The iconic tower block which many fans recognise as Del Boy and Rodney’s humble abode is being demolished and replaced by new flats. The Harlech Tower, renowned for featuring in the opening credits for each episode to portray the outside of the fictional home of the Trotters is to be bulldozed. The tower is situated in west London 13 miles from Peckham where the sitcom was set.
Fans of the sitcom plea for the “piece of British TV history” to be saved, however this has been ignored by the Ealing Council who, in December, granted planning permission for over 1900 homes to be built. The new build is scheduled to begin in the new year, replacing the tower block used in the classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses. The new homes are expected to be finished by 2020 with an estimated net worth of around £1 billion.
It is no surprise that fans are deeply saddened by this decision as it was revealed last year that the show was voted Britain’s favourite sitcom. With more than a third of the votes, the sitcom beat the likes of Blackadder, Fawlty Towers and The Office which will also go down in British TV History.
It’s not all bad news though. Only Fools and Horses regains a new lease of life as it makes a return in the form of an unforgettable dining experience. An Only Fools And Horses comedy dining event, aptly named Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience, is touring up and down the country and is set to combine both a 3 course meal of fine food and comedy, served Only Fools And Horses style with tribute acts from some of our favourite characters. An evening of mayhem, chaos and lots of laughter is the order of the night, so an evening of pure entertainment – you know it makes sense!
If this isn’t enough, Only Fools and Horses regains a new lease of life as it makes a return in the form of a West End musical which will be running from February this year – lovely jubbly! The show has been co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan (who is the son of the sitcom’s original creator) and will feature music from the late Chas Hodges from the musical duo Chas and Dave.
Tom Bennet will play wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter accompanied by Ryan Hutton who will play is his younger brother Rodney. The musical will brand new songs which have been described as “heart-warming and hilarious”. As if it couldn’t get any better, hilarious Whitehouse himself will star as Grandad.
The musical will be performed in the Theatre Royal Haymarket and run from February all the way through till July so you’re at no risk of missing out!
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This Blog was written by Poppy Jones. Poppy is a freelance writer in the fashion, beauty and travel niche. When not writing, Poppy can be found eating in new restaurants and watching YouTube!