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Only Fools And Horses. Image shows from L to R: Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del (David Jason), Grandad (Lennard Pearce). Copyright: BBC.

Only Fools And Horses

BBC One sitcom about two market traders. 64 episodes (7 series), 1981 - 2003. Stars David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Lennard Pearce and others.

Series 3, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 6:40pm.

1996 Christmas Trilogy - Modern Men

Del buys a self-help book aimed at the modern New Man in an effort to improve his relationship with Raquel. Meanwhile, the Trotters' finances have hit an all-time low.

Full synopsis

Del is reading a book called 'Modern Man'.

Despite being convinced he is the dictionary definition of debonair masculinity, the book is making him behave irrationally and rashly.

Rodney is concerned about this. Cassandra is expecting, and he wants more responsibility and a better job to provide for his family. He unwittingly replies for a job advertisement, posted by Del to alleviate Rodney's workload.

Del, meanwhile, has decided to take his manhood into his own hands and get a vasectomy. Doctor Singh is hounding him regarding dodgy paint, and the nightmare of him getting revenge on Del's crown jewels puts him off the idea.

Cassandra is rushed into hospital, suffering a miscarriage. Rodney breaks down, and it's Del who tells him he has to be strong for his wife. Del then blubs his eyes out, as Rodney supports his wife.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th December 1996
60 minutes


  1. Thursday 23rd December 2010 at 1:30pm on BBC1
  2. Saturday 14th May 2011 at 7:40pm on Gold
  3. Sunday 15th May 2011 at 6:20pm on Gold
  4. Saturday 2nd July 2011 at 8:20pm on Gold
  5. Sunday 3rd July 2011 at 5:20pm on Gold
  6. Sunday 25th September 2011 at 8:40pm on Gold
  7. Monday 26th September 2011 at 7:20pm on Gold
  8. Saturday 24th December 2011 at 7:20pm on Gold
  9. Sunday 25th December 2011 at 2:15pm on Gold
  10. Monday 26th March 2012 at 8:40pm on Gold
  11. Tuesday 27th March 2012 at 2:40pm on Gold
  12. Monday 4th June 2012 at 10:20am on Gold
  13. Monday 27th August 2012 at 1:10pm on Gold
  14. Monday 27th August 2012 at 2:35pm on Gold
  15. Saturday 17th November 2012 at 11:00am on Gold
  16. Saturday 17th November 2012 at 6:20pm on Gold
  17. Monday 24th December 2012 at 11:00am on BBC1
  18. Tuesday 25th December 2012 at 7:40pm on Gold
  19. Wednesday 26th December 2012 at 3:20pm on Gold
  20. Sunday 5th May 2013 at 1:35pm on Gold
  21. Saturday 6th July 2013 at 8:40pm on Gold
  22. Sunday 7th July 2013 at 6:05pm on Gold
  23. Monday 26th August 2013 at 1:15pm on Gold
  24. Wednesday 25th December 2013 at 7:20pm on Gold
  25. Thursday 26th December 2013 at 1:15pm on Gold
  26. Sunday 26th January 2014 at 12:00pm on Gold
  27. Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 10:00pm on Gold
  28. Wednesday 16th April 2014 at 6:40pm on Gold
  29. Saturday 31st May 2014 at 8:20am on Gold
  30. Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 11:20pm on Gold
  31. Wednesday 5th November 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  32. Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  33. Thursday 25th December 2014 at 3:20pm on Gold
  34. Thursday 25th December 2014 at 4:40pm on Gold
  35. Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 7:20pm on Gold
  36. Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 12:50pm on Gold
  37. Thursday 18th June 2015 at 10:20pm on Gold
  38. Friday 19th June 2015 at 6:20pm on Gold
  39. Sunday 19th July 2015 at 5:05pm on Gold
  40. Monday 20th July 2015 at 2:05pm on Gold
  41. Wednesday 30th September 2015 at 10:40pm on Gold
  42. Thursday 1st October 2015 at 1:20am on Gold
  43. Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 7:00pm on Gold
  44. Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 2:00pm on Gold
  45. Friday 25th December 2015 at 2:50pm on Gold
  46. Saturday 26th December 2015 at 10:50am on Gold
  47. Saturday 2nd January 2016 at 3:50pm on Gold
  48. Sunday 3rd January 2016 at 8:20am on Gold
  49. Monday 25th April 2016 at 9:20pm on Gold
  50. Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 1:00pm on Gold
  51. Monday 2nd May 2016 at 9:35am on Gold
  52. Thursday 30th June 2016 at 7:00pm on Gold
  53. Thursday 30th June 2016 at 10:20pm on Gold
  54. Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 2:20pm on Gold
  55. Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 7:20pm on Gold
  56. Saturday 19th November 2016 at 12:35pm on Gold
  57. Sunday 20th November 2016 at 11:40am on Gold
  58. Thursday 15th December 2016 at 7:00pm on Gold
  59. Friday 16th December 2016 at 1:30pm on Gold
  60. Sunday 25th December 2016 at 5:10pm on Gold
  61. Monday 26th December 2016 at 9:20am on Gold
  62. Sunday 1st January 2017 at 1:40pm on Gold
  63. Sunday 29th January 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  64. Saturday 25th February 2017 at 6:20pm on Gold
  65. Sunday 26th February 2017 at 5:05pm on Gold
  66. Saturday 15th April 2017 at 1:20pm on Gold
  67. Sunday 20th August 2017 at 6:20pm on Yesterday
  68. Tuesday 29th August 2017 at 9:05pm on Gold
  69. Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 8:00pm on Gold
  70. Saturday 2nd September 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold
  71. Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 3:25pm on Gold
  72. Saturday 16th September 2017 at 9:00pm on Gold
  73. Monday 18th September 2017 at 4:00pm on Gold
  74. Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 12:40pm on Gold
  75. Sunday 1st October 2017 at 10:40am on Gold
  76. Sunday 1st October 2017 at 11:10pm on Gold
  77. Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7:20pm on Gold
  78. Friday 6th October 2017 at 5:40pm on Gold
  79. Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 6:40pm on Gold
  80. Friday 8th December 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  81. Saturday 9th December 2017 at 3:10pm on Gold
  82. Monday 25th December 2017 at 5:00pm on Gold
  83. Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 10:20am on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Jason Del
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Buster Merryfield Uncle Albert
Roger Lloyd-Pack Trigger
Patrick Murray Mickey Pearce
Paul Barber Denzil
John Challis Boycie
Sue Holderness Marlene
Tessa Peake-Jones Raquel
Gwyneth Strong Cassandra
Kenneth MacDonald Mike
Guest cast
Roy Heather Sid
Jamie Smith Damien
Bhasker Patel Dr Singh
Phil Cornwell Man in hospital
Beverley Hills Sister
James Oliver Doctor
Corinne Britton Nurse
Lorraine Ashley Receptionist
Writing team
John Sullivan Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Gareth Gwenlan Producer
John Sullivan Executive Producer
Donal Woods Production Designer

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