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Del Boy Falling Through Bar Voted Best TV Moment Of All Time

Jake Massey

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Del Boy Falling Through Bar Voted Best TV Moment Of All Time

Del Boy falling through the bar in Only Fools And Horses had been voted the best TV moment of all time. If somehow you've never seen it, can't remember it, or just want to watch it again, then here it is:

The classic scene has come out on top of various competitions and countdowns down the years, and now it has run out the winner of a LADbible poll, beating the Game of Thrones 'Red Wedding' massacre in the final with 65 percent of the vote.


After more than 31 years, it seems the British public still haven't seen anything quite so perfect as a bloke falling over while trying to act suave.

The scene took place in the first episode of season six, 'Yuppy Love' which was first aired on the BBC on 8 January 1989.

If you haven't seen it (which you obviously have) the show's central character, Del Boy, is in a swanky pub leaning against the bar and eyeing up a couple of nearby women.

Enticed by what he sees, he leans forward from the bar to consult his drinking buddy, Trigger.

"I think we're on to a winner here, Trig," he says, unaware that the bar has been lifted behind him.

"Play it nice and cool son, nice and cool, d'you know what I mean?" he adds, as he leans back towards the raised bar.

The rest, is comedy history.

The scene was first aired more than 31 years ago. Credit: BBC
The scene was first aired more than 31 years ago. Credit: BBC

The moment was inspired by a real-life incident witnessed by the show's writer and creator, John Sullivan - but little did that real-life Del Boy know that their stumble would be mimicked in an iconic TV moment that would go on to have an entire nation laughing for more than three decades to come.

But the scene, which has become the show's defining moment, very nearly never happened; it was only a last minute addition to the script when Trigger actor, Roger Lloyd Pack, became available at short notice.

According to The Telegraph, John Challis, who played Boycie, said: "Roger happened to be at the BBC at the time and he had a break.

"So they found Trigger's blue suit and stuck him in this scene, which was almost improvised. When I saw it, I thought it was just so brilliant. The timing of it and Roger's take - him circling around, looking for Del Boy, by which time Del Boy's got up again.

"But I always say it wasn't very funny because I wasn't in it."

Sorry John, as you know, it definitely was.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, Community

Jake Massey
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