Only Fools and Horses has been named the most loved BBC television series of the broadcaster's existence.

This was decided after an exhaustive vote decided by a panel of industry experts and the general public.

As reported by the Radio Times the survey was conducted by The One Show to kick off its BBC 100 celebrations, which will be happening throughout the year as the broadcasting service celebrates its centenary.

Viewers were invited to vote on a shortlist of 50 shows spanning multiple genres and decades, which was put together by a panel comprised of Radio Times' David Butcher, Mirror TV columnist Sara Wallis, BFI Archive TV Programmer Dick Fiddy and freelance critic Hanna Flint.

Doctor Who came in second place, with Strictly Come Dancing taking the third spot.

Sir David Jason, who played Del Boy in Only Fools And Horses, and who appeared on The One Show yesterday (Friday, January 28) was delighted with the outcome.

He said: “I am delighted that Only Fools And Horses seems to be as popular as ever and that The One Show viewers have enjoyed it over the years.

“It was such a great show to be a part of and I am pleased it has given so many laughs and continues to do so to this day.

“From the brilliant writing of John Sullivan all the way down to the entire team in front of and behind the camera, let’s just say: luvvly jubbly.”

What were the top 20 BBC shows?

  1. Only Fools And Horses
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Strictly Come Dancing
  4. Line of Duty
  5. Call the Midwife
  6. Gavin and Stacey
  7. Fawlty Towers
  8. Blackadder
  9. Morecambe and Wise Show
  10. The Vicar of Dibley
  11. Dad's Army
  12. Planet Earth I and II
  13. Killing Eve
  14. Dinnerladies
  15. Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister
  16. Sherlock
  17. The Good Life
  18. Top of the Pops
  19. The Royle Family
  20. Blue Peter