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Most crucially, I examine his abusive relationship with Rodney, the lie he told no use for them), and he expects a never-ending tab at the Nag's Head. . just manifest in Del's friends - it's a running theme in his entire family. A description of tropes appearing in Only Fools and Horses. Grandad's funeral was featured in the episode "Strained Relations". .. special doesn't start or end with the famous theme songs, instead starting and ending with a saxophone-led . By the end of the pilot episode, their relationship begins to improve, although in Only Fools and Horses it is clear that Del has still not forgiven Reg for.
Davies commissioned Sullivan to write a full series. Sullivan believed the key factor in its being accepted was the success of ITV's new drama, Mindera series with a similar premise and also set in modern-day London.
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, "only fools and horses work for a living", which had its origins in 19th-century American vaudeville. Del's attire was inspired by her going to car boot sales. She took Jason shopping in Oxford Streetand had him try a variety of suits.
De Gaye purchased some gaily coloured Gabicci shirts, which were fashionable at the time and she thought "horrible". De Gaye used Vaselinemake-up, and food to make Grandad's costume look dirty. The idea was that he never had his hat off, never dressed properly, usually had pyjamas underneath his clothes, which would be dirty. The second series fared a bit better, and the first and second series had a repeat run in June in a more low-key time slot, but attracted a high enough viewing figure for Davies to commission a third series.
Viewing figures for the fourth series were double those of the first. Buster Merryfield was then cast as Grandad's brother Albert. Sullivan thus wrote " Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Plans were made for a spin-off entitled Hot-Rod, which would have followed Rodney's attempts to survive on his own with help from Mickey Pearce, but leaving open the prospect of Del's return. Jason then changed his mind, and the ending of the episode was changed to show Del rejecting the offer.
Shortly before filming of the sixth series began, he and Jason requested that the show's time slot be extended and it was agreed to extend its running time to 50 minutes. The rest came from stores such as Tie-Rack and Dickins and Jones. His jewellery was replaced each series because it was very cheap the rings with "D" cost 50p each. I can say that. We had our day, it was wonderful but it is best to leave it now". The tune was changed after the first series, and the new one was written by John Sullivan he disliked the tune for the first series, and his new one explained the show's title and Hazlehurst conducted it.
These appear over a background of still photographs of everyday life in South London. 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.
Clayton had also considered using five-pound notes having Del's face. The action was shot manually frame by frame, and took around six weeks to complete. Clayton knew that it was important to have the characters established in the titles, and prepared a storyboard depicting his ideas using drawings.
He photographed various locations with a photographer, and the titles were shot using a rostrum camera and not edited. He is also shown to be very cunning, once described by corrupt policeman and former school "friend" Roy Slater as "A man who could talk himself out of a room with no doors".
In "May the Force Be With You", he was arrested by Slater for handling a stolen microwave, but gained his release by agreeing to name the thief provided he and his family were granted immunity from prosecution. Once Del's immunity was guaranteed, he confessed that he was the thief, happily showing a shocked Slater his immunity papers. Rodney apologises for the way he treats Albert in " Sickness and Wealth ".
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He is Joan's favourite, to the point that she refuses to run away with Freddie Robdal until she is certain of Del's financial security. It is clear that they love each other, but they are sometimes at odds, particularly regarding Reg's slacker lifestyle and when Reg verbally abuses Joan, when Del threatens to harm him if he does it again.
Del is also visibly disgusted to hear that Joan is pregnant with what he incorrectly believes to be Reg's second child. By the end of the pilot episode, their relationship begins to improve, although in Only Fools and Horses it is clear that Del has still not forgiven Reg for abandoning the family after Joan's death. This is demonstrated in "Thicker than Water" when he nearly throws Reg out of the flat.
But Del still appears to feel some familial loyalty to Reg, shown when he gives him some money just before his departure.
Del Boy appears to be closer to Jumbo Mills than the rest of his gang and seems to be quite promiscuous, as shown when he becomes "engaged" to several girls by presenting them with fake diamond rings. His relationship with Frederick "Freddie the Frog" Robdal is not much elaborated on, as they share few scenes. During the series, Robdal becomes closer to the Trotters, primarily Joan, and Robdal is shown to respect Del's ability to look after himself, his hard work and his devotion to his mother.
In the final scene, Del labels Robdal as "a professional burglar, disloyal to his friends, a womaniser, a home-breaker, a con-man, a thief, a liar, and a cheat". This is long after he has realised that Robdal is Rodney's real father, so this knowledge apparently causes him to resent Robdal greatly.
Confusion over age[ edit ] Del Boy's year of birth is contradicted in several episodes. In " Sleepless in Peckham "Rodney shows Cassandra a photo of the Jolly Boys' outing, saying that Del was 15, making his date of birth around In " A Losing Streak " series 2, and " Thicker than Water " series 3,he claims that their father left inon his 16th birthday, making his birth year When painting Denzil's flat, Rodney accidentally creates a sauna in the kitchen by leaving the kettle on too long.
The Trotters find Corrine's canary pining for the Fjords and quickly substitute it with another one. Unfortunately it was dead when Corrine left the flat that morning. Now listen here, Slater, I know a lot of coppers and they're all good blokes. I mean, I don't like 'em, but they play a fair game. And then there's you Ernie Rayner in Rock And Chips.
Trigger's stupidity is an extreme version of this trope. In "Sickness and Wealth," Del is worried that he might be suffering from a certain disease, and subsequent dialogue makes it obvious that he's talking about AIDS. The disease was still pretty taboo inhence why it isn't mentioned by name, but the episode shows quite a surprising degree of AIDS awareness, most notably the fact that it isn't—as was widely considered to be the case at the time—something that only gay men contract. The Dog Bites Back: All Slater's present day appearances, and his grudge against the cast, come from being the Butt-Monkey to them as a child.
Everyone in Peckham is afraid of running into the Driscoll Brothers. Roy Slater count as well, seeing as he is a very eager detective who is a stickler for fine details and wants to solve every case he is involved int. He also used to know the Peckham pack when he was younger so it feels like It's Personal.
Even after he comes back from being in prison the others treat him with disdain and reluctance, and he still tries to screw over Del Boy. Dumbass Has a Point: Rodney is painfully naive next to Del, but is often the first to point out the cracks in Del's hair-brained schemes from either an ethical standpoint, a practical standpoint or both and he's usually right at the end.
Subverted, in that he often willingly goes along with Del's schemes and suffers the consequences accordingly. The first series and subsequent Christmas special doesn't start or end with the famous theme songs, instead starting and ending with a saxophone-led instrumental theme composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst.
It wasn't until the first episode of the second series, "The Long Legs of the Law", when people heard the immortal line "Stick a pony in me pocket Less obvious to modern-day viewers however, as the DVD releases and nearly all television repeats have the newer theme dubbed onto the Series 1 episodes though the VHS releases still used the original theme.
Trigger wasn't the road sweeping Cloud Cuckoo Lander he became later. He was more just a thief and shady associate of Del's.
While Trigger and Boycie made occasional appearances in series one and two, supporting characters like Mike, Denzil, Raquel, Cassandra and Marlene did not become regulars until much later on.
Early episodes were 30 minutes long with a zany scheme of the week plot. Later episodes were longer up to 90 minuteswith more drama, more characters and the show became more of a serial with plotlines lasting several episodes. Earn Your Happy Ending: The Trotters started out from day one wishing to become millionares one day. Happy Ending One was in the third and final chapter of the Christmas trilogy, Time on Our Hands which was originally the series finale.
They proceeded to start new lifestyles with their friends and family, but ended up losing all the money in a Central American stock market crash.
A fair chunk of the humour in the series relies on knowledge of 80s British pop culture, but there are still laughs to be had even if you don't get those jokes. A singer that Del Boy contracts to sing at someone's mom's birthday party.
Thing is Del doesn't discover this until after he's signed him, only knowing that the singer only sang a very specific and limited amount of songs. None which contained the letter R. The big song he ends up singing on stage after a heart breaking performance by Raquel? At his wedding, the audience can't stop laughing at it so it ends up being omitted from Cassandra's vows.
Made all the more embarrassing by the fact that, despite Rodney's insistence that his middle name was inspired by Charlton Heston, it actually came about because his mother Joannie was a fan of Charlton Athletic F. Boycie's middle name is revealed to be Aubrey, and he says that his father always used to call him by it.
For some reason, in The Green Green Grassit's treated as though it were his first name although this is rather inconsistant. Damien's middle name is Derek, making his initials DDT, the same as a well-known insecticide. Subverted, since Uncle Albert points out straight away the effect this would have on Damien's initials, but Del and Raquel don't care about it. Well, there'll be no flies on him, then, will there?
Everyone Went to School Together: Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Del's idea for a film; There is a Rhino Loose in the City. His explanation of the plot, unsurprisingly, makes no sense whatsoever, and by the end, There is a Rhino Out Where No Sod Lives better describes it. If you say ' During the War ' one more time, I'm gonna pour this cup of tea over your head! I wasn't going to say ' During the War '. Falling Chandelier of Doom: The show has a funny, non-combat-related version here.
This was based on a real-life incident involving John Sullivan's father, who was part of a group of builders who made the same mistake. Sullivan senior finally saw the funny side after watching the episode The episode was written backwards to get there.
There's a entire bunch of gags on Sexual Roleplay in one of the Christmas special episodes.
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Fly in the Soup: At Sid's cafe the porridge has hairs in it. Del buys some headed notepaper for the business. He initialises everything, because "Modern businesspeople only speak in initials. Lampshaded when Rodney comments: Del, thanks to your high profile, we now have a company called "Tit" and a director with "Dic" after his name. Another episode has Del's talk that he dreams to one day walk out onto a balcony with their company's initials in giant letters above him.
Rodney snarks how appropriate it is that he dreams about being under a 20ft sign calling him a "Tit". In-universe example with Lennox Gilbey in the fifth series' third episode "The Longest Night", whose plan to rob the supermarket omits basic things such as a means of escape and turning up at the correct time. Most of "The Russians Are Coming", where Rodney convinces them to build a nuclear fallout shelter after Del unknowingly buys a kit along with a shipment of lead. Most of the episode highlights just how unprepared the average person in was to cope with the possibility of nuclear war and life afterwards, particularly with only a "four minute warning" to seek shelter.
By the way, how are we doing? We died 45 seconds ago. The final reveal makes it even more poignant, revealing that the "Safe as houses" location that they decided to build their shelter was on top of Nelson Mandela House.
In the episode "Go West, Young Man", Del and Rodney go to a wine bar, and while Rodney has his drink, Del tries to chat up two characters in dresses we only see from the back. Drink up, we're leaving. Are they a couple of ravers? No, they're a couple of geezers! Lennox has absolutely no clue whatsoever how to be an armed robber. Rodney in the same episode taking his cigarettes when he could have had the gun beside him is equally blind.
Happened most notably with Rock and Chips see belowbut it did occasionally happen within the series itself. The Christmas special "To Hull and Back" was treated more like a crime caper film than a sitcom The Christmas special and finale "Sleepless in Peckham," while still having plenty of comedic moments, had a far more serious atmosphere than most of the series.
Monkey Harris, one of Del's friends, who is often mentioned but never seen. Del and Monkey's business associates Paddy the Greek and Sunglasses Ron are also referred to many times, despite not appearing on screen.
Grail in the Garbage: The Trotter's become millionaires after the missing John Harrison Watch which in real life, exists only as plans and may never have been builtends up being found in their garage. Del likewise mentions he got it from an old woman who paid him to clear an attic. Lampshaded in one of the last specials in which they actually go to France: You can say that again, bruv.
Lampshaded in an earlier episode Rodney: Del, you can't speak French. You're still struggling with English. Girl of the Week Guile Hero: Del occasionally demonstrated enough savvy to come out on top after a whole episode of apparent failures.
Denzil was one, before his wife Corrine left him. Then liberally apply some good old Trotter intelligence and greed and you have a OFaH episode. Uncle Albert certainly isn't the best pianist around, but Mike tolerates his piano playing on the grounds that it prevents people from noticing that the Nag's Head's jukebox has been broken for years. Albert is playing the piano and singing in the pub badly Mike: Why does he do it? I suppose at some point some sod told him he could play the piano. Yeah, and I'd like to meet the git who told him he could sing!
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In the Christmas special "Dates", Raquel Turner was introduced as one of these. She wanted to be an actress, but could only get not-real-acting jobs like stripogram or in her second appearance magician's assistant.
I Choose to Stay: I Am Not Your Father: Del Boy and his dad, Reg, discover that he they're not related. This alleviates Del somewhat as he could never stand his dad, but it causes a schism in the family relations as he is excluded from a reunited Granddad and Rodney with Reg.
Turns out Reg was lying about this and had doctored medical papers. In the final episode, "Sleepless in Peckham", we see a picture of Freddie "the Frog" Robdal, previously hinted to be Rodney's real father, and he's played by Nicholas Lyndhurst with a moustache. Even Del, who believes his mum to be a saint, can't ignore the resemblance. Lyndhurst reprises the role in the Prequel series Rock And Chips. The show itself is named for the saying "why do only fools and horses work [for a living]?
Del and Rodney threaten to do this to each other numerous times over the course of the series. I know what I said!