Theresa May urged to be more like dodgy dealer Del Boy
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The actor behind Only Fools and Horses' Boycie has said the prime minister needs to be more like dodgy dealer Del Boy.
John Challis, who played acerbic car salesman Herman Boyce in the hit comedy, has claimed Del Boy Trotter could offer lessons to the prime minister.
The actor has said that in times of Brexit uncertainty comedy shows like Only Fools offer relief from turbulent politics, and remind the British people that 'things aren't so bad'.
Speaking at the premiere of the musical adaptation of the long-running comedy, Challis suggested May could learn from Del Boy's plucky persistence in the face of adversity.
The actor thinks the musical, masterminded by Paul Whitehouse, will be a hit with UK audiences stricken with worries and Brexit fatigue.
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He told the Press Association: 'At the end, it just made you smile and think 'it's not so bad'.
'It's embodied in Del Boy dusting himself off, getting up and having another go. Maybe Theresa May could do with a bit of that spirit.
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'People are attracted to that. There's a certainty about that. Things aren't so bad, that's the message, whatever happens we'll get through.'
Challis believes the typically British comedy classic will be comforting to audiences in uncertain times.
He said: 'There is so much love for it out there, across all the generations, all sorts of people, all walks of life. I can actually hear that on the street.
'People in this day and age, very difficult times, they just want to sit and go and have a good laugh.
'We don't have to think too much, just laugh. It's tapped into that, it's a very good time to do it, and I think we need it.
'I there's a lot of worried people out there, a lot of uncertain people, not knowing what the hell is going to happen next. I'm one of them.
'Even if we get a deal, is it going to be the right deal, are we going to pull out of Europe and say to hell with it? I think people want this sort of show because it means so much to them personally.'
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