Row hits Only Fools plot

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire scene ditched

Plans to show Del Boy competing in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in a Christmas Only Fools And Horses special have been scrapped in a row between BBC and ITV.

The plot was heralded as a breakthrough, marking a rare spirit of co-operation between the broadcasters.

However, talks collapsed after ITV demanded the right to the first repeat of the show in exchange for 'borrowing' its most lucrative brand.

A BBC source told The Guardian: "There's no way the BBC governors would have allowed us to spend licence fee money on a commercial rival."

Writer John Sullivan will now have to change the plot ­little more than month before the show is aired.

Published: 21 Nov 2001

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