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, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold today at 4:50pm.

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When Rodney opens the door to a stranger at the flat he soon learns from Grandad that it's his long lost father, Reg. As Del returns home from the pub, his anger is abated when Reg tells them he is ill and it may be hereditary. The subsequent blood test results threaten to split the brothers up.

Further details

Reg Trotter, absentee father to Del and Rodney, unexpectedly arrives to celebrate Christmas with his boys.

Reg explains that he has been living in Newcastle, and after a visit to the infirmary, was diagnosed with an hereditary blood disorder. Scared for their well-being, he decided to tell his two sons.

Several tests later and it appears that Del Boy and Rodders have different blood types. It would seem the wayward father has some explaining to do - or rather, their late mother Joan does.

Del and Grandad recall Joan and Reg's frequent arguments around the time she fell with Rodney, and how she had acquired some new friends including a trumpet and saxophone player. They'd rather not think such things of Joan, but are forced to conclude that Rodney's a "whodunnit".

However, after a day out boozing, Reg has a revelation: Del is in fact the mystery child. But after the elder sibling spends much of Christmas week kipping on Trig's sofa, a visit to the family quack gives Derek news to put the smile back on his face.

Broadcast details

Sunday 25th December 1983
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Jason Del
    Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
    Lennard Pearce Grandad
    Guest cast
    Michele Winstanley (as Michèle Winstanley) Karen (Barmaid at Nag's Head)
    Peter Woodthorpe Reg Trotter
    Writing team
    John Sullivan Writer
    Production team
    Ray Butt Director
    Ray Butt Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    John Sullivan Composer
    Bryan Ellis Production Designer

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