Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
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Time on Our Hands 

Things aren't too good at Nelson Mandela house. Raquel's parents are due to visit for dinner and will be meeting Del for the first time, causing her to panic. Dinner is ultimately ruined ... See full summary »


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John Sullivan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Rodney Trotter
Buster Merryfield ... Uncle Albert Trotter
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Raquel Turner
Gwyneth Strong ... Cassandra Trotter
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Trigger
Kenneth MacDonald ... Mike Fisher (as Kenneth Macdonald)
John Challis ... Boycie
Sue Holderness Sue Holderness ... Marlene
Paul Barber ... Denzil
Patrick Murray ... Mickey Pearce
Michael Jayston ... James Turner
Ann Lynn ... Audrey Turner
Seymour Matthews Seymour Matthews ... Auctioneer
Jamie Smith Jamie Smith ... Damien Trotter


Things aren't too good at Nelson Mandela house. Raquel's parents are due to visit for dinner and will be meeting Del for the first time, causing her to panic. Dinner is ultimately ruined after Albert unfortunately mixes up the gravy and coffee jars. Meanwhile, Rodney appears to be struggling to come to terms with Cassandra's miscarriage, causing Del to take extreme steps to get him talking about it. Things begin to look up however, in the shape of an antique watch. Is Del's vision of becoming millionaire finally going to come to pass? Written by Iantjambo

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With the end of the studio recording, the cast got a standing ovation longer than any David Jason had heard; it just went on and on and on. Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield and all the "fantastic cast" were joined by John Sullivan and they had a group hug on the set, all of them in tears. See more »


When Del and Rodney leave Sothebys, the weather is clear and the street bone dry. However, a moment later when they celebrate their success, it is pouring with rain and the street is soaking wet. See more »


Del Boy: Trotters Independent Traders has ceased trading. Bonjour!
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Alternate Versions

On the VHS and DVD releases, the song "Our House" was not sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Due to contractual reasons, it was sung by Helen Reddy. The lyrics were also modified. Instead of the word "cats", it was "dogs" in the subsequent version. See more »


Featured in The Comedy Christmas (2007) See more »


Under the Moon of Love
Written by Tommy Boyce and Curtis Lee
Performed by Showaddywaddy
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That's Not Coffee! Smell it - It's Bloody Gravy!
2 August 2020 | by LunerarSee all my reviews

Classic stuff and probably should have been the final episode of the series (not that I was complaining when they announced a new episode would be coming in 2001). The Trotters finally get their break.

But this is contrasted with darker themes including Del trying to force Rodney to open up about his recent tragedy. It wants to wrap everything up and feels like it really was planned to be the finale, which is should perhaps have been, but there were still good moments to come.

Del and then Rodney both fainting at the auction are ingrained into my brain probably for life.

'Not only have you managed to sink every aircraft carrier and battleship you've ever sailed on but now you've gone and knackered the gravy boat!!'

Classic stuff again and probably well worth a watch for non fans as well.

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29 December 1996 (UK) See more »

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