Monday, 19 September 2016


In 1981 John Challis introduced the public to the character of Boycie in Only Fools and Horses. The used car salesman became a popular foil for David Jason’s Del Boy and even spawned his own spin off series, The Green Green Grass. As an actor John Challis had a successful career before and after Only Fools and Horses, which he wrote about in his autobiography Being Boycie, but what would he reveal during “Stephan’s Six”?

What is the first smell that you can remember?
That would be the smell of apples and the smell of Autumn fermentation on my uncle's farm in Somerset. I have my own orchard now and the smell of apples always reminds me of my childhood.

What was the first perfume you remember your mum or dad wearing?
My Mother wore Joy by Jean Patou and of course I would recognise that smell again, but I never met anyone else who used it! I don't remember the smell of my father at all!

What was the perfume of your twenties?
I'm afraid it was Old Spice and I remember using it very sparingly, as the interior of an old Austin full of testosterone fuelled lads was a heady place on a Saturday night.

What was your biggest perfume mistake?
Changing to what I thought was a more sophisticated cologne ... Aramis! You could smell me a mile away.

You can only choose one perfume?
Iris Nobile by Acqua di Parma. I was staying in a grand hotel in Geneva and the products were in the bathroom. I really loved the smell and splashed it on with gay abandon as they were freebies. I felt very suave and sophisticated!

What perfume should I try?
Acqua di Sicilia by Santa Maria Novella is the most wonderful citrusy cologne, and it can be worn by men and women. I first came across this amazing perfume in Florence when I was enticed into their beautiful perfumery shop. Luxury personified. My wife loves it, I love it ... what more could you ask?!

For more details about John's autobiographies, Being Boycie and Boycie & Beyond, or for information on his tour of Only Fools and Boycie you can visit his website at

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