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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 14:23 GMT
Boycie's kiss and tell
Marlene and Boycie
John Challis as Boycie, with his on-screen wife, Marlene
Actor John Challis, best known for playing the character Boycie in the TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses, answered students' questions about the memorable moments from his career, and detailed his youthful ambitions.

Challis told Simon and Jake, from Wigmore High School in the West Midlands, that he used to dream of playing in a rock band, or winning the Ashes.

The actor also told the two 12-year-olds of an embarrassing moment which came after he'd been driving the famous yellow rust-bucket of a van used by the Trotters in Only Fools and Horses.

John Challis, Jake, Simon and Nicola
John Challis speaks to students Jake and Simon
The van was so small that he'd found it really uncomfortable, and had to be helped out of its tiny seat after filming.

The comedy show was one of TV's most popular programmes during the 1980s and 1990s, but Challis revealed to Simon and Jake that his worst moment in acting had come much more recently, while working on the show Green, Green Grass.

Trotters' van
This van is as uncomfortable as it looks
It was then that Challis performed his first on-screen kiss. The actor said he would have preferred it if he'd hadn't been asked to kiss another man.

Jake and Simon both enjoyed their first experience of conducting an interview. Simon said: "I didn't really think about it [working in the media] before, but I think I might like to do it now."






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