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Only Fools and Horses 

Only Fools and Horses.... (original title)
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 as they search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

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John Sullivan
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Cast

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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Fools and Horses See more »

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Mono | Stereo (later episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Jason filming was always a nerve-wracking experience, because it was like presenting a new play every week to an audience, and there was so much that could have gone wrong. As well as retakes, cameras would have to be moved and sets altered, so time constraints were forever hanging over the crew. It took two hours to film an episode. See more »

Goofs

Uncle Albert keeps talking about his experiences during World War II, yet the Trotters know from the revelations at his trial that he was never stationed outside the UK. See more »

Quotes

Rodney: I don't think I'll ever laugh again.
Uncle Albert: Well, as long as yer 'appy, son.
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Alternate Versions

As of 2004 the BBC which produces the series is re-editing some episodes the remove certain terms which are now considered un-PC. They are doing the same to several other programmes. See more »

Connections

Followed by Only Fools and Horses: Beckham in Peckham (2014) 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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