The stories behind Being Boycie

John Challis
John Challis

A STAR of one of the nation’s favourite sitcoms will be in Lancaster this weekend to sign copies of his new autobiography.

John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, will be at Waterstones at the Marketgate Shopping Centre, from 11.30am-1pm on Sunday, July 1.

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 1960s and 1970s, 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.

The book has a foreword by John’s long-time friend and colleague, Sir David Jason.