It is one of the best comedy sitcom I have ever seen, It is a legend. So now, Sit back and enjoy the wit and wisdom of Peckham’s finest – think of it as the “creme de la menthe” of the show’s one-liners.
Dodgy Del Boy and plonker Rodney flogged fake Rolexes and counterfeit jewelry – but when it came to one-liners, the Trotters dealt in nothing but gold – comedy gold.
The hapless brothers had millions of fans in stitches as they traded insults in Only Fools and Horses.
Writer John Sullivan died last year so there will be no return for the BBC sitcom that ran from 1981 to 1991, with Christmas episodes till 2003.
But now John’s son Dan has produced a book, bringing together the best quotes and most immortal lines.
1 Did you know, 500 years ago this was a green and peaceful area? The old Earl of Peckham had a castle where the Kwik-Fit exhaust centre now stands.
Flaxen-haired maidens used to dance round the village maypole of an evening. And then one fateful medieval day, the Trotter clan arrived in a stolen Zephyr.
Before you knew it, the flaxen-haired maiden was up the spout, the old Earl had been sold some hooky armour and someone nicked the maypole. BOYCIE
2 As Macbeth said to Hamlet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “We’ve been done up like a couple of kippers”. DEL
3 I’m a Ming fan myself. He made some wonderful stuff, that Ming. Pity he had to go and die when he did. DEL
4 One day they might make a musical about the Trotter family. Then, as a sequel, they could do Schindler’s List on ice. RODNEY
5 They’re yuppies. They don’t speak proper English like what we do. DEL
6 God knows how you’ve got the courage to walk down dark alleys wearing all that gold. When they see you coming you must look like a mugger’s pension scheme. RODNEY to DEL
7 Whatever the subject is, Mum had something to say about it on her deathbed. She must’ve spent her final few hours in this mortal realm doing nothing but rabbiting. RODNEY
8 Asking a Trotter if he knows anything about chandeliers is like asking Mr Kipling if he knows anything about cakes. DEL
9 I’ve always wanted to go to Benidorm. Where is it? GRANDAD
10 ’Ere Boyce. This car’s a GTI. If you rearrange the letters, you’ve got yourself a personalised number plate. RODNEY
11 Dear old grandad, bless him. He was about as useful as a pair of sunglasses on a bloke with one ear. DEL
12 What about the time he was in the Navy, eh? Every single ship he ever sailed on either got torpedoed or dive-bombed… two of ’em in peace time. RODNEY on ALBERT
13 I don’t know what you’re worried about. I’ve been eating British beef all my life. TRIGGER
14 Do you remember your cousin Audrey? I went to stay with her and her husband Kevin for a year. One day he sent me down to Sainsbury’s with a shopping list. When I got back, they’d emigrated. ALBERT
15 You must’ve spent a third of your life standing in front of mirrors. My earliest childhood recollection is of you standing in front of a mirror. Up until I was four, I thought you was twins. RODNEY to DEL
16 Del: The French have a word for people like me. Rodney: Yeah, the English have a couple of good ’uns an’ all.
17 He died a couple of years before I was born. TRIGGER on his dad
18 It’s a well-known fact that 90% of all foreign tourists come from abroad. DEL
19 What’s the name of that bloke who invented the Dyson vacuum cleaner? TRIGGER
20 Give my love to Marlene… Everyone else used to. SLATER to BOYCIE
21 Look at Grandad. His brain went years ago, now his legs have gone. There’s only the middle bit of him left. DEL
22 Would any self-respecting axe murderer pop upstairs for 40 winks and leave his chopper on the sideboard? DEL
23 I’ve just found out my wife has been lying to me. Every morning she says she’s gonna leave me and when I come home, she’s still there. DENZIL
24 Come on Rodney, I’ve told you before, it’s everything between you and me split straight down the middle, 60-40. DEL
25 He who dares wins. He who hesitates… doesn’t. DEL
26 I’ve got this horrible feeling. If there is such a thing as reincarnation, knowing my luck, I’ll come back as me. RODNEY
27 You’ve had more dogs than Crufts. The other day, Grandad took your suit to the cleaners. They found a muzzle in the pocket. DEL to RODNEY
28 You can’t trust the Old Bill, can ya? Look at that time they planted six gas cookers in my bedroom. DEL
29 I am a black belt in origami. DEL
30 Del: We had Denzil in goal, we had Monkey-Harris left back, we had… camaraderie. Trigger: Was that the Italian boy?