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Only Fools and Horses Creator John Sullivan Dies

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John Sullivan, who wrote one of the best-loved British sitcoms, Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 64.




BBC director general Mark Thompson said: "John had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy."


Only Fools and Horses - starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as two south London brothers forever trying to make a quick fortune - ran for 10 years between 1981 and 1991, with several Christmas specials in the years that followed.


The 1996 special Time On Our Hands, which was billed as the final episode and saw Del Boy Trotter come good on his ambition to make him and Rodney millionaires, was watched by more than 24 million people, a record for a sitcom in the UK.



The demand for follow-ups saw Sullivan eventually relent and return to the story of the Trotters from 2001 for occasional Christmas specials.



He also wrote a spin-off - The Green Green Grass, featuring Only Fools characters Boycie and Marlene - and a prequel, Rock & Chips, which documented Del Boy's early life.


John Sullivan, who was born in Balham, south London, in 1946, and always said his secret was that he wrote about what he knew, was appointed an OBE in 2005 for services to drama.


The son of a plumber, he was married with two sons and one daughter, and had two grandchildren.


BBC head of comedy Mark Freeland said: "No one understood what made us laugh and cry better than John Sullivan."


"He was the Dickens of our generation. Simply the best, most natural, most heartfelt comedy writer of our time."


Stephen Fry said he was "terribly saddened" by the news and described him on Twitter as "one of the great comedy writers of our time".





Sad sad news to hear.


Rest in peace.

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Best sitcom ever made!

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I'm gonna pour coffee on my chips and drink a mug of gravy in his honour!


You dipstick!

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Sorry Dave!





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