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Bristol's Only Fools and Horses



Steve Tanzell
By Steve Tanzell
Only Fools and Horses superfan

Only Fools and Horses first hit our screens back in 1981 but initially had disappointing audience figures.

Del's Robin Reliant outside Nelson Mandela House
Many location shots for the series were filmed here in Bristol

The show only took off after a summer repeat of the opening series which fared much better in the ratings.

I started watching Only Fools and Horses pretty much from the start in the 1980s, but I didn't warm to it straight away either.

Although the programme is extremely funny it was just another show on the telly. I think any new series takes a while to draw you in and for me Only Fools was no exception.

I would, however, in time come to love the show and still do to this day. I have been asked on numerous occasions why I like it so much and I can never really find one easy explanation or answer.

I don't think there is one, I think it's just the right mixture of 'something for everyone' and I am sure most of us at some time or another has experienced a Fools moment and perhaps know a Del Boy, Rodney, Trigger, Boycie or Denzil.

ONLY FOOLS FILMING LOCATIONS
Nelson Mandela House - behind Ashton Gate stadium
Peckham Market - Ashton Gate car park
Sid's Cafe - Lockside restaurant, Cumberland Basin
Exploding inflatable dolls scene - Gas Ferry Road
Batman and Robin - Penn Street (city centre) and Backfields (Stoke's Croft)
Boycie's showroom - Miles Motor Company, Bedminster

The show is nothing less than iconic and long may it live.

As the show grew, so did my interest in it. So much so that in 1988 when Only Fools moved from London to Bristol for filming I was overjoyed.

I could now watch an episode and instantly recognise parts of my home city. It was brilliant and I could not wait to watch the next episode the following week.

Some years later I would put my hawk-eyed knowledge of Bristol to the test by embarking on what I thought at the time would make a nice little project for an Only Foots nut.

I would watch an episode, gather information about its whereabouts, turn up at that location, camera in hand, and happily click away

I would then get the pictures developed and stick them in an album with a little info card. Simple - or so I thought.

Now 10 years on and with countless photos filling four albums, I am still working on it.

However, I have met some very interesting people throughout this venture and I am still enjoying the challenge of completing my work.




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