The famous scene from Only Fools and Horses in which Del Boy falls through a bar has taken the crown as the funniest sitcom moment, according to a poll by TV channel Gold.
The poll, commissioned to celebrate the channel’s 30th birthday, revealed that a survey of 2,000 British adults and children had placed the 1989 scene at the top spot, beating the likes of Dad’s Army, the Vicar of Dibley and Gavin and Stacey.
The sketch sees Sir David Jason’s Del Boy – who’s preparing to turn on the charm with the pub’s attractive female clientele – fall sideways after the section of the bar he is leaning on is lifted without him noticing.
It’s a moment of universal slapstick humour that the Romans would have found funny, one that’s been reinvented repeatedly by the likes of Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Woody Allen. But the Only Fools scene nails it.
The poll also revealed that 29 per cent of respondents said Only Fools and Horses was the nation’s favourite sitcom, while 59 per cent said Del Boy was the most well-loved character.
It seems Del Boy predicted this in the same scene all those years ago: “I think we’re on a winner here Trig,” he said, before making comedy history.
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