Only Fools and Horses is a British television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were broadcast between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. There are 63 episodes, including Christmas specials. Most episodes were shot in front of a live audience or had a laugh track recorded from a live audience.
"Only Fools and Horses" show revolves around adventures of Derek "Del Boy" Trotter (played by David Jason) and his much younger brother Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst). The show deals with their numerous schemes and plans to get rich. Brothers live in Peckham, in a council flat in a Nelson Mandela House block, first with their Grandad (Lennard Pearce) and after his death with his brother Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield).*
*-The role of Granded was replaced with Uncle Albert after Pearce passed away in 1984.
Del's (unregistered) company "Troterrs Independent Trades" is "specialized" for buying and selling a variety of low-quality and illegal goods, such as Russian Army camcorders, luminous yellow paint and sex dolls filled with an explosive gas. They trade primarily on the black market. Despite Del's ambitions, most of his deals fail and end up backfiring. Brothers own a now iconic yellow three-wheeled van.
Other notable character include Raquel (Tessa Peake-Jones), Del's "significant other" (introduced later in the series), Rodney's wife Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong), introduced in series six, Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack), a dim-witted road sweeper, Boycie (John Challis), a shady used car salesman and his wife Marlene (Sue Holderness), Del's friend Denzil (Paul Barber), Rodney's friend Mickey Pearce (Patrick Murray) and Mike (Kenneth MacDonald), the landlord of the Nag's Head, a local pub that main character frequent.
The humour comes from several sources. The interaction between Del and Rodney is key, with each an ideal comic foil for the other in both personality and appearance. Much is made of the traits of individual characters, such as Del's lack of cultural refinement, despite his pretensions, best seen in his misuse of French phrases or his claims to be a yuppy; Rodney's gormless nature, resulting in him being labelled a "plonker" or a "dipstick" by Del, though occasionally showing hidden depths. There are also several running gags, including Trigger's constant reference to Rodney as "Dave", Uncle Albert's "during the war..." anecdotes, Del's supposed long-time affair with Marlene and the dilapidated Reliant Regal van.