Only Fools And Horses. Del (David Jason). Copyright: BBC
Secrets & Scandals Of Only Fools And Horses

Secrets & Scandals Of Only Fools And Horses

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 5
  • 2022
  • 1 episode

Documentary about the making of Only Fools And Horses, revealing secrets and little-told stories from cast and crew. Features Sue Holderness, John Thomson, Chris Wadsworth, Tim Ewbank, Mike Jones and more.

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

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Channel 5
Sue Holderness, John Thomson, Chris Wadsworth, Tim Ewbank, Mike Jones, Richard Latto, Graham McCann, Garry Bushell and more
Kate Staples, Mark Roberts, Mark Harrison, Gabriella Meade and Tom Evans

Only Fools And Horses is one of the most popular sitcoms ever made. Tens of millions of viewers tuned in to watch the outrageous antics of Del, Rodney and the Peckham gang.

Secrets & Scandals Of Only Fools And Horses reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of how the show was made and became Britain's favourite sitcom. The show uncovers the secrets behind the hilarious visual gags, the lost episodes of the show and how the cast could have looked very different.

We feature interviews with Sue Holderness, who played Marlene on the show, comedy actor and fan of the show John Thomson, alongside cast and crew who made the series, and historians who discuss the impact of the sitcom.

The programme will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets behind iconic TV moments including the infamous chandelier scene and Del's visit to a wine bar.

Sue Holderness reveals how Marlene went from a one-scene character to a sitcom legend and she explains how a filming trip to Miami was very nearly deadly.

We also reveal why one episode of the show was pulled from repeats. And there are also secrets about the casting of the show's main characters, including the surprising story of how David Jason nearly missed out on the role of Del.

And we reveal how writer and creator John Sullivan got the show on air through his own wheeling and dealing, and the real-life events that inspired the hilarious storylines.


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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 22nd July 2022 at 9pm on Channel 5
Episode length
1 hour
All previous repeats
  • Friday 29th December 2023 at 12:05am on C5
  • Sunday 24th December 2023 at 10:30pm on C5

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