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Only Fools and Horses.... 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1981–2003)
Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals and search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

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John Sullivan
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Series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter / ... 64 episodes, 1981-2003
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Rodney Trotter 64 episodes, 1981-2003
Roger Lloyd Pack ...  Trigger 39 episodes, 1981-2003
Buster Merryfield ...  Uncle Albert Trotter 37 episodes, 1985-1996
John Challis ...  Boycie 33 episodes, 1981-2003
Kenneth MacDonald ...  Mike Fisher 30 episodes, 1983-1996
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Storyline

Traders and brothers, Rodney and Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, work from the streets of London buying what they can from the auctions and flogging it down at the market, always saying "This time next year, we'll be millionaires". Their Granddad and, later in the series, Uncle Albert also live in their council flat as the wise old man saying their next scheme won't work and offering in their jokes.

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Trivia

The series has often been compared to Minder (1979), another popular long-running series which was broadcast on ITV during the same period and was similarly centred on a London-based wheeler-dealer. See more »

Goofs

In the first episode Del says he's 12 years Rodney's senior. Yet in series 4 (1985), it's 21 years as Rodney's 24 and says "it's Del's 46th birthday in a few weeks," suggesting Del was born in 1939. In the final episode, Sid's got a picture of Del taken in 1960 when he was 15, now he's born 1944-45. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Del Boy: This time next year, we'll be millionaires.
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Alternate Versions

The very first episode, 'Big Brother', originally had a different theme tune, a saxophone theme by Ronnie Hazlehurst. Some later showings have replaced this score with the regular opening and closing songs. (On either version, a variation on Hazlehurst's original score can still be heard in the middle of the episode, as Del-Boy tries to sell the load of dodgy suitcases). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 1 May 2019 (2019) See more »

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"You Know It Makes Sense"
8 January 2002 | by greg-233See all my reviews

"Only Fools and Horses" is definitely one of the funniest shows ever written. David Jason plays Derrick (Del Boy) Trotter, a likable rip-off merchant who runs Trotters Independent Traders. Although Del Boy's cockney speech is riddled with malapropisms (such as saying goodbye with words like "bonjour"), he manages to con the public into buying (stolen) goods they don't really want, pay for services they don't really need, or basically give up large sums of money for whatever doomed enterprise he happens to be peddling that week.

Del Boy's gift of the gab comes in handy whenever he has to placate his gauche brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), who, unlike Del Boy, happens to have principles. Rodney allows himself to be talked into the most ridiculous, humiliating situations, thanks to Del Boy's twisted logic and specious arguments.

Grandad is the third member of the team; often the butt of Del Boy's pranks, his cookery skills leave a lot to be desired. He spends most of the time taking care of the flat (filled with all kinds of gaudy junk) and watching two televisions. Grandad was later replaced by Uncle Albert, whose experiences in the Navy have provided him with a limitless store of anecdotes that invariably begin with "During the war..."

Among my favourite episodes are "The Yellow Peril", where Rodney has to paint the grotty kitchen of a Chinese takeaway. "The Russians Are Coming" is (or was) a timely episode where the Trotters spend time in their own nuclear fallout shelter and Del Boy ponders the idea of procreation with mutants. "A Touch of Glass" has the team cleaning 17th Century chandeliers. That episode also proves that the best solution to a problem is to run away from it.

John Sullivan was originally going to call this show "Big Brother". But then he decided that people take more notice of long titles. Sullivan also sings the catchy theme song. Each episode of "Only Fools and Horses" is laughter guaranteed.


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