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Thicker Than Water 

When Del and Rodney's estranged father shows up on Christmas Day after an eighteen-year absence, the Trotter family is suddenly thrown into turmoil. Worse still, he claims he has an ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Butt

Writer:

John Sullivan
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
David Jason ... Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Rodney Trotter
Lennard Pearce ... Grandad
Peter Woodthorpe ... Reg Trotter
Michele Winstanley Michele Winstanley ... Karen the Barmaid (as Michèle Winstanley)
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When Del and Rodney's estranged father shows up on Christmas Day after an eighteen-year absence, the Trotter family is suddenly thrown into turmoil. Worse still, he claims he has an hereditary disease that could also affect Del and Rodney. However, following blood tests, it comes to light that this might not be the brothers' only problem... Written by stevecann2003

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Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1983 (UK) See more »

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Color | Black and White (television programme showing in apartment)
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Del and Rodney's dialogue about Reg not being sure if Grandad was dead or alive had been cut, possibly due to sentimental reasons, as Lennard Pearce died in 1984 during the filming of the fourth series. See more »

Quotes

Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: Just before Mum fell for you she met this, like, new friend. He was the trumpet player from the Locarno.
Grandad: And a saxophone player.
Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: Yes, alright Grandad, alright.
Rodney Trotter: Are you trying to tell me that my dad... was a band?
Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: No Rodney, no, just the brass section.
Rodney Trotter: No, I don't believe you. No, the way you've always described Mum she'd never do anything like that.
Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: No, she wouldn't normally. This must've been, like, a one-off.
Rodney Trotter: Great. Well I can't wait to fill in my next passport application form. Mother's name...
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Only Fools And Horses
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Written by John Sullivan
Performed by John Sullivan
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Thicker Than Water. 25th December 1983
30 December 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Thicker Than Water. 25th December 1983

The only time we get to meet Reg Trotter, the boys dead beat father who turns up out the blue all dishevelled and bringing bad news instead of Xmas gifts. A superbly written episode, both in comedy terms and how it cements the bond between Del and Rodney. Reg is up to no good but only Del can smell the rat, Grandad and Rodney are prepared to forgive and forget, everyone deserves a second chance don't they? A little cracker of an episode, it's however an episode tinged with sadness as it would be the last appearance of Grandad Trotter played by Lennard Pearce, Pearce would pass away before series four of the show was filmed. 8/10


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