This is a soap that ran in England from 1981 to 1991 with Christmas specials until 2003. There were seven seasons in all, which ran over the course of 10 years. Written by John Sullivan, Only Fools and Horses is one of the most successful soaps ever made. Although it was a slow start, it picked up pace after the first few seasons. This soap boasts of having the highest number of audience watching it for a full season.
This series has been extensively sold to countries such as Australia, Serbia, Croatia, Greece and a dozen other countries. It became especially popular in the iron curtain counties. Overseas remake of this show has also been produced successfully. Several attempts of producing an America version has been attempted, but without any fruitful results. Channel 4 portrayed the show in the USA as part of a program, which was actually a spoof of the show if it would have been produced in the USA.
Four episodes of Only Fools and Horses have been re-edited for BBC 4. In 1988, the show was featured at the London Palladium. There were plans to stage Only Fools and Horses by Ray Butt, but it got muted when the producer came up with a hit show known as Dad’s Army.
A cult following developed because of the success of the show. The appreciation society involving the show was formed in the year 1993. The society has about 7,000 members. They also published a newsletter, which came out every quarter. The society even formed a museum.
The show has contributed in coining some very popular words in the recent Britain context. Jeff Evans, the famous TV critic mentioned that Only Fools and Horses is one of the top 20 shows that have been ever produced in the history of British television.
The show had different music score for opening and closing. The second season, however, saw a different music score composed by John Sullivan himself. The present DVD series of the first season however has a totally different musical score attached to all the episodes. Different series saw a changing musical score. But seasons 4 and 5 did not receive much appreciation for its background score. The background scores however, have always managed to catch the imagination of the audience. It was equally captivating and mesmerising.
Popularity and Award
The show did not strike a chord to start with. But with every passing day it grew in popularity. It became the UK’s top 10 most watched show for a cool 10 years. The show received BAFTA for three years in the comedy category. It was also nominated for BAFTA for four years. David Jason received BAFTA for his performance.
In 1997, the show got a people’s choice award. In the same year, it was bestowed with Best Comedy award by the Royal Television Society. David Jason received the writer’s Guild Award for his performance in the year 1996.
Del-Boy, a market trader lives in a high rise with his younger brother and grand dad. Their mother passed away and the father disappeared very soon after that. Del has to take care of his younger brother and take all his responsibility. Although the brother differs in looks, age, personality, they share a deep bond of brotherly love. The show primary focuses on how Del’s failed attempt to ‘get rich’ schemes that promises to fetch results in a very short time. The best thing about the show is that the comedy was created out of sheer humour. Audiences loved the show just by witnessing the silliness of Del.