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Dramas hidden behind Only Fools And Horses

DESPITE aired 25 years ago, Only Fools And Horses Christmas special Heroes And Villains remains the nation’s favorite TV show to watch during the festive period.

inside Sun’s exclusive poll, Del Boy and Rodney dressed as deviant as Batman and Robin came out on top – after receiving 28% of your vote.

The episode of Only Fools And Horses Heroes And Villains was voted the most popular movie in the country

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The episode of Only Fools And Horses Heroes And Villains was voted the most popular movie in the countryCredit: BBC
Favorite British TV show that aired 64 episodes from 1981 to 2003

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Favorite British TV show that aired 64 episodes from 1981 to 2003Credit: GETTY

This was followed by Vicar Of Dibley’s Four Christmas Lunches at 11%, Snowman: A Walk in the Air, and Wallace And Gromit: The Wrong Pants, both with 10%.

Only fools and horses was first broadcast in 1981 and over the course of 22 years has released a giant 64 episodes.

Heroes And Villains is voted best by you – but behind the scenes, the episode is almost “ruined” due to a number of issues.

As the iconic Christmas special marks its 25th birthday, we take a look back at the shocking dramas and amusing moments that influenced the legendary TV show.

BBC reveals ‘almost spoiled’ Xmas

Sir David Jason says Batman and Robin costume reveal would be 'spoiled'

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Sir David Jason says Batman and Robin costume reveal would be ‘spoiled’Credit: Netflix/bbc

Before the release of heroes and villains, Sir David Jason said he “shudders” at the thought of how the episode will be received.

It follows a clash with BBC’s publicity department and the press department, which the actor compares to “fighting a battle on two sides”.

The drama begins when the company wants to “get ahead” and make sure viewers follow along by releasing a trailer before the episode airs.

However, they were planning to show the episode’s “big reveal” – when they realized that Del Boy and Rodney dressed up as Batman and Robin.

In the episode, the two brothers believe they will enter a fancy dress competition – with a £1,000 speaker system as the prize – only to discover that no one is dressed because the organizer is dead. and now the awakening.

In Sir David’s Memoirs A Del Of A Life, which came out last year, he explained that showing them dressed as crusaders in capstones would “cut up all that carefully constructed” in the scene.

“Even a glimpse of Del or Rodney in those stupid outfits before the episode airs, indeed at any point…will be ruined,” he wrote.

Thankfully, Sir David and the team were “well qualified” to make a strict request to the BBC: “Nothing to suggest Del and Rodney in those outfits will ever leak.”

Shooting in Bristol to avoid the ‘fan crowd’

The plot for Special Christmas is a closely guarded secret – but the press and the public are both eager to find out what happened.

It resulted in the show being filmed in Bristol instead of London to avoid prying eyes and photographers.

The cameras shot just after midnight to avoid passersby catching a glimpse of the dressed duo and Batman and Robin.

The team also hired security guards, who had roped around the area to avoid anyone getting close to where they were filming.

Speaking of difficulties, Sir David explained: “A picture in the newspaper can ruin it. A tow truck can kill it. “

Recalcitrant schoolgirl

This isn’t the only episode to face the drama in real life because of how popular the show is – where, Nicholas Lyndhurst ridiculed by a child.

Sir David recalls the interesting incident, which happened during a break from filming at Chapel Market, in Islington.

They had to stop when the studio was already “flooded everywhere” by children, meaning “there will be no peace in the near future” and it started to rain.

Nicholas was standing under an umbrella when he was suddenly joined by a petite schoolgirl “out of nowhere”.

He described her as staring at him with “a profound, curious look that only very young people can have”.

After explaining to her that they were filming Only fools and horses, she “looked long around the rain-soaked movie”.

Then she turned to Nicholas and asked him: “Then where are the horses?”

Sir David found the incident amusing and commented: “Stupid, yes – she can see that all right. But no horse. Kids don’t miss a tip. “

David Jason is the final choice

Sir David Jason is the fifth actor to be offered the role of Del Boy, he announced

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Sir David Jason is the fifth actor to be offered the role of Del Boy, he announcedCredit: Netflix/BBC

Selecting the right people for the right roles for Only Fools And Horses is no easy task – and the biggest challenge is Del Boy.

Sir David explained that he is “only a fifth choice” and there may be others who consider his prediction a “most conservative estimate”.

“Why, perhaps you, dear reader, were also considered for the role and turned it down. It will hardly come as a shock to me,” he joked.

The actors consulted included voice expert Enn Reitel, Jim Broadbent, Robin Nedwell and Billy Murray.

Sir David said other actors would be “scared” to be offered the role after others turned it down but he was delighted.

He thinks it’s more important to be “the best you can be when you get to the front of the line” than to be “first in line”.

The Trotter Brothers’ Secret

Sir David believes Jim Broadbent would be “much more sensible” to play Rodney’s brother because he and Nicholas are the same height.

However, Sir David’s disillusionment led to the underlying plot that the Trotter brothers did not share a biological father.

The actor has described it as a “wonderful subtext” throughout the series that “never gets overwritten” but it “constantly hovers in the background”.

He also thought it would be funnier for “a smaller man to punch” and that if Del Boy was taller “could look a bit like a bully”.

Chaos corpses

The episode of Only Fools And Horses Heroes And Villains celebrates its 25th anniversary this year

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The episode of Only Fools And Horses Heroes And Villains celebrates its 25th anniversary this yearCredit: BBC

Viewers at home are often stitched together by the legendary TV show and it seems Sir David and the cast are not immune to that either.

He recalls there were “a lot of times” where they “couldn’t get the scene” because they “laughed so hard.”

In Heroes And Villains, they had to redo it so many times that they feared that things would soon come to light before they were done.

In another production, Grandad, who is played by Leonard Pearce, recalls a story from the Boer War where a silver lighter deflected a bullet but instead “blows it away” [the man’s] brain out”.

Sir David and Nicholas laughed so many times that producer Ray Butt was “extremely annoyed” with them.

Against disaster

This scene in Ashes To Ashes resulted in a cameraman being 'paused'

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This scene in Ashes To Ashes resulted in a cameraman being ‘paused’

It’s not just the cast either – in the 1982 episode Ashes To Ashes, the Trotters attempted to scatter Trigger’s grandfather’s ashes in the Thames but ran into some mishap.

In one humorous scene, they place the vase on the side of the road and a street cleaner accidentally sucks it up.

After realizing what had happened, they gave chase to the car and Rodney said, “You just drained our flask.”

The driver just replied, “Oh my god, what is he? A kitten?”

The scene is so funny that even the cameraman “can’t control himself” and “will shake” as he tries to hold back his laughter.

“We ended up having to cut the cameraman and replace him for that shot,” Sir David recalls.

He joked that they could have filmed the scene “even now” if they didn’t have another cameraman.

Sir David Jason’s memoir A Del Of A Life was published in October by Century Press and is available here.

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Huynh Nguyen

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