There seems to be a constant flow of questions about Only Fools and Horses in our inbox, so today i put together a few suggested myths and a clear answer or two. If you have any then add them on the comments box below.
It’s a myth that Nicholas Lyndhurst sang the opening theme tune to Only Fools and Horses
We must get this question in our inbox several times a year. Quite simply John Sullivan creator and script writer to Only Fools sung the opening and closing theme tunes.
How did the myth come about?
I’ve no idea, I can only presume it’s because it does actually sound a little like Rodney Trotter.
John Sullivan wrote and performed the song to Only Fools & Horses. It was widely reported that originally John wanted Chas and Dave to sing it, but they were busy, so BBC told him he would have to sing it himself, of course we are talking from the second series onwards. The first series was just a cheesy saxophone tune composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst. Of course many years later Chas and Dave did get the call up to sing the title songs for the Christmas Special episode, The Jolly Boys Outing
All the DVDs contain every episode and are a complete set
Unfortunately this isn’t true! Anyone who has seen a broadcasted version on BBC or GOLD will have noticed several missing scenes or changes to the background music. Do read Ronnies articles on this http://www.ofah.net/blog/only-fools-and-horses-cuts-part-1/
I’m not aware of any other sitcom having this treatment, probably due to the fact that this is the only sitcom i really care about, but sadly many clips are lost due to the BBC not wanting to pay extra royalties for the music (Damiens tune being a classic example of this where Carmen Burana is replaced.
Robbie Williams appears as an extra in the Nags head
It really looks like him but according to John Sullivan “I’m not aware of Robbie Williams being on the set during the filming”
So what Only Fools and Horses myths have you come across?