Only Fools And Horses named Britain's best sitcom in C4 poll

Saturday 10th October 2015, 8:57pm

Only Fools And Horses. Image shows from L to R: Del (David Jason), Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst). Copyright: BBC.Only Fools And Horses has been named as the nation's favourite British sitcom in a poll conducted by Channel 4.

The network, which revealed a top 50 list in two-part TV show Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms, arrived at the result from a poll of comedy fans conducted earlier this year on their website.

Fawlty Towers was positioned in the number two spot, whilst Blackadder, One Foot In The Grave and Porridge took up the other top 5 places. The full list of all 50 shows featured in Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms is at the bottom of this story.

This is not the first time that Only Fools And Horses has come out top of a major TV poll. A nationwide vote conducted by the BBC in 2004 for its Britain's Best Sitcom series also named the programme as the nation's favourite sitcom.

That poll (the full 2004 list) also featured Blackadder and Fawlty Towers in its top spots, however whilst Dad's Army was ranked fourth in that list, the wartime-set sitcom only came 18th in this new countdown.

Speaking about OFAH in Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms, Sue Holderness - who played Marlene in the show - said: "It's very nice that people go on saying it's Britain's best-loved sitcom because there's a lot to choose from."

Only Fools And Horses ran from 1981 to 2003 on the BBC. Written by John Sullivan, it starred David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Del Boy and Rodney, a pair of market trader brothers who sometimes operate on the wrong side of the law. Notably, the actors briefly revived their characters last year for a Sport Relief sketch.

With over 20 million viewers tuning in for many episodes, the sitcom is one of the most watched British comedies of all time. It was recently revealed that, for a period of time, the BBC was embarrassed about the show's success as they had nearly cancelled it after the first series.

The sitcom was only saved when industrial action stopped production on new shows, meaning the BBC had to fill gaps its schedules with repeats. Only Fools And Horses was one such show to be repeated, and then found an audience.

British Comedy Guide has previously revealed that a new episode of the show had been planned for Christmas 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of the show. However, the project was scrapped when creator and writer John Sullivan died in April 2011 of viral pneumonia. Should it have gone ahead, it has recently been reported that the episode would have been set against Del Boy's 65th birthday celebrations at the Nags Head, and announcing plans for his retirement.

Speaking on Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms in regard to the show's longevity and popularity, John Challis - aka Boycie - concluded: "I think it is so much part of the national fabric, I don't think it will ever be forgotten."

Below is the full top 50 as determined by Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms:

The Top 50

Only Fools And Horses. Image shows from L to R: Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del (David Jason), Grandad (Lennard Pearce). Copyright: BBC.1. Only Fools And Horses

Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). Copyright: BBC.

2. Fawlty Towers

Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Captain Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), General Melchett (Stephen Fry), Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

3. Blackadder

One Foot In The Grave. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie), Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC.

4. One Foot In The Grave

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: BBC.

5. Porridge

Father Ted. Image shows from L to R: Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn), Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

6. Father Ted

The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

7. The Vicar Of Dibley

Open All Hours. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), Granville (David Jason). Copyright: BBC.

8. Open All Hours

Men Behaving Badly. Image shows from L to R: Tony Smart (Neil Morrissey), Gary Strang (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

9. Men Behaving Badly

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix.

10. Mrs Brown's Boys

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Lister (Craig Charles). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

11. Red Dwarf

The Good Life. Image shows from L to R: Tom Good (Richard Briers), Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal), Jerry Leadbetter (Paul Eddington), Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith). Copyright: BBC.

12. The Good Life

My Family. Image shows from L to R: Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe), Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker), Michael Harper (Gabriel Thomson), Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), Abi Harper (Siobhan Hayes), Roger Bailey Jr. (Keiron Self). Copyright: DLT Entertainment Ltd. / Rude Boy Productions.

13. My Family

Absolutely Fabulous. Image shows from L to R: Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Mother (June Whitfield), Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Copyright: Saunders And French Productions / BBC.

14. Absolutely Fabulous

Keeping Up Appearances. Image shows from L to R: Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), Richard Bucket (Clive Swift). Copyright: BBC.

15. Keeping Up Appearances

The Inbetweeners. Image shows from L to R: Will Mackenzie (Simon Bird), Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas). Copyright: Bwark Productions.

16. The Inbetweeners

Birds Of A Feather. Image shows from L to R: Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson), Sharon Theodopolopodous (Pauline Quirke). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Retort.

17. Birds Of A Feather

Dad's Army. Image shows from L to R: Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley), Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), Private Walker (James Beck), Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Private Frazer (John Laurie), Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), Private Pike (Ian Lavender). Copyright: BBC.

18. Dad's Army

Steptoe And Son. Image shows from L to R: Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett), Albert Steptoe (Wilfrid Brambell). Copyright: BBC.

19. Steptoe And Son

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford). Copyright: BBC.

20. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), Neil (Nigel Planer), Mike (Christopher Ryan), Rick (Rik Mayall). Copyright: BBC.

21. The Young Ones

The Royle Family. Image shows from L to R: Barbara Royle (Sue Johnston), Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson). Copyright: Granada Productions / Jellylegs.

22. The Royle Family

Outnumbered. Image shows from L to R: Ben (Daniel Roche), Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Karen (Ramona Marquez), Sue (Claire Skinner), Pete (Hugh Dennis). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

23. Outnumbered

Gavin & Stacey. Image shows from L to R: Nessa (Ruth Jones), Gavin (Mathew Horne), Stacey (Joanna Page), Smithy (James Corden). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

24. Gavin & Stacey

Rising Damp. Image shows from L to R: Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour), Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

25. Rising Damp

The IT Crowd. Image shows from L to R: Roy (Chris O'Dowd), Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Moss (Richard Ayoade), Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). Copyright: TalkbackThames.

26. The IT Crowd

Are You Being Served?. Image shows from L to R: Miss Shirley Brahms (Wendy Richard), Mr. Dick Lucas (Trevor Bannister), Mr. Wilberforce Humphries (John Inman), Captain Stephen Peacock (Frank Thornton), Mrs. Betty Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), Mr. Ernest Grainger (Arthur Brough). Copyright: BBC.

27. Are You Being Served?

Bread. Copyright: BBC.

28. Bread

Miranda. Image shows from L to R: Tilly (Sally Phillips), Gary (Tom Ellis), Miranda (Miranda Hart), Stevie (Sarah Hadland), Penny (Patricia Hodge). Copyright: BBC.

29. Miranda

'Allo 'Allo!. Image shows from L to R: René François Artois (Gorden Kaye), Edith Melba Artois (Carmen Silvera). Copyright: BBC.

30. 'Allo 'Allo!

Phoenix Nights. Brian Potter (Peter Kay). Copyright: Goodnight Vienna Productions / Ovation Entertainments.

31. Phoenix Nights

dinnerladies. Image shows from L to R: Jean (Anne Reid), Stan (Duncan Preston), Brenda (Victoria Wood), Twinkle (Maxine Peake), Dolly (Thelma Barlow), Tony (Andrew Dunn), Anita (Shobna Gulati). Copyright: Good Fun / Pozzitive Productions.

32. dinnerladies

George & Mildred. Image shows from L to R: Mildred Roper (Yootha Joyce), George Roper (Brian Murphy). Copyright: Thames Television.

33. George & Mildred

The Office. Image shows from L to R: Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), David Brent (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: BBC.

34. The Office

Last Of The Summer Wine. Image shows from L to R: William 'Compo' Simmonite (Bill Owen), Herbert 'Truly' Truelove (Frank Thornton), Norman Clegg (Peter Sallis). Copyright: BBC.

35. Last Of The Summer Wine

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes). Copyright: BBC.

36. Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

Yes Minister. Image shows from L to R: James Hacker (Paul Eddington), Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds). Copyright: BBC.

37. Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister

To The Manor Born. Image shows from L to R: Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith), Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). Copyright: BBC.

38. To The Manor Born

Butterflies. Image shows from L to R: Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig). Copyright: BBC.

39. Butterflies

Peep Show. Image shows from L to R: Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell), Jeremy Usbourne (Robert Webb). Copyright: Objective Productions.

40. Peep Show

Hi-De-Hi!. Copyright: BBC.

41. Hi-De-Hi!

Drop The Dead Donkey. Image shows from L to R: Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson), Joy Merryweather (Susannah Doyle), Henry Davenport (David Swift). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

42. Drop The Dead Donkey

Black Books. Image shows from L to R: Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey), Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig), Bernard Black (Dylan Moran). Copyright: Assembly Film And Television.

43. Black Books

The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Yorkshire Television / Alomo Productions.

44. The New Statesman

The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Bobby Woodward (Mark Gatiss), Edward (Reece Shearsmith), Tubbs (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

45. The League Of Gentlemen

I'm Alan Partridge. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Talkback Productions.

46. I'm Alan Partridge

Desmond's. Image shows from L to R: Porkpie (Ram John Holder), Desmond (Norman Beaton), Matthew (Gyearbuor Asante). Copyright: Humphrey Barclay Productions.

47. Desmond's

Spaced. Image shows from L to R: Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin), Mike Watt (Nick Frost), Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes), Brian Topp (Mark Heap), Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg), Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

48. Spaced

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Reeder (Chris Addison), Glenn Cullen (James Smith), Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), Terri Coverley (Joanna Scanlan). Copyright: BBC.

49. The Thick Of It

W1A. Image shows from L to R: Simon Harwood (Jason Watkins), Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes), Tracey Pritchard (Monica Dolan), Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC.

50. Twenty Twelve and W1A

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