Despite Only Fools and Horses’ final episode airing on Christmas Day 2003, the show has continued to bring much joy to viewers over the years. John Sullivan’s classic sitcom detailing the day to day activities of two illegal market trading brothers remains one of Britain’s most loved programmes and can be viewed almost daily on a variety of TV channels, as well as Netflix and BritBox. Not only that, but the creme de la menthe of sitcoms has had a revival as a Westend musical over the past few years.
The main characters who graced the programme over its twenty-one-year stint on television are well-loved, but John Sullivan’s writing encompassed a much larger range of characters. Being set in London, Sullivan illustrated the variety of the city through various one-off appearances. While many were merely present as plot devices to show off the Trotter brothers’ ill-attempts at pickup or failed business plans, others added a unique flavour to their respective episodes.
Some of these characters are remembered for the entertainment they brought into individual stories, while others helped establish the deeper motivations of their counterparts. The main characters only had so much wiggle room, so these supporting personalities injected the show with more comedy, more drama, and more progression.