Only Fools and Horses

Season 2 Episode 7

A Touch of Glass

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Dec 02, 1982 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Del introduces the Dresden-collecting aristocracy to some North Korean porcelain and his chandelier-cleaning service.

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  • Famous scene, but not a great episode

    I have to admit it: I don't like this classic episode. The chandelier scene is one of the most famous gags of British sitcom history, but the episode feels very strange. For one thing, it is nearly all filmed on location and it lacks the Trotters' entourage. My biggest problem, though, is that Del comes off as a thoroughly disagreeable character. (Making the lord and lady very snooty does not make up for It is not unusual for Grandad to be little more than a background character, but Rodney has very little to do here as well. Apparently the episode serves only as a vehicle for the chandelier gag, which was based on a true story.moreless
Geoffrey Toone

Geoffrey Toone

Lord Ridgemere

Guest Star

Donald Bisset

Donald Bisset

Wallace the Butler

Guest Star

Elizabeth Benson

Elizabeth Benson

Lady Ridgemere

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • If Nicholas Lyndhurst or David Jason had laughed when the chandelier fell, they would have lost the episode (they could only have one take and it cost them £6,000).

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Del: Can you manage, Grandad?
      Grandad: Yeah, I think so, Del.
      Del: Mind your hernia!
      Del: That's not bad, you know?
      Del: I reckon we done well there.
      Grandad: Waste of money if you ask me, come all this way an'all.
      Del: What'd you mean a waste of money?
      Del: They're beautiful
      Del: Not only are they exquisite ornaments, guaranteed to brighten any sideboard, they are also a revolving musical box!
      Rodney: They are china cats that play "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window."
      Del: What d'you want for £1.25, Okla-bleedin-homa?!
      Rodney: Don't you think it's a bit sick? A cat playing a song about a dog.
      Del: No, it means there unique.
      Grandad: It means there was a balls-up at the factory and they put the wrong chimes in.

    • Del: When a North Korean came to live in London, he thought that Battersea dog's home was a takeway.

    • Grandad: Alright Del Boy?
      Del: Alright? What do you mean alright? Look at it!
      Grandad: Did you drop it Del?
      Rodney:Drop it? How could we drop it? We weren't even holding it! We were working on that one!
      Grandad: Well, I wish you'd have said something. I was working on this one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The chandelier incident actually happened to John Sullivan's (the writer) father in the 1930's - he always said it wasn't funny but after the episode aired he admitted it was.