"I hope I'm nothing like any of the characters I play," he explains. "He's nouveau-riche and very pompous. He's married to the wonderful Mrs Bott and I think he probably saw her in the chorus line of some show when he was younger and thought: 'Oh yes, I must have her on my arm.'"
Have you based Mr Bott on anyone you know?
"I suppose I based him on a few pompous fools I know, but I'm not saying who they are!"
What attracted you to the series?
"I was sent the script with a very nice letter from the producer, John Chapman, and I thought: 'This looks like a lot of fun," he reveals.
"I also remember a very old friend of mine (Dennis Waterman) playing the original William in the very first adaptation, then I also read that certain other people were going to be in it, like Caroline Quentin, Roy Hudd and little Daniel, and I thought: 'Yeah, we could have a laugh with this!'"