Only Fools And Horses Christmas Specials 1991 – 1993
Britain’s favourite sitcom came to an end as a regular series in 1991. After this the series appeared in annual Christmas Specials that became the must see TV event of the festive period.
Christmas specials were nothing new to the program as they had appeared as part of the regular series., but they kept us watching until that first ‘final’ mini series. Initially there were three annual specials until the show took another break in 1993. Here we take a look at those 3 Christmas Specials. In part 2 we’ll look at what happened next.
Miami Twice – first transmitted 24th & 25th December 1991
A feature length special screened in two parts and taking Del and Rodney away from Peckham, to the Miami sunshine.
Part 1 – An American Dream
It’s Damien Trotter’s (Del’s son, born in the final regular episode) christening (much to Rodney’s horror), Del strikes a “cushdy” deal with the Vicar to sell pre-blessed wine around the country.
Rodney is living with Del and Albert on week days, and with Cassandra at weekends, on the advice of a Relate councillor. Del organises a ‘two for one’ holiday for the Trotter clan, knowing full well that Cassandra will not be able to make it.
Part 2 – Miami Twice
When the brothers arrive in Miami, the family of mafioso boss Vincenzo Ochetti spot Del – who bears a striking resemblance to their Don. Soon realising they are not simply being shown American hospitality, Del and Rodney flee… aided and abetted by Boycie, Marlene and their baby Tyler who are also in the states. Upon a safe return to Peckham, they find dozens of crates of wine, which were deemed unfit for Holy Communion.
Mother Nature’s Son – first transmitted 25th December 1992
A genuine Trotter classic. Del and Rodney are strapped for Christmas cash. To make matters worse, while Cassandra finally has her promotion, Raquel is suffering from post-natal depression. Rodney is concerned that Del has lost his drive. When confronted, Derek explains that on top of his woes, the council have approved his application to buy their flat in Nelson Mandela House, doubling the rent. To add to Del’s woes Grandad’s allotment has become a health hazard and he has to clear it.
Whilst clearing the allotment Del discovers several barrels of yellow liquid. Enlisting Trigger and Denzil, they are disposed of during the night. However, the yellow barrels are not the only thing Del discovers. There appears to be a small spring that doesn’t yet attract Del’s interest.
Accompanying Rodney to a health food shop Del is shocked at the price of bottled water, remembering the spring at the allotment he spots what he sees as a gap in the market, Del decides to bottle tap water and sell it as Peckham Spring Water. Back in the money both couples enjoy a romantic evening… until they see a news flash about a major water contamination, caused by Del’s barrels. To make matters worse there appears to be major water leak causing problems with supplies, enter one Del Boy Trotter and an allotment spring that turns out to be nothing more than a water leak.
Fatal Extraction – first transmitted 25th December 1993
Raquel is worried that Del Boy will be too busy down the 121 Club getting drunk, to provide Damien with any presents. Rodney raises the problem with Del, who explains he is brokering a deal to get hold of some Russian ex-military Camcorders to make ends meet over Christmas.
Rodney’s marriage is going so well that they have decided to try to have a baby. So much so he’s getting phone calls from Cassie at work, telling him to come home because she’s the right temperature. Raquel leaves Del, staying at Rodney and Cassandra’s place.
Del does what any man would: Organises a date with Beverly, his dentist’s receptionist. He cancels it as soon as he comes to his senses. A changed man, he invites Raquel back. After drunkenly starting a riot on the estate he sells the Russian gear to both the cops and the robbers. All seems calm, but Beverly seems to be stalking Del.
Written By: John Sullivan
Produced By: Gareth Gwenlan