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David Beckham to star in Only Fools and Horses special for Sport Relief 2014

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Former England football captain David Beckham will join Del Boy and Rodney in an Only Fools and Horses special for Sport Relief 2014. 

The 38-year-old will feature in his favourite show alongside cast members David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

The special episode will be aired on Friday, March 21st as part of a weekend of Sport Relief events across the UK.

Sport Relief raises money for poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Beckham played 115 times for England and won league titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris St-Germain.

His appearance on the show will see Jason, the actor behind wheeler-dealer Del Boy, and Lyndhurst, who plays his on-screen brother Rodney, back together in the first episode of the BBC comedy for 11 years.

The last time the popular characters were seen was in final episode - Sleepless In Peckham - which premiered on Christmas Day in 2003 to 16.4 million viewers.

John Sullivan, the highly celebrated writer and creator of the series, died from viral pneumonia in 2011.
 
The new sketch has been written by his sons, Jim Sullivan and Dan Sullivan, based on notes he left behind. 

The brothers have stressed that, contrary to speculation, they will not be bringing the show back for a series following this one-off sketch.

"Only Fools And Horses is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time,” said Comic Relief CEO Kevin Cahill. 

"It's incredible that those involved with the show since the very beginning have come together for this Sport Relief special and we're especially touched that Jim and Dan Sullivan wrote the sketch together using some of their dad John's old notes.

"To be able to record a new Only Fools And Horses sketch is in itself very special but for David Beckham, who is a huge fan of the show, to be part of this is truly brilliant. 

"We would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make this happen."

Beckham has taken part in previous broadcasts for the Sport Relief charity night, including a 2012 spoof in which he and actor James Corden cuddled up in bed as best pals, as well as sharing a bath.

Sport Relief raised over £50 million on its night of broadcast in 2012 and this year's show will be hosted by presenters including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding.

TV presenter Davina McCall will be among a number of celebrities raising money for the charity through sporting challenges, while girl band Little Mix will sing the official Sport Relief single.

In addition, for the first time ever, the public will be able to raise money by running, swimming or cycling over a variety of distances at events taking place over the weekend of March 22-23 March.

To enter the Sport Relief Mile, the Sport Relief Swimathon or the Sport Relief Cycle, Click Here

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