ACTOR John Challis, famous for playing Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, will be at Waterstones next Thursday signing his new book, Being Boycie.
As the country’s favourite sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the repeats continue to attract huge audiences. To reflect and celebrate on the success and fame of the show and its characters: Being Boycie is the ‘warts-and-all’ autobiography of one of the its best known performers, John Challis.
His resulting career and colourful private life seemed permanently poised between crises and highs, until by 1984, when in his forties and with two marriages behind him, he had emerged as a leading character in Britain’s most successful ever TV comedy series, Only Fools and Horses.
Being Boycie is the story of a born actor who matured into a performer of great originality and distinctiveness. John Challis has worked with everyone from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, to touring Tom Stoppard’s plays in America. On television he’s appeared in Z-Cars, Coronation Street and Doctor Who and a host of other popular series. Throughout his career he never lost his interest in sport, or rock ’n’ roll or, frankly, the opposite sex.
In Being Boycie, John talks frankly and affectionately of how he lived and thrived as a young man on the ups and downs of provincial repertory theatre, the mad hustle of early television drama in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the stages of London’s West End. He describes the pressures, the longing for his father’s approval, a massive zest for life and his chronic inability to settle down to a stable married life. It’s a story that’s above all honest, touching and very funny.
With a foreword by long time friend and colleague, Sir David Jason.