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Five Gold Rings 

Helped by her knitting-obsessed mother-in-law Violet Joan brings up baby Rodney with Reg none the wiser that he is not the father. Del meanwhile is impressing his friends with fake diamond ... See full summary »


Dewi Humphreys


John Sullivan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Freddie Robdal
Kellie Bright ... Joan Trotter
Phil Daniels ... Ted Trotter
Paula Wilcox ... Vi Trotter
Shaun Dingwall ... Reg Trotter
James Buckley ... Del Trotter
Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd ... Boycie
Lewis Osborne Lewis Osborne ... Trigger
Ashley Gerlach Ashley Gerlach ... Denzil
Lee Long Lee Long ... Jumbo Mills
Jonathan Readwin ... Albie Littlewood
Calum MacNab ... Roy Slater
Mel Smith ... DI Thomas
Paul Putner ... Gerald 'Jelly' Kelly
Robert Daws ... Ernie Rayner


Helped by her knitting-obsessed mother-in-law Violet Joan brings up baby Rodney with Reg none the wiser that he is not the father. Del meanwhile is impressing his friends with fake diamond rings with which he hopes to wow the girls,whilst selling imported American records and almost getting nicked by zealous police cadet Slater. Out on bail Freddie approaches Joan who takes his money but initially sends him away. However,when she gets a job as his cleaner he declares his love for her and she is happy to succumb.They see the New Year in together,dancing cheek to cheek whilst the rest of the family are in the pub. He gives her a ring and she lets him hold Rodney. There is no such romance for Del,however,who gets engaged to two girls but is thrown over by both of them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama







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29 December 2010 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Reg Trotter: What's that racket you put on in there now?
Joan Trotter: It's Johnnie Ray.
Reg Trotter: What d'you wanna listen to that poof for?
Joan Trotter: Don't call him a poof! He's deaf in one ear!
Reg Trotter: At least he don't have to listen to it.
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Christmas with the Trotters
14 January 2011 | by studioATSee all my reviews

After the first episode of this Only Fools prequel got mixed reviews it was a shock to see this show return at Christmas. However much like the first episode this one was well made and showed the back story of Del and Rodney in a sort of comedy drama style.

This episode is more fun than the first and there are a few decent laughs to be had as Del proposes multiple times and Phil Daniels younger version of Grandad has some good lines.

This show seems to be based mainly around the love story between Joan and Freddy the frog and Sullivan writes this story to perfection with beautiful moments of comedy and warmth.

People who did not like the first episode will find nothing here to change their minds but for those who did this second episode will be a welcome chance to invite the Trotters back into their lives.

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