Entrepreneur Lazar Vuković let loose a media stampede in Serbia when he brought over Boycie from popular sit-com Only Fools and Horses.
What one thing did Serbs in Britain and the entire population of Yugoslavia had in common during the 80s?
It’s an answer which will bring a smile to all our faces – an enduring love for the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses.
A few months ago Lazar Vuković met with John Challis who plays one of the show’s best loved characters, used car salesman Boycie. He shared his idea. What if they make a documentary about Serbia’s love for Only Fools and Horses ? And what if Boycie ‘discovers’ Belgrade?
Lazar told us:
So if you’ve seen a Bojsi / Mućki story in the past two weeks, it’s all down to the making of Boycie in Belgrade. In fact, you’ll find headlines in Blic, N1, 021, Telegraf, RTS, Informer, Vesti, Alo, Naslovi, Hello, Srbija Danas, BBC, B92, Time, Pink, Mondo, Espreso, Kurir …you get the picture.
Boycie makes a cameo appearance in the latest episode of Državni posao (The State Job) one of the most popular comedy programmes on Serbian TV. In this episode, Đorđe Čvarkov is on the hunt for a motor and hears of one going cheap whose only fault is that the steering is on the wrong side… I’ll leave you to guess the motor and the salesman.
Whilst in Belgrade, Challis had special access to sites not normally accessible to others.
John also attended a private reception at the British residence hosted by HMA Sian MacLeod plus a guided tour of Red Star Belgrade FC.
Lazar said that wherever John went, people were warm and welcoming. “They really embraced him”, he said.
I asked Lazar why would a British programme about chancers, scammers and dreamers in Peckham resonate so strongly in Serbia. He has his own theory:
Lazar says he is proud the documentary shows Serbia in a positive light and deals with topics such as humour as a universal language. It should be ready for release by September.
Source: Stan Smiljanić | britic.co.uk