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Only Fools and Horses

"I don't know why they want these drug-addiction centres, Del Boy. I mean ain't we got enough drug-addicts without them recruiting more."“BUSH, BUSH, BUSH, BUSH, BUSH, BUSH, BUSH”. Still your best chance of getting a glimpse of a branch of Supercigs or Spud-U-Like, JOHN SULLIVAN’s uber-com – originally to be titled READIES – is alternately great and woeful. In the great bracket: “It’s Barratt’s!”, the Peckham Pouncer, “Cwying!”, ‘The Longest Night’ (best episode ever) and – yeah – we’ll say it: the Batman and Robin bit. And as for the woeful? ‘If They Could See Us Now’ (worst episode ever), Raquel, that one with the bottled water, all the Omen stuff and the clunky pop cultural references (“Have you ever spent a night with Trigger? It’s like holding a seance with Mr Bean”). But, to be fair, anything up until Cassandra arrives is top, and a different opening and closing theme is bonus points in anyone’s book – particularly when there’s the none-more-eighties line: “Ball games, gold chains, whassa-names, and at a push, some Trevor Francis tracksuits”.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Sometimes feels like I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like it. Get the violins out…

    • Joanne Gray

      February 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I’m not keen either. I think the endless repeats sickened me of it.

  2. Rob Johnson

    September 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Went on for too long and became overly sentimental. At its pomp though it was hilarious.

  3. Glenn A

    April 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    RIP John Sullivan, you created the greatest sitcom of my teenage years. The 1989 series was a masterpiece.

  4. John O'Connor

    April 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    OFAH contains some of the greatest lines in comedy, full stop.

    Superb.

  5. Stuey

    April 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    supercigs are still going aren’t they?

  6. Arthur Nibble

    April 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    For all its laugh-out-loud moments (the pratfall, anyone?), the script had its poignant sad moments, like Del Boy on his own at the wedding buffet, and admittedly soppy sentimental stuff, like Del Boy’s babe-in-his-arms speech to Damian which, admittedly, gets me every time.

  7. Richard16378

    April 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Many episodes seemed to have a sentimental moment suddenly followed by something very funny,

    For example the vicar wondering where his hat was at Grandad’s funeral.

  8. Barbersmith

    November 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

    If this had finished after series four it would stand up there with the greatest sitcoms ever. Sadly, it didn’t. Mawkish, over-long, tired, lazy and worst of all, deeply unfunny by the time it finished.

  9. Richard Davies

    November 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    It drifted a little into drama with the 50 minute episodes & annual extended specials, but the quality of the series was there right to the end. The 1996 specials got better & better as they went along, I was practically cheering as the end of the 3rd one.

    It’s a shame the BBC & John Sullivan let us down with the 2001-3 Xmas specials that tried to recapture a more-or-less perfect ending & were wide of the mark, even if the last one did restore some of the balance.

    • Barbersmith

      February 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      It drifted into pure shite. Not ‘drama’.

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