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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 4, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold today at 8:40pm.

Series 3, Episode 5 - May The Force Be With You

When Rodney meets an old friend of Del's in the pub, he is duped into taking him back to the Trotter's flat: as Del is showing Grandad a new 'hookie' microwave he has acquired, he is re-acquainted with Detective Slater. The family are arrested and a stand-off situation develops after they all give false statements - until Del surprises everyone...

Full synopsis

Del Boy's arch-enemy from school turns up in Peckham, but this time he's known as Detective Inspector Slater of the Metropolitan Police. Having known Del and his wily ways since they were young, Slater knows exactly who to watch when he's on the trail of some stolen microwaves.

Hapless Rodney has no idea who Slater is when he gets chatting to him in The Nag's Head. It's only when he sees the horror on Del's face, after bringing Slater back to the flat for a reunion meal, that Rodney realises something is wrong.

Despite Rodney's best efforts, the game appears to be up - one of the microwaves in question is sitting on the sideboard in full view of everybody. Slater immediately begins to question Del, and after threatening Rodney with fictitious drug charges, he forces Del to turn snitch.

Much against his better judgement, Del decides to protect his little brother and spills the beans, but only after bartering for immunity for the whole Trotter family.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 8th December 1983
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Jason Del
    Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
    Lennard Pearce Grandad
    Roger Lloyd-Pack Trigger
    John Challis Boycie
    Guest cast
    Michele Winstanley (as Michèle Winstanley) Karen (Barmaid at Nag's Head)
    Jim Broadbent Roy Slater
    Christopher Mitchell PC / DI Terry Hoskins
    Writing team
    John Sullivan Writer
    Production team
    Ray Butt Director
    Ray Butt Producer
    Chris Booth Editor
    Bryan Ellis Production Designer
    John Sullivan Composer

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