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Only Fools and Horses
Only fools logo.jpg
The title screen of Only Fools and Horses
Genre Sitcom
Created by John Sullivan
Written by John Sullivan
Directed by Martin Shardlow (1981)
Bernard Thompson (1981)
Ray Butt (1982–83, 1985, 1986–87)
Susan Belbin (1985)
Mandie Fletcher (1986)
Tony Dow (1988–2003)
Starring David Jason
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Lennard Pearce
Buster Merryfield
Roger Lloyd Pack
John Challis
Paul Barber
Tessa Peake-Jones
Gwyneth Strong
Patrick Murray
Sue Holderness
Theme music composer John Sullivan
Opening theme "Only Fools and Horses"
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 64 + 7 Shorts (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ray Butt (1981–87)
Bernard Thompson (1981)
Gareth Gwenlan (1988–2003)
Location(s) Peckham, London, England;
(main setting)
Bristol, England;
(specials only)
Weston-super-Mare, England (specials only)
Running time 35x 30 minutes [1]
1x 35 minutes [2]
13x 50 minutes [3]
4x 60 minutes [4]
1x 65 minutes [5]
1x 70 minutes [6]
3x 75 minutes [7]
2x 80 minutes [8]
2x 85 minutes [9]
1x 90 minutes [10]
1x 95 minutes [11]
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV) (1981–1996)
576i (16:9 SDTV) (2001–2003)
Original run 8 September 1981 –
25 December 2003
Status Ended
Followed by The Green Green Grass (2005–2009)
Rock & Chips (2010)

Only Fools and Horses is a British television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003.

Set in Peckham in south London, it stars David Jason as ambitious market trader Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, Nicholas Lyndhurst as his younger brother Rodney, and Lennard Pearce as their aging grandfather (later replaced by Buster Merryfield as their Uncle Albert). Backed by a strong supporting cast, the series chronicles their highs and lows in life, in particular their attempts to get rich.

After a relatively slow start the show went on to achieve consistently high ratings, and the 1996 episode "Time On Our Hands" holds the record for the highest UK audience for a sitcom episode, attracting 24.3 million viewers.[12] Critically and popularly acclaimed, the series received numerous awards, including recognition from the British Academy, the National Television Awards and the Royal Television Society, as well as winning individual accolades for both Sullivan and Jason.[13] It was voted Britain's Best Sitcom in a 2004 BBC poll.[14]

It also had an impact on British culture, contributing several words and phrases to the English language and helping to popularise the Reliant Regal van. It spawned an extensive range of merchandise, including books, DVDs, toys and board games.[15] A spin-off series, The Green Green Grass, has run for four series on BBC One in the UK. A prequel, Rock & Chips, aired on the 24th of January 2010.



Derek "Del Boy" Trotter (played by David Jason), a fast-talking, archetypal cockney market trader, lives in a council flat in a high-rise tower block, Nelson Mandela House, in Peckham, South London – though it was actually filmed in Harlech Tower in Acton and later Bristol – with his much younger brother, Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), and their elderly Grandad (Lennard Pearce). Their mother Joan died when Rodney was young, and their father Reg absconded shortly after his wife's death, effectively making Del Rodney's surrogate father and the family patriarch. Despite the difference in their ages, the brothers share a constant bond throughout.

The situation focuses primarily on their futile attempts to get rich – "This time next year, we'll be millionaires" is a frequent saying of Del's – through buying and selling a variety of low-quality and illegal goods, such as Russian Army camcorders, luminous yellow paint and sex dolls filled with an explosive gas. They own an unregistered company, Trotters Independent Traders, trade primarily on the black market and generally neither pay taxes nor claim money from the state; as Del says, "The government don't give us nothing, so we don't give the government nothing". Most of their deals are too dodgy to succeed and usually end up backfiring, an important factor in generating sympathy for the characters. They also drive a grubby three-wheeled van, and are regulars at their local pub, The Nag's Head.

Initially, Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad were the show's only regulars, along with the occasional appearances of dopey roadsweeper Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack) and pretentious used car salesman Boycie (John Challis). Over time, the cast expanded, mostly in the form of regulars at the Nag's Head. These included pub landlord Mike (Kenneth MacDonald), lorry driver Denzil (Paul Barber), youthful spiv Mickey Pearce (Patrick Murray) and Boycie's flirtatious wife Marlene (Sue Holderness). Although the show still centred around the Trotter family, these characters became popular in their own right, contributing to the plots and humour.

As the series progressed, the scope of the plots expanded, leading to the larger regular cast, with writer John Sullivan unafraid to mix comedy with drama. Many early episodes were largely self-contained, with few plot-lines mentioned again, but the show developed a story arc and an ongoing episodic dimension. The character of Grandad was killed off following the death of Lennard Pearce, and his brother Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield) emerged to restore the three generations line-up. After years of fruitless searching, both Del and Rodney found long-term love, in the form of Raquel (Tessa Peake-Jones) and Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong) respectively; Del also had a son with Raquel, Damien (played by five actors, most recently Ben Smith). Rodney and Cassandra married, separated and then got back together again. Cassandra miscarried, but then she and Rodney eventually had a baby. Rodney found out who his real father was. The Trotters finally became millionaires, before losing it again, and then gaining some of it back.

The humour comes from several sources. The interaction between Del and Rodney is key, with each an ideal comic foil for the other in both personality and appearance. Much is made of the traits of individual characters, such as Del's lack of cultural refinement, despite his pretensions, best seen in his misuse of French phrases or his claims to be a yuppy; Rodney's gormless nature, resulting in him being labelled a "plonker" or a "dipstick" by Del, though occasionally showing hidden depths; the general daftness of Grandad and Trigger, and the rampant snobbery of Boycie. There are also several running gags, including Trigger's constant reference to Rodney as "Dave", Uncle Albert's "during the war..." anecdotes, Del's supposed long-time affair with Marlene and the dilapidated Reliant Regal van.


The original Only Fools and Horses line-up of (l-r) Grandad (Lennard Pearce), Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) lasted from 1981–1984.

In 1980, John Sullivan, a scriptwriter under contract at the BBC, had already written the successful sit-com Citizen Smith. It had come to an end and he was searching for a new project. An initial idea for a comedy set in the world of football had already been rejected by the BBC, as had his alternative idea, a sit-com centring around a cockney market trader in working-class, modern-day London. The latter idea persisted.[16] Through Ray Butt, a BBC producer and director whom Sullivan had met and become friends with when they were working on Citizen Smith, a draft script was shown to the Corporation's Head of Comedy, John Howard Davies. Davies commissioned Sullivan to write a full series. Sullivan believes the key factor in it being accepted was the success of ITV's new drama, Minder, a series with a similar premise and also set in modern-day London.[17]

Sullivan had initially given the show the working title Readies. For the actual title he intended to use, as a reference to the protagonist's tax and work-evading lifestyle, Only Fools and Horses. That name was based on a genuine, though very obscure saying, "why do only fools and horses work? (for a living)", which had its origins in 19th century American vaudeville.[18] Only Fools and Horses had also been the title of an episode of Citizen Smith and Sullivan felt that a longer name would help to grab the viewers' attention. He was first overruled on the grounds that the audience would not understand the title, but he eventually got his way and, from the second series onwards, the theme music was changed to a version explaining the meaning of the saying; some first series episodes were subsequently re-edited to use the new theme.

Filming of the first series began in May 1981, and the first episode, "Big Brother", was transmitted on BBC1 at 8.30 pm on 8 September that year. It attracted a respectable, though unspectacular (by those days' standards) 9.2 million viewers[19] and generally received a lukewarm response from critics.[20] The viewing figures for the whole first series, which averaged at around 7 million, were considered mediocre[21] but owing to the BBC's policy of nurturing television shows, a second series was commissioned for 1982. The second series fared little better and the show was close to being cancelled altogether. However, both the first and second series had a repeat run in June 1983 in a more low-key time slot, but attracted respectable viewing figures, which convinced Davies to commission a third series.[22] From there, the show gradually built up a following, and began to top the television ratings. Viewing figures for the fourth series were double those of the first.[23]

Mid-way through the filming of the fifth series, David Jason told John Sullivan at a dinner that he wanted to leave the show in order to further his career elsewhere. Sullivan thus wrote "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", which was intended to be the final episode and would see Del accepting a friend's offer to set up business in Australia, leaving Rodney and Albert behind. Plans were made for a spin-off entitled Hot-Rod, following Rodney's attempts to survive on his own with help from Mickey Pearce, but leaving open the prospect of Del's return. Jason ultimately changed his mind, and the ending of the episode was changed to show Del rejecting the offer.[24]

Sullivan had a tendency to write scripts that were too long, meaning pages of material had to be cut. Shortly before filming of the sixth series began, he requested that the show's time slot be extended and it was agreed to extend its running time to 50 minutes. This coincided with the show becoming one of the BBC's most popular programmes, according to producer Gareth Gwenlan,[25] and allowed for more pathos in the series and an expansion of the regular cast.

The seventh series, which was to be the last, was aired in early 1991. Sullivan and the major actors were all involved with other projects, and it was confirmed that there were no plans for a new series. The show continued in Christmas specials in 1991, 1992 and 1993, followed by a three year break. Sullivan wanted a "final" episode to tie up the show and see the Trotters finally become millionaires; this was later extended to three one hour episodes, all to be broadcast over Christmas 1996. All three were well received, and given the happy ending it was widely assumed that they were to be the last.[26] After a five year break, however, the show returned again in 2001 with another Christmas special, followed by two more in 2002 and 2003. There are currently no further plans for Only Fools and Horses to return,[27] though a fan fiction community continues to exist.[28] In an interview with the Daily Star Sunday on 10 February 2008, Sullivan was quoted as saying: "there will not be another series of Only Fools And Horses. I can say that. We had our day, it was wonderful but it is best to leave it now."[29]

Regular characters

The more familiar line-up of Rodney, Del, and Uncle Albert lasted from 1985–1996.

Del Boy (David Jason) — A stereotypical market trader and petty criminal, Del would sell anything to anyone to earn money, including stolen goods, and was the driving force behind the Trotters' attempts to become rich. Sharp-witted, image-conscious and self-confident, but lacking in the required nous to realise his high ambitions, he was invariably a failure. Del's cultural pretensions, best seen in his use of inaccurate French phrases (such as using Bonjour to say goodbye), were equally wanting. He nonetheless had endearing features, especially his "lovable loser" qualities and his devotion and loyalty to his family, which saw him take care of Rodney and Grandad on his own from the age of 16. However, this gave him a tendency to emotionally blackmail Rodney with the memories of their mother, often trying to manipulate him with the line "Mum said to me on her death bed..." He also tried to interfere with his brother's personal life, much to the latter's annoyance. Ostensibly popular with women – his poor choice in women was another running gag – Del never settled down with one until he met Raquel, with whom he had a son, Damien.

Sullivan later said he had always been fascinated by the unlicensed traders who sold goods from suitcases, and it was them on which he based Del Boy. David Jason himself added elements to the part, including Del's cheap gold jewellery and his camel-hair coat. The inspiration was taken from a similar man he had known when working as an electrician.[21] Jason was a relatively late candidate for the part, with Jim Broadbent (who would later appear in a minor recurring role as DCI Roy Slater), Enn Reitel and Billy Murray all earlier preferences. It was only when producer Ray Butt saw a repeat of Open All Hours that Jason was considered and, despite initial concerns over his ability – at that point, Jason had not had a leading television role – and the fact that he and Lyndhurst did not look alike, he was cast.[30]

Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) — The ideal comic foil for Del Boy in numerous ways: naive, much younger and easily-influenced, more academically gifted, although only to the extent of two GCEs, but generally gormless and lacking in common sense. Effectively orphaned when young, Rodney was raised by Del. His principal job throughout the show was as Del's lackey and sidekick, whose duties included looking out for policemen at the market and cleaning the van. Much of the conflict between the two came from Rodney's dislike of his reliance on Del, and his unsuccessful attempts to gain greater independence through girlfriends or by setting up his own businesses; he was only partially successful after marrying Cassandra and briefly going to work for her father. In contrast to Del Boy, the part of Rodney was cast early, with Lyndhurst settled on quickly. Sullivan partly based Rodney on his own experiences; he, too, had a much older sibling and, like Rodney, claims to have been a dreamer and an idealist in his youth.[31]

Grandad (Lennard Pearce) — Del and Rodney's elderly grandad was added to the cast to balance the three distinct generations, adding the voice of experience to the situation. In casting the role of Grandad, Sullivan had in mind an actor similar to Wilfrid Brambell, who had played Albert Steptoe in Steptoe and Son, although chose not to use Brambell himself, thinking him too closely associated with Steptoe. After seeing Pearce's audition, Sullivan settled on casting him immediately.[17] Scruffy and daft, although sometimes displaying a razor sharp wit, Grandad rarely left the flat or even moved from his armchair in front of two television sets. Despite his age he was invariably treated as a dogsbody by Del and Rodney, often being assigned mundane jobs around the flat such as cooking meals. Pearce died in 1984 while filming the fourth series, so Sullivan wrote a new episode, "Strained Relations", which featured Grandad's funeral. It is revealed in the prequel "Rock & Chips", that his first name is Edward.

Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield) — Shortly after the death of Lennard Pearce it was decided that a new older family member should be brought in, which eventually led to "Uncle Albert", Grandad's long-lost brother. Merryfield was an inexperienced amateur actor at the time, but was selected because he appeared to fit the description of an old sailor, especially with his distinctive white "Captain Birdseye" beard.[32] Albert first appeared at Grandad's funeral, and eventually moved in with Del and Rodney. His long-winded anecdotes about his wartime experiences with the Royal Navy became one of the show's running gags, resulting in gentle mocking from his great-nephews. When Merryfield died in 1999, Albert's death was written into the next episode.

Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack) — Trigger, apparently so called because he looks like a horse, was the principal supporting character throughout the show's run; only Del Boy and Rodney appeared in more episodes. Lloyd Pack was cast by pure chance; Ray Butt, who hired him to portray Trigger after seeing him in a stage play, had only attended that play to observe potential Del Boy actor Billy Murray.[33] Initially portrayed as a small-time thief, supplying Del with dubious goods, Trigger's place in the series changed over time. A daft road sweeper most frequently seen in the Nag's Head, he came to adopt the 'village idiot' role, drawing laughs in each of his scenes through his general stupidity, in particular his unshakable belief that Rodney's real name was actually Dave.

Del Boy (right) with friends Boycie (left) and Trigger.

Boycie (John Challis) — A shady used car salesman and a frightful snob with a machine gun laugh who "thinks anyone with a pound less than him is a peasant", according to Rodney in "Fatal Extraction". Boycie made sporadic appearances in earlier series before becoming a regular cast member from series 5 onwards. Boycie, a Freemason, was very self-centred and prone to boasting about his high social status and mocking those less fortunate than himself, particularly Del Boy, though he did mellow as the series progressed. Del in turn teased him for being a "jaffa" (seedless) when it emerged that he had a low sperm count. Challis had played a similar character in an episode of Citizen Smith. Sullivan liked him, and promised to cast him in a future series, which led to Boycie.[34] Boycie later featured in a spin-off series, The Green Green Grass, starting in 2005, in which he and his wife Marlene fled to the countryside from a criminal gang.

Raquel (Tessa Peake-Jones) — Raquel was introduced because Sullivan wanted more female characters and for Del to start meeting more mature women.[35] Her first appearance, in "Dates", was intended to be a one-off, but she was written in again a year later and thereafter became a permanent cast member. An ambitious trained singer and actress whose career never took off, she met Del through a dating agency, but they fell out over her part-time job as a stripper, before getting together again. This time she moved in with Del, helping to mellow him, and they had a son together, named Damien. As the character unfolded, it was revealed that she was previously married to Del's nemesis, DCI Roy Slater. Del Boy introduces her as "my significant other".

Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong) — The intelligent daughter of a successful middle-class businessman, Cassandra first met Rodney in "Yuppy Love". Their relationship blossomed, and by the end of series six the two had married. But her high career ambitions brought her into conflict with Rodney, and their troubled marriage was one of the main storylines of the seventh series. They were eventually reconciled and in later episodes she was markedly less ambitious. The relationship with Rodney ultimately grew stronger after Cassandra suffered a miscarriage and later gave birth to a daughter.

Marlene (Sue Holderness) — Marlene was initially just an unseen character, occasionally mentioned by her husband, Boycie. She was a cheerful, slightly daffy woman whose burning, and seemingly unattainable, desire to have a child provided one of the show's earlier "soap opera" sub-plots. Details were occasionally revealed about Marlene's prior reputation as being popular with the local men; there was a consistent undercurrent of an affair between her and Del. She did finally have a son, Tyler. Questions over the latter's paternity, owing to Marlene's reputation and Boycie's impotence, were a recurring gag.

Denzil (Paul Barber) — Originally cast because Sullivan wanted Del to have had a black friend from his school days, easy-going Liverpudlian Denzil was often on the receiving end of Del's scams. His inability to say no to Del's business deals frequently led to conflict with his domineering wife, Corrine (Eva Mottley), who was only sighted once, in "Who's a Pretty Boy?". Sullivan had planned to bring Corrine back for more episodes, but after Mottley's death in 1985 opted to make her an unseen character rather than use another actress.[36]

Mickey Pearce (Patrick Murray) — Mickey was a young, obnoxious spiv and friend of Rodney's, known for his ludicrous boasts about his success in business or with women, and for frequently taking advantage of Rodney's gullibility. Other jokes around Mickey were his rapid turnover of jobs, and the fact that he sported the pork-pie hat and suit of the 2 tone/ska scene, which was popular during the 1980s, well into the 2000s.

Mike (Kenneth MacDonald) — The landlord of the Nag's Head, although not from the very beginning; his predecessor was never seen, with just a succession of barmaids providing service. Good natured and somewhat gullible, he was often targeted by Del as a potential customer for any goods he was selling. Del's unpaid bar tab was the cause of conflict between the two, but Mike rarely succeeded in getting him to pay up. When Kenneth MacDonald died in 2001, a storyline involving Mike's imprisonment for attempting to embezzle the brewery was written, and cafe owner Sid took over as pub landlord.

Damien (various) — Damien was Del and Raquel's son. It was Rodney's mocking suggestion that he be named after the Devil's child in The Omen; the couple took the suggestion seriously. The Omen joke and Rodney's apparent fear of Damien became a running gag (accompanied, not, in fact, by Jerry Goldsmith's original music from the film in question, but by its invariable stand-in, the "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana"). Six actors played Damien: Patrick McManus (1991), Grant Stevens (1991), Robert Liddement (1992), Jamie Smith (1993–96), Douglas Hodge (1996, as adult), and Ben Smith (2001–03).

Sid (Roy Heather) — Sid made sporadic appearances throughout the show's run, mainly as the proprietor of the run-down and unhygienic local cafe, which was shot in different locations, depending on the episode. After Nag's Head landlord Mike was imprisoned for embezzlement in the episode "If They Could See Us Now", Sid took over and kept that role for the remainder of the series.

Other characters

The most frequent roles for guest actors in Only Fools and Horses were as Del or Rodney's once-seen girlfriends, barmaids at the Nag's Head, or individuals the Trotters were doing business with. Del and Rodney's deceased mother, Joan, though never seen, cropped up in Del's embellished accounts of her, or in his attempts to emotionally blackmail Rodney. Her grave – a flamboyant monument – was seen occasionally. Their absent father, Reg, appeared once in "Thicker Than Water" (played by Peter Woodthorpe), before leaving under a cloud, never to be seen again. Other members of the Trotter family were rarely sighted, the exceptions being the woman they believe to be Auntie Rose (Beryl Cooke) in "The Second Time Around", and cousins Stan and Jean (Mike Kemp and Maureen Sweeney), who attended Grandad's funeral. When Rodney met Cassandra, her parents Alan and Pamela (Denis Lill and Wanda Ventham) became casually recurring characters.

In some episodes a guest character was essential to the plot. Del's ex-fiancee Pauline (Jill Baker) dominated Del's libido in "The Second Time Around", prompting Rodney and Grandad to leave. In "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", Del's old business partner Jumbo Mills (Nick Stringer) wanted Del to return to Australia with him and restore their partnership, forcing Del to make a decision. An attempt by Lennox (Vas Blackwood) to rob a local supermarket set-up the "hostage" situation in "The Longest Night". Del and Rodney spent the whole of "Tea for Three" battling each other for the affections of Trigger's niece Lisa (Gerry Cowper). Abdul (Tony Anholt) in "To Hull and Back" and Arnie (Philip McGough) in "Chain Gang" were responsible for setting up dubious enterprises involving the Trotters in their respective episodes. Tony Angelino (Philip Pope), the singing dustman with a speech impediment, was the key to the humour and the storyline of "Stage Fright".

Del's nemesis from his school days, corrupt policeman DCI Roy Slater (played by Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent), made three appearances, in "May The Force Be With You", "To Hull and Back" and "Class of '62". Feared local villains, the Driscoll Brothers (Roy Marsden and Christopher Ryan) featured once, in "Little Problems". In a play on Rodney's light-hearted perception of him being the spawn of the devil, a grown-up Damien (Douglas Hodge) appeared in Rodney's futuristic dream in "Heroes and Villains", as the all-powerful, war-mongering head of the now multi-national Trotters Independent Traders. Rodney and Mickey's friends, the smooth-talking Jevon (Steven Woodcock) and then, briefly, Chris (Tony Marshall), a ladies' hairdresser, featured sporadically during the sixth and seventh series. The two-part 1991 Christmas special, "Miami Twice", saw Richard Branson and Barry Gibb make brief cameo appearances. Mike Read appeared as himself, hosting an episode of "Top Of The Pops", in "It's Only Rock and Roll" and Jonathan Ross appeared as himself in "If They Could See Us Now".

While their characters were less significant, well-known actors who played cameos in the programme included Joan Sims, best known for her numerous roles in the Carry On films, who guest-starred in the feature-length episode "The Frog's Legacy" as an aunt of Trigger and old friend of Del's late mother; future Hollywood star David Thewlis, who played a young wannabe musician in "It's Only Rock and Roll"; John Bardon, who now plays the role of Jim Branning in the soap opera "EastEnders", as the supermarket security officer in "The Longest Night". Walter Sparrow, who appeared as Dirty Barry in "Danger UXD", went on to appear in several Hollywood films.[37]


Sixty-four episodes of Only Fools and Horses, all written by John Sullivan, were broadcast on BBC1 between 8 September 1981 and 25 December 2003.[38][39] The show was aired in seven series (1981–83, 1985–86, 1989 and 1990/91), and thereafter in sporadic Christmas special editions (1991–93, 1996, 2001–03). All of the earlier episodes had a running time of 30 minutes, but this was extended after series five (1986), and all subsequent episodes had a running time ranging from 50 to 95 minutes. Most episodes were shot in front of a live audience or had a laugh track recorded from a live audience viewing; the only exceptions being "To Hull and Back", "A Royal Flush", and the second part of "Miami Twice".

Five special editions were produced, some of which have only recently been rediscovered.[40][41] An eight-minute episode aired in 1982 as part of a show hosted by Frank Muir, The Funny Side of Christmas, in which mini-episodes of Yes Minister, Open All Hours (in which Jason also starred), Butterflies (in which Lyndhurst also starred) and Last of the Summer Wine also featured. A 5 minute spoof BBC documentary was shown on Breakfast Time in 1985, with Del being investigated by consumer expert Lynn Faulds Wood.

An educational episode named "Licensed to Drill", in which Del, Rodney and Grandad discuss oil drilling, was recorded in 1984 but only shown in schools.[42] A 15 minute 1990–91 Persian Gulf War special was shown to British troops serving in the conflict. It has never been broadcast commercially, but a copy exists at the Imperial War Museum, London.[43] A Comic Relief special showing Del, Rodney and Albert making an appeal for donations was shown in 1997.

Only Fools and Horses had two producers: Ray Butt from 1981 to 1987, and Gareth Gwenlan thereafter. Seven directors were used: Martin Shardlow directed all episodes in series one, Bernard Thompson directed the 1981 Christmas special, Susan Belbin series four and Mandie Fletcher series five. Butt directed series two and three, as well as the 1985, 1986 and 1987 Christmas specials. Tony Dow became the established director after 1988, directing all subsequent episodes, bar the first part of Miami Twice, which was directed by Gareth Gwenlan.[44] John Sullivan was executive producer on seven of the final eight episodes.[45]


Del Boy's fall through an open bar-flap in "Yuppy Love" (BBC video clip) became one of the show's iconic moments. Note Trigger's face.

Only Fools and Horses won the BAFTA award for best comedy series in 1986, 1989 and 1997, was nominated in 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1992, and won the audience award in 2004. David Jason received individual BAFTAs for his portrayal of Del Boy in 1991 and 1997. The series won a National Television Award in 1997 for most popular comedy series; Jason won two individual awards, in 1997 and 2002. It won the RTS best comedy award in 1997, best BBC sit-com at the 1990 British Comedy Awards, and two Television and Radio Industries Club Awards for comedy programme of the year in 1984 and 1997. John Sullivan won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain comedy award for the 1996 Christmas trilogy and another from the Heritage Foundation in 2001.[13]

The show regularly features in polls to find the most popular comedy series, moments and characters. It was voted Britain's Best Sitcom in a 2004 BBC viewer's poll,[14] and came 45th in the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.[46] It was 3rd on a subsequent viewers' poll on the BFI website.[47] Empire magazine ranked Only Fools and Horses #42 on their list of the 50 greatest television shows of all time.[48] It was also named the funniest British sit-com of all time through a scientific formula, in a study by G.O.L.D.[49] Scenes such as Del Boy's fall through a bar flap in "Yuppy Love" and the Trotters accidentally smashing a priceless chandelier in "A Touch of Glass" have become iconic British comedy moments, invariably topping polls of comedy viewers.[50][51][52][53] Del Boy was voted the most popular British television character of all time in a survey by Open....[54] and came fourth in a Channel 4 list of Britain's best-loved television characters.[55] A Onepoll survey found that Only Fools and Horses was the television series Britons would most like to see return.[56]

Theme music and titles

The title sequence of Only Fools and Horses, which introduces the main characters.

John Sullivan wrote the theme music for Only Fools and Horses when he wrote the first series, but the producers opted instead for an instrumental, saxophone-led tune composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst, who had also arranged the themes for other BBC sit-coms, such as Yes Minister and Last of the Summer Wine. However, Sullivan was unhappy with this, so for the second series he persuaded the BBC to use his own compositions instead, partly because the new lyrics would explain the obscure title, which had been the subject of viewers' questions to the BBC during the first series.[18]

The first series was subsequently re-edited to use the new theme songs, though the first episode, "Big Brother", is still sometimes repeated with the original Hazlehurst music intact,[57] as is the 1981 Christmas special. The current DVD release of Series One, however, replaces the theme music on all seven episodes. The original theme music is still used in the first episode during a montage in which Del unsuccessfully conducts business throughout Peckham whilst trying to find Rodney.

The lyrics to the established themes contain both slang and references to British culture, and describe elements of the show. The opening lyrics include "stick a pony in my pocket", pony being London slang for 25 pounds sterling;[58] "fetch the suitcase from the van" and "where it all comes from is a mystery", all references to the Trotters' shady, cash-only business. It ends with the title lyric, "why do only fools and horses work?" The closing theme follows suit, describing the dubious goods that the Trotters specialise in, from "miles and miles of carpet tiles" to "Trevor Francis tracksuits"; Francis was an English football player during the 1970s and 1980s. These are "from a mush in Shepherd's Bush"; mush is slang for a man whose name is unknown and Shepherd's Bush is a West London district.[58] The line "no income tax, no VAT" summarises their outlook, before closing with the refrain "God bless Hooky Street". Hooky is British slang for something stolen or which has been acquired illegally.[58]

The images peeling away was conceived as a metaphor for the Trotters' lifestyle

Both songs are performed by Sullivan, and not – as is sometimes thought – by Nicholas Lyndhurst.[59] Sullivan had intended for Chas & Dave to sing it, since they were an act associated with Cockney-style music, but they were unavailable having just recorded a hit record with "Ain't No Pleasing You", so he was persuaded to do it himself by Ray Butt.[60] The new theme was also arranged by Hazlehurst. Chas & Dave did later contribute to the show, performing "Down to Margate", the closing credits song for "The Jolly Boys' Outing".

The opening credits see images of the three principal actors peel on and off the screen sequentially like adhesive labels. These appear over a background of still photographs of everyday life in South London, including a used car lot and a tower block. The sequence was conceived by graphic designer, Peter Clayton, as a "metaphor for the vagaries of the Trotters' lifestyle", whereby money was earned and quickly lost again. The action was shot manually frame by frame, and took around six weeks to complete.[61]

As the series progressed, the sequence was occasionally updated with new footage, but it only ever featured Del, Rodney and either Grandad or Uncle Albert. The 2001–2003 trilogy featured just Del and Rodney. In total, the shots of Del and Rodney were updated three times during the series' run to reflect their ageing, whilst Grandad and Uncle Albert only ever received one version each during their run. The 2001–2003 Christmas specials used the same titles sequences but rendered for broadcast in the now standard 16:9 ratio widescreen.

The closing credits for the programme varied series by series. The first series used peeling labels featuring the names of the cast and crew, mirroring the opening sequence, but these had to be updated with every new episode, making the process very time-consuming; from the second series the credits switched to a standard rolling format. Towards the end of the run they settled on a uniform style with the typeface Dom Casual scrolling against a freeze frame of the final scene which faded to a plain black background.[61] Despite strict BBC crediting guidelines in place by the time the most recent episodes screened, the programme was able to enjoy unedited closing credits and the full version of the theme song.

Cultural impact

The Trotters' Reliant Regal in front of Nelson Mandela house. The van has reached cult status in the UK.

Though Only Fools and Horses was relatively unpopular when it began, it gradually built up a following and became one of the UK's most popular sit-coms, and is now regularly repeated on the BBC.[62] The 1996 Christmas trilogy of "Heroes and Villains", "Modern Men" and "Time On Our Hands" saw the show's peak. The first two attracted 21.3 million viewers,[63][64] while the third episode – at the time believed to be the final one – got 24.3 million,[65] a record audience for a British sit-com.[12] Despite its mainstream popularity, it has also developed a cult following, and was named one of the top 20 cult television programmes of all-time by TV critic Jeff Evans. Evans spoke of:

"[shows] such as Only Fools and Horses, which gets tremendous viewing figures but does inspire conventions of fans who meet in pubs called the Nag's Head and wander round dressed as their favourite characters"[66]

The Only Fools and Horses Appreciation Society, established in 1993, has a membership of around 6,000,[67] publishes a quarterly newsletter, Hookie Street, and organises annual conventions of fans, usually attended by cast members. The Society has also organised an Only Fools and Horses museum, containing props from the series, including Del's camel-hair coat and the Trotters' Ford Capri.[68]

Only Fools and Horses – and consequently John Sullivan – is credited with the popularisation in Britain of several words and phrases used by Del Boy regularly, particularly "Plonker",[69] meaning a fool or an idiot, and two expressions of delight or approval: "Cushty"[69] and "Lovely jubbly". The latter was borrowed from an advertising slogan for an obscure 1960s orange juice drink, called Jubbly, which was packaged in a pyramid shaped, waxed paper carton. Sullivan remembered it and thought it was an expression Del Boy would use; in 2003, the phrase was incorporated into the new Oxford English Dictionary.[70] Other British slang words commonly used and popularised in the series include "dipstick", "wally" and "twonk", all mild ways of calling someone an idiot.

Owing to its exposure on Only Fools and Horses, the Reliant Regal van is now frequently linked with the show in the British media.[71][72][73] The one used by the Trotters has attained cult status and is currently on display at the Cars of the Stars exhibition at the National Motor Museum, alongside the Batmobile and the De Lorean from Back to the Future.[74] Boxer Ricky Hatton, a fan of the show, purchased one of the original vans in 2004.[75] Another of the vans used in the series was sold at auction in the UK for £44,000 in February 2007.[76]

During the media frenzy surrounding The Independent's revelations that the new bottled water Dasani, marketed by Coca-Cola, was in fact just 'purified' tap water from Sidcup, mocking parallels were made with the Only Fools and Horses episode, "Mother Nature's Son", in which Del sells tap water as "Peckham Spring".[77]

Other media

Four episodes were subsequently re-edited for radio and first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 over June and July 1999.[78][79] The episodes included were "The Long Legs of the Law", "A Losing Streak", "No Greater Love" and "The Yellow Peril". These episodes and three other audio box-sets have since been released on audio cassette and CD.

In 1988, Only Fools and Horses featured at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. The plot saw David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Buster Merryfield appear on stage in character, thinking that they are delivering boxes of alcohol to an associate of Del's, only later realising where they actually are. The idea of an Only Fools and Horses stage show was mooted by Ray Butt, following the success of other sit-com crossovers such as Dad's Army and Are You Being Served?. Sullivan wasn't keen, owing to his inexperience with the theatre, and the enterprise was deemed too time-consuming, so nothing came of it.[22]

International remakes

Only Fools and Horses was sold to countries throughout the world. Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Pakistan, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa and Spain are among those who purchased it.[80] In all countries in which ex-Serbo-Croatian is spoken the title was "Mućke" (in cyr. script "Мућке"), which can roughly be translated as "suspicious jobs." Three overseas re-makes have also been produced. The first was in The Netherlands, entitled Wat schuift't? (What's it worth?). The Trotters were renamed the Aarsmans, it starred Johnny Kraaykamp jnr. as Stef (Del), Sacco Van der Made as Granpa and Kasper van Kooten as Robbie (Rodney), and was shown on RTL 4.[81]

The second country to re-make the show is Portugal, with their version named O Fura-Vidas, a local expression for someone who lives illegally. It was a literal translation of the British version, with all episodes based on the originals, though with subtle changes. It featured the Fintas family, who live in Sapadores, a neighbourhood in Lisbon, and starred Miguel Guilherme as Quim (Del), Canto e Castro as Grandad, and Ivo Canelas as Joca (Rodney).[82]

The third country to re-make the show is Slovenia; their version is called Brat bratu (Brother to brother). All episodes were based on the original British storylines, and it was made in co-operation with John Sullivan. It features brothers Brane (Brane Šturbej) and Bine (Jure Drevenšek), who moved from Maribor to Ljubljana. The series also stars Peter Ternovšek as Grandad. It was directed by Branko Đurić. The series was cancelled after 13 episodes were aired due to poor ratings.

There have been several plans to produce an American version. One was to be a star vehicle for ex-M*A*S*H* actor, Harry Morgan, with Grandad rather than Del becoming the lead character.[83] The other, entitled This Time Next Year..., would have seen the Trotters renamed the Flannagans. A draft script was written for the latter,[84] but neither show materialised. Steve Carell, star of the US version of The Office, has expressed an interest in making an American version of Only Fools and Horses, with him to star as Del Boy.[85]

Only Fools and Horses featured in a parody of American sit-coms by David Walliams and Matt Lucas in "Mash and Peas do the USA" for Channel 4's Sitcom Weekend in 1997. Re-named Only Jerks and Horses, the sketch took a mocking view of what the series would have been like had it been re-made in the United States, with Del Boy, Boycie and Trigger all "Americanized", though Rodney remained English.


Only Fools and Horses spin-off, The Green Green Grass, featuring Boycie (John Challis, seated left) and Marlene (Sue Holderness, seated centre)
Year(s) Program No. of Series No. of Episodes
1981–2003 Only Fools and Horses 7 64
2005–2009 The Green Green Grass 4 32
2010 Rock & Chips 1

The Green Green Grass

A spin-off of Only Fools and Horses entitled The Green Green Grass, also written by John Sullivan and directed by Tony Dow, was first aired in the UK in September 2005.[86] It is based around the characters Boycie and Marlene (John Challis and Sue Holderness), forced to leave Peckham by one-time Only Fools and Horses villains the Driscoll Brothers, and has included guest appearances by Denzil (Paul Barber) and Sid (Roy Heather). In December 2008, The Sun reported that Del Boy, Rodney and Trigger could also make cameo appearances in a special edition of the show.[87] A second series of The Green Green Grass was broadcast in the UK in October 2006,[88] a third in November 2007[89] and a fourth in January 2009.[90] A fifth series should go into production next year with a broadcast slot in September 2010.

Rock & Chips

In 2003, it was reported that Sullivan was developing a prequel to the original series, Once Upon a Time in Peckham, which would feature Del, Rodney, Trigger, Boycie and Denzil as youngsters in the 1960s, and have a prominent role for Del and Rodney's parents.[91] In 2009, it was again reported that the BBC were considering commissioning the show, although nothing was confirmed.[92] On 5 April 2009, Sullivan told The Mail on Sunday newspaper that he was planning a prequel to Only Fools and Horses which would star Nicholas Lyndhurst as Freddie "The Frog" Robdal, a local criminal and Rodney's biological father; Robdal was the focus of the episode "The Frog's Legacy".[93]

On 3 July 2009, the BBC revealed that the title of the spin-off would be Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Chips, and would be a 90 minute comedy drama.[94] The title was subsequently changed to Rock & Chips.[95] Filming began in August 2009, and it was shown on BBC One at 9pm on 24th January 2010.[96] In October 2009 it was confirmed that Lyndhurst would star as Robdal.[97] The Inbetweeners and Off The Hook star James Buckley played the role of the young Del Boy.[98]

Although in it's various earlier stages of planning it was suggested that the prequel may run as a series, in the end Rock & Chips is a stand alone drama, although a follow up has not been ruled out.


Only Fools and Horses series 1–7 DVD cover

Only Fools and Horses spawned many merchandising spin-offs.[15] Several books have been published, most notably the officially sanctioned "The Only Fools and Horses Story" by Steve Clark (ISBN 0-563-38445-X) and "The Complete A-Z of Only Fools and Horses" by Richard Webber (ISBN 0-7528-6025-9), both of which detail the history of the series. The scripts have been published in a three-volume compendium, "The Bible of Peckham". The light-hearted "The Trotter Way to Millions" (ISBN 0-14-023956-1) and "The Trotter Way to Romance" (ISBN 0-297-81227-0), both written by John Haselden, see Del giving tips on how to achieve both wealth and love.

It has been released on VHS, DVD and audio CD in several guises. A DVD collection containing every episode was issued, along with various other special edition box-sets, such as a tin based on their Reliant Regal. DVDs and videos of Only Fools and Horses continue to be among the BBC's biggest-selling items, having sold over 6 million VHS copies and 1 million DVDs in the UK.[99][100] An Only Fools and Horses magazine was released in 2004, with each issue containing a DVD of the show. See the list of Only Fools And Horses DVD cuts for the differences between transmitted episodes and DVD episodes.

It also featured on a cavalcade of everyday items. These include a Monopoly-style board game, the "Trotters Trading Game", in which participants attempt to emulate the Trotters and become millionaires, and another game set in their local pub, entitled the "Nag's Head Game tin"; a DVD board game which features clips and questions while trading hookie gear to other players, a CD-ROM for Windows 95 and Windows 98 which allows users to customise their PCs; a soundtrack of songs used during the show, including the theme tune, and replica die cast models of the Trotters' yellow Reliant Regal van, manufactured by Corgi. Replica money has been made by the 'Bank of Peckham', featuring 'altered' English pound notes with Cockney rhyming slang and Del Boy's head on it instead of the Queen. Other spin-off merchandise includes bottle openers, playing cards, wristwatches, beauty products, calendars and talking alarm clocks.


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  4. ^ Four episodes that were 60 minutes in length were: "The Frog’s Legacy" (1986), "Heroes and Villians", "Modern Men" and "Time on our Hands" (1996).
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  8. ^ Two episodes that were 80 minutes in length were: "A Royal Flush" (1986) and "Dates" (1988).
  9. ^ Two episodes that were 85 minutes in length were: "The Jolly Boys’ Outing" (1989) and "Fatal Extraction" (1993).
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  • Sullivan, John (2000). Only Fools and Horses: Bible of Peckham Vol 2. BBC Books. ISBN 0-563-55177-1. 
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Only Fools and Horses was a British television sitcom which aired on BBC for seven seasons, nineteen Christmas specials, and six special editions, from 1981 to 2003.


Theme Tune


Stick a pony in me pocket
I'll fetch the suitcase from the van.
'Cos if you want the best uns,
but you don't ask questions,
Then brother, I'm your man.
'Cos where it all comes from is a mystery,
It's like the changing of the seasons,
and the tides of the sea.
But here's the one that's driving me berserk,
Why do only fools and horses work?
La la la la, la la la la la, la la la la


We've got some half price cracked ice
and miles and miles of carpet tiles
TVs, deep freeze and David Bowie LPs
Pool games, gold chains, whatsanames, and at a push
Some Trevor Francis track suits
From a mush in Shepherds Bush
Bush, bush, bush, bush, bush, bush, bush!
No income tax, no VAT
no money back, no guarantee
Black or white, rich or broke poor
we'll cut prices at a stroke....
God bless Hooky Street.
Viva Hooky Street
Long live Hooky Street
C'est magnifique, Hooky Street
Magnifique, Hooky Street
Hooky Street

Series 1 (1981)

Big Brother [1.1]

[First lines of the series]

Grandad: (watching TV) That Sidney Potter's a good actor, ain't he Rodney? He was marvellous in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Rodney: Yeah knock out Grandad. Sidney Potter?
Grandad: Yeah, you know him. Always plays the black fella.
Rodney: Sidney Potier!
Grandad: Sidney Potter.

[They continue to argue until Del Boy walks in.]

Del Boy: Are you two at it again?
Rodney: Del. How do you pronounce that fella's name on the telly? Sidney Poitier or Potter?
Del Boy: Personally, I'd pronounce it Harry Belafonte, but you two please yourselves.

Del Boy: (to Rodney) What are you doing?
Rodney: Our accounts.
Del Boy: You keeping accounts now?! (to Grandad) Well, there you are Grandad. A lot of people said I was a right dipstick to make my brother a partner in the business. But this only goes to prove how bloody right they were!

Del Boy: I grafted 19 or 20 hours a day to put groceries on that table, alright it wasn't always double legal but you ate the finest food that was going.
Rodney: All you use to give me was TV dinners or convienience food, if it wasn't frozen or dehydrated we didn't eat it. If you had been in charge of The last supper it would have been a take away.
Del Boy: Well anything was better than the salmonella and chips that Grandad used to knock up!

Del Boy: (trying to explain to Rodney why Trotters Independent Traders never pays taxes) 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: (when Rodney first meets Trigger) Why do they call him Trigger? Does he carry a gun?
Del Boy: No. It's because he looks like a horse.

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

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

Rodney: I saw myself more in the capacity of a financial advisor.
Del Boy: A financial advisor?! Bonjour Trieste! You are beautiful, you are, Rodney! Today, I almost clinched a deal to buy these briefcases for £175. When my "financial advisor" stuck his nose in, and advised me to pay £200. Right? And now, having paid the £200, my "financial advisor" now advises me to chuck the bleedin' lot in the river! Now, with financial advisors like that, who needs a bleedin' RECESSION?

Del Boy: Do you hear that?
Rodney: No, what is it?
Del Boy: That's Mum turning in her grave.

Go West Young Man [1.2]

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

Del Boy: It's been so long that Rodney had a bit on the side, he didn't know they'd moved it.

Rodney: I'm gonna do what Monica was doing last night!
Del Boy: Going dancing with Mickey Pearce?

[Del wonders why Rodney took him to a peculiar club.]

Rodney: It looked all right from the outside.
Del Boy: It looked all right from the outside? That's what the Christians said about the Colosseum!

Michelle: (asking Rodney which tennis turf he likes playing on) What do you prefer? Astroturf or grass?
Rodney: I don't know, I've never smoked astroturf!

Del Boy: (hurriedly, after talking to a couple of "women") Drink up, we're leaving
Rodney: Why? Are they a couple of ravers?
Del Boy: No, they're a couple of geezers!"

Rodney: (telling Del what he has just accidentally done in the car on their way home) Del,you know that cigar packet you just gave me... I chucked out the window about a mile and a half back.
Del Boy: You what? You Pranny!!!!

[After Del brakes suddenly, another car a Cortina, smashes into the Jaguar he and Rodney are sitting in. The Cortina is driven by the Australian man.]

Del Boy: God! I don't believe it. I just do not believe it! Now look what you've done Rodney, you've smashed up Boycie's E-Type Jaguar.
Rodney: Me? You were driving it.
Del Boy: Don't play bloody word games with me, Rodney! (shouting at the car behind) What's your game pal. What is your game, are you blind or something?
Aussie Man: I'm very sorry about that mate, but the brakes on this thing are a bit dicky...... You! I've been looking for you two flaming Gollahs all day long...... Now come here!

Cash and Curry [1.3]

Rodney: Are you all right, Del? I thought you was in bother!
Del Boy: That's why it took you an hour and a half to come! Didn't Grandad tell you that I'd called?
Rodney: Oh yeah, he told me! "Del Boy's been captured by the Indians!" he said. I didn't know whether to call the police or the Texas Rangers!

Mr. Rahn: (to Del and Rodney) Vimmal Malik has in his possession the one single item that remains of my birthright. It's a simple porcelain statuette of Kuvera. You know who Kuvera is?
Del Boy & Rodney: Yeah.
Del Boy: You don't know who Kuvera is!
Rodney: Well he was, er, I don't know.
Del Boy: See what I mean Mr. Rahn, he's got 2 O-Levels and he thinks he's Bamber Gascoigne's vest.
Rodney: Alright mastermind, who is he?
Del Boy: Kuvera was one of India's Premier Wicket Keepers.
Rodney: You berk!
Mr. Rahn: Kuvera is the Hindu God of Wealth.

Del Boy: (during a heated argument) You had a Persian rug with more food on it than a menu!

Vimmal: Where's your watch Derek?
Del Boy: It's at the menders, I broke it last night playing you know volleyball.
Vimmal: I thought you were right-handed.
Del Boy: No, I'm ambiguous.

Mr. Rahn: If I got into my car at 9:00 in the morning, it'd take me up to 2 in the afternoon to drive around my land.
Rodney: We had a car like that once.

[Del and Rodney reveal to the waiter in "Rahn's" restaurant that they paid £2000 for the statue]

Waiter: £2000? Why, you can get them for £17 in Portobello Road! It's amazing how much you can save if you shop around

[Del and Rodney have found out that Vimmal has left London with Mr. Rahn.]

Rodney: No sign of Vimmal?
Del Boy: No, he packed his bags and had it away on his toes five minutes after we left! As Macbeth said to Hamlet in A Midsummer Night's Dream: "We've been done up like a couple of kippers."

The Second Time Around [1.4]

Pauline: You never married yourself Del?
Del Boy: No, no no, I never fancied myself!

[Rodney is not impressed by Pauline.]

Del Boy: You don't have romantic feelings, you. You just have animal urges. Sometimes I think you've learned the art of seduction by watching Wildlife on One.

Del Boy: Look at that Rodney, she's only had two husbands die on her.
Rodney: Yeah? One more and she keeps the match ball, don't she?

A Slow Bus To Chingford [1.5]

Del Boy: My only worry is, is a 59-seater bus gonna be big enough?
Grandad: A tandem would be too big!

Del Boy: This time next year, we'll be millionaires!
Grandad: You said that this time last year!

Del Boy: As dear old Mum used to say, "It's better to know you've lost than not to know you've won." Dear old Mum... she used to say some bloody stupid things.

The Russians Are Coming [1.6]

Del Boy: I'm not a ruthless mercenary. Who is it that goes around the estate every Christmas time, making sure all the old people have got enough to eat and drink?
Rodney: Yeah, and who was it, during the Brixton riot, that drove down in the van, selling paving stones to the rioters? I mean, what did you think they were going to do with them, eh? All run off home and start building patios?
Del Boy: Mine is not to reason why, mine is to sell and buy.

[Del and Rodney are in the flat, discussing the British response to a World War III.]

Rodney: And what have we got in this country to combat the might of the Soviet Union? Three Jump Jets and a strongly worded letter to the Russian ambassador.

Rodney: I'd never wear a British uniform on principle.
Del Boy: What principle?
Rodney: Well, on the principle that the Russians might shoot at it.

[Del and Rodney have just been stopped by a police officer during their attempt to beat the four minute warning to get to Grandad's allotment. The police officer has just walks off].

Del Boy: How are we doing for time Rodney?
Rodney: (looking at his watch) Erm, we died 45 seconds ago.

Christmas Special (1981)

Christmas Crackers

Grandad: I don't know why they have these drug addiction centres. Aren't there enough drug addicts about as it is? Without them recruiting them.

Del Boy: (to Rodney, in the Monte Carlo Club) I've heard your line of patter my son. If they don't know Adam Ant's birthday or the Chelsea result it's goodnight Vienna, innit?

Series 2 (1982)

The Long Legs of the Law [2.1]

[Grandad is insulted by Rodney's lack of respect for the Trotter family honour]

Grandad: You've always been a bad 'un, Rodney.
Rodney: What, 'cos I didn't wear a crash helmet?
Grandad: I mean smoking mari-jew-arna!

Del Boy: (after Rodney goes on a date with a policewoman) One minute you're walking along quite nicely, and the next minute... Whack! Life jumps out and gives you sobering thoughts.
Grandad: Oh, I've had a lot of sobering thoughts in my time, Del Boy. It were them that started me drinking.
Del Boy: Yeah, I can understand that. The boy's grown into a man. I don't, I don't feel as needed as I used to be. Soon he'll, he'll fly the nest! But you know what the most sobering thought of the lot is? One wrong word from that plonker Rodney and I could end up doing five years!

Grandad: (to Sandra) Rodney's got a police record!
Del Boy: That's right, it's "Walking on the Moon"!

Sandra: Now, what do you think my commanding officer would do if he found me in possession of stolen property?
Rodney: Put you in charge of the Christmas Club more like.

Sandra: I'll give you 24 hours breathing space time to shall we say spring clean your flat and after that I'm coming round with the CID, That's 24 hours Rodney".
Rodney: Reminds me of that Gene Pitney song you know "24 Hours from Dartmoor".

Ashes to Ashes [2.2]

[At Trigger's grandad's funeral]

Trigger: You knew my granddad, Arthur, didn't you?
Granddad: Oh yeah, I knew Arthur alright.
Trigger: He was a smashing man. He took care of me after my mum went.
Rodney: Where was your dad?
Trigger: He died a couple of years before I was born.

[Rodney nods, then works out what's wrong with that sentence]

Rodney: It's Arthur's Ashes!
Del Boy: Arthur's Ashes? That's the black guy who won Wimbledon innit?

Del Boy: Do you Know any hymns?
Rodney: Er "We Three Kings of Orient Are".
Del Boy & Rodney: (singing) We Three Kings...
Del Boy: (suddenly stops) That's a Christmas carol, you wally.

A Losing Streak [2.3]

Grandad: You play cards again last night?
Del Boy: Hmm... Yeah. You know me, eh: he who dares, wins.
Grandad: How did you get on?
Del Boy: I lost.

Del Boy: You are giving my arse a headache, Rodney!

Del Boy: Beneath all this finery, there lies... a berk. Now that surprises you dunnit?
Rodney: No.

[Del places a few £10 notes on the table]

Boycie: Is that all you've got Del?
Del Boy: uh no, no (nudging his head towards Rodney), Rodney's got the rest of it...
Rodney: Have I? Oh yeah... here's the four pounds thirty-two pence for the empties I took back...

Del Boy: What you got?
Boycie: I've got kings.
Del Boy: How many?
Boycie: Un, deux, tois, quatre.
Del Boy: FOUR!?
Boycie: I didn't know you were good at maths Del Boy.

Boycie: Come on Del, let's see your two pair.
Del Boy: Well I've got a pair of aces and another pair of aces.
Boycie: That's FOUR aces.
Del Boy: I didn't know you were good at maths either Boycie.

[Del has just beaten Boycie in their poker game]

Boycie: (grudgingly) Well done, Del. Nicely played. (whispers) Where did you get those four bloody Aces from?
Del Boy: Same place you got those Kings. I knew you was cheating, Boycie.
Boycie: Oh yeah, how?
Del Boy: Because that wasn't the hand that I dealt you.

No Greater Love [2.4]

Rodney: (to himself on spotting that picture of Tommy whilst alone in the room) Bloody Hell, he's a big bloke!

Irene: You'd better tell me your name, it'll get a bit embarrasing if I have to call you "Thingy" all night!
Rodney: My name's Rodney.
Irene: Irene.
Rodney: No, Rodney.

[At the dinner table]

Del Boy: How old is she, 20?
Rodney: No, she's about, 30!
Del Boy: How old is "about 30"?
Rodney: 40!
Del Boy: (coughing) 40! 40? Stone me Rodney.
Rodney: What's wrong with going out with a woman of 40?
Del Boy: Nothing. Nothing at all, if you happen to be 50! Blimey, she's even too old for me!
Grandad: Well I'd have to think twice!

[Del Boy meeting Tommy Mackay.]

Del Boy: Oh, but it was only a friendly drink.
Tommy Mackay: But I'm not a friendly geezer. And that kind of thing makes me really angry! I'm gonna teach you a lesson you'll remember for the rest of your life, Rodney, my old son!
Del Boy: Now let's not be hasty, eh? Rodney? Did you say Rodney?
Tommy Mackay: Yeah that's right, Rodney Trotter, that's you, annit?
Del Boy: No, no, no, no, no, no. Yeah I'm... I'm Rodney Trotter, yeah!
Tommy: Good, okay, Leroy, give him some air!
Del Boy: (to Tommy and Leroy after his camel coat lands in a puddle before the fight) Now look what you made do! That was a brand new coat!!

The Yellow Peril [2.5]

[Del Boy and Rodney are sitting on a bench next to their mother's grave.]

Del Boy: It's quiet here.
Rodney: (not really listening to what Del Boy is saying) Yeah...
Del Boy: Peaceful.
Rodney: Yeah.
Del Boy: You're decorating the kitchen of a Chinese take away tomorrow.
Rodney: Yeah...
Del Boy: The sun is shining and the birds are singing.
Rodney: (realises what Del Boy has said) What was that?
Del Boy: The sun is shinging and the birds are singing?
Rodney: No, before that.
Del Boy: Everything's quiet and peaceful?
Rodney: No Del, in between everything being quiet and peaceful and the sun shining and the birds signing, you said something about a Chinese take away?

Mr Chin: This man phone me. He does not give me his name but he say to me, "Get your kitchen painted or you'll be in big trouble John."
Rodney: Oh. (penny drops) John?
Del Boy: Yeah, John. You know the expression John. Cockney expression bruv.

Mr Chin: Have you decided what colour the walls will be?
Del Boy: Oh yes of course you don't think I'd leave somthing that important to the last minute, do you? (to Rodney) Hurry up and open that tin.
Rodney: (struggling to open a tin of paint) I'm trying.
Del Boy: I thought... and you can shoot me down in flames if you like Mr Chin, but what I thought the colour these walls should be...
Mr Chin: Blue.
Del Boy: What?
Mr Chin: I like blue.
Del Boy: Oh blue. Je suis frontiers. That is exactly what I thought. I thought why don't we paint these walls a nice subtle shade of blue.
Mr Chin: What shade of blue?
Rodney: Yellow.
Del Boy: And then I changed my mind. I thought not blue. I thought we should paint them gold.
Rodney: That's yellow.
Del Boy: This is GOLD, Rodney. Are you illiterate or something? You see I remembered the name of your beautiful restaurant. Gold for the Golden Lotus.

[A cat escapes from Mr Chin's Golden Lotus restaurant.]

Del Boy: Don't let him go! That's not gonna please Mr Chin, ain't it?
Rodney: Was it his pet?
Del Boy: No, but number 39 is off the menu.

Rodney: What have you been up to, Del?
Del Boy: Oh, bits and pieces.
Rodney: Where have you been?
Del Boy: Here and back.
Rodney: So what have you been doing?
Del Boy: This and that.
Rodney: As long as I know.
Grandad: I thought you'd winkle it out of him in the end.

Rodney: You swore to me it wasn't nicked. Bankrupt stock you said.
Del Boy: British Rail, same thing init?

Grandad: (Rodney is angry after finding out the paint used for the kitchen was hooky) Tunnels?
Del Boy: What?
Rodney: No, he said that!
Grandad: Trigger said the paint was used for painting signs in tunnels, well how can you see a sign in a tunnel, it's pitch black innit?
Trigger: Nah it's alright, this is luminous.
Del Boy: See Grandad, it's luminous, which means you can see in the... LUMINOUS?!

Grandad: (on the telephone) Oh, hello Mr. Chin. No Del's gone out. I'm not sure... Where have you gone to, Del?

[Del on the telephone to Mr. Chin; Mr. Chin's kitchen walls are luminous yellow.]

Mr. Chin: Don't you "Hello Mr. Chin" me! What have you done to my walls?!
Del Boy: Glowing are they? Tell them not to be frightened, cos this is new energy saving paint we're using. It's designed to cut down on the electricity bills. Yeah. Yes. Yes, I understand. I'll be round to see you first thing in the morning. (puts the receiver down)
Rodney: Does he want his money back?
Del Boy: No he wants you to go round tomorrow and do out his living room in it!

It Never Rains... [2.6]

Rodney: You were gunrunning in the middle of a civil war?
Grandad: Well, that's the best time to do it. Supply and demand.
Rodney: You dirty, old mercenary.
Grandad: We didn't do it purely for financial gain. Oh no, we both felt a deep commitment to a political cause.
Del Boy: Which side were selling to?
Grandad: Whichever side had the most money, really.

Grandad: (in the cell, recounting his earlier experience with the Spanish authorities) ...they took Nobby away; tortured him... all through the night, you could hear his screams!
Rodney: Woke you up at one point I bet!
Grandad: (shaking his head) The last thing on my mind was sleep, but no matter how hard they tried, Nobby wouldn't say a word... and then it were my turn...
Rodney: (briefly concerned) What... they tortured you?
Grandad: No... but they would have done if I hadn't told them everything I knew!

A Touch of Glass [2.7]

[The Trotters have just finished attending an auction.]

Del Boy: Can you manage, Grandad?
Grandad: Yeah, I think so, Del.
Del Boy: Mind your hernia! That's not bad, you know? I reckon we done well there.
Grandad: Waste of money if you ask me, come all this way an'all.
Del Boy: What'd you mean a waste of money? They're beautiful! 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 Boy: 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 Boy: No, it means they're unique.
Grandad: It means there was a balls-up at the factory and they put the wrong chimes in.

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

Del Boy: Ere Grandad. You want a jemmy?
Grandad: Nah. Had one before we left Del.

Del Boy: Grandad! How you getting on?
Grandad: All right Del Boy. I found it Del.
Del Boy: There you are he's found the nut. Told you we could trust him.
Grandad: I'm starting to undo it.
Del Boy & Rodney: (rushing under the chandelier whith the tarpaulin) NOOOO!!!
Del Boy: You silly old duffer, we ain't up the ladders yet!
Rodney: Grandad, don't you touch nothing till we tell you!
Del Boy: Right up we go Rodders. Anything you want?
Rodney: Yeah I wanna go home.
Del Boy: All right Grandad, we're ready. You can start undoing it now.
Grandad: (unscrewing the bolt) It's coming Del Boy. One more turn Del.
Del Boy: Right now brace yourself Rodney, brace yourself.

[Grandad hits the screw with a hammer and the other chandelier falls to the ground and smashes, while Del and Rodney both look on in horror]

Del Boy: (calmy, to Rodney) Grandad was undoing the other chandelier.
Rodney: How can you tell?

[The chandelier has just fallen down and smashed. Grandad walks downstairs]

Grandad: Alright, Del Boy.
Del Boy: Alright? Look at it!
Grandad: Did you drop it Del?
Rodney: How could we drop it?! We wasn't even holding it! We was working on that one.
Grandad: Well I wish you'd said something, 'cos I was working on this one. Is it very valuable Del?
Del Boy: Nah not really. It was bleedin PRICELESS when it was hangin up there though!

Christmas Specials (1982)

Christmas Trees

Vicar: I have become dismayed, even shocked by the attitude of youth - but today you walked into this church and offered us this tree simply because you care. You have rekindled my faith in the human race. It's not nicked is it?

Diamonds Are for Heather

Del Boy: (commenting on the chicken he's been eating at the Nag's Head) Tough? Tough? It's the toughest chicken I've ever known. It's asked me for a fight in the car park twice!

Heather: (after listening to Old Shep) Did you have an old dog?
Del Boy: I've had many old dogs in my time!

Series 3 (1983)

Homesick [3.1]

Del Boy: There are 2,000 stories in the Naked City and this plonker is looking for a basket on wheels.

[Rodney is looking for crimes to report at the tenants' meeting.]

Del Boy: Well, why don't you tell them what happened to poor Rita Alldridge then?
Rodney: Yes! Good idea! What happened to Rita Alldridge then?
Del Boy: Last Friday night she was indecently assaulted over by the adventure playground.
Rodney: No! Did she report it?
Del Boy: Yeah, I saw her this morning, she'd just been down the police station.
Rodney: Right. There you are, you see; that's exactly the sort of thing... Hang on a minute, if this happened on Friday night, how come it's taken her 'til Wednesday to report it?
Del Boy: Because she didn't know she'd been indecently assaulted until this morning when the bloke's cheque bounced.

Rodney: She's very intelligent actually. We got on really well.
Del Boy: Yeah, they do say opposites attract, don't they?

[Dr. Becker has examined Grandad.]

Dr. Becker: Don't worry, he's got legs like Nijinsky.
Del Boy: (puzzled) Nijinsky is a racehorse.
Rodney: No, Del, he means Nijinsky the Russian ballet dancer.
Dr. Becker: No I don't!

Grandad: (bedbound) Del Boy, I'd like to be cremated.
Del Boy: Well you'll have to wait till the morning, 'cuz they'll be closed now!

Healthy Competition [3.2]

Rodney: I am 24 years old, I have two GSEs, thirteen years of schooling and three terms at an adult education centre behind me, right? And with all that, what have I become? I am a lookout.
Del Boy: No, Rodney, you're wrong. You're not just a lookout, you're a bad lookout!

Mickey Pearce: What are these things?
Del Boy: Those? They are lawnmower engines.
Rodney: Lawnmower engines?
Del Boy: Listen, they're not ordinary lawnmower engines.
Rodney: (interested) No?
Del Boy: No, they're broken lawnmower engines.

Del Boy: Well, I've gotta admire yer bottle Rodders - I must admit. You've been in the business five minutes and already you've opened up a Spanish branch. You've cornered the World market on broken lawnmower engines - what's your partner doing now, is he buying second-hand pedalos?
Rodney: No, no, no, nothing like that, no, we're - we're going into the self-catering holiday trade.
Del Boy: Cor, what on 200 nicker?
Rodney: Yeah well, we're starting in a small way.
Grandad: What you got, a Wendy House?

Friday the 14th [3.3]

Rodney: Boycie would scalp you if dandruff had a going rate.

Del Boy: When we see the gamekeeper, when we get down there, we pay him 25 quid.
Rodney: What? And he gives us a fishing permit?
Del Boy: No, he shows us the hole in the fence.
Rodney: I knew it.
Del Boy: It's called business.
Rodney: It's called stealing!
Grandad: No it ain't, Rodney.
Del Boy: Listen to your grandad.
Grandad: It's called poaching.

Policeman: They called him the Axe Murderer. He murdered a group of local fisherman. (Del and Rodney look at each other nervously) Oh well. Have a nice weekend.

Del Boy: It's blowing a ruddy typhoid out there!
Rodney: It's a typhoon...
Del Boy: Hmm? Oh, good idea Rodney, stick the kettle on. We'll have a nice cup of tea.

Del Boy: (when Rodney claims that the Axe Murderer is nearby) So what are you telling me then? The psycho's up stairs having a kip?
Grandad: Well he could be up there, Del Boy.
Del Boy: Well I shouldn't let it worry you Grandad, I should think the three bears have probably eaten him by now!

Rodney: Ah, Picadilly. Right, that's mine and I have a hotel, so that's twelve hundred pounds.
Grandad: Twelve hundred pounds for a hotel next to a smelly old waterworks?
Rodney: What?
Grandad: All them sewers. I'd rather sleep in the car, or look for a bed and breakfast.
Rodney: No, you don't understand. Bless his little...look, it's in the rules.
Grandad: Twelve hundred quid-it's scandalous. I ain't a tourist you know.

Del Boy: Ah, Park Lane, I think that's one of my properties Rodney.
Rodney: Course it is. You own everything on the board.
Del Boy: No I don't, no I don't. Look, you've got Coventry Street, Grandad has the waterworks and all that. Ah yeah, Park Lane with one hotel, two thousand please.
Rodney: Two... hold on, according to this it's only fifteen hundred.
Del Boy: Yes I know, but I've put you in the penthouse suite haven't I?

Grandad: He's a psycho!
Chief of Security/Axe Murderer: Do you have any idea what a "psycho", as you so eloquently put it, is?
Grandad: Of course I have. He is a geezer what dresses up in his mother's clothes.

Chief of Security/Axe Murderer: Is that a police helicopter?
Del Boy: No, it's Barratts!

Yesterday Never Comes [3.4]

[Rodney is sceptical about Del's latest acquisition.]

Del Boy: You don't know nothing about antiques, do you? I mean, you know, dealers often put little holes in items like these to give it that sort of distressed look.
Rodney: Distressed? Del, this thing looks panic-stricken.

Rodney: Del, for once in your life be yourself, right? And you don't need none of them soppy French phrases neither.
Del Boy: What do you mean, "soppy phrases"? La bonne vie, you stupid ...
Rodney: See what I mean? Del, you can't speak French. You're still struggling with English.
Del Boy: What is it with you, Rodney? Do you like hospital food or something?
Rodney: I'm just being honest with you. Let's face it, Del, most of your French phrases come straight out of Citroën manuals, don't they?

May The Force Be With You [3.5]

Rodney: Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home.
Trigger: You've got a hat now, have you, Dave?

DCI Roy Slater: Remember Del? All us lads down the river playing pirates. You were Dan Tempest. Boycie was the first mate. Trigger was Long John Silver... What part did I play Del?"
Del Boy: You was the bloke that walked the plank.
DCI Roy Slater: Yeah, that's right... I was always the bloke that walked the plank. I was in and out of that water more times than a duck's head! I always wanted to be Bluebeard!
Del Boy: Well you should have asked.
DCI Roy Slater: "I did... Lots of times but you never let me!
Del Boy: I did once.
DCI Roy Slater: Oh yeah, I remember now, that was the day Bluebeard had to walk the plank!

[The Trotters are in seperate cells, the scene shifts to each of them one by one.]

DCI Roy Slater: Right! Down to business! The face that dropped the microwave oven in the market! What did he look like?
Del Boy': Oh, he was about average height.
Grandad: He was a great big tall fella!
Rodney: Oh, he was little more than a dwarf!
Grandad: Age?
Rodney: About 25.
Grandad: Middle 50's!
Del Boy: He was just a kid!
DCI Roy Slater: What about his ethnic group?
Del Boy: Well, I didn't notice anyone with him!
DCI Roy Slater: No, I mean was he Caucasian?
Grandad: No, he was a white fella!
Rodney: He was African, I think!

DCI Roy Slater: Sorry did you want a cup of tea, Del?
Del Boy: No it's alright Slater, I had one yesterday.

DCI Roy Slater: Come on Del. Who knicked it?
Del Boy: They are free to go, ain't they?
DCI Roy Slater: Yeah, they're free to go no charges.
Del Boy: And you got nothing on me.
DCI Roy Slater: No, you've got immunity from prosecution you've got less chance of a pull than the Queen. For the third and last time of asking, who knicked the microwave off the back of the lorry?
Del Boy: I did! (holds up immunity letter triumphantly)

Wanted [3.6]

Del Boy: Who are you two after? Not the gruesome twosome, are you?
Mickey Pearce: They're alright!
Del Boy: What do you mean, "alright"? They are so ugly that they even look alike.
Rodney: Del, they happen to be sisters.
Del Boy: Sisters? (to the girls) Oy, girls! Seen much of Cinderella since the wedding?

Del Boy: You don't want to see what it's like in the early hours, Grandad. It's like the end of the world. It's full of drug addicts, glue sniffers, winos. Do you know what? If a nightingale sang now in Berkeley Square, someone would eat it.

Rodney: I have had nothing to eat since I've been here.
Del Boy: Why's that? Been too frightened?
Rodney: No, I forgot the tin opener.
Del Boy: Why didn't you pop down for it?
Rodney: Del, desperate men on the run don't pop home to borrow a tin opener.

Who's a Pretty Boy? [3.7]

Karen (bar maid): Do you know that overcoat you sold my dad?
Del Boy: Yeah?
Karen (bar maid): It's got a great, big lump in the back.
Del Boy: Of course! It's genuine camel hair, ain't it?

Denzil: He's cool, I like it. I tell you, if he wasn't so white, I'd swear he was black.
Del Boy: Yeah, he is white, ain't he?
Denzil: The whitest man I've ever seen in all my life.
Rodney: I'm not ever so white!
Del Boy: You are. You'd make an albino look bronzed.

[Del, Rodney and Grandad think that they have accidentally killed Corinne's canary.]

Del Boy: We gotta think of a way out of this.
Rodney: I got it! We could say it was caused by paint fumes.
Del Boy: Paint fumes? When Corinne comes back in here, she's gonna find her kettle's been knackered, her kitchen's been turned into a Turkish bath and she's got a Kentucky Fried Canary at the bottom of her cage. And we're gonna say it's paint fumes?

[Del and Mike, discussing Mike's plan to have the pub redecorated; Brendan has already offered to do it for £1000.]

Del Boy: I might be able to offer you a much better deal my son. I could get this pub decorated to the exact same standard as Brendan, and it would cost your brewery a mere £2000.
Rodney: £2000?
Grandad: That must be a tempting offer, eh Rodney?
Rodney:Well he's a born businessman isnt he?
Mike:Hang about, hang about. Why should I turn down an offer of £1000 and accept one of £2000?
Del Boy: Cos of all the advantages it has to offer, like my specialised profit sharing scheme. Let me explain how it works. The £2000 would be disbursed thus: there would be £500 for vu. £500 for ve.
Mike: What you mean I get 500 quid?
Del Boy: Oh yes.
Mike: And what happens to the £1000 that's left over?
Del Boy: We give that to the Irishman and let him do the job.
Mike: (grinning) We got a deal, Mr Trotter.

Christmas Special (1983)

Thicker than Water

Reg: I never raised a hand to your mother, Rodney, except in self-defence!

Grandad: Hospital bed? What's wrong with you, Reggie?
Del Boy: Something serious, I hope!

Del Boy: (talking about his father) Don't be fooled by him, Rodney. He's had everything from Galloping Lurgy to Saturday Night Fever! I was doing some homework once and I asked him what a cubic foot was. He said he didn't know, but he tried to have a week off work with it!

Del Boy: It's a right blinding Christmas this has turned out to be, innit! I mean, some people get wise men bearing gifts; we get a wally with a disease!

Rodney: You're only one letter out! Look, the only difference between us is a B.
Del Boy: Yeah and we all know what the B stands for!

Del Boy: (after finding out that his father faked an illness) They ran his name through the computer but they didn't have a patient called Trotter. But they did have a porter called Trotter. He left two weeks ago with 57 blankets, 133 pair of rubber gloves and the chief gynaecologist's Lambretta!!

Rodney: Well I can't wait to fill out my next passport application form. Mother's name: Joan Mavis Trotter; father's name: Herb Albert and the Tiuwana Brass.

Reg: If your mother was alive now, I'd kill her.

Educational Special (1984)

Licensed to Drill

Del Boy: Don't you get septic with me Rodney!

Del Boy: (pointing to an assortment of household items made from crude oil) What have all these things got in common?
Rodney: They’re all nicked?

Series 4 (1985)

Happy Returns [4.1]

June: (about her son Jason) I think he misses his dad.
Del Boy: Yeah, I used to miss my dad. Until I learned to punch straight ...

June: You had a kid brother. Rodney! How is he?
Del Boy: He's alright. He's just reached that awkward age, you know. He's a bit like a trifle.
June: What do you mean? All mixed up?
Del Boy: No, he's thick and fruity.

Del Boy: What are you up to, Mickey?
Mickey Pearce: I've just come back from evening school. I'm learning aikido.
Del Boy: Really? Go on then, say something.

Rodney: (about Debbie) I've just met the first girl in my life who really means something to me, and it turns out to be my bloody niece!
Del Boy: Alright, Rodney. Come on, that's why I had to tell you, you see, 'cos this sort of thing ain't allowed - it's... well, it's incense! Say you had got married to her - you can see what sort of confusion that would have led to, I would have been your father-in-law!
Rodney: Bloody hell!
Del Boy: Yer mother-in-law would have been yer aunt, yer wife would have been yer second cousin - Gawd knows what that would have made Grandad - the fairy godmother I should think.

Strained Relations [4.2]

Uncle Albert: Your name Rodney, son?
Rodney: Well, it is when Trigger's not about!

Uncle Albert: Do you know I was torpedoed five times?
Rodney: Yeah?
Uncle Albert: Yeah. Do you know what they called me?
Rodney: Jonah?
Uncle Albert: No, they didn't call me "Jonah", ... not many of them. They used to call me "Boomerang Trotter" cause I always came back.

Uncle Albert: (heading into Grandad's bedroom) I might as well kip down in there, eh?
Del Boy: No, no, you can't go in there. That's my Grandad's room!
Uncle Albert: Yeah but - I'm his brother!
Del Boy: Yeah, that don't make no difference. Only me and Rodney are allowed in that room! Thatroom is gonna remain exactly as he left it! That room is going to be a shrine dedicated to the memory of my grandfather.
Uncle Albert: I understand Del!
Del Boy: No, we'll just have to think of something else that's all. Listen, if I get the big mattress out of Rodney's room I can put it down. No, I'd never get it through the door would I.

[Rodney enters from the hall carrying the batteries.]

Rodney: Oi, where'd you want these then?
Del Boy: Oh, sling 'em in Grandad's room for now will you Rodney.

[Rodney accuses Del of getting over Grandad's death so quickly.]

Del Boy: Get over it?! What a plonker you really are Rodney. Get over it. I ain't even started yet!!! Ain't even started bruv! And d'you know why? Because I don't know how to!!! That's why I've survived all my life with a smile and a prayer! I'm Del Boy ain't I! Good old Del Boy - he's got more bounce than Zebedee! "'Ere you are pal, what you drinking? Go on! Hello darling, you have one for luck!!" That's me, that's Del Boy innit? Nothing ever upsets Del Boy. I've always played the tough guy! I didn't want to, but I had to and I've played it for so long now, I don't know how to be anything else! I don't even know how to... Oh it don't matter! Bloody family! I've finished with 'em! What do they do to you, eh? They hold you back, drag you down, (on the verge of tears) and then they break yer bloody heart!
Rodney: (whispers) I'm sorry.

Del Boy: I'll have a Malibu & tonic with some lime and half a lager, please, darling.
Maureen (bar maid): In the same glass?
Del Boy: No, in separate glasses if you don't mind.
Maureen (bar maid): Well, I don't know, do I? Might have been one of your erotic cocktails, Del.

Hole in One [4.3]

Del Boy: Morning unc.
Uncle Albert: Morning son.
Del Boy: What's it like out?
Uncle Albert: Oh it's parky Del.
Del Boy: Nice thick frost is there?
Uncle Albert: Bit slippery under foot.
Del Boy: Good. Lovely little flecks of snow?
Uncle Albert: Bit of sleet yeah.
Del Boy: Cushty. Nice brisk northerly wind howling in from the eurals is there?
Uncle Albert: Cuts right through yer Del.
Del Boy: Lovely. Cos you see today Albert owing to young Rodney's forsight and GCE's while all them other plonkers down the market are selling wooley hats and thermal underwear we are gonna make a right killing. Know why? We ain't got wooley underwear. We've got SUN TAN LOTION! Not just a little drop either. We've got 500 bloody quids worth.
Rodney: I bought it as an investment.
Del Boy; Investment? Menage a tois! Here we are in the grips of the worst winter on record with the weather men predicting a new ice age and this dipstick goes out and buys up Ambre Solaire. That was the last of the firms capital that 500 quid.
Rodney: 'Ow was I supposed to know that?

Rodney: I've been thinking ...
Del Boy: Leave it out, Rodney, we're in enough trouble as it is.

Rodney: (after Albert fell down the open cellar door of the Nag's Head) There's nothing wrong with him. He said so himself.
Del Boy: How does he know that? He might have hit his head and got percussion.

Del Boy: The worstest thing of all, Your Honour, is these sudden bouts of amnesia. They have led to him having some very nasty falls.
Judge: I fail to see the connection. How can amnesia cause one to fall?
Del Boy: He keeps forgetting he can't walk.

[Everybody in the court room, including Rodney and Del, discover that Albert learned how to fall without injuring himself in order to gain compensation.]

Del Boy: The only hole he hasn't fallen down is the black one in Calcutá.

Del Boy: (about Albert) He's been down more holes than Tony Jacklin!

It's Only Rock and Roll [4.4]

Mental Mickey: We like looking like this. We're Marxist, Trotskyite anarchists.
Rodney: Yeah!
Del Boy: Why do you want to be superstars then?
Mental Mickey: Because we want to be rich Marxist, Trotskyite anarchists.

Del Boy: (after Rodney gets kicked out of the Bunch of Wallies) You didn't honestly believe all that rubbish, did you? That you and them wallies were destined for the Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall! The only hall you were destined for was Sod All.

Del Boy: I remember what Mum said on her death bed. She said to me: "Del," she said. "Please give little Rodney all the encouragement that you can. Never, Del, never hold him back."
Rodney: She didn't half say a lot on her death bed, did she?
Del Boy: What?
Rodney: Whatever the subject is, Mum had something to say about it on her death bed! She must have spent her final few hours in this mortal realm doing nothing but rabbiting!
Del Boy: You are walking a bleeding tightrope here, Rodney!!!!
Rodney: No hang on. Right, you remember last week we were having a row about whose turn it was to go down the chippy, yeah? And you claimed that Mum said on her death bed: "Send Rodney for the fish!"

Sleeping Dogs Lie [4.5]

Marlene: Did you have a nice Christmas?
Del Boy: Oh, terrific, yeah.
Marlene: I had a dog.
Rodney: Yeah? We had a turkey, same as every other year.

Rodney: (about Albert) I've said it before, I'll say it again: that man's a right Jonah. I reckon that when he boarded his last ship, the crew shot an albatros for luck.

Del Boy: (about Duke) When he's comatose, you know, sleep is the best thing for him.

Watching the Girls Go By [4.6]

Del Boy: Remember a couple of months ago, when I took you on that blind date?
Rodney: Remember it? I'm still having therapy for it?

Del Boy: I don't know what the younger generation is coming to. They can't even swear without effing and blinding.

As One Door Closes [4.7]

Rodney: (upon losing a chunk of hair to one of Del's super-sharp combs) I'm going bald. Derek, I am 24 years old and I'm going bald!
Uncle Albert: That's supposed to be a sign of something.
Rodney: Yeah, it's a sign that I'm going bald.

Denzil: You want to hear a sob story? I can tell you a sob story. I have just found out that my wife has been lying to me.
Rodney: No!
Denzil: Yeah. Every morning she says she's going to leave me and, when I come home at night, she's still there.

Uncle Albert: I can't swim, Del.
Del Boy: You used to be a sailor.
Uncle Albert: Don't mean a thing. Nelson couldn't swim.
Del Boy: Of course he couldn't. He only had one bloody arm. He would have gone around in circles, wouldn't he?

Christmas Special (1985)

To Hull and Back

[Del, Rodney, and Albert are sailing on a boat to Holland, and end up lost in the middle of the North Sea.]

Rodney: He's something else ain't he? And what about all the currents they got round here? We could have drifted anywhere by now.
Del Boy: Yes, he's right and all ain't he? We're in the middle of the North Sea ain't we? It's got more currents than a hot-cross bun.

Del Boy: Can't you just find The Bear?
Uncle Albert: Well what does it look like?
Del Boy: Well it looks like a bloody rabbit don't it!!!

Del Boy: Well, come on then, look at the stars, and navigate a course, go on!
Uncle Albert: Cor, ain't there a lot of them!

Del Boy: Holland?!
Gas man: What!
Del Boy: Which way to Holland?!
Gas man: It's over there!
Del Boy: Thank you John! (to Albert) Albert turn left, Holland is that way. (to Rodney) See Rodney, don't know where to go you just got to ask.

Del Boy: We got lost in the middle of the north sea. Luckily we spotted the Zeebrugge to Hull ferry and followed it.
Abdul: And that's how you got to Hull?
Del Boy: No! That's how we got to Zeebrugge, it was going the wrong bloody way!

Series 5 (1986)

From Prussia With Love [5.1]

[Although Del promised Boycie a baby boy, he can only deliver a girl.]

Boycie: It's amazing, innit? Everything you buy off him has got something missing.

[Anna's baby girl turns out to be black, and Marlene wants to keep her.]

Marlene: We could say it's a throwback.
Boycie: I might be able to con people into buying my cars, I might be able to convince them that you conceived and gave birth in seven days, but how the hell am I going to persuade them my grandad was Louis Armstrong?!?

The Miracle of Peckham [5.2]

Father O'Keith: So to what do I owe this honour?
Del Boy: I have come to confess my sins.
Father O'Keith: Del, please! I've been invited out to dinner this evening.

Father O'Keith: Have you ever been to this church before?
Del Boy: Of course I have... when my mum and dad got married.

The Longest Night [5.3]

[Del, Rodney, and Albert are paying for their grocery shopping]

Checkout girl: (surly) £29.48.
Del Boy: Sorry?
Checkout girl: (even surlier, with a look of contempt) £29.48.
Del Boy: Did you sue 'em?
Checkout girl: Who?
Del Boy: The Charm School!

Lennox Gilbey: You ever heard of the Scarlett Pimpernel?
Rodney: That weren't you, was it?
Lennox Gilbey: No, but I'm like him. They seek him here, they see him there. Those policemen seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damn illusive Sha-a-dow.

Del Boy: (to Lennox) An hour ago you were the man of mystery. Now we know your name, your address and your mum's shoe size.

[Rodney starts creeping up to the desk, looking like he's going to steal the gun from Lennox.]

Del Boy: Rodney what do you think you're playing at?
Uncle Albert: Come back and sit down son!
Mr. Peterson (store manager): What are you doing? There's only half an hour to go!

[Rodney goes to the desk and picks up the cigarettes instead of the gun and looks very pleased with himself.]

Del Boy: You plonker!

Tea for Three [5.4]

[After Del lies to Lisa that he used to be a Royal Marine Commando, and had a bad landing from a faulty parachute.]

Lisa: I always thought Marines were, you know, taller.
Rodney: He used to be much taller, but like he said, he had a bad landing.

[Del proves to know little about hang-gliding.]

Andy: We've got some great thermals today.
Del Boy: Thermals? Oh, what a shame! I'm just wearing my ordinary y-fronts.

[Del returns from hospital in a wheelchair after his hang-gliding trip.]

Del Boy: This is my punishment, isn't it? Spending the rest of my life in this wheelchair.
Trigger: Still, it could have been worse.
Mike: How?
Trigger: My gran had one with a squeaky wheel.

[After Del accidentally reveals that he was pretending to be paralyzed to make Rodney feel guilty.]

Del Boy: Rodney, I was up their for three hours, Three bloody hours! I did a loop-the-loop over Dimchurch. Little kids were pointing, "There goes a spaceman, a spaceman!" Finally, when I had just given up hope, I cluttered into an aerial thing, and fell 50 foot to the ground. It was only by the grace of God, that I landed on something soft!
Rodney: Yeah, I can see the bruising on your head.
Del Boy: No, it was not my head, I landed on a very unsuspecting courting couple!

Video Nasty [5.5]

[Rodney has been asked to make a film, and Del is pitching a less than brilliant plot idea.]

Del Boy: Right, okay, now this is a Jaws-type story.
Rodney: Jaws? Jaws has been done though.
Del Boy: I know it's been done! But this is different. It's called... "There's a Rhino Loose in the City"!

[Rodney begins to laugh, then realises Del is deadly serious, and stares at him incredulously.]

Rodney:: There's a Rhi... There's a Rhino Loose in... A rhino? As in rhinoceros??
Del Boy: That's right. "There's a Rhino Loose in the City!"
Uncle Albert: What's it about, Del?
Del Boy: Well, it's about this rhinoceros right, escapes from a zoo and it heads straight for London! And after two or three days they find like all these dead bodies lying about and no-one knows who's done it! So, they get hold of this private detective, you know, like a sort of Charlton Heston type geezer to try and solve the crime. Now the zoo keeper happens to be a very attractive woman, so before you know where you are, old Charlton is giving the sort what for, so that's yer romantic interest!
Rodney A rhinoceros??
Del Boy: Yeah! But they don't know it's missing!
Rodney: But... how can you not know? If you've got a rhinoceros, right and one day it ain't there - you tend to know it's missing!!
Del Boy: Don't be a plonker all yer life Rodney. She ain't got one rhinoceros, she probably had two or three rhinoceroses!
Uncle Albert: And how's he escape?
Rodney: Squeezed through the bars, most probably!
Del Boy: Now don't you start getting saucy with me Rodney. I'm only trying to help you.
Rodney: I don't believe this! Nobody knows it's escaped? What about the eight million people living in London? Don't none of them spot it?
Del Boy: Yes! But the ones who spot it - they're the ones who get trampled to death!
Rodney: And what about all the others? The people in offices, the people in cafes, the people sitting on top of buses! It's a rhino, Del!
Del Boy: He only comes out at night!
Uncle Albert: What is it, a vampire rhino?
Del Boy: No it is not a vampire rhino. That is stupid that is, innit, eh?
Uncle Albert: And where does he live during the day?
Del Boy: In a lock-up garage in a back street!
Rodney: What, he's leasing it is he?
Del Boy: He's not leasing it. It's a disused garage in a back street where no one ever goes! But … the detective does find it, only it's at night!
Uncle Albert: And the rhino's gone out?
Del Boy: That's right see, so you see the old detective is nowhere near solving the mystery. You see what it is Rodney, it is not only a love story! It's a whodunit!
Rodney: An whodunit? What do you mean an whodunit? We know who-dun-it! The rhino done it!
Del Boy: Yes, I know that, we - we the audience know that, but they don't know - the actors do they?
Rodney: This is something else! A rhinoceros has escaped from a zoo! There are 300 dead bodies covered in rhinoceros footprints! There's a lock-up garage two and a half foot deep in rhinoceros crap and Charlton Heston suspects the butler!!
Del Boy: I do admit there are one or two teething snags! But it's got all the essential qualities of a hit hasn't it. I mean, it's got suspense, lots of killings and a bit of humpty dumpty! I mean, look, this is a disaster movie!
Rodney: Disaster? It's a calamity Del!
Uncle Albert: Why is he killing people?
Del Boy: Well, what d'you want him to be, a social worker!? Well, he's a man-eater, ain't he?
Rodney: No, no, rhinoceroses aren't carnivorous! They're vegetarians!
Del Boy: Alright, so we elbow the lock-up garage and we make him hide in the back of an health food shop!
Rodney: And he won't head for the city neither.
Uncle Albert: But he's gotta head for the city so that he can kill lots of people!
Del Boy: Yeah that's right!
Rodney: No, his natural habitat would be the open country.
Del Boy: Alright, so what are you suggesting? We call the film "There's A Rhino Loose Somewhere Out in the Sticks Where No Sod Lives!"??

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire [5.6]

Jumbo Mills: You think I'm bald? Well I'm not!
Uncle Albert: Well that's one hell of a parting you've got there son!

Jumbo Mills: A typical Brit! The only thing that works is his mouth.

Del Boy: Australia is an awfully long way off, isn't it?
Jumbo Mills: They'll love you over there. They've got no class!

Del Boy: Australia! Where the men are men.
Uncle Albert: So are the women...
Del Boy: What's that supposed to mean?
Uncle Albert Last time I was over there, the only way you could tell the sexes, was the men spit further.

[Rodney can't go to Australia because of his drug conviction, yet Del is still keen to go without him, much to Rodney's chagrin.]

Del Boy: Don't you think I've sacrificed enough for you?!
Rodney: Sacrifices? For me?
Del Boy: Yes you, when dear Mum, Gawd rest her soul, when she died...
Rodney: Don't start again.
Del Boy: When she died, who stood by you?
Rodney: Yes, I remember that well. I was a little 5-year-old stood in a damp graveyard wondering what the hole in the ground was for, I remember all the other people saying "I wonder what's gonna happen to poor little Rodney?" But I had no need to fear, did I, 'cos suddenly a vision appeared from beyond the silhouette of the gasworks. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Del Boy! Da da da daad! "I, Del Boy, will look after this small waif. I will bring him up in the ways of Del Boy. He will sell iffy watches from old suitcases on street corners. And I will also teach him to drive a three-wheeled van whilst pissed out of his skull!"
Del Boy: And I did, didn't I?

Christmas Specials (1986-1988)

A Royal Flush

Man at the market: ...they can't be top quality, they're too cheap!
Del Boy: "Too cheap", how can they be "too cheap" you wally?
Man at the market: Here, I'm not a wally
Del Boy: No? What are you doing then, an impression?

[Shortly after, originating from the background as the scene focuses on Rodney and Victoria]

Annoying man at the market: ...yeah but do you get a guarantree?
Del Boy: You do, yeah you do get a guarantee, I'll guarantees you get a smack in the mooey if you keep on pal, just go away and annoy someone else...

Lady Victoria: (to Rodney) "So what's Your name?
Rodney: It's Rodney.
Trigger: (shouts from a distance) Alright Dave?
Rodney: No, it's Rodney. He's just a bit thick.

Rodney: People round here don't pay £85 for a painting... People round here don't pay £85 for a car.

[Del Boy has entered a clay pigeon shoot with a pump action shotgun at Lady Victoria's house.]

Rodney: Oi! Where'd you get that gun?
Del Boy: Iggy Higgins.
Rodney: Iggy Higgins robs bank.
Del Boy: Yeah I know but it's a Saturday, innit.

Lord Henry: (after Del tells him that he is related to the Surrey Trotters) I don't care if you are related to the Surrey Trotters, the Berkshire Trotters, or the Harlem bloody Globetrotters!

The Frog's Legacy

Del Boy: Come on Mr Jahan, let's discuss this over a drink, shall we?
Mr Jahan: OK, something non alcoholic.
Del Boy: Mike, a pint of your best Bitter please.

Del Boy: I had a chat with the Driscoll brothers.
Rodney: "You went and saw the Driscoll brothers?"
Uncle Albert: Why what they like?
Rodney: Oh smashing blokes, Unc. It's like bumping into the Two Ronnies... Biggs and Kray!

[Rodney, talking with Albert about the rumours that Freddie the Frog had an illegitimate child with a local woman, allegedly Rodney's mother]

Rodney: Did Mum ever...
Uncle Albert: They're rumours, Rodney. That's all, rumours.

Trigger: Hold up, hats off.
Boycie: Hallo, your mini cabs arrived Albert.
Del Boy: Boycie!
Trigger: Is that Dave?
Del Boy: Yeah.

[It is indeed Rodney leading the funeral prosession in full Chief Mourner's gear he looks up and sees Del.]

Rodney: You git. You rotten GIT! You never told me my new job was a CHIEF MOURNER!!!
Del Boy: Rodney, please show some respect.

Del Boy: (talking about the gold that was stolen by Freddy the Frog) And what would they have done with it, eh? They either push it through a fence, in which case it becomes public knowledge, or they melt it down. Now that amount of gold coming on to the market causes ripples, the sort of ripples that would be remembered for a long time!
Uncle Albert: What if the police find it?
Del Boy: I'm talking about the police!

[When the Trotters now find it impossible to retrieve Freddie the Frog's treasure.]

Rodney: Do I look like him?
Uncle Albert: It was just a rumour, son.
Rodney: Do I look like him?
Uncle Albert: A bit.

Del Boy: There's gotta be a way! He who dares wins! There's a million quids worth of gold out there - our gold. We can't just say 'bonjour' to it.

Rodney: Freddie The Frog. Killed himself by sitting on someone else's detonator...... What a plonker.


[Mike and Boycie talk about Albert's terrible singing.]

Mike: Why does he keep doing it, eh?
Boycie: Gawd knows. I suppose at some time in is life someone told him he could play the piano.
Mike: Yeah, but I'd like to meet the git who told him he could sing!

Series 6 (1989)

Yuppy Love [6.1]

Del Boy: You've always been the same, even at school. Nothing but books, learning, education. That's why you're no good at snooker.

Del Boy: All the things we've ever got from life has come from my intelligence, and my foresight.
Rodney: Well, I'm glad somebody's owned up!

Rodney: This flat is in a wonderful position, isn't it? I mean, fifteen minutes from the West End, it's fifteen minutes from the motorway...
Uncle Albert: And fifteen minutes from the ground.

Del Boy: (to Trigger at the bar in a yuppy club) I think we're on a winner here Trig, play it nice and cool son, nice and cool. You know what I mean? (falls through bar) Drink up Trig, we're leaving.

Del Boy: Well it was one Sunday many years ago!
Rodney: Where was I?
Del Boy: You was down the Mountbatten estate selling them gas conversion kits.
Rodney: You bastard!!! You sent me all the way down there knowing I had chicken pox just so you and Annie bleedin' Oakley could have the flat to yourselves.
Del Boy:It weren't like that Rodders! I was trying to present you with a challenge.
Rodney: What, selling gas conversion kits on an all electric estate? That is a challenge and a half.

Danger UXD [6.2]

Del Boy: It's a videotape recorder, isn't it? It's got a little computer and everything. When you go on your holidays, this thing will record all your programmes for you.
Uncle Albert: Amazing!
Del Boy: Yeah, nothing but the best.
Uncle Albert: How does it know when you're on holiday?
Del Boy: You send it a postcard, don't you?

Uncle Albert: I thought the bloke you bought it from said an idiot could work it?
Del Boy: Yes, ye yes that's right yes! Rodney! Come along it's gone six o'clock!
Rodney: Yes all right! Keep the noise down, will yeh?
Del Boy: Cor blimey look at the state of that, I've seen blokes crawl out of potholes looking smarter than that.
Uncle Albert: You got in late last light son, out with that little bird of yours, what's 'er name, "Cassandra"?

[Del has just taken delivery of several boxes of blow up dolls, thinking they were children's dolls.]

Rodney: Del, these dolls ain't called Barbie or Sindy. These dolls are called Lusty Linda and Erotic Estelle.
Del Boy: You can't have dolls with names like that.
Rodney: You can if you go to the right shops!

[The Trotters discover the blow up dolls.]

Del Boy: Bloody hell! What have WE got ourselves into here?
Rodney: Well this is your fault! You just go rushing into things and to Hell with the consequences!
Del Boy: That's because I've got a high profile!
Rodney: Yeah! High profile and low forehead!

[Albert doesn't quite understand the concept of the blow up dolls.]

Uncle Albert: They're big for little dolls, ain't they?
Rodney: Unc, they ain't... ordinary dolls. You see them advertised in... magazines.
Uncle Albert: (starts to hunt around the living room) Where's that Radio Times?
Rodney: Albert, have a day off, will yer! I mean... sleazy magazines, for dirty, kinky little men.
Uncle Albert: You're pulling my leg!
Rodney: Oh, am I? Right, you have a look at this, then! (produces an adult magazine from his jacket)

Del Boy: No chance of that happening with Rodney, is there? World War III! This plonker can't even get Channel Three!

Boycie: Derek popped in to see me this afternoon.
Trigger: How is he?
Boycie: A lot richer than before he popped in to see me this afternoon. He sold me some video recorders, 70 pounds each, I snapped them up.
Mike: 70 nicker each? What they fall off the back of a lorry?
Boycie: If they did they were going around the bend in Düsseldorf!
Mike: How'd you mean?
Boycie: I've just discovered that these machines only work on the continental current. To make them work on the british system, would take a transformer the size of a suitcase, and an electrician of such genious i'd have to go head hunting at Cape Canaveral!

Chain Gang [6.3]

Del Boy: Hello, Cassandra, very pleased to meet you. Rodney has told me all about you. Don't worry, I'll try not to shout it all about.
Cassandra: That's very nice of you, Derek. Rodney's told me all about you as well, although I must admit I didn't believe him... until now.

Arnie: Doctors gave me six months to live.
Trigger: Well, you don't want to take too much notice of these doctors, Arnie. They'll say anything to get rid of you.

Rodney: (upon seeing the chains) What'd you do, rob Mr. T?

Del Boy: (to Boycie when Arnie has his "heart attack" in the restaurant) It's Arnie, he's having a Connery!

[When Arnie collapses from his "heart attack".]

Boycie: Don't panic. I am a doctor. Stand aside, stand aside, let the dog see the rabbit. (checks Arnie's pulse) Oh yes, very nasty he needs an operation. (searches Arnie's pockets for the key to his handcuff)
Old Woman: He's not a doctor. He's mugging the poor man.

[A large Greek man steps forward and grabs Boycie by the lapels.]

Boycie: Oi!
Greek Man: You... (punches Boycie on the nose)
Old Woman: Call the police.
Restaurant Manager: Yes madam, I call the police.
Del Boy: It's all right they'll be no need. I am an officer of the law.
Woman: (looking at Del's height) Policemen are taller than that.
Del Boy: I'm a small town policeman. All right sunshine you are knicked. (grabs Boycie and takes him out of the restaurant) Come on, out you go! Rest assured madam when we get him down the police station, we'll give him a bloody good hiding. Come on you!

Denzil: (to Arnie's sons, Gary and Stephen) Wotcha fellas!
Stephen: What's happening?
Denzil: Get in! (before climbing into back of the ambulance behind Gary and Stephen and locking the doors).

Del Boy: (threatening to hurt Arnie with a set of vicious-looking bolt cutters) Calm down, Arnie, calm down! You'll give yourself a heart attack!

The Unlucky Winner Is... [6.4]

[Albert is forced to help Del out with carrying boxes of hooky gear since Rodney is at the Nag's Head with Cassandra.]

Uncle Albert: Bloody fair, innit? A young feller like Rodney stops off to have dinner with a bird and leaves the carrying to an old chap like me.
Del Boy: (under his breath, mocking Albert) They've got no respect these days.
Uncle Albert: They've got no respect these days.
Del Boy: (under his breath, mocking Albert) You fought in a war, didn't you?
Uncle Albert: I fought in a war, didn't I? I fought so that kids like Rodney could have freedom. And what do they do with their freedom?
Del Boy: (under his breath, mocking Albert) Anything they bloody like!
Uncle Albert: Anything they bloody like!

Del Boy: You'll waltz through it, Rodney!
Rodney: Waltz through... Del, how the hell am I going to pass for fourteen?!

Rodney: Del Boy, thanks to you, I am now a twenty-six year old man who has come second in a skateboarding competition!
Del Boy: Second? You was in the lead when I saw you!
Rodney: ....I fell off.

Sickness and Wealth [6.5]

Del Boy: There is nothing wrong with me, I just have normal pains.
Uncle Albert: When you cam in tonight you just flopped straight down in that chair in agony.
Del Boy: "You don't understand Unc, that is PMA!
Rodney: I thought it was only women who got that?
Del Boy: No! Rodney that is PMP! PMA is positive mental attitude, It's the new buzz word, it's what all us yuppies get.

Elsie Patridge: The spirits are with us. A man has stepped forward. A tall, elderly man wearing a black coat and a black hat. He wished to speak to someone called Audrey... No, no Aubrey.
Del Boy: Aubrey?
Boycie: I am here.
Rodney: Aubrey?
Boycie: It's my middle name.
Trigger: You never said your name was Aubrey.
Boycie: Nor would you if your name was Aubrey.

Boycie: This piece of paper. It's not a log book for a Cortina is it?

Elsie Patridge: (to Boycie, about the ghost of his father) He says you must be a good father. You must look after your child.
Boycie: Is he having a pop at me or something?
Uncle Albert: Elsie, Boycie and his wife Marlene can't have kids.
Del Boy: Yeah they've been trying for years but nitto.
Rodney: Yeah he's had tests, things frozen, the lot.
Mike: The hospital have just about given up with him.
Trigger: He's low on something.
Boycie: (completely furious) Would you mind not discussing my personal life with strangers? You can tell my old man to keep his nose out of my business he was always going on at me for not giving him a grandchild.
Del Boy: All right calm down. (grins) Aubrey.
Boycie: You can pack that in for a start.

Dr. Robbie Meadows: You've got to make a decision, Mr Trotter: we can either save you or the baby.
Del Boy: Robbie Meadows, you old git.
Dr. Robbie Meadows: Del please.
Del Boy: Sorry. DOCTOR Meadows, you old git. What you doing here?
Dr. Robbie Meadows: I've got good news and bad news Del. The good news is they put me in charge of your case.
Del Boy: What's the bad news?
Dr. Robbie Meadows: I specialise in amputation.
Del Boy: Good one. So how come you're in charge?
Dr. Robbie Meadows: Accident really. I was chatting to some collegues when the name Derek Trotter came up, so I asked to see your GP's notes and look at your tests. I was amazed, I found myself reading about this non smoking, tee-total, celibate, vegetarian health freak. I thought to myself can this be the same Derek Trotter I know and begrudginly admire? That wheeling dealing Pina Colada lout, the Castella king, the curry coniseur, the same man who's lived his life on fast food, fried bread and doubtful women?
Del Boy: Was it?
Dr. Robbie Meadows: Yeah it was.

Little Problems [6.6]

[Del and Alan are discussing Rodney and Cassandra's upcoming wedding.]

Alan: You don't like those sort of surroundings, do you? I mean, champagne, caviar, country clubs...
Del Boy: Oh no, Alan, I hate it, I hate it, all put on. I mean, them people just do things for effect.

[Mike arrives with a small scotch for Alan and a very elaborate, exotic looking cocktail for Del (it's more like a floral tribute).]

[The Driscoll Brothers arrive at the Nag's Head.]

Danny: Boycie, how nice!
Boycie: Hello Danny. Your brother not with you?
Danny: Yeah. (Tony pops out from behind him)
Boycie: Oh watcha Tony. Drink?
Tony: Nah! That right, Marlene's up the spout?
Boycie: Yeah.
Danny: Dear dear dear. You let us know the minute you find out who done it and we'll sort him out.

Danny: Del Boy around?
Mike: No, I ain't seen him this evening.
Danny: Well that's funny his van's in the car park and what's this? A castella and a Malibu Reef? You sure he ain't around. Think hard, Guv'nor.
Mike: Well he may have been in earlier and then he left.
Danny: I see, you just had this place decorated?
Mike: (proudly) Yeah.
Danny: Shame. I want to buy everyone in the pub a drink, whatever they want. Now there's a pound, and I want change.

Tony: You owe us £2000. You got the money?
Del Boy: Course I ain't. I ain't sold the phones yet have?
Danny: Don't give me all that Derek. Them two munchkins Ebony and Ivory took the phones off us three months ago.
Del Boy: Three months? I didn't know that Danny.
Danny: Do you think we're stupid? (Del doesn't answer) Do you think I'm stupid? If you don't cough up that two grand I'm gonna take his collar and lead off and let him loose on you! (Tony grins at Del menacingly)

Danny: When Tony and me were kids, we was very very poor. Our old man used to work in on of them old mansion houses. He worked from 6 in the morning til 8 at night and what for? For pittence.
Tony: A shilling a day and an horseshit sandwich.
Danny: One day, there was a robbery at the mansion, and the Bill arrested our old man and there wasn't any evidence was there?
Tony: Just finger prints.
Danny: Just finger prints.
Tony : And eye witnesses.
Danny: A Couple of eye witnesses. They found the jewels on him.
Tony: It was a plant.

Christmas Specials (1989-1990)

The Jolly Boys' Outing

Del Boy: Brandy please, Pamela.
Pamela: Armagnac?
Del Boy: Yeah, that'll do fine if you're out of Brandy.

Stephen: And Africa is where it's at. Recently Joanne and I spent little time down in Afrique sur-mer.
Del Boy: Fabrique belgique.

[Del, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Cassandra, her parents and her boss, Stephen, are playing Trivial Pursuit.]

Stephen: What is a female swan called?

[Albert hints that it's a three-letter word; Rodney rattles a Biro in his mouth.]

Del Boy: Got it. It's a bic.

Jevon: You've got to give it to Del Boy, he did all the catering by himself.
Mickey Pearce: Leave off Jevon, can you imagine Del Boy standing in the kitchen cutting up all them loaves? He probably got some idiot to do it for him.
Trigger: No, I made them for him. (Rodney reacts)

Sid: (annoyed that he wasn't asked by Del to make the sandwiches) I run a cafe, so why didn't you ask me to make the sandwiches?
Del Boy: The explanation is simple. We intend to eat them.

Alan: (when Harry, the coach driver, suddenly becomes drunk) It's no problem. You just chuck him on the back seat, let him sleep it off.
Boycie: Chuck him on the back seat? He's the driver!

[Mike and Trigger help Harry onto the coach.]

Trigger: What d'you think's wrong with him?
Mike: What do I think? Well, snow-blindness would be my bet, Trig.
Trigger: Yeah? I thought he was pissed.

[The Jolly Boys' coach has blown up due to Del's faulty radio. Rodney is watching the explosion from inside a telephone booth.]

Rodney: Cass? You still there? Our coach has just blown up!

[The Jolly Boys find out that the last bus has left and the trains are on strike.]

Uncle Albert: I remember once just after the war.
Rodney: Oh don't start, Unc!
Mickey: We've had enough of your stupid stories for one day. Albert!
Del Boy: Oi, oi, oi! Watch it! He's a war hero, he's got a right to speak!
Uncle Albert: I fought for free speech!
Del Boy: (to Albert, venomously) Shuddup!

Del Boy: (to Rodney, who just got thrown out by Cassandra for punching her boss on the nose) Alright bruv, sort it all out?

Rodney Come Home

[When Rodney storms back to Nelson Mandela House after having an argument with Cassandra.]

Raquel Rodney, you'll have to at least talk to her sooner or later. There'll be things to be discussed.
Del Boy: Yeah, like who gets custody of Barbie and Ken.

Del Boy: (in the kitchen, talking to Rodney about why Raquel is sleeping in Rodney's bedroom) You don't get it, do you? You see Raquel, Raquel is a lady, and when a lady's ready to to... well when she's ready to, she will let me know.
Rodney: How?
Del Boy: She'll give me a sign.
Rodney: Like what?
Del Boy: I don't know do I?
Rodney: Maybe she'll put an advertisment in the "Sunday Sport", eh?

Rodney: My mum's left me, my wife doesn't love me, and some bastard's nicked my bike!

[Rodney and Del's arguing in the hallway has woken up a neighbour, who politely reminds them of the time.]

Neighbour: Erm, it's gone midnight!
Del Boy: (waving his fist in a threatening manner) Well go back to bed then.

[A frustrated Rodney is furious with Del for telling Cassandra about his originally planned movie date as the two stand outside in the street in the dark.]

Del Boy: Look, is there anything I can do to help?
Rodney: Yes, piss off!
Woman: People are trying to sleep!
Rodney: Oh shut up!!

Series 7 (1990-1991)

The Sky's the Limit [7.1]

Raquel: Hello Boycie. I suppose I've got to ask you in?
Boycie: Yes. I'd like to get away as quick as possible. I've left my Mercedes parked downstairs and you know what they're like on this estate. They'd have the wheels off a Jumbo if it flew too low.

The Chance of a Lunchtime [7.2]

Raquel: The tour doesn't start for another three months.
Del Boy: Oh well, gives you plenty of time to meet more of them intelligent, sensitive actor people don't it?
Raquel: Derek, will you get it into your thick skull: I'm not trying to meet intelligent and sensitive people, I'm happy with you!

[Del standing by Rodney and Albert pointing to Raquel]

Del Boy: How many people can you see standing there?

[Albert and Rodney look at each other]

Uncle Albert: Well... one.
Del Boy: I can see - two.

[Del and Raquel smile lovingly at each other and embrace]

Rodney: You know what that means, Albert?
Uncle Albert: No.
Rodney: Well, either Raquel's pregnant or Del's pissed.

Stage Fright [7.3]

Uncle Albert: Who's there?
Tony Angelino: Can I speak to Mr Twotter?
Raquel: It's Tony, let him in.
Tony Angelino: I've come for me money.
Del Boy: All right not now son I'm up to my eyes in it come back tomorrow.
Tony Angelino: No not tomowwow. I want me money now. I did the performance didn't i? I did the wepotoire that you YOU insisted on.
Del Boy: I didn't know you couldn't pronouce your R's.
Tony Angelino: What does that matter?
Uncle Albert: Quite a lot when you sing songs with R's in.
Tony Angelino: I don't sing songs with R's in and if the song has got an R in it I change the lywics.
Del Boy: Then why didn't you change the lyrics tonight?
Tony Angelino: How can I change the lywics to Cwying?! The bloody song's called Cwying!

Tony Angelino: We signed a contwact.
Del Boy: Ah yes but my brother drew up that contract and he put in a get out clause didn't you, Rodney?
Rodney: No.
Del Boy: Then why didn't you?
Rodney: You didn't tell me to. I ain't a lawyer, I sweep up and make the tea.

Tony Angelino: No-one who pwonounces R's like me have ever become successful.
Uncle Albert: There's Roy Jenkins and Jonathan Ross.
Tony Angelino: Exactly.

The Class of '62 [7.4]

Uncle Albert: (about Rodney) You could appeal to his common sense.
Del Boy: Oh yeah? Then after lunch I'll go out and find Shergar!

Del Boy, Boycie, & Denzil: Trigger!
Trigger: Alright.
Del Boy: Wait a minute. Maybe Trigger organised this!
Boycie: Oh turn it up, Del Boy. Trigger couldn't organise a prayer in a mosque.
Trigger: I got lost on me way here.
Denzil: How could you get lost? You've been coming to this pub since you were 16!
Trigger: No, I found the pub alright. I meant I couldn't find this room. (to Mike) I've been in your dance hall for the last hour.
Mike: But all the lights are out!
Trigger: I know.
Boycie: You've been standing in the dark for an hour?
Trigger: Yeah I thought we were all gonna jump out and surprise someone.
Mike: But there was no-one else in there.
Trigger: But I didn't know that, did I? The lights were out. (to Rodney) How you going, Dave?

Rodney: As I was saying. On a cold, rainy night in Peckham, someone has arranged for you four to be here in in this room - together. No one knows who. And the most frightening aspect of the whole mystery - no one knows why! Now, think hard. Who would do something like that?

[The four look at each other.]

Trigger: Jeremy Beadle?

Rodney: This is bit like one of them Agatha Christie films innit.
Trigger: Yeah I used to fancy her.
Rodney: You used to fancy Agatha Christie?
Trigger: Yeah, I 'ad a picture of her on my bedroom wall.
Denzil: She was an old lady, old English country gardens, and granny hats.
Del Boy: Yeah she looked a bit like Mr. Kipling's bit on the side.
Trigger: Well I fancied her. I saw her in that film Doctor Zhivago.
Boycie: That's Julie Christie your berk.

Uncle Albert: Who's Rachel?

DCI Roy Slater: Would you do me one favour. When the baby's born, if it's a boy would you call him after me?
Rodney: I wouldn't have thought so. It's not fair to christen a kid "Dick", is it?

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Uncle [7.5]

Raquel: (about the women in the over-60s club) You should have more respect.
Mike: Those women went through the war for us.
Boycie: Yeah, you can still see the bomb damage on some of them.

Raquel: (when Rodney arrives at the Nag's Head after cleaning Del's recently accquired Capri Ghia) Your finger's bleeding, Rodney.
Rodney: Yeah, that happened when me hand went straight through the bodywork! I'm bleeding, see! There's blood! Oh yeah. Mike, you got a plaster?
Del Boy: Oi, what d'you mean your hand went through straight through the bodywork?
Rodney: There's a big rust hole in the wing. Boycie's blokes had stuffed it full of newspapers and body-filler and sprayed over it.
Boycie: That's slanderous, Rodney. That must have happened before I took possession of the vehicle!
Rodney: They were yesterday's newspapers!

Boycie: I remember a few years back when I had that important client coming over from Belgium and I was trying to get tickets to Wimbledon to impress him. You said "Leave it to me Boycie, I gotta contact at Wimbledon."
Del Boy: I got you two tickets!
Boycie: That's right! They drew nil-nil with Ipswich!

Three Men, a Woman and a Baby [7.6]

Del Boy: Ever since you went vegetarian you've become a right miserable git.
Raquel: There's nothing wrong with being vegetarian Del.
Rodney: That's right! One in five people in this country now refuse to eat meat. Mickey Pearce has become a vegetarian.
Del Boy: Yeah, but only since he got the sack from World Of Leather. A man needs a bit of fat and stodge to solid things up. Any doctor'll tell you that. All that carrot and cabbage cobblers, no wonder you're depressed.
Rodney: I am depressed because of the state of the state of my life at the moment. I've got this horrible feeling that if there is such a thing as reincarnation, knowing my luck I'll come back as me!

Mike: So?
Trigger: What?
Mike: What name have they decided on?
Trigger: If it's a girl they're calling her Sigourney after an actress, and if it's a boy they're naming him Rodney after Dave.

Del Boy: Never give up on people, Rodney. I know that most of the time they don't seem to understand. But when you're in trouble and you cry out for help, some will always be there. Trigger's cousin Cyril's a perfect example. He owed 500 quid on his mortgage.
Trigger: They were gonna be thrown out on the street the following day. he was very worried about it.
Mike: So what happened Trig?
Trigger: He drove out to Beachy Head. Parked about five foot from the edge of the cliff.
Uncle Albert: What, he was gonna drive off it?
Trigger: Yeah! He just sat there for a couple of hours, his head resting on the steering wheel. People tried to talk to him out of it but he was too depressed to listen.
Del Boy: But then, and this is the what I mean about people, Rodney, they had a whip-round and got him his 500 quid.
Rodney: No! Who held the whip-round?
Del Boy: All the passengers on the bus.

Rodney: No, it's a boy alright. Rosemary's Baby was on the telly the other night. It's Del and Raquel to a tee. In a couple of weeks time, we'll be awoken by the cries of our own little bonny, bouncing antichrist. It'll be sitting in it's cot, head spinning round like a propeller, green gung up the wall. they're bound to call it Damien.
Uncle Albert: (as if to cheer Rodney up) They were thinking of calling him Rodney.
Rodney: Rodney! Oh no, poor little sod.

Del Boy: It's a baby, Raquel.
Raquel: I've been wondering what that swelling was.

Del Boy: (to his newborn son, Damien) I've mucked about all my life, and I never knew the reason why until now. This is what it's all about. I was born for this moment. Yes. Oh we're gonna have such fun, we are, you mark my words. This time next year we'll be millionaires.

Christmas Specials (1991-2003)

Miami Twice

[The Trotter brothers and Boycie's family are escaping the Mafia in the Everglades.]

Boycie: Everything was going well, we were having a lovely holiday...
Marlene: (cuts in) Shuddup moaning.
Boycie: And then they (the Trotter brothers) turn up! And within fifteen seconds some sod's shootin' at us!
Marlene: You've done nothing but moan ever since we left Washington!
Boycie: Get that bloody boat in for God's sake!

Mother Nature's Son

Denzil: That's Derek Trotter in there, not bloody Einstein!
Trigger: Del knows what he's talking about. And I don't see what the Beatles' manager has got to do with it anyway.

Denzil: This could be anything, Trig! For all we know this could be... Well, this could be bloody Concorde fuel!
Del Boy: No, honest, its not Concorde fuel, it's anti-freeze from the Starship Enterprise!

Trigger: When we were at school Del was the best in our class at chemistry. He used to sell homemade fireworks. He even blew up the science lab once.
Denzil: Yes I remember. I was doing detention in there at the time.

[Del, Trigger, and Denzil arrive at council waste disposal depot, only to find it closed.]

Del Boy: It's closed!
Trigger: (checks watch) Well, it's a bit late, innit?.
Del Boy: What d'you mean "a bit late"? You said it was open twenty four hours a day.
Trigger: Yeah, but not at night!

Myles: First things first. We have to ascertain what kind of soil you have.
Del Boy: Well, it's this - earthy sort.

Rodney: Well Trigger could be considered an expert.
Mike: Trigger still doesn't know which end of the dart to throw.

Uncle Albert: You call that music, sounds more like noise to me. That's all you youngsters are interested in nowadays.
Rodney: Didn't your generation ever enjoy itself Albert?
Uncle Albert: When I was your age, I was fighting in the war!
Rodney: You must have made more bloody noise than me then!

Fatal Extraction

Sid: There we go Denzil, one bowl of piping hot porridge. That'll warm you up on a cold day.
Denzil: Cheers Sid. (looks at his bowl of porridge) There's a hair in this.
Sid: Giz it here.
Denzil: Here's another one.
Sid: Give it here.
Denzil: That's disgusting that is Sid. If the health authorities saw this they'd close you down.
Sid: I've been closed down for worse than that Denzil. (to Trigger) I hate these politically correct people.
Trigger: Yeah.
Sid: What'll it be Trig?
Trigger: Er. I'll try some of that porridge Sid.

Rodney: (when Del says that he enjoys hanging with his friends than spending time with Raquel and Damien) Just who are your mates Del? Denzil is a man who eats porridge with a wig in it, Trigger is a roadsweeper who gives pet names to his teeth, and then we have Boycie the freemason, a total snob who thinks anyone with a quid less than him is a peasant.

Del Boy: Why do women always want to know what time you got in? They say to you "What time did you get in last night?" and you go about "Quarter past twelve." and they go "No it weren't, it was twenty to two." You think well why bloody ask?
Mike: Exactly. I came home one night and my missus says "Where you living now?" I said "Here." She said "No you ain't!" and threw me suitcase at me.

[A beat.]

Mike, Boycie, Del Boy, & Denzil: Why ask?
Trigger: Why ask?

Del Boy: (confronting Beverly at her workplace, convinced that she's stalking him) Now you listen to me. You leave me and my family alone! You don't frighten me. I'm not scared of me!
Beverly: (to a patient) Mr James. (to Del) What's wrong with you, you moron?

[Trigger approaches the desk as she says this.]

Trigger: Oh just a couple of fillings.

Heroes and Villains

Trigger: And that's what I've done. Maintained it for 20 years. This old brooms had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.
Sid: How the hell can it be the same bloody broom then?
Trigger: There’s the picture. What more proof do you need?

Rodney: (dressed as Robin) We didn't know the fancy dress party had been cancelled.
Trigger: Me either.
Rodney: You mean, that's your costume?
Trigger: Yeah. I come as a chauffeur. (thinks) I feel a bit stupid now.
Del Boy: (dressed as Batman) Yeah, you do stand out a bit.

Modern Men

Raquel: You see this girl here. I worked with her years ago when I was in show business. She was just a kid then! Look at her now, she's about to appear in the new James Bond film!
Cassandra: Ooh Pierce Brosnan.
Rodney: Now you don't need Pierce Brosnan dear, you've got me.
Cassandra: Yes, haven't I just?
Del Boy: Well, I tell you what, Raquel. If she can be in a James Bond film, so could you.
Raquel: Oh shut up.
Del Boy: No, you could.
Raquel: Don't be silly.
Del Boy: I'm serious. I mean, look at her, she's a dog.

Time On Our Hands

Del Boy: (talking about why Rodney won't talk to Cassandra after the miscarriage) Yes I know, he's got a lot on his mind, Raquel.
Raquel: He's got a lot on his mind?! And how do you think Cassandra feels? She's the one who's had the miscarriage! She needs her husband by her side, not out drinking in some pub or club.
Del Boy: Yes I know, but she's a woman, ain't she? She's stronger than Rodney.

Uncle Albert: During the...
Del Boy: If you say "During the war..." once more, I'm gonna pour this cup of tea right over your head!
Uncle Albert: I wasn't gonna say during the war...!
Del Boy: Well that's alright then.
Uncle Albert: Bloody little know-it-all.
Del Boy: Alright, sorry.
Uncle Albert: Thank you. During the 1939-1945 conflict with Germany...

[Rodney and Del are stuck in the lift, and Del is "claustrophobic" and acting all immature.]

Rodney: I never thought I'd see you like this! You're acting like a big kid just 'cos we're stuck in a lift for a while.
Del Boy: Yes, well you don't know how I feel! (kicks the door a couple of times) I feel... I feel sort of frightened! You don't know what that's like!
Rodney: I don't know what it's like?! How d'you think I've felt for the last couple of weeks since Cassie... since what happened?
Del Boy: I don't know, Rodney, I don't know how you've felt!
Rodney: Well, I'll tell you, frightened ain't the word! D'you know what I did last night?
Del Boy: No, but I bet it was depressing!
Rodney: I sat and read my diaries from when I was a school kid.
Del Boy: See, I was right!
Rodney: No, not quite. I actually noticed moments of hope inside those pages - I mean there weren't many - just the occasional oasis of promise in a desert of pessimism. They were simple hopes, as you'd expect for someone of my age. I hoped for - hairs, hoped I'd do well in my exams, I even hoped for a good job when I left school.
Del Boy: Well, you got hairs, didn't you? Think how Right Said Fred must feel.
Rodney: Me and Cass were so happy, Del. We were looking forward and all we could see in front of us was a big wide highway and we were just cruising like we were in a Rolls-Royce. And suddenly it came to a shattering halt - just like the poxy lift. Suddenly Happy Families became Dungeons and Dragons. (crying) And I've never felt sodding pain like that in all my life.
Del Boy: Is Cassandra hurting?
Rodney: Well of course she is!
Del Boy: How d'you now? You haven't talked to her about it.
Rodney: No, and d'you know why? Because... it's because... It's almost like if I don't talk about it, it might not be true.
Del Boy: But it is.
Rodney: I know! I know. But if I don't say it...
Del Boy: If you don't say what?
Rodney: We lost our baby!
Del Boy: But you did - and now you've said it.
Rodney: Yeah. I've said it! You just shield yourself from it, you know. I've just been lying, ain't I?
Del Boy: In a way. And what about Cassandra?
Rodney: Not her. Cassandra can't tell a lie.
Del Boy: Raquel can, the moment one leaves my lips. (Del and Rodney both laugh)

Rodney: Cassie seemed so fragile. I wanted to cuddle her and talk to her about it - but I was frightened I might - sort of break her.
Del Boy: No. She's strong, Rodney. It's a dropped stitch in life's tapestry. That's what Mum used to say when things went wrong.
Rodney: Yeah, I suppose that's about the strength of it when you think about it.
Del Boy: Of course it is. You two'll pick up the bits and pieces and be cruising down that big highway again. Cassandra wants to talk about it, she told Raquel.
Rodney: What do I say to her?
Del Boy: All the things you just told me - well, you can leave the bit about the hairs out. You go home and have a heart-to-heart with her right now. And while you're there, you ask her if she fancies coming round for dinner tonight.
Rodney: Yeah, I'd love to Del, but there is the little matter that I'm stuck in a lift.
Del Boy: Oh yeah. (stands up and opens the control panel) Let's have a look in here.
Rodney: Your claustrophobia cleared up quick, didn't it?
Del Boy: Yeah, I seem to be over the worst.
Rodney: (stands up) Almost as quick as that flu you had this morning.
Del Boy: Well, these things come and go, don't they? Oh look, there's a little switch in here. (presses a switch, and the lift begins moving again) There you go.
Rodney: (angry) You git! You stopped it!
Del Boy: (smiling) It was the only way I could get you talking! You can't run away in a broken lift.
Rodney: You git!

[Del and Rodney both start laughing.]

Rodney: (laughing) You! You git!

Del Boy: (taking a smell of the "coffee" Albert just made) Hang about, which coffee did you make this with?
Uncle Albert: That jar over there.
Del Boy: This ain't coffee! Smell it, it's bloody gravy.
Uncle Albert: Yeah, that's gravy. Well it's not my fault it's them jars, look. How am I supposed to tell the difference?
Del Boy: I'll tell you how you tell the difference. This one has on the label, Maxwell House coffee and on this one it says Oxo gravy granules. Bit of a giveaway really innit?
Uncle Albert: Well I was in a hurry and I got mixed up.
Del Boy: I'll mix you up in a min... Hang on a minute. If you've made gravy in the coffee pot, then what are they pourin' over their dinners in there? (goes to look) All right?
Audrey: Wonderful.
Del Boy: Cushty. (to Albert) They're only doing it. They are only out there doing it now! They are only pourin' Maxwell bleedin' House over their lamb noisewats and veg. I don't believe you. Not only have you managed to sink every battleship and aircraft carrier that you've ever sailed on, but now you've gone and knackered a gravy boat!

Cassandra: (offer Del the "gravy") Del?
Del Boy: NO! I mean no thank you sweetheart, I'm trying to give it up.
Cassandra: Albert?
Uncle Albert: Er, not for me dear.
Del Boy : Oh yes, you'll have some. Come on Albert you know how you like your gravy. (completly covers Albert's dinner in coffee, all Albert can do is sit and watch sadly) Git!

[Del and Rodney managed to auction off the John Harrison "lesser watch".]

Del Boy: How much exactly did it go for?
Rodney: Six point two million. Just over three million each.
Del Boy: Well we've had worse days, ain't we?

[Del, Rodney, and Albert walk off into an animated sunset]

Del Boy: Come on Rodney, this is our big chance. He who dares wins! This time next year, we'll be billionaires!

If They Could See Us Now

Trigger: When I go in there, I'll just say I hear voices.
Denzil: Trigger, you're not a character witness.
Trigger: I know. But I still hear voices!

Trigger: There's nothing to be nervous about, Denzil. All you've gotta do is go in there and tell the truth.
Denzil: Trigger, if I go in there and tell the truth, Del and Rodney'll spend the next five years sharpening Jeffrey Archer's pencils!

Del Boy: Don't worry Rodney, this time next year, we'll be millionaires!
Rodney: This time last week, we were millionaires!

Trigger: Ain't there any words to this, Dave?
Rodney: Words? No... no words. Sorta instrumental.
Del Boy: What's this?
Trigger: It's Mozart's Concerto in D Major. It's the karaoke version.

Strangers on the Shore

Del Boy: Here, Boyce. You know this car's a GTI. If you rearrange the number plates then you got yourself a personalised number plate!

Damien: (to Raquel) Mum, Uncle Rodders says that I'll be horrible when I'm all grown up.
Raquel: As soon as a man hits 21, he leaves all that behind him.
Del Boy: (on the phone) So, I squeezed this tube of onion puree into his hair gel!

Del Boy: One of my most favouritist meals is Duck à l'Orange, but I don't know how to say that in French.
Rodney: It's canard.
Del Boy: You can say that again bruv!
Rodney: No the French word for duck is canard.
Del Boy: Is it? I thought that was something to do with the QE2?
Rodney: No that's Cunard. They're the ones with the boats and what have you. The French for duck is canard.
Del Boy: Right lovely jubbly. Right, so how do the French say à l'Orange then?
Rodney: A l'Orange!
Del Boy: What, the same as we do?
Rodney: Yes.
Del Boy: Oh dear, it's a pity they don't use more of our words innit eh?

[When Del and Rodney discovered that St. Claire a la Chappelle is full of Uncle Albert lookalikes.]

Rodney: Here's another one of them, Del! It's like a geriatric Village of the Damned!
Del Boy: I don't know about St. Claire a la Chappelle, they should rename this place "Trottersville"!

Del Boy: "Captain Corelli's Mandolin? More like Captain Birdseye's Banjo!"

[Del, Rodney, Denzil, and Trigger discover that they've accidentally brought an illegal immigrant back with them from France.]

Del Boy: We're just gonna have to let him go then.
Rodney: We can't just let him go! A stranger on this estate? Imagine what the gangs will do to him?
Denzil: Yeah. For all we know, he could be part of Al-Qaeda!
Rodney: Don't be stupid, Denzil.
Del Boy: Yeah. I mean, does he look like he works in a furniture store?

Boycie: Have you ever spent a night with Trigger? It's like holding a seance with Mr. Bean.

Gary: Gary!

Sleepless in Peckham

Sid: This group do a tribute to Robson and Jerome.
Rodney: Why?

Del Boy: Well Boycie, thing is me and Rodney think you've murdered Marlene and buried her in your back garden.
Boycie: How dare you, Murdered my wife and buried her in the garden? I have never been so insulted in my life. You know 'ow much that garden cost me I'm not about to dig it up.

[Rodney shows Cassandra the picture of the 1960 Jolly Boys Outing.]

Cassandra: There's you. (realisation hits her)
Rodney: Yeah there's me. July 1960. Before I was born.
Cassandra: Who is it?
Rodney: He's my father.
Cassandra: But your father...
Rodney: My real father Cass. My biological old man.

Raquel: So who is he?
Del Boy: His name was Freddie Robdal. He was a mate of my dad's.
Rodney: He was known as the Raffles of Peckham. He was a gentleman safe-cracker. People had mentioned him before and we'd sounded kind of similar. He was a conisiour of fine wines, gourmet of foreign quisine, big art lover, snappy dresser, and big time charmer.
Cassandra: So, how are you similar?
Rodney: We're about the same height.

Del Boy: I don't know if you've noticed but there are no photos of Mum in this house. Well apart from a couple of close ups I gave to Rodney.
Raquel: Yeah but I assumed your dad had taken them when he left home.
Del Boy: Yeah, that's what I thought for years but he only took money and things he could flog. Then one night, Albert got drunk one night at an old folks do and he told me all about Freddie and my mum, and he told me it were my Aunt Rene who sorted it all after Mum's funeral. You see every picture of Mum included Freddie Robdal and Aunt Rene knew that as Rodney got older people would start to see the stimularities.

Del Boy: (when Rodney asks if he's anything like his father, Freddie the Frog) Freddie the Frog was a professional burgler. He was disloyal to his friends. He was a womaniser, a home-breaker, a con-man, a thief, a liar, and a cheat. So no Rodney, you're nothing like him.

Trigger: (talking about his invention of a backscratcher made from chopsticks) Raquel, can you pass a message onto Del Boy?
Raquel: OK.
Trigger: Tell him there's been a bit of a setback. Me paraffin heater melted the chopsticks. I might have to go to a Chinese shop. He'll know what I'm talking about.

(Raquel looks completely bemused)

Cassandra: Why do they do that?
Raquel: It's like I've told you, Cassandra. Women are from Venus, men are from Peckham!

Common Phrases

Derek "Del Boy" Trotter

  • Lovely Jubbly!
  • He who dares, wins!
  • This time next year, we'll be millionaires!
  • He who dares Rodney, he who dares.
  • What a plonker!
  • Cushty!
  • Mum said to me on her deathbed...

Rodney Trotter

  • Bloody 'ell!
  • Cosmic!/Cos-bloody-mic!
  • You git! You rotten git!


  • Del Boy, I've burnt ya pizza.

Uncle Albert

  • During the war...

Raquel Trotter

  • Hi, I'm Raquel; Del's (spitefully) "significant other".


  • (To Rodney) Alright Dave


External links

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Only Fools and Horses
Format Comedy
Created by John Sullivan
Starring David Jason
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Lennard Pearce
Buster Merryfield
Roger Lloyd-Pack
John Challis
Tessa Peake-Jones
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 64
Producer(s) Ray Butt, Gareth Gwenlan
Running time 30-95 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 4:3 (1981 - 1996)
16:9 (2001 - 2003)
Original run September 8, 1981December 25 2003

Only Fools and Horses was a British comedy television programme. It was shown on the BBC from 1981 - 2003.


Del BoyDavid Jason
RodneyNicholas Lyndhurst
Uncle AlbertBuster Merryfield
GrandadLennard Pearce
TriggerRoger Lloyd Pack
BoycieJohn Challis
RaquelTessa Peake-Jones

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