This series started in Septemeber 1981, and a legend was born. Seven series later and a few Christmas specials, and it had the reputation as being one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. Following the dodgy dealings of Derek 'Del' Trotter and his younger brother, Rodney, they were orignally joined by Grandad and after his death, Uncle Albert. David Jason starred as Del, with Nicholas Lyndhurt playing Rodney. Leonard Pearce took the role of Grandad until his death at the end of series three. From then on, Buster Merryfield played Uncle Albert. Others in the sereis were Roger Lloyd Pack as Trigger, John Challis as Boycie, Kieth MacDonald as Mike the barman, and latterly, Gwyneth Strong as Cassandra, and Tessa Peake-Jones as Raquel. I am taking the opportunity to start from scratch with this page as the BBC have decided to release DVDs of each series in order or broadcast (apart from the special). To date this takes them up to a total of 5 DVDs, but the quality is great, each has a specially designed menu system, and they fit in a fraction of the shelf space that the videos did (I know, I gave all the vids to my brother!).
Series One. The videos of this series were released some years ago on individual tapes,a nd then re-issued as a double video, but now they are available on DVD, take up far less room on the shelf, and also have a snazzy menu system heading things up. All seven episodes from the first series are here, and at £19.99, the DVD is much better value than the single videos ever were!!! Anyone would think I was on commision here!
Title Big Brother Del is confident that he is on to a winner with Trigger's consignment of vinyl briefcases. How can his brother Rodney even think of abandoning the high flying world of trading for a real job? Go West, Young Man Rodney's depressed. His mate Mickey Pearce has moved in on his bird - Monica of the fat thighs - and life isn't exactly a socail whirl. Del has the solution - they'll all be millionaires in a year - cue his smooth friend Boyce and very dodgy deal. Cash and Curry Del's swooping in on adeal of a liffetime - it could keep them in pilau rice forever. All he has to do is get hold of a poxy statue...trouble is, he hasn't reckoned ona touch of gang warfare. Second Time Around Del's rekindled passion for an old flame Pauline and it looks like wedding bells are in the air again. Rodney's not so thrilled after what happened to her first two husbands. Slow Bus to Chingford Del has a dream. The Trotter corporate skyscraper, rising majestically against the Peckham skyline. It's time for the latest moneymaking scam - Trotters Ethnic Tours. The Russians are Coming The threat of nuclear war looms over Peckham, What will become of the Nag's Head of the Russians attack? One thing's guaranteed, the Trotters will be sitting pretty in their DIY shelter. Christmas Crackers It's anthracite roast potatoes and green stuff all round - Grandad's cooking dinner! Trouble is, Rodney's in danger of dying of boredom. then the glittering attractions of the Monte Carlo Club beckon...
Series Two. Collecting just couldn't be easier with these DVD releases, with a whole series to a DVD, and a quarter of the space taken up that the same videos would occupy, is there any reason why you shouldn't go out an buy these? This one is even greater value as there are 8 episode crammed onto the one disc, and all for £19.99!
Title Long Legs
Of the Law
Streuth! rodders' besmirching the good reputation of the Trotter family bu dating a policewoman. Ashes to Ashes Del's busy selling Trig's gran's genuine antique urns. Trouble is, one of them is Trig's grandad's last resting place. A Losing Streak Del and Boyce are set to play the biggest poker game Peckhams; ever seen...but what exactly has Boyce got up his sleeve? No Greater Love Rodney's got himself a bird at last! Unfortunately she's no spring chicken , and her jailbird husband is about to be released... The Yellow Peril Del's got a job painting a Chinese Restaurant - but is he wise to get some help from Rodney 'Leonardo' Trotter? It Never Rains The Trotter Family hoiliday is underway when Grandad runs into a bit of trouble with the Spanish police. A Touch of
Del introduces the Dresden-collecting aristocracy to some North-Korean porcelain and his chandelier-cleaning service. Diamonds are For Heather It's Christmas in Peckham and Del's fallen hook line and sinker for the lovely Heather...
Series Three. This is the next instalment in Trotter family life. Another 8 episodes on this great value DVD priced £19.99.
Title Homesick Lugging the shopping up those 12 flights of staris is proving too much for Grandad, so the doctor recommends a new council bungalow for the Trotter dynasty. Over to Rodney, the new chairman of the housing committee.. Healthy Competition Rodney's decided to go it alone and leave Peckham's own multinational conglomerate - Trotter's Independent Trading. by the end of the week he's already cornered the market in used lawn mower engines and with Mickey Pearces as his financical director, the sky's the limit.. Friday the 14th DEl, Rodney and Grandad are Cornwall-bound to Boyce's cottage and a spot of salmon poaching. Should be a doddle of a weekend's jolly, if you leave out the bit about the madaxe-salmon-fishermans-killer who's just escaped from the local institute, that is... Yesterday Never Comes Del's into art dealing in a big way, especially when it involves a 'posh tart' like the glamorous Miranda. Has she really been wooed by his sunsets of are her motives rather more mercenary? May the Force Be With You A ripple of panic runs through the Nag's head. Del's old school enemy Slater is back in town, hell bent on revenge and brandishing his police badge. Wanted Watch Out! Peckham Pouncer's about! Alias Rodney Trotter..? Surely there must be some mistake? Try telling that to Rodders, London's most wanted criminal. Who's a Pretty Boy? Move over Leonardo! The Trotter decorating business is ont he roll again. This time they are just doing a favour for Denzil. their instructions are simple enough: don't eat the fruit or turn on the TV and stay out of the kitchen... so what's happened to Busby the canary? Thicker Than
'Tis certainly the season to be jolly and it's Grand Marnier and grapefruit all round when Del and Rodney's dad comes back to the fold after 18years. Until he begins to cast doubt on Del's filial integrity, that is...
Series Four. Another slice of Trotter life with the entire fourth series, 7 episodes in all.
Title Happy Returns Rodney is in love with Debbie from the newsagents. Trouble is, she's only 19 and 19 1/2 years ago, Del was pretty friendly with her mum, June. Strained Relations Grandad's funeral brings relations from as far away as North London, including Uncle Albert with his unusual talent and questionable tales. Hole in One Rodney's none-too-shrewd investment in suntan oil during the worst winter in two millions years demands emergency measures. It's Only Rock and Roll Instead of the Abert 'all, Rodney's pop group were heading for 'sod all' until Del discovered their commercial potential. As usual, it doesn't quite work out as they'd like. Sleeping Dog's Lie Del is on to a great new money-making scheme - looking after Boycoes and Marlene's new puppy Duke. It should be a doddle, until Duke falls victim to salmonella poisoning. Watching The Girls go By Rodders is desperate to find a woman for a party at the Nag's Head. He's got a bet on with Mickey and Del's gonna make sure he wins. As One Door Closes when the bottom falls out of louvre doors, times get hard for the Trotters. But nature will find a way as Del and Rodders go butterfly collecting.
The Jolly Boy's Outing This is the unforgettable feature length Christmas cracker, first shown in 1989, and is available for first time on DVD. The tearaway Trotters and gang go on their annual beano to Margate, the traditional jolly boys outing, and experience a lot more than chips, cockles, and lobster vindaloo! Enter the magician, the Great Raymondo and his lovely assistant Raquel... Priced £17.99, this DVD has a running time of 80 minutes. The Frog's Legacy The Trotters discover their mum's old departed pal 'Freddie the Frog' may have left behind a hoard of discovered gold bullion. Could Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert be on the verge of becoming millionaires? The 1987 feature length Christmas special makes its long awaited appearance on DVD. Priced at £17.99, this is only a 60 minute special, so not quite such good value as the others in the DVD series, but the story is a cracker and is well worth paying a little over the odds for! To Hull & Back It sounded pretty Cushty. Fifteen grand to collect some diamonds from amsterdam for Boycie and Adbul - with just a few snags. There's some dodgy geezer called Van Cleef at the Dutch end, Chief Inspector Slater and his boys in blue back home, and a small matter of a bloody great custons hall in the middle. So when Del and Rodders accidentally end up in Hull, a brilliant idae enters the Trotter mind - why not sial across themselves? After all, Amsterdam "ain't all that far - int he right direction." Surely with an old sea dog like Uncle Albert at the helm, it'll be plain sailing? It might not be far but with a terminally seasick youth, an entrepreneur who hasn't had a wash for three days and a sea dog who's sunk in every vessel he's ever sailed in, they might as well be sailing round the Cape. Will they ever get home? And ebe if they do, can ther trust Boycie and Abdul or avoid the dogged Chief Inspector Slater? First broadcast on Christmas Day in 1985 and attracted 17 million viewers. Priced £15.99, this is available for the first time on DVD. Dates It's been a good month for Trotter's Independent Trading Company with the unprecedented demand for ladies razors meaning Del and Rodney can escape the daily struggle for a while and enjoy life's rewards. Their attention turns to romance as Rodney scores a date with Nervous Neris and an afteroon cruise in the three-wheeler proves memorable for all the wrong reasons. Del joins a new computer dating agency - Derek Duvale, a suave, sophisticated tycoon whose ambition is to meet a girl who is refined enough to tell the difference between a bottle of Liebfraumilch and a bottle of Tizer - and is excited about meeting Raquel, who's 'not a bird, she's an actress' and sets out to impress her by taking her to lunch at the Hilton. Things turn more serious and it looks as if everything will turn out 'luvvly jubbly'... that is until Uncle Albert's birthday knees-up celebration is called to a halt by a couple in naval uniform... This edition was first broadcast on BBC1 Christmas day, 1988. Priced £15.99, this DVD runs to 80 minutes.