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Only Fools and Horses secrets revealed as show hits 40 – & you’ll never guess which sexy star was snubbed for major role

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THE NATION'S favourite sitcom, Only Fools And Horses, is 40 years old this week. The show about wheeler-dealer market traders the Trotters and their pals in Peckham, South East London, was first broadcast on September 8, 1981, and ran for 64 episodes until 2003.

During its long run it attracted fans from all walks of life including the Royal Family, and it still holds the record for the most-watched comedy ever after 24.3million people tuned in to watch stars Del and Rodney finally become millionaires.

Here, the author of Only Fools And Horses: The Official Inside Story presents 40 little-known facts about the much-loved show . . .

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