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Only Fools and Horses Theme Pub Opens

15 November 2000

A pub landlord has converted his boozer into a shrine to classic BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.

Obessed Phil Hurrel has renamed his pub in Peckham, South London, The Nag's Head in honour of Del Boy and Rodney's favourite watering hole.

Pride of place in the 135,000 " revamp is the Trotter's famous yellow three wheeler - one of the TV show's originals from the 1980s.

Phil, nicknamed Boycie by friends, has more than 80 signed pictures of the stars in his bar, including one of Del, played by David Jason, and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst). "I'm a huge fan of Only Fools and Horses," Phil said. "I have been a publican for 30 years, so I decided to merge the two and came up with the Nag's Head. This should really put Peckham on the map."

Only Fools scenes top comedy list

13 August 2000

Del, Rodney and Grandads disastrous attempt to take down a chandelier in a country house in Only Fools and Horses has been listed as the greatest sitcom moment of all time.

The scene, which sees a crystal chandelier crash to the ground after being mistakenly unscrewed by Grandad whilst Del and Rodney are up on ladders waiting to catch a different chandelier, tops a new top 50 of classic comedy segments.

It is one of three moments from the hit sitcom featured in the list, compiled for Radio Times by 17 experts including comedy veterans Ronnie Barker and Victoria Wood and former Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin.

Second place went to the scene in which Del Boy falls through an open bar hatch while ogling a pair of glamorous women in a winebar.

Rodney's first meeting with his brother's baby, Damian, in which he envisages the boy as the antichrist in classic horror film The Omen, came in at number 48.

Other vintage moments topping the list include the scene in which a drunken Eddy falls into a bed of flowers on Absolutely Fabulous, which is at number three.

Only Fools and Horses may return

10 August 2000

The head of BBC Comedy has admitted the corporation is in talks to bring back Only Fools and Horses.

Geoffrey Perkins says the BBC is in negotiations with writer John Sullivan about the possibility of new episodes of the highly popular comedy.

The last episode of the series about Del Boy and Rodney was screened in 1996, when the brothers finally became millionaires.

BBC Hint at Return

24 June 2000

Fans of Only Fools and Horses are hoping for a new series of the classic comedy after the BBC hinted it might make a comeback.

A new series would follow the exploits of lovable Del Boy and Rodney, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, after they became millionaires at the end of the show's last series.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We would love to bring it back. We never say never but all the right pieces have to be in place before anything could happen." She refused to confirm or deny that BBC bosses were discussing a new series with Jason, 60, and Lyndhurst, 38.

Actors Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Del Boy's wife Raquel, and Gwyneth Strong, who played Rodney's wife Cassandra, could return, along with John Challis (Boycie) and Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger).

Sadly, Buster Merryfield, who played Uncle Albert, died a year ago aged 78.

Only Fools and Horses was one of the most successful shows in British TV history. It ran for 15 years from 1981 and the final episode, shown at Christmas 1996, was seen by more than 24 million people.

Recently the BBC turned down Jason's offer to make a special one-off millennium edition.

Del Boy corners the market in TV popularity

19 April 2000

Del Boy Trotter is the most popular British television character of all time, according to a new survey.

The Only Fools and Horses wheeler-dealer, played by David Jason, has taken more than a third of the votes in a poll conducted by UK interactive TV service Open.

His success comes three weeks after the classic series was voted the UK's best-loved sitcom in a survey run by internet bank smile.co.uk.

Commenting on the result, Jason said: "I'm thrilled that Open viewers have voted so strongly for Del. "I'm sure Derek Trotter would be thrilled too and, if he could, he'd probably say, 'This year the world, next year the universe'. Thanks again to everybody who took part in the survey."

All top five places in the poll went to sitcom leads, with Royle Family layabout Jim Royle, alias actor Ricky Tomlinson, in second place, on 14% of the vote. One Foot in the Grave's Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson, came in third. The Vicar of Dibley's Rev Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) and Joanna Lumley's Patsy Stone character from Absolutely Fabulous were in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Other high scorers included TV presenters Rolf Harris, Carol Smillie, Jeremy Clarkson and Naked Chef Jamie Oliver.

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Only Fools and Horses Theme Pub Opens

Only Fools scenes top comedy list

Only Fools and Horses may return

BBC Hint at Return

Del Boy corners the market in TV popularity