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Only Fools and Horses – the very first episode gets another showing on BBC One

Only Fools and Horses gets a repeat run on BBC One from tomorrow. Kicking off with the very first episode Big Brother, the corporation is showing two episodes a day…

Here, bestselling author Steve Clark, writer of our brilliant new book Only Fools and Horses: The Official Inside Story – which is fully authorised by the family of the show’s creator John Sullivan – reveals how the first day of filming didn’t go well…

“The show’s producer and director Ray Butt – who’d been working with writer John Sullivan for months to get the programme into production – suffered a slipped disc the night before. He was in agony and was rushed to hospital. David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and the rest of the production team were left waiting in a market while another director could be found to fill in.

‘With Ray off we were in deep trouble,’ John Sullivan told me. ‘Our producer and director had been taken into hospital and all the actors were sitting around down in a market somewhere waiting to start filming and wondering what the hell we were going to do.’ Eventually another director was found to fill-in and filming got under way. Ray Butt ended up staying in hospital for three weeks.”

Read more in Only Fools and Horses – The Official Inside Story (Splendid Books, £9.99) Click here to order your copy.


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Read an extract of A Greater Love in The Mail On Sunday

Read an extract of A Greater Love in The Mail on Sunday.

Today, Olga Watkins enjoys a very British life. She has lived in London for almost 60 years and her career took her from the household of a field marshal to the fashion industry, where she worked for Hardy Amies, Liberty and Jaeger.

Yet her early life could not have been more different. Olga was born in Yugoslavia in 1923 and raised in Zagreb. When the Gestapo arrested her fiance in 1943 she set off on an extraordinary 2,000-mile search for him across Nazi-occupied Europe risking betrayal, arrest and death.

As the Second World War reached its climax, Olga refused to give up – even as her mission led her to enter the gates of Dachau . . .

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Drama at the launch of Derek Martin’s autobiography An East End Life

Splendid Books had a launch party for Derek Martin on Friday to mark the launch of his autobiography An East End Life. Held at Waterstones, Piccadilly the event was attended by friends, family and members of the press.

Halfway through, the proceedings were interrupted when the building was evacuated by the police because of a security alert. A suspect package had been found in Piccadilly and the whole area was locked down.

Derek and his guests sheltered in shop doorways at the back of the store and after an hour they were all allowed back in. Derek joked: “I grew up during the Blitz so this isn’t new to me – but back then we had shelters to go to!”

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