Only Fools and Horses

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Only Fools and Horses
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"Stick a pony in me pocket/I'll fetch the suitcase from the van/'Cause if you want the best 'uns/And you don't ask questions/Then brother, I'm your man!"
Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: Regular episodes
Series 1–5: 30 minutes
Series 6–7: 50 minutes
Christmas specials
35–95 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: September 8, 1981 - December 25, 2003
Network(s): BBC
Created by: John Sullivan
BBC
Distributed by: BBC
Starring: David Jason
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Lennard Pearce
Buster Merryfield
Teresa Peake-Jones
Gwyneth Strong
Roger Lloyd-Pack
John Challis
Paul Barber
Kenneth MacDonald
Sue Holderness
Patrick Murray
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 64


Only Fools and Horses is a British sitcom created and written by John Sullivan. It ran for seven series and sixteen Christmas specials from 8 September 1981 to 25 December 2003. It would receive a spin-off in 2005 entitled The Green Green Grass and a prequel in 2010 entitled Rock and Chips.

Synopsis

A Peckham, South London family known as the Trotters work as illegal market traders in their quest to become millionaires.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great characters, such as Del Boy (the charismatic South London market trader), Rodney (Del's idealistic but dependent younger brother), Grandad (the Trotters' scruffy and daft grandfather who is a terrible cook), Uncle Albert (Grandad's younger brother and a World War II veteran), Raquel (the ambitious trained singer and actress who becomes Del's significant other), Cassandra (the rich girl who becomes Rodney's girlfriend and wife), Trigger (the dim-witted roadsweeper who always calls Rodney "Dave"), Boycie (the snobbish car salesman), Denzil (the lorry driver with plenty of common sense), Mike Fisher (the landlord of The Nag's Head), Marlene (Boycie's perky wife) and Mickey Pearce (Rodney's best friend and a spiv).
  2. Very catchy theme tune and end credits song, as both sung by John Sullivan.
  3. Many brilliant episodes, half of which revolve around Del's numerous get-rich-quick schemes, such as cleaning chandeliers, managing a music band that Rodney is a part of, helping Rodney with ideas for a student movie, and selling bottled water straight from the tap to the public, while the other half involve eventful adventures such as Del battling Boycie in a poker game, Rodney looking for love in all the wrong places by dating a policewoman and a 40-year-old woman who's married to an abusive husband, Del going hang-gliding, Rodney being forced by Del to pretend to be 14 for a holiday in Mallorca, a beano to Margate that results in the coach being blown up, and Del and Rodney running through the city streets at night while dressed as Batman and Robin.
  4. So many quotable lines, such as "He who dares wins!", "Lovely Jubbly!", "This time next year, we'll be millionaires!", "During the war...", etc.

Trivia

  • Jim Broadbent was John Sullivan's original choice for the role of Del Boy. While failing to get the role, Broadbent did still appear within the show as DCI Roy Slater.
  • John Sullivan intended for Chas & Dave to sing the show's theme song due to the success from their "Rockney" style of music (a mixture of rock 'n roll and cockney). However, they were unavailable having just recorded their hit single "Ain't No Pleasing You" in 1982, so Sullivan sang the song himself after being persuaded by Ray Butt to do so. Chas & Dave would eventually record a song for the 1989 Christmas special "The Jolly Boys' Outing".
  • Many of the episodes were based on John Sullivan's real-life experiences, such as falling through a bar flap, a chandelier falling, his father's poker sessions, his niece joining the police force, his grandfather falling down holes to claim money, etc.


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