Only Fools And Horses – Christmas 1989 – The Jolly Boy’s Outing

After one of the most memorable series of Fools that had seen that famous bar scene, exploding dolls and Rodney get a girlfriend, came this feature length Christmas special, the eighth of the series.

Rodney is now working for Alan Parry, Cassandra’s father, at his printing firm Parry Print Ltd, while Uncle Albert has been promoted to “Executive Lookout” for Trotters Independent Traders, i.e. watching out for the police. The so-called traditional Jolly Boys’ Outing, whereby all the regulars at the Nag’s Head pub go on an annual day-trip (“beano”) to the seaside resort of Margate in Kent is also approaching.

It would be a full year and another Christmas special before the Trotters returned for what would be their final full TV series.


Cassandra is on the promotion trail, organising  a dinner party, for her ‘yuppie’ boss and his wife in the hope of getting a promotion. In true Trotter style Del and Uncle Albert soon arrive to put their feet firmly in their mouths and ruin the chances of that.

Meanwhile it’s Rodney and Cassandra’s first wedding anniversary, but Rodney has agreed to go on the annual Jolly Boys Outing to Margate.

The outing goes as well as can be expected considering the driver gets drunk, Rodney gets arrested, and the radio bought from Trotters Independent Traders blows up the coach. Forced to stay the night by this twist of fate, Del encounters his lost love Raquel, who is now working as magician’s assistant.

As one Trotter rekindles his love life, the other returns to find Cassandra entertaining her boss at home. Punching first, and asking questions later, Rodney blows it. Again.







Del Boy – David Jason
Rodney – Nicholas Lyndhurst
Uncle Albert – Buster Merryfield
Cassandra – Gwyneth Strong


Channel: BBC1
Written By: John Sullivan
Original Transmission Date: 25th December 1989

Only Fools And Horses repeats weekly on UKTV GOLD and streams on Britbox

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