Lovely jubbly! A 'fun slice' of TV history preserved
A Bedminster garage door, made famous by one of Britain's best-loved comedy series, is set to be preserved for years to come.
The original piece of memorabilia was Del Boy's red number 22 lock-up in the long-running BBC series Only Fools and Horses.
It was one of the council-owned garages in Duckmoor Road, built in 1962, but had to be replaced due to refurbishment works to the site.
The neighbouring Whitemead House featured in the series, portraying the fictional 'Nelson Mandela House' - the high-rise Peckham flats where Del Boy lived.
Faced with the need to find a new home for the door, the council turned to the team at The Bottle Yard Studios for help.
Specialist collector, Scott Harrington of Harrington Best of British Collection, then came forward and made a "generous donation" to the Film and TV Charity for the door.
Emma Reid, site coordinator at The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “The door represents a small but fun slice of British TV history made here in Bristol and we wanted to make sure it would be preserved for the future.
“When we found out about the other Only Fools and Horses items Scott had already collected, it seemed like the perfect home for it.
“We felt that the TV industry should benefit too, so we’re pleased to have arranged for Scott to make a generous donation to the Film & TV Charity, an organisation which provided an important lifeline for many TV and film crew throughout the challenges of the pandemic.”
Scott Harrington said: “My wife and I began collecting 20 years ago, picking up costumes and props from TV series at auction when it was still quite an unusual thing to do.
“The inspiration behind it was my Dad, a fun-loving, patriotic man who loved British TV.
“He was battling a brain tumour which required major surgery and a long period of treatment, and when we started bringing home bits and pieces for the collection, it always brought a big smile to his face.
“We continued collecting, focusing mainly on items from the 70s through to the 90s. Today the collection is bigger than ever!
Scott already owns Del Boy’s yellow Reliant Regal three-wheeler van and his Ford Capri Ghia, as well as Trigger’s medal from the 1996 Christmas special ‘Heroes and Villains’.
The Reliant Regal is currently on display at The British Motor Museum in Gaydon and Scott is in discussions with the museum to arrange for the door and Capri to join it in the future.
Scott says that he is currently in talks with the National Lottery Heritage Fun to open a family museum to showcase all the memorabilia he has collected.
Other Bristol locations used during the filming of Only Fools and Horses between 1981 and 2003 include Welsh Back, Brunel Lock Road, Penn Street in Broadmead, Park Avenue in Bedminster and Backfields Lane in St Paul’s.
For more information about the Film and TV Charity, visit: www.filmtvcharity.org.uk.
Photo: Scott Harrington with 'Only Fools and Horses' Ford Capri and Del Boy's red no. 22 garage door