Only Fools and Horses

Trivia: Only Fools and Horses was recently voted Britain's Best Sitcom, beating BlackAdder and the Vicar of Dibley into second and third place respectively.


Trivia: The story behind why Trigger calls Rodney Dave is that apparently Roger Lloyd Pack kept getting names mixed up during rehearsals early on in the show's history. "Dave" came from David Jason when he was actually with Nicholas Lyndhurst [Rodney]. It stuck and quickly became part of the show's immense appeal.


The Jolly Boys' Outing - S99-E8

Trivia: When Albert crashes the boat at the seaside, the little boy who laughs at him is Mickey Pearce's son in real life.

Joe Mc

It Never Rains... - S2-E6

Trivia: They actually used Bournemouth beach to shoot all the beach scenes instead of Benidorm.

Joe Mc

Time on Our Hands - S8-E3

Trivia: Towards the end of the episode, when Del is in the flat thinking about his life growing up and living there, you here a voiceover of Grandad (I THINK it's him but I can't remember 100%) saying: "Your dad always said that one day Del Boy would reach the top, but then again he used to say that one day Millwall would win the cup", (referring to football's FA Cup) and the joke being that both situations were unlikely. I just thought it was ironic as Millwall were in fact surprise finalists in the 2004 FA Cup final - and although they did not actually win it - I thought it was worth pointing out anyway.


Trivia: In the closing song, one of the lines is "God Bless Hooky Street". Hooky is British slang for something stolen or which has been acquired illegally.


Trivia: David Jason was the fourth choice actor to play the character Del. Jim Broadbent (who later went on to play Roy Slater), Enn Rietel and Billy Murray were all asked before Jason but all turned it down due to other commitments. Jason was actually only picked four days before filming started on the first episode.

Joe Mc

Tea for Three - S5-E4

Trivia: When the hang glider scene was filmed, David Jason wanted to actually fly the glider himself. He is a trained glider pilot, scuba diver, and swims with dolphins! But the BBC said it was too dangerous for him to fly it, for insurance reasons.

Joe Mc

The Jolly Boys' Outing - S99-E8

Trivia: John Sullivan's sister-in-law Penny was the inspiration behind the script for this Christmas special. She informed Sullivan of an event her father used to go every year called "The Jolly Boys' Outing".


Trivia: John Sullivan had intended for pop duo Chas & Dave to sing the theme song, but they were unavailable. Sullivan was persuaded by producer Ray Butt to sing the song himself.


If They Could See Us Now...! - S9-E1

Trivia: The fictional gameshow 'Goldrush' was invented as a replacement for 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?'. It was originally planned that Del would appear on 'Millionaire, unfortunately talks between the relevant parties broke down. (00:24:50 - 01:53:55)


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - S5-E6

Trivia: This episode was actually going to be David Jason's last as he had told the writers that he wanted to go elsewhere to further his career. Just before John Sullivan had finished the script, he changed his mind and said he wanted to stay. The alternative ending was to see Del take up Jumbo's offer and go to Australia and then Rodney and Albert would trade together.

Joe Mc

Strained Relations - S4-E2

Trivia: In the scene where we see Del Boy and Rodney at Grandad's grave, David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst found the scene so emotional that they shed real tears.


Trivia: The person singing the opening and closing theme tunes is none other than the creator of the show, John Sullivan.


Trivia: The show was originally filmed on location in Peckham, but as the show grew in popularity, filming was increasingly interrupted by tourists. And so, the location of filming was changed, but the setting remained the same.

Trivia: Elizabeth Hurley auditioned for the role of Cassandra. Cassandra was supposed to be 21 when she married Rodney, five years younger than Rodney. In real life Gwyneth Strong is actually two years older than Nicholas Lyndhurst.


Trivia: Del and Rodney are the only characters to appear in every episode.


Trivia: David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst are the only actors to appear in all 65 episodes of the show.


Happy Returns - S4-E1

Trivia: This episode doesn't feature Lennard Pearce as he was in hospital at the time and the cast and crew began filming without him. Shortly after, someone arrived on the set to inform them that sadly, Pearce had died.


Trivia: The title of the show is based on a genuine saying "Why do only fools and horses work? (for a living)", which had its origins in 19th century American vaudeville. Only Fools and Horses had also been a title of an episode from "Citizen Smith".


Mother Nature's Son - S99-E12

Audio problem: During the first scene of this episode, (the scene with Rodney and Cassandra in bed) there is a distinct echo on the soundtrack. (00:05:00)

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Modern Men - S8-E2

Mike: Well?
Trigger: Well what?
Mike: What are they naming the baby?
Trigger: If it's a girl, they're calling her Sigourney, after an actress. And if it's a boy, they're calling him Rodney, after Dave.

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Question: What exactly did Del and Rodney's mother die of?


Chosen answer: An apparent long string of illnesses.

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