Regularly touted as one of the best British sitcoms ever, Only Fools and Horses
kicked off in 1981 when mobile phones were the size of bricks and wine bars were the ultimate places to hang out in. The formula was simple enough: Cockney wideboy Derek Trotter (brilliantly played by David Jason) dreams of better things for himself while sharing a cramped council flat in the nicely named Peckham tower block Nelson Mandela House with his unworldly brother Rodney and his sweet but doddery old granddad. Trouble is, Del's endless money-making schemes (such as his attempt to flog a consignment of one-legged turkeys, or his plan to sell bottled tap water) inevitably backfire, like the knackered old Robin Reliant van he uses to cart around all this faulty gear. Created by John Sullivan, who also sings the very catchy theme tune, Only Fools and Horses
is a wonderful mix of dodgy but loveable characters (such as Del Boy's dimwit friend Trigger), knockabout slapstick (no-one falls down with as much comedic grace as Jason) and brilliantly crafted dialogue. Sadly, Leonard Pierce who played Granddad died in 1983; but his armchair in the Trotter household was filled in 1985 by Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert (an old merchant seaman who bores Del and Rodney with tales of his war days). The show ran to seven series and ended with characteristic warmth in 1991, when Del Boy became a father; but the Trotters made occasional returns to the small screens with six hugely popular one-off Christmas specials. As Del Boy himself might say: "Lovely jubbly". --Edward Lawrenson
Every episode from the first seven seasons of the hugely popular BBC series about the wheeler-dealer Trotters, starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Episodes are: 'Big Brother', 'Cash and Curry', 'Go West Young Man', 'The Second Time Around', 'A Slow Bus to Chingford', 'The Russians are Coming', the 1981 Christmas Special 'Christmas Crackers', 'The Long Legs of the Law', 'Ashes to Ashes', 'A Losing Streak', 'No Greater Love', 'The Yellow Peril', 'It Never Rains...', 'A Touch of Glass', the two-part 1982 Chrsitmas special 'Diamonds are for Heather', 'Homesick', 'Healthy Competition', 'Friday the 14th', 'Yesterday Never Comes', 'May the Force be With You', 'Wanted', 'Who's a Pretty Boy?', the 1983 Christmas special 'Thicker Than Water', 'Happy Returns', 'Strained Relations', 'Hole in One', 'It's Only Rock and Roll', 'Sleeping Dogs Lie', 'Watching the Girls Go By', 'As One Door Closes', 'From Prussia With Love', 'The Miracle of Peckham', 'The Longest Night', 'Tea for Three', 'Video Nasty', 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?', 'Yuppy Love', 'Danger UXD', 'Chain Gang', 'The Unlucky Winner is...', 'Sickness and Wealth', 'Little Problems', 'The Sky's the Limit', 'The Chance of a Lunchtime', 'Stage Fright', The Class of '62', 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Uncle' and 'Three Men, a Woman and a Baby'.