Joan Collins hits back as David Jason brands her pretentious

David Jason on worst viewing figures for Only Fools

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After almost 60 years in showbusiness, Sir David Jason, 82, has become one of the most recognisable actors in Britain following his iconic roles in Only Fools and Horses, Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. 

However, despite his success and myriad of awards and honours, David insists in his new book that he is not one to “get affected by success” or have “unreasonable demands”. 

In a new interview, David claimed that he had shocked a crew on a TV set when he simply asked for a cup of coffee.

Speaking to Radio Times, David recalled: “They said, ‘Oh right. Some people want something a little more. Joan Collins, for example, has to start the day with a glass of champagne.’ 

“You start to think, ‘God, how pretentious is that?’ I could have said, ‘I must have a light and bitter please!’” 

But when contacted by, Joan Collins’ representatives shut down the claims and stated that the legendary actress “doesn’t even like champagne”.

While speaking to the aforementioned publication, David added that he also enjoys humble pastimes, including “washing up, gardening, model-building and home repairs”. 

He also joked that his handiwork has meant his wife, Gill Hinchcliffe, 62, expects him to fix everything when they go wrong.

He went on: “I’ve got to do it. We had a leak in the kitchen that brought half the roof down. The wife said, ‘Can you get up there and fix it?’” 

It comes as David has released his latest book, The Twelve Dels of Christmas, which is his fourth memoir.

The book, which is available to buy now, celebrates the festive specials of Only Fools and Horses.

It includes comical stories from the set as well and David’s life in general.

Despite the comedy becoming one of Britain’s most-loved sitcoms, the Del Boy star previously admitted he “finds it difficult” to believe that the show and his character have become “so beloved”.

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He also said, when writing in his Letter To My Younger Self for Big Issue, that the amount of love the series has received makes him “a bit humbled”.

He wrote: “One gets a bit humbled by it because one has affected so many people and so many people’s lives.

“But I was very fortunate with a great team around me and loved every minute of it. 

“That enjoyment, that love of doing what I love doing, the joy I had from being an amateur on stage is still there – and I just think some of it spilled out onto the television screens and into the homes of so many people.

“I’m delighted to be able to say that.” 

You can read David Jason’s full interview in the Radio Times.

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