Only Fools and Horses

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 17

    Sleepless in Peckham

    Aired 12/25/03

  • S 7 : Ep 16

    Strangers on the Shore

    Aired 12/25/02

  • S 7 : Ep 15

    If They Could See Us Now...

    Aired 12/25/01

  • S 7 : Ep 14

    Comic Relief Special

    Aired 3/14/97

  • S 7 : Ep 13

    Time on Our Hands

    Aired 12/29/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Jason

    Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter

  • Tessa Peake-Jones

    Raquel Turner

  • Nicholas Lyndhurst

    Rodney Trotter

  • Gwyneth Strong

    Cassandra Trotter

  • Lennard Pearce

    Grandad

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  • show Description
  • For 15 years, Brothers Derek 'Del boy' and Rodney Trotter of 'Trotters Independant Traders PLC' have entertained us both with Del's extreme optimism and scams and, quite simply, Rodney's facial expressions upon hearing those scams. Throughout the years, Grandad died and the equally funny Uncle Albert came to live with them, the brothers married and Del Boy had a son, Damien.

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  • Quotes (180)

    • Grandad: (to Rodney and Del) Your dad always said that one day Del Boy would reach the top, but then again he always used to say that one day Millwall would win the cup!

    • Del: (about T.I.T.CO) We don't pay V.A.T, we don't pay income tax or national insurance. On the other hand, we don't claim dole money, social security, supplementary benefit... the government don't give us nothing, so we don't give the government nothing!

    • Rodney: Alright what's wrong with them? Del: Open one. Rodney: What's the combination? Del: No sod knows, that's why there rejects. Rodney: There must be a bit of paper with them giving you the combination. Del: Yes there is, it's inside the briefcase innit.

    • Del: For the first three months of Mom's pregnancy you were treated as an ulcer.

    • Del: You know what happened to the real Trigger don't you? Roy Rogers had him stuffed.

    • Grandad: Sydney Potter is a good actor isn't he? Rodney: Sydney Potter??? Grandad: Yeah! Always plays the black guy!

    • Grandad: You wouldn't remember when I married your grandmother. Del: (sarcastically) No.

    • (Del wonders why Rodney took him to a peculiar club) Rodney: It looked all right from the outside. Del: It looked all right from the outside? That's what the Christians said about the Colosseum!

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    Notes (54)

    • Final appearance of Grandad.

    • Nick Stringer also appeared in another episode of Only Fools and Horses five years later, though not as the Australian man. He played Del's old friend and business partner Jumbo Mills in "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".

    • This was the only episode where we see the Vauxhall Velox. The Capri Ghia later replaced this as Del Boy's personal car.

    • This was the first of only two episodes of Only Fools and Horses in which the interior the Trotters' flat is not seen. The other is "The Longest Night" from Series 5.

    • The idea for the script was based purely on the name of the episode "Cash And Curry", from that the script was devised.

    • According to John Sullivan, he got the idea for the script from his father's favourite pub called the Duke of Devonshire. The man who ran it was even called Boycie. The place was a dive, but the owner explained it was "Ethnic English" thus the idea was implanted in Sullivan's mind.

    • The idea for the script was based on some people John Sullivan was reading about who did as the script suggests: purchase lead and end up with an air-raid shelter.

    • This was the sole episode of Only Fools and Horses between 1981 and 1987 not to be produced by Ray Butt, who after the first season of the show, was re-assigned to Seconds Out by the BBC. The initial plan was for Martin Shardlow, who had directed the first season, to also take on the producer's role for this special and the second season. However, Shardlow and John Sullivan could not agree on a future direction for the series, which eventually resulted in Shardlow deciding not to take the producer's role and leaving OFAH altogether. With this episode in danger of not being filmed in time for Christmas 1981, Ray Butt arranged for his close friend and fellow BBC producer Bernard Thompson to produce and direct the episode, and Butt would subsequently return as producer (and this time director) for the second season.

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    Trivia (73)

    • The usual painting of an elephant on the back left wall of the flat is changed to a painting of an eighteen-wheeler truck. This is one of the only times it happens during the 7 original series (excluding the specials that followed).

    • In this first episode, Del introduces Rodney to Trigger, yet we are also told Rodney is 23 years old, and worked for Del since leaving school. It seems odd Rodney had not met Trigger before then!

    • Actress Tessa Peake-Jones, who later became a regular in the show as Del's girlfriend and future wife, Raquel, makes a brief appearance in this episode. She plays the woman that Del says hello to as he walks into the Nag's Head.

    • Rodney clearly isn't typing on the calculator what he says he is.

    • Rodney is laughing when Del explains the problem with the briefcases.

    • Goof: As the barman walks away after Del has paid, he drops the money and does not pick it up.

    • This was the first episode to feature Del's famous catchphrase: "This time next year, we'll be millionaires!"

    • When Del meets the 'real' owner of the resturant he says "I just gave him (Mr Ram) money for this (statue) on the count of him fibing!" When in reality he gave Viaml the money.

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    Allusions (37)

    • Episode title allusion: the character James Bond is "licensed to kill."

    • Del: I don't know the French for 'pranny'. "Pranny" is an English slang word meaning a foolish person.

    • Del: As long as it's served out by your fair hands Joycie, we'd drink it out of Evonne Goolagong's old tennis boots. Evonne Goolagong was an Australian Aboriginal tennis player, who won a total of seven grand slam tennis titles between 1974 and 1976.

    • Del: Marks and Spencers started off with a barrow. Marks and Spencers is a popular British department store. It was indeed started from a barrow, when Polish immigrant Michael Marks set up a stall on Leeds' Kirkgate Market in 1884. Now the store has over 500 outlets worldwide and operates in 27 countries.

    • Del: We don't claim dole money. "Dole money" is unemployment benefit.

    • Del: I could never get your oystermilk stains out of my Ben Shermans. I used to find rusks in my Hush Puppies. Ben Sherman is a popular British designer who came to prominence in the 1960s when young men, and especially Mods, would buy his shirts by the dozen. Hush Puppies became popular in the UK in the 1960s also, especially as they were smart shoes that you could also dance in comfortably.

    • Delboy: A lot of people told me I was a right dipstick to make my brother partner in the business. "Dipstick" is English slang meaning a foolish person.

    • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust is a line from the Christian funeral service.

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  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • so funny

    By suzi789, Jun 16, 2013

  • It's not a classic!

    By loverob, Apr 20, 2006

  • Cool!

    By da_dunker, May 06, 2007

  • Dead, ancient, but will always be funny.

    By J-o-h-n-n-y, Feb 01, 2007

  • Only Fools and Horses is a comedy about the lives of Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, Rodney Trotter, his younger brother, their Grandad (1981-1984) and their great-uncle, Uncle Albert (1985-1997). "Rodney, you really are a right plonker."

    By merlinrules09, Aug 18, 2010

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