Only Fools & Horses was (and remains) one of the most beloved and popular TV shows in the United Kingdom.
Most viewers thought that the 1996 Christmas special, Time On Our Hands, would be the final ever episode of the show – we see Del Boy and Rodney finally become millionaires, and everything seems to tie up nicely for the Trotters.
However, they then returned for a trilogy of specials in the early 2000s, culminating in the final ever episode, Sleepless In Peckham.
Apart from small sketches like the recent Sport Relief special with David Beckham, there has not been a new episode of Only Fools and Horses for over ten years.
However, it has recently been revealed that there had been plans for another episode in the works.
John Challis (who played Boycie) revealed that plans were afoot for a 2011 special episode. However, this fell through when writerJohn Sullivan died from viral pneumonia that year, aged just 64.
“Just before John died he was actually getting together a special for us,” 74-year-old Challis told the Daily Star. “It was going to be Del Boy’s 65th birthday – for which everyone would meet at The Nag’s Head – and retirement.
“Everyone was going to be part of that, but unfortunately John got ill and never recovered, so it never happened.”
Had this special episode been filmed and broadcast, it would have been during the 30th anniversary year of the show, and would have almost certainly been a ratings hit.