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In September 1981, BBC One screened the pilot episode of a British sitcom set in a high-rise block of council flats in Peckham, south London—9 million people tuned in. 15 years, seven series and more than 60 episodes later, 24.3 million people watched the final installment of Only Fools and Horses—over a third of the British population, and the largest audience for a sitcoIn September 1981, BBC One screened the pilot episode of a British sitcom set in a high-rise block of council flats in Peckham, south London—9 million people tuned in. 15 years, seven series and more than 60 episodes later, 24.3 million people watched the final installment of Only Fools and Horses—over a third of the British population, and the largest audience for a sitcom ever recorded. On the 30th anniversary of the show, Britain's favorite entertainment writer celebrates Britain's best-loved sitcom....

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ISBN : 9780857860545
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 1111 Pages
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Only Fools and Horses Reviews

  • Steve Jones
    2018-07-23 08:05

    A great TV series with many, many laughs. Unfortunately the book was a bit boring, interesting, but just not a book I that blew me away. Some good insights into the workings of the series and the actors. I had never seen the Christmas specials so this part was interesting and I will have to get the DVDs.

  • Chris Davis
    2018-07-29 07:55

    First up, I am a huge fan of Only Fools and Horses. It is genuinely my favourite TV show of all time. I rewatched the entire collection recently and just found myself in awe on numerous occasions--I just cannot believe that the script is the result of one man's work. I saw this book come out last year and was waiting for it to come out on paperback, however I saw it on Amazon second-hand for about $4! Couldn't believe my luck.The book attempts to go behind the scenes on the production of this classic show--how it started, how it nearly got cancelled, how it kept going, and how it ended. Unfortunately for books like this, we now have access to a lot of this information on Wikipedia and elsewhere online. I already knew about David Jason's background and the same for the others. That said, there were definitely some insights into the production process and initial stages that was new. The vast majority of the book is taken up analysing episodes of the show. This can be a bit boring if you already know the episode off-by-heart. The author actually criticises some of the episodes, which is good because they certainly weren't all perfect (Royal Flush for one!). However the author seems obsessed with how a sitcom should be structured and he criticises an episode just for not conforming to a pattern (1/3 intro, 1/3 set-up, 1/3 big ending, or something like that). There are also some facts about the show that are incorrect and that is amazing for a book such as this. For example, he quotes a scene where Rodney asks Trigger why he calls him Dave. The discussion took place in the town hall, but the author somehow mistakes this for the Nag's Head.This was an enjoyable and very quick read, but I really didn't get a lot from it and it isn't worth paying full price for. All I picked up is some information on the formation of the show and a few lunch meetings that led to the extra episodes. In this day-and-age when DVD extras often contain hours of extra detail, this is all a bit underwhelming. Still, for the most part, fans will enjoy this one, even if it is just for the reminders of a phenomenal show.6/10

  • Adam Stone
    2018-07-31 09:07

    This book is exactly what it says on the cover; it is a story about the sitcom Only Fools and Horses from its origins right up until the premature death of its creator John Sullivan and is fascinating in many ways. One for the information about the way that television shows were produced in the nineteen seventies right up until the noughties, and also for the insights into the creative process of creating an show from the bottom up. Excellent for fans of the show, but probably won't appeal to someone who had never heard of either the show, or of John Sullivan himself.

  • Ben Baker
    2018-07-30 07:04

    A smashing little potted history of a beloved series. Being a comedy spod, I knew most of the story but it was lovely to have a few moments spent in the world of the old BBC Television Centre where commissions were based on gut feeling rather than focus groups. Very fair on the show too, handing out the same level of criticism for the good and the bad, with a lovely postscript on how TV should treat it with more care rather than making it easy repeat fodder.

  • Mark
    2018-07-29 09:03

    A good read for fans of the show. Gives the story of how the programme came about and its ups and downs as each series and then the various specials were filmed and screened. Includes an episode guide at the end that lists them all in order including original transmission dates and original viewing ratings.

  • Ross
    2018-07-22 05:09

    An interesting walk through the history of one of Britain's most loved comedy shows. Some interesting stories and a good insight into the production and characters behind it. Nothing amazing, but a good solid profile. If you're an Only Fools fan, it's worth a read.

  • James
    2018-07-22 07:41

    The complete story of Only Fools and Horses. It has really cheered me up during a couple of hard weeks. It was interesting to hear the story of one of my favourite shows all all time. I'd have liked more of a synopsis of each episode, and more detail about the characters.

  • Pennyboller
    2018-07-26 09:00

    It was good, but not as good as I thought it was going to be...I discovered that David Jason had a twin who died shortly after birth, and how all the actors were chosen for their roles. So I'm glad I read it.I hope they put the programme back on the telly (ie not gold), right from the start!