Only Fools And Horses, Is It Really 20 Years 20 Years Since The End? Part 3

Sleepless In Peckham, 2003

We’ve been marking 20 years since the final instalment of Only Fools And Horses and today in the third and final post we look back at Sleepless In Peckham.

Catching up we thought we’d seen the Trotters for the last time back in 1996.  However demand for a return was so strong that John Sullivan wrote a final trilogy.  By now two of the major cast (Uncle Albert and Mike from The Nagg’s Head) had passed away so the time seemed right to bring things to a close.

The final episodes were screened over three years and in 2003 Sleepless In Peckham brought the Trotter saga to an end (sort of, Del and Rodney popped up for one more sketch for Sport Relief in 2014).


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 pursuit of the Trotters for a very large sum of money.

In the final instalment 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.

Mystery surrounds a missing Marlene,

Rodney tells Cassandra that his real Father was Freddie “The Frog” Robdal a local villain who had an affair with his Mother.

With eviction getting closer an unexpected benefactor might just save the day.



David Jason – Del Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst – Rodney Trotter
Tessa Peake-Jones – Cassandra Turner
Gwyneth Strong – Cassandra Trotter
John Challis – Boycie
Sue Holderness – Marlene
Roger Lloyd Pack – Trigger
Paul Barber – Denzil
Roy Heather – Sid


Channel: BBC1
Written By: John Sullivan
Original Transmission Date: 25th December 2003