John Sullivan’s comedy will live on because he wrote and celebrated the ordinary bloke.
Trotters, Wolfie, John, Fools, Us
His comedy wasn’t ordinary and nor were his characters. He made us and our ordinary lives a wonder of good cheer. Even when the worst happened in his sitcoms you knew that justice would be done and you felt the world is a better place.
Michael Bentine described laughter as ‘white magic’ so John Sullivan was a magician with character, situation and dialogue. Can you describe what it was like to immerse yourself in the ‘final’ 3 Christmas episodes where the Trotters finally make it? It ranks up there, for emotion with the other extreme of the final scene of Blackadder Goes Forth.
When you watch a lot of John Sullivan’s work and you wonder how he wrote you think it’s all very simple isn’t it? O’ yes it seems very simple to write but it isn’t. Simplicity of that sort is genius.
Thank you John
Thank you for your comedy and your humanity and all those wonderful comedy moments including:-
Del Boy fainting at the auction
The chandelier with Rodney and Granddad
Falling through the bar
‘Batman’ and ‘Robin’
…and my favourite the coach blowing up. AND so much more. See 10 of the best John Sullivan phrases on the BBC here.
You will always be an inspiration.