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Sir David Jason: I don't want to retire

Sir David Jason insists he has no plans to retire after 50 years in the TV business.

The 'Only Fools And Horses' legend, who will start filming a new series of 'Still Open All Hours' later this year, is busier than ever with the paperback version of his autobiography out and a children's TV show about to launch.

He told The Sun newspaper: ''I've got no intention of retiring, why would I?

''I'd really like to find another great role, another leading character. If the right project comes along I'm ready to do it.

''Touch wood, I'm in good health. Long may it continue.''

The 74-year-old TV veteran also likes to keep active outside of work and plans to get his helicopter pilot's licence, which has been a life-long dream.

He said: ''I've just had a vigorous medical as part of my application for a pilot's licence and, hand on heart, I passed everything, which is nice to know.

''I know some people become infirm in their later years but so far I've been very lucky.

''I honestly don't know why anyone would retire. I'd miss the people - the teams you work with and the fun that comes with doing this great job.''

Although the chance of another series of 'Only Fools And Horses' is unlikely following the death of writer John Sullivan in 2011, Sir David's response is always '' never say never''.

Meanwhile, the actor is also thinking about returning to the stage because he loves ''the buzz'' of a live audience.

He explained: ''I've always liked making people laugh. I never did head-clutching stuff or shows that were about boosting the actor's ego. I've been proud to provide 'silly fun'. I'm a servant of the public I suppose.''

Sir David, who lives with wife Gill Hinchcliffe and 13-year-old daughter Sophie Mae, in Buckinghamshire, admits being a father has made him adjust his routine and take on new challenges - such as Channel 5 animated show 'PIP AHOY!' - which starts on Thursday (12.06.14).

Sir David, the voice behind cartoon character Danger Mouse, is thrilled to be a part of ''a wholesome'' children's show.

He said: ''We have to be careful with our children. We need to make sure these little people, these kiddywinks, are looked after.''

The star also claims writing his autobiography, 'My Life', brought back some ''wonderful memories'' but admits there were also sad moments when remembering the past.

He said: ''You're remembering these great times and all the fun you had and thinking, 'Where did the time go?' and, 'Can I do that again?'''

10-06-2014

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