Darren Williams' Only Fools and Horses £4,000 tattoo tribute

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Media captionMr Williams, 47, said he kept "watching and watching" the series as it always made him laugh

An Only Fools and Horses fan has spent £4,000 having his whole back tattooed as a tribute to his favourite television show.

Darren Williams, from Bristol, said he had always wanted the tattoos and decided to have them before turning 50.

Mr Williams, 47, said he kept "watching and watching" the series as it always made him laugh.

To get the look he wanted, he spent 50 hours in the tattoo parlour, making it a less than "cushty" experience.

Image caption Boycie, Trigger and Del Boy enjoying a drink in the Nag's Head are seen next to the Trotters' tower block Nelson Mandela House, and the brothers' Reliant Regal van

Only Fools and Horses was set in south London, and centred on hapless market trader Del Boy, played by David Jason, his brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), the rest of the Trotter clan and a host of Peckham characters.

Image caption Rodney Trotter, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, was often called a "plonker" by Del Boy

It ran on BBC1 from 1981 to 2003 and included classic moments such as Del Boy falling through a hatch in the counter of a wine bar and the Trotters accidentally smashing a massive glass chandelier.

Mr Williams - who runs a damp-proofing business - said the only disadvantage to his new inking was that he could not see the image on his own back.

Mange tout! Only Fools in Bristol

  • Series first aired in 1981
  • Written by John Sullivan, it ran for more than 20 years
  • Although the series is set in Peckham, south London, the external shots were mostly filmed in Bristol
  • The Trotters' tower block - Nelson Mandela House - is actually behind Bristol City FC's ground, Ashton Gate
  • Many famous scenes were shot in Bristol, including one in which the brothers chased muggers while dressed as Batman and Robin
  • The series, watched by more than 20m at its peak, spawned spin-off shows The Green Green Grass and Rock & Chips

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