Nicholas Lyndhurst on filming classic Only Fools on Horses
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Only Fools and Horses continues to be one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time and it has been 40 years since the first episode aired. The BBC hit aired for seven seasons and it featured a total of 64 episodes, which were set across various locations. Here is all you need to know about where Del Boy (played by David Jason) and Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) visited, thanks to Virgin Media.
Only Fools and Horses filming locations
HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum, Greenwich
HMS Belfast is a famous cruiser built for the Royal Navy, and it is now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames.
The flagship featured in the episode ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Uncle’, which follows Del and Rodney as they go looking for Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield).
In the episode, Uncle Albert said he had been mugged and, feeling like a burden, he left Nelson Mandela House.
The Second World War navy ship from the episode has fired some of the first shots at the D-Day landings and served in the Korean War.
Sotheby’s, Mayfair, London
Sotheby’s became an iconic location as it features in one of the pivotal moments of the series.
This is where Del finally makes his millions when he auctioned off a pocket watch they had found in the garage.
The location is a real auction house and it also deals with private sales of paintings, jewellery, watches, wine and more.
The auction house featured in the episode titled ‘Time on Our Hands’.
Chapel Market, Angel, London
The market is one of the most-seen locations in the series and it is almost a character in its own right.
The street is still a working market and appeared in a number of episodes including ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The Second Time Around’.
The daily street market is three blocks long and it sells everything from fruit and veg to household goods and clothing.
The location has the capacity to host 224 different market stalls.
White Conduit Street, Angel, London
This street was made famous following a particularly hilarious scene, which saw Del Boy attempting to sell suitcases.
He was pestering staff at the store on the North London backstreet and the Furrier sign above the shop is still there to this day.
West Cross Route, White City, London
West Cross Route is a poignant location as it featured in the final ever episode, titled Sleepless in Peckham.
Del and Rodney were spotted driving away in their iconic van along the dual carriageway.
Fans of the series have often toured along the same route to relive some of the standout moments.
Harlech Tower, Acton, London
This tower block was used as the backdrop for the fictional Nelson Mandela House in Peckham.
The exterior shots and opening credits were all filmed here and the building is still standing to this day.
In January 2019, fans of the series were shocked to hear the tower was to be demolished to make way for flats.
Del Boy actor Jason called for a preservation order to protect the iconic block, however, it is scheduled for demolition in 2025.
Theatre Royal Dury Lane, Covent Garden, London
The beautiful Georgian theatre is featured in the fifth Christmas Special when Rodney visits the opera.
He met the daughter of a Duke at Peckham Market and took her to the theatre so they could get to know each other.
The West End theatre was built in the early 1660s during the English Restoration.
Dreamland, Margate, Kent
One of the most memorable locations in the series, Margate featured in the episode titled ‘Jolly Boys Outing’.
This was the eighth Christmas special and it saw the whole gang head off on a road trip to the seaside location.
The boys had to split up when they realised there was a limited number of hotel rooms.
Del and Rodney ended up getting locked outside of the hotel in the middle of the night.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the series celebrating its 40th birthday.
Only Fools News shared a statement from actor Jason, which said: “Who can believe that it is forty years ago that the late, great John Sullivan introduced the Trotter family to the world.
“It feels a little more than yesterday but certainly not all those years ago. Every cast member brought something to the scripts and added to the dynamics of Del and Rodney, Grandad, Uncle Albert and all the other wonderful characters.
“We had so much fun making them and I feel privileged to be part of such an iconic British sitcom.
“It seems that the popularity of OFAH grows from strength to strength as the new generation is handed on this timeless humour based on family spats, great characters and clever, clever storylines.”
Only Fools and Horses is available to watch on Netflix, Britbox, Amazon Prime Video.
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