David Jason calls for 'Only Fools and Horses' tower block in line for demolition to be listed

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Sir David Jason (Credit: UKTV)

Sir David Jason has called for the tower block immortalised in Only Fools and Horses to be made a ‘listed building’ to save it from regeneration plans.

Though it was depicted as being in Peckham, Harlech Tower is actually in Acton, West London.

Plans emerged earlier this month to demolish the tower, as part of a £650 million regeneration of the area, which would see 3,500 homes built.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “Of course I think it should be a listed building. What a shame. But they are not going to listen to me are they?

(Credit: BBC)

“It was a proper block of flats and it was of its time, which was fine and is probably why we used it. So that is why we used it. It was great.”

Called Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom, on the fictional Nyrere Estate, Harlech Tower was used for exterior shots in the series from 1981.

From 1988 onwards, Whitemead House in Bristol was used.

One flat on the same estate sold for over £1 million in 2016, but in the 1990s, the area became so run down that it was used as a location for the movie Welcome To Sarajevo, set in war-torn Bosnia.

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