The Final Christmas Specials, 2001 – 2003
We left the Trotters in what was supposed to be their final episode, having finally become Millionaires. The problem was fans were desperate to see how they would fair, with their new found wealth.
After a gap of five years the Trotters did indeed return, in their now familiar Christmas Special slot.
By now Buster Merryfield who played Uncle Albert had passed away as had Kenneth Conner who played Bar owner Mike. Mike’s absence was explained by him being imprisoned for fraud and Uncle Albert was given a proper send off.
Three final episodes were filmed, but rather than show them all at once they were spread over three years and to date that really was the end, with the exception of the one off short for Sports Relief.
It seems very unlikely that Fools will ever return. However during a promotional interview with BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright for ‘Rock and Chips’ in early 2010, Nicholas Lyndhurst acknowledged it was unlikely, but never say never.
If They Could See Us Now – 2001
Losing their riches in a bad investment in the Central American Markets, the Trotters are declared bankrupt. They return to Peckham, and their Mandela House flat.
Cassandra and Rodney are finding their love life is a little flat, so they spice it up by role playing their fantasies. Cassie becomes Rodney’s police woman, and Rodney doesn’t quite look right as Gladiator.
Del appears on the game show ‘Goldrush’, hosted by Jonathan Ross in a last ditch attempt to win their fortune back.
Strangers On The Shore – 2002
The Trotter Brothers embark on a trip to France, after agreeing to visit Uncle Albert’s Navy memorial ceremony in his honour. Upon their arrival at the village, Del and Rodney learn that Uncle Albert was hounded out of the country by the Resistance, due to his randy ways. Del and Rodney notice all the villagers seem to have mariner’s beards. Coincidence?
Del, Boycie, Trigg, and Denzil have pre-arranged a dodgy booze scam at Duty Free, using Denzil’s empty van… much to Rodney’s annoyance. When they arrive they discover an illegal immigrant has seemingly stowed away in their van. Naming him Gary, they house him, only to find he has escaped.
Sadly the connection between Boycie’s important business deal with a millionaire and his missing son, isn’t made. They wind up in Les Nick, arrested as The Gary Gang!
Sleepless In Peckham – 2003
What a turbulent few years the Trotters have had. Having left us in 1996 as millionaires, they return five years later having lost the lot. Uncle Albert has passed away whilst living with Elsie Partridge, Mike from the Nagg’s Head is in prison for fraud and the Inland revenue are in hot persuit of the Trotters for a very large sum of money.
In the final installment Del Boy and family have only two weeks to find the cash to pay the Inland Revenue, or they will be evicted from their home in Nelson Mandela House. After 22 years in the flat, it could be goodbye, something Del and Rodney are determined will not happen. Meanwhile Trigger has become fascinated by science fiction and is enthralled by programs such as The X-Files, which leads to some bizarre moments from him – who it could be said lives on a planet all of his own anyway.
Roger Lloyd Pack
Written By: John Sullivan
Produced By: Gareth Gwenlan
Original Transmission Dates:
If They Could See Us Now – 25 December 2001
Strangers On The Shore – 25 December 2002
Sleepless In Peckham – 25 December 2003