- Residential tower block in Ealing featured as the home of Del Boy and Rodney in Only Fools and Horses
- The flats are now set to be demolished as part of a regeneration scheme
- TV channel Gold has launched a petition to commemorate the iconic location and recognise its place in British comedy history
21st March 2019
A gold statue of wheeler-dealer sitcom favourite Del Boy Trotter could become the latest addition to London's list of statues if a new petition is successful...
Comedy TV channel Gold has launched a campaign to commemorate Nelson Mandela House - the west London tower block that featured as Del and Rodney Trotter's home in the opening credits of much-loved sitcom Only Fools and Horses, following recent news that the location is set to be demolished.
Gold has launched a live public petition for Ealing Council to permit the installation of either a commemorative plaque or a Del Boy statue at the site of the flats. The channel has released the initial designs in order to generate public support and gain the 1,500 signatures for the petition to be submitted for the council's consideration.
Harlech Tower, in Acton, was used to portray the exterior of Nelson Mandela House where three generations of Trotters lived.
The flat was home to many of the show's most famous scenes, including Grandad's disastrous Christmas dinner in Christmas Crackers (1981), Del Boy's accidental purchase of adult inflatable dolls in Danger UXD (1989) and the fancy-dress bash, which saw the brothers dress up as Batman and Robin, in Heroes and Villains (1996).
John Challis, who played Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in Only Fools, is backing the new campaign. To stir up public interest, Boycie features in a short video appeal encouraging others to join him in signing the petition.
John Challis said:
The towers carry a lot of nostalgia for many of us - not just the cast, but everyone who has enjoyed watching the show over the years. While we don't want to stand in the way of any progress being made, we do want to commemorate the towers' long-standing connection to Only Fools and Horses and its British comedy legacy.
Join me in signing Gold's online petition calling for a plaque or Del Boy statue to be installed on site to celebrate the famous block.
The public can sign the petition here!
Memorable lines from Only Fools and Horses that reference Nelson Mandela House:
Boycie on visiting Nelson Mandela House: I'd like to get away as quick as possible. I've left my Mercedes parked downstairs and you know what they're like on this estate. They'd have the wheels off a Jumbo if it flew too low.
Rodney: We're 15 minutes from the West End and 15 minutes from London.?
Del Boy: Yes, and 15 minutes from the ground.
Del Boy: This is from the council. They've received my application to buy this flat and they're giving it consideration.
Rodney: This flat? Why?
Del Boy: Well, we've been living in it since 1962. You were born in it. He was banned from it. I mean, we're all living in it, you know the whole family. There's Mum and Grandad and, you know, everyone. This place holds many warm memories for me.
Rodney: But why do we need to buy it?
Del Boy: So we can sell it!
Rodney: Sell it? What for?
Albert: A bloody good profit, with any luck! Exactly?
Only Fools and Horses ran on British TV screens from 1981 until 2003 and is a staple part of British comedy history. The show ran for seven series, producing 64 episodes plus seven Christmas specials. It holds the record for attracting the biggest TV audience for any British sitcom, when 24.3 million people tuned in for the 1996 Christmas special.
TV Channel Gold celebrates Britain's best-loved comedy and has continued to show episodes of Only Fools since the channel launched in 1992. In 2017 Gold commissioned a special series, The Story of Only Fools & Horses, to celebrate the channel's 25th birthday - a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring new, never-before-seen footage.
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