As you all will know by now, my twin passions are Music and Comedy. So it’s with a heavy heart I note that the creator and writer of the best British Sitcom of the last 30 years (actually probably all time), John Sullivan, has died at the cruely young age of 64.
Only Fools and Horses was a masterpiece of British Comedy, the episode which has Del Boy and Rodney finally becoming Millionaires was watched by 24 million people.
Like all the best British comedy, it was about Class and unlike much American comedy, was character driven. the characters were totally believable, we have all met or know people like Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad, Trigger and Boycie (Del Boy always reminded me of my late Father in law), they are all right from the central casting of British culture.
Sullivan always seemed to be in touch with Zeitgeist of the time. In Del Boy he created the man for the moment, a working class ducking and diving asperational Thatcherite. A man who was going to buy his Council House if he could. A man who had a dream and despite all the dodgy goods that had fallen off the back of a lorry, that he and Rodney would flog down the market, he was also a deeply moral man.
Sullivan, some will also remember, created Wolfie Smith, in Citizen Smith another series that chimed perfectly with the times. A barmy Che Guevara fantasist, and leader of the Tooting Popular Front.It launched the career of Robert Lindsay, who can now be found wasting his time in that excerable piece of shite, The Family.
Here is a clip of one of the funniest moments from the series, but please you out of UKers, just click on any one of the clips there, an be prepared to wet yourself, it is sheer comedy genius.
Farewell then John, and thanks for all the laughs. Your work, like that other populist that has passed the test of time, Shakespeare, will live forever.