared: "I wanted to try my hand at a comedic role.

"I always wanted to be in 'Only Fools And Horses', I just never got the audition. Comedy's a challenge because I tend to ham it up."

Despite this, a BBC insider has revealed that the only way the show returns to TV screens is if it is given a completely fresh take.

The insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "There's always an appetite from the public for more 'Only Fools' - but then there is the received wisdom you don't touch a classic.

"The only way it could be done is with a fresh spin."

Meanwhile, Idris recently revealed that his new TV role served as "therapy" for him.

The 45-year-old actor - who stars as Walter in his new semi-autobiographical comedy 'In The Long Run' - admitted it was "emotional" playing the part because there were such strong parallels with his own dad, who passed away four years ago.

He explained: "My dad only passed about four years ago. It was emotional. Dressing up like him, it was good therapy.

"My dad was quite funny and a life of the party kind of guy."

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