Now we are into the top half of my list. At number five is a the programme voted Britain’s Best Sitcom in 2004.
Number five – Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses follows the ups and (more often) downs of two brothers living on a council flat in London. Del Boy is the older of the two brothers. He is a quick-witted market trader who is always living on the edge of the law. Despite his frequent excursions into petty crime, Del’s underdog status makes him a likeable character. Rodney is the younger of the two brothers and was raised by Del from an early age. Due to his lack of common sense and naivety, Rodney often finds himself drawn into Del’s many ill-fated schemes. During the first four series, Del and Rodney were joined by Grandad. The actor playing Grandad however died during the filming of the fourth series. From then onwards, Uncle Albert accompanied the two brothers.
Whilst Only Fools and Horses started off slowly, latter series achieved very high ratings, peaking at 24.3 million viewers (over one-third of the UK population). The show’s popularity is reflected in it being voted as Britain’s Best Sitcom. It also features what is often regarded as one of the funniest moments on British TV (below). If all that wasn’t enough, Only Fools and Horses is credited for making popular a number of words. These include cushty, lovely jubbly (both are expressions of approval) and plonker (a light-hearted insult meaning wally).
You can buy all seven series of Only Fools and Horses here.