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 5, Episode 5 is repeated on Gold today at 8:45am.

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Rodney's joined a band (on drums), and really believes that they could be the next big thing. Del's not so convinced, but, spying an opportunity to make a few bob, offers to act as their manager. Their first gig doesn't go well at all, but which one of the brothers will be proved right?

Further details

Rodney has joined a new band, and Del immediately capitalises on this by booking them into The Shamrock Club to play for the St Patrick's night festivities.

Taking his place as the band's manager, Del winces his way through their rehearsals, and when the Shamrock gig results in a fight, the band are forced to leg it, leaving the instruments behind them.

When Rodney finds out the musical equipment has vanished, he contacts the police and helps them with their enquiries. Del sees Rodney with the constable, and is forced to step in: it turns out that Del had the instruments on sale or return, and he'd sent them back to the shop.

Rodney's dreams of showbiz fame have been shattered, so he goes ballistic when he sees his old group performing their song on Top of the Pops and realises that without Del's interference he might have made it to number one.


The band's song, Boys Will Be Boys, was composed by John Sullivan.

Broadcast details

Thursday 14th March 1985
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 11:20am on Gold
  2. Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 5:20pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Jason Del
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Buster Merryfield Uncle Albert
Guest cast
Geoffrey Leesley Policeman
Daniel Peacock Mental Mickey
Marcus Francis Charlie
David Thewlis Stew
Mike Read Self
Writing team
John Sullivan Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Ray Butt Producer

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