Kelsey Grammer on Frasier’s reboot with Nicholas Lyndhurst from Only Fools And Horses

Kelsey Grammer says rehearsals for the highly anticipated resurgence of US sitcom Frasier will begin in two weeks, with “talented” Only Fools And Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst among the cast.

The 67-year-old American actor made his name as psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane on the American sitcom Cheers before filming his own spin-off show, which aired for 11 series from 1993 to 2004.

Grammer said he had heard the award-winning comedy would return to television screens in July, but hoped to see the show “a little sooner” due to the excitement surrounding it.

Previously starring Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Dr Niles Crane and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, the 61-year-old actor Lyndhurst will play Frasier’s former college friend Alan Cornwall.

Grammer told BBC Radio Bristol: “The wonderful Nicholas Lyndhurst has joined the cast. Nicholas and I met while performing Man Of La Mancha at the Coliseum about three years ago and basically fell in love.

“I adore him, he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever worked with and I accuse him of being a bit of a punching bag because you don’t see him coming and all of a sudden he gets all the laughs.

“He is a very, very talented man. We’ll start rehearsals in a few weeks.

“He’s playing an old friend. As I was putting the show together it suddenly occurred to me, we’ve never seen Frasier in a relationship where he was a great friend.

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Nicholas Lyndhurst (left), Cassidy Janson, Danielle De Niese and Kelsey Grammer (right) during the Man Of La Mancha launch at the London Coliseum (Ian West/PA)

In the classic BBC sitcom Only Fools And Horses, Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter, the less than street savvy little brother of market trader Sir David Jason’s Derek Trotter (Del Boy).

Lyndhurst is also known for the time-traveling sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart, which aired for six series on BBC One from 1993 to 1999 and returned in 2016 for a one-off special and crime drama New Tricks.

Speaking about the Frasier reboot, Grammer said that the audience will see a man “still discovering himself” that he finds “interesting to play”.

During its run, the Seattle-based comedy received a number of awards and was critically acclaimed, with Grammer winning Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for his role in the show.

The series received 37 Emmys out of a total of 107 nominations.

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Nicholas Lyndhurst stars in a remake of Frasier (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Talking about why Frasier thought it had become a hit series, Grammer said: “What they realized with the character in Cheers was that he could improve and they weren’t really using him yet.

“And so, what happened to Frasier when he became the center of his own show was that it got more complex, more interesting, became the highlight of the show, and actually the other characters became satellite characters that Frasier was in Cheers.

“Frasier wasn’t the chief or focal point of Cheers but a satellite became some kind of center of the universe and the satellites revolved around what was going on in his life, but the best thing I ever did was get out of the way and stop trying to laugh and let everyone figure it out.

Grammer also said she “loves” parts of the show that “suggest our emotions” — including the episode where she discovers that it’s her mother, not her father, who’s having an affair.

“It was a huge emotional show for me for some reason, I don’t know why, the fact that Frasier was rejected a few times, it’s an admission that they’ve been through something similar,” he said.

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Gary Barlow (Matt Crossick/PA)

The American actor added that he was in talks with Take That’s Gary Barlow about “the possibility of appearing in the English version of Finding Neverland.”

Grammer added: “It would be great… It’s a great show. It’s filled with so much love and great music that it didn’t quite pay off in America, and I think it’s time for it to be mounted in the UK.

He made his Broadway musical debut in 2010 as George in La Cage Aux Folles, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for best performance.

He was also acclaimed for his roles as Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in the Broadway premiere of the musical Finding Neverland.

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