Throwback Thursday – Only Fools & Chandeliers

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The loved series of Only Fools and Horses, was broadcasted on British television for 10 years, from 1981 to 1991. The Britcom was written and created by John Sullivan. On our throwback Thursday this week, we take a look back at the series and episode where clumsy Del boy and Rodney broke the crystal chandelier with grandad.

A_Touch_of_GlassAccording to records Only Fools and Horses was one of the most loved and popular sitcom of all time from the UK. John Sullivan based his characters on people he knew just like Del boy from childhood. All characters were presented a little dim but all loveable at the same time.  Big brother was the very first episode of Only Fools and Horses which was shown on Tuesday 8th September 1981. Series two saw the episode ‘A Touch of Glass’ which was the last of series two and was the first episode to reach 10 million viewers. It was screened on 2nd December 1982, the scene where Del boy and Rodney smash the chandelier was one of the favourite moments from Only Fools and Horses. It was adapted from a real life moment in Sullivan’s life, where his father had men in fitting new heating and they had to move around glass chandeliers.

By the third series which was screened in 1983, the show had just over 10 million viewers, it got better as the years went on and by the final series 7 later followed by specials, it reached over 15-17 million viewers. John Sullivan based it on the Trotter family, he wanted to entertain his audience with funny, comical characters.

Below we have featured the clip where the chandelier is smashed in a touch of glass. It was only filmed once, as the chandelier was an expensive item. We wouldn’t want Derek Del Boy and Rodney cleaning our chandeliers that’s for sure…

The Imperia Chandelier->
Katie Chandelier->


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