Here’s a fun fact you may not know about Only Fools & Horses – David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst would often play pranks on set, and many times at Lennard Pearce’s (Grandad’s) expense.
From the sounds of things, Lennard Pearce was usually fine with these pranks … but sometimes they went too far!
“When filming began, Nicholas and I bonded quickly, despite our 21-year age difference. We shared a love of mucking about, although we sometimes went too far. Lennard Pearce normally saw the funny side of things but once, when we broke into the wardrobe room, turned his costume inside out and nailed his shoes to the floor, he refused to work until we apologised effusively.
Another time, we rigged the men’s toilet at our rehearsal hall with novelty explosives which detonated when you opened the cubicle door. That seemed like a funny idea until we heard a bang, followed by a gigantic scream from the little old lady who cleaned the hall and had entered the Gents with her mop. It nearly finished her off.”
Sounds like Del Boy & Rodney were just as much trouble in real life on the set of OFAH as they were in the show!