Will we ever see another era for shows like this one?

Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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We’re sure that everything was just cushty for those who turned out for the Only Fools and Horses event at the Mountbatten Centre this weekend.

It truly is an incredible mark of this show’s enduring popularity that so many people wanted to go, making yesterday’s convention a sell-out.

The British public were introduced to Del Boy for the first time 30 years ago, but John Sullivan’s writing has stood the test of time.

Of course, the Peckham-based antics of this dodgy wheeler-dealer won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and whether you find it funny or not will be a matter of opinion.

But, like other BBC comedies from the past, Only Fools and Horses still has that unique ability to connect with an audience that spans generations, and there can be few who haven’t enjoyed the warm wit and humour at one time or another.

As super-fan and convention organiser Perry Aghajanoff points out: ‘As Del would say, it goes right across the social plectrum.’

We know the BBC has a long and proud tradition of producing top-quality comedy. Just think of Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers and One Foot In The Grave to name but three.

Call us nostalgic, but all seem to hark back to a time when families would gather to watch their favourite programmes together.

While paying your licence fee has never been optional, when you’re rewarded with world-class programmes there’s surely not too much to complain about.

As anyone who has been following the Frozen Planet series recently will testify, the BBC does a great deal we can and should be proud of.

Yes, these shows are expensive to make. But the demand is there and high production values cost money.

While today’s audiences can be fond of comedies like Gavin & Stacey and The Office, neither can truly claim to transcend all divides.

It might be impossible to predict the future, but it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see a comedy command so much admiration as Only Fools can, three decades after it was first screened.