BBC and Royal Mail in Only Fools and Horses Deal
BBC Studios in partnership with Royal Mail, today revealed 12 stamp images marking the 40th anniversary year of the popular TV comedy series, Only Fools and Horses.
The show follows the exploits of wheeler-dealer Del Trotter, his hapless younger brother, Rodney, their Grandad and later their Uncle Albert. It now has a regular slot on Gold and is a firm favourite with viewers – consistently one of the most-watched shows on the UKTV–owned channel.
By 1985 the series was such a success that it had earned a feature-length Christmas episode: ‘To Hull and Back’. From then on, Only Fools became a regular Christmas Day highlight for millions of people, from all walks of life.
The impact of Only Fools and Horses on the life of the nation is demonstrated by many of the show’s catchphrases and words having entered common usage. In 2003, the most popular of these, ‘lovely jubbly’, was listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.
To mark the 40th anniversary, the eight stamps feature classic Only Fools and Horses scenes and one-liners, while a further four stamps, presented in a miniature sheet, depict the main Trotter family characters as individual stamps; Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad and Uncle Albert with a catchphrase for each.