Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.

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 Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter / ... (64 episodes, 1981-2003)
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 Rodney Trotter (64 episodes, 1981-2003)
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 Trigger (39 episodes, 1981-2003)
Buster Merryfield ...
 Uncle Albert Trotter (37 episodes, 1985-1996)
John Challis ...
 Boycie (33 episodes, 1981-2003)
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 Mike Fisher (30 episodes, 1983-1996)
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Hugely successful British comedy about of two streetwise London brothers: Del (Derek) and Rodney Trotter. In early years they shared their council flat with 'Grandad' (until the death of actor 'Lennard Pierce') later to be replaced by 'Uncle Albert', a WWII Navy veteran with an anecdote for any occasion. Del and Rodney are best described as lovable and harmless black market traders; they buy and (try to) sell almost anything and many an episode is based around some faulty/stolen stock bought by Del. As with other comedies from writer John Sullivan, the humor is devilishly engineered so as not to telegraph the jokes before the punchlines and there's always a strong cast of support characters. The series has won countless awards and ratings battles. Written by Rob Hartill

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The idea to extend the running times of episodes was the point where the show came into its own as a comedy-drama, according to David Jason. Now not just a sitcom, there was now more time for John Sullivan's great lines, but there was more space for things to unfold. Jason doubted that without the extra length, the romances between Del and Raquel and Rodney and Cassandra would never have developed, and he was glad to have Tessa Peake-Jones and Gwyneth Strong in the cast because they knew what they were doing and fit right in. See more »

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In Mother Natures Son, when the Trotter's check in to the hotel in Brighton, the porter is carrying Del Boy's leopard skin suitcase. This however, is the same suitcase that was stolen previously in Miami Twice Part 2. See more »

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Uncle Albert: I was reading in the Sunday papers about them fellas that pick up with these rich old widows - what they call 'em - toy boys! You wanna see the stuff they pick up for presents. Solid gold watches, sports cars - money! Might be worth considering!
Rodney: [Del and Rodney give each other weird glances] Well, we both admire your spirit, Uncle, but don't you think you've left it a bit late for that sort of thing?
Uncle Albert: I'm not talking about me! I meant you!
Rodney: [incredulous] Me? I'm not selling my body to some old tart...
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The Greatest British Sitcom in History!
19 November 1999 | by (Broken Arrow, Ok) – See all my reviews

`Only Fools and Horses' is by far the most funniest, original, and well developed British Comedy ever. Myself being a British citizen, I have to say that there is no other funnier show. Derrick "DelBoy" Trotter and his brother Rodney are put together, two of the funniest British actors to ever grace the Television screen. While there were many visual jokes on-screen, there were also many verbal assaults and comments that made this show legendary. Famous mostly for it's Cockney accents and truly original characters, this show was the Best of the Best. Even though it ended sadly in 1991, you can still buy the shows on video and watch them over and over again. They never grow old.

Out of 10.......11/10!


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