Only fools and horses dating agency
Written by John Sullivan, this was possibly Britain’s best-loved sitcom of all time, running for 10 years on BBC1 from 1981 – with Christmas specials continuing until 2003.© Allstar Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo David Jason’s portrayal of market trader Del Boy endeared him to the hearts of the nation.Every viewer was willing him to succeed when he arranged to meet Raquel through the Technomatch dating agency in the 1988 Christmas episode.
Del rushes out of the pub, angry and embarrassed that Raquel has lied about being an actress.
Raquel defends herself by saying she strips part-time to pay for her drama coaching.
Their meeting doesn’t end well, as Raquel asks Del if he still wants to see her but he replies cuttingly that he will “pay like all the other punters”.
Raquel walks off without another word and Rodney criticises Del for being so harsh.
He immediately wishes he could take it back but it’s too late.
However, judging by Del’s usual mishaps, true love was never going to run smoothly!