The 71-year-old, who played Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the series, said: “They can do brilliant comedy but I don’t think that they can bring off Fools and Horses. I don’t see that it will travel across the pond.

“The language will have to change so much and there will be so many parts of the storyline you have to change. It’s so London and so British in its humour that you wonder. I have no idea what the American equivalent of ‘plonker’ is, for example. Or ‘dipstick’.”

No stars have been confirmed for the ABC project, but the rumour mill suggests American Pie’s Jason Biggs could play the Rodney role, while Steve Carell – from the American version of The Office TV series and Anchorman –  is tipped to play Del Boy.

A spokesperson for ABC said: “The show will be based on the iconic British series, this classic comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get rich quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires.”

Robin Williams has been tipped to play Uncle Albert.

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