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, Episode 2 is repeated on Gold today at 1pm.

Series 3, Episode 2 - Healthy Competition

Rodney has become disillusioned with being Del's look-out, and announces his intention to set up business with Mickey Pearce.

Further details

Del is unimpressed but gives him his share of Trotters Independent Traders - £200. By the end of the week Rodney has cornered the market in used lawn-mower engines, and Del does his best to soften the inevitable fall of the boys' new empire.

Rodney is taking stock of his life, and at the age of 24 he is disappointed to find he has only risen to become Del's look-out while they're on the make with dodgy goods.

After a bit of soul-searching - during which Del narrowly escapes the Old Bill while Rodders was lost in thought - Rodney breaks some big news to Del that he's set up a rival business with Mickey Pearce.

Shocked and hurt by this, Del warns him that if he wants to stand on his own two feet, then the price is total independence from the TITCO cash flow; including beer money.

Later at an auction, Del warns his Little Bruv not to buy Lot 37, but Rodney doubts his brother's generosity - thinking that he wants the lot for himself - and he buys Lot 37 unseen.

It turns out that Lot 37 is a bunch of broken lawnmower engines that Del had sold in the first place, and after Mickey Pearce uses their meagre profits for a trip to Benidorm, Rodders is soon back as a partner in Trotters Independent Traders.

Broadcast details

Thursday 17th November 1983
30 minutes


  1. Monday 25th January 2021 at 1:00pm on Gold
  2. Saturday 30th January 2021 at 2:20pm on Gold
  3. Saturday 30th January 2021 at 6:20pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Jason Del
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Lennard Pearce Grandad
Patrick Murray Mickey Pearce
Guest cast
Glynn Sweet Auctioneer
Rex Robinson Harry
Dev Sagoo Indian waiter
Mike Carnell Young Towser
Writing team
John Sullivan Writer
Production team
Ray Butt Director
Ray Butt Producer

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