I was such a nervous wreck about Only Fools part I couldn't sleep, says David Beckham
David Beckham has told of how he struggled to sleep the night before making his Only Fools and Horses debut because he was so nervous.
Beckham instigated the TV special, which will reunite market trader Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) for the first time in a decade.
The former footballer said he went to bed so keen on perfecting his lines on the eve of his guest appearance that he woke up the next morning with the script still on his chest.
Beckham (38) said he was surprised to have been given so much dialogue for the BBC1 Sport Relief special. "I've never done anything like this before, especially with two people I'm really in awe of and have been for many years," he said.
Beckham, who has been pictured on set and in the market wearing a baseball cap and glasses, said he could "die a happy man" after filming the Peckham-set sketch.
"I'm a huge fan of the show. I have been for years, as far back as I can remember," he said. "Being from the East End of London, it's what I was brought up on."
Jim Sullivan, the son of the late Only Fools' creator John, said it was Beckham who approached them about reuniting the wheeler-dealer Trotter brothers for the first time since 2003.
"He got in touch through Sport Relief saying he is a big fan of Only Fools and Horses and that he was wondering if there was a possibility of doing something together for the campaign," said Sullivan.
"We were a little hesitant to commit at first. Since dad passed away our intention was to protect the work, not to attempt adding to it.
"However, with Sport Relief being such a worthy cause, we knew dad would approve."