The greatest sitcom ever, the incomparable, Only Fools And Horses, is forty years old today.
The first-ever episode entitled Big Brother was broadcast on September 8th, 1981 and the rest is TV history.
What made it so outstandingly good was its simplicity, its adherence to real-life let’s face it we all have that, to quote Del Trotter, ‘That dippy younger brother’, we all know a dodgy car salesman and we all certainly know someone like Trigger.
Speaking of Trigger we here at Meath Live bet not many knew the characters correct name was Colin Ball, it’s never mentioned in the show but the late, and great scriptwriter, John Sullivan has regularly confirmed it.
Although the show was centered around Peckham in South London a large part of it was filmed in Bristol, certainly, that is where the iconic block of flats that portrayed Nelson Mandela Mansions is located.
And mention of that prompts us to ask can anyone remember where Mickey Pearce lived?
Read on to find out.
Jim Broadbent who played Slater the detective was the original first choice to play Del Boy, we bet the producers are glad he said no due to other work commitments.
The thing about OFAH is it has brought so many new words into everyday use.
All of us know a variety of ‘plonkers’, ‘dipsticks’ and ‘wallies’, the words have even been accepted into the Oxford English dictionary, and thanks to Del we all know what ‘ cushty’ means.
Favourite moments? We are spoiled for choice.
Del falling through the bar, Rodney’s wedding, Trigger discovering the name of the Trotters new arrival, we could go on and on, and if you want to list yours in the comment section well ‘Mange Toute’ as they say in Spain, or so Del says anyway.
We’ll close with fourteen classic Del Boy quotes and say ‘Bonjour’ after revealing that Mickey Pearce lived in Desmond Tutu House!
A link to the very first episode is under the quotes.
1. “You can’t trust the Old Bill, can ya? Look at that time they planted six gas cookers in my bedroom.”
2. “You’ve always been the same, even at school. Nothing but books, learning, education – that’s why you’re no good at snooker.”
3. “Don’t worry, Rodney. This time next year, we’ll be millionaires!”
4. “As Macbeth said to Hamlet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘We’ve been done up like a couple of kippers.'”
5. “They’re yuppies. They don’t speak proper English like what we do.”
6. “Asking a Trotter if he knows anything about chandeliers is like asking Mr Kipling if he knows anything about cakes.”
7. Rodney: “Del, do they call him Trigger cos he carries a gun?” Del: “No, it’s because he looks like a horse.”
8. “It’s a well-known fact that 90 percent of all foreign tourists come from abroad.”
9. “I am a black belt in origami.”
10. “Rodney, everything between you and I is split straight down the middle: 60-40.”
11. “It’s the toughest chicken I’ve ever known. It’s asked me for a fight in the car park twice.”
12. “I got a Persian rug with more food on it than a menu.”
13. “Of course he couldn’t swim, he only had one bloody arm. He would have gone around in circles, wouldn’t he?”
14. “Not only have you managed to sink every battleship and aircraft carrier that you’ve ever sailed on, but now you’ve gone and knackered a gravy boat.”