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Only Fools And Horses - The Complete Series 1 1981

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The entire first series of John Sullivan's popular Peckham-based comedy, featuring the market trading exploits of brothers Del and Rodney Trotter. In 'Go West Young Man', Rodney leaves Del and Grandad to make his own way in the world, but how far will he get without his passport? 'Cash and Curry' sees Del attempting to con the proprietor of a curry house and an Indian man who wants to sell a precious artifact, while in 'Big Brother', Del and Rodney go clubbing in the West End in a car borrowed from Boycie. In 'Second Time Around', Del takes up with an old flame who Rodney suspects of being a murderess. 'A Slow Bus to Chingford' sees Del branching out into the tourist trade, with his own guided tour of London's historic sites. In 'The Russians Are Coming', Rodney assembles a nuclear fall-out shelter, while 'Christmas Chickens' (the 1981 Christmas special) sees Del and Rodney go clubbing after Grandad's Christmas dinner proves to be inedible (as usual).

Starring:
Lennard Pearce, Nicholas Lyndhurst
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Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 3 hours 20 minutes
Starring Lennard Pearce, Nicholas Lyndhurst, David Jason
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 20 November 2000
Main languages English

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I had some doubts about purchasing the DVD's because there are so many negative comments about the series being ruined with vast quantities of cuts in the episodes.

Hopefully I can put some potential buyers minds at rest with the following!

Series One is identical to my BBC VHS Release from the 1990's - the only cut being the removal of Pink Floyd to the music in the episode "Cash and Curry" and the theme/titles changed to the well known version from Series 2-7.

I think its fair to say this does not "ruin" the Series :)

The DVD transfer seems ok - the picture quality is not outstanding but I really did not buy it to examine the pixels...
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When Only Fools began in 1981 it wasn't that well received,its a shame as the first series is terrific and sets it on its way to the legendary status it had a few years down the line.

The classic story is of course Derek'Del Boy'Trotter(Sir David Jason)and his dipstick younger brother Rodney(Nicolas Lyndhurst)who live in Peckham,London with their Granddad(Lennard Pierce)and their home is Nelson Mandela House council flats.They struggle to get by every day and Del who is a market trader is always thinking of ways to make a quick quid in his hope of one day becoming 'millionaires' but it normally doesn't end very well.
We see the first entrances of mates like Trigger(Roger Lloyd Pack)and Boycie(John Challis)along with their legendary local pub The Nags Head and many of the funniest moments happen in there.
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Big Brother-'After the brothers have a row after buying some dodgy briefcases Rodders decides to leave for Hong Kong and it would of worked if he hadn't of forgotten his passport'.This is a fabulous start to the show and introduces all three characters very well and even straight away the chemistry is evident.We also see the first scene with dim witted Trigger 'who doesn't carry a gun but looks like a horse'and his moments with Del and Rodney is the best sequence in this episode.Funniest moments include 'wanting their beer in glasses or it dribbles through your fingers' or Granddad playing drafts on a talking chess game or Rodney bringing Granddad back a cheeseburger and he wanted a emperor burger or Del and family treating his mum's pregnancy with Rodney as a ulcer.This episode is such a strong start with so much laughter and chemistry between the three main characters and a great first scene with Trig.5 stars out of 5.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2008
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I very much enjoy watching these earliest episodes of the nation's favourite sitcom, where we were introduced to the irrespirable Del Boy and his gormless younger brother Rodney, as well as their loveable old granddad.

Although the modest ratings that this series achieved upon it's original airing showed no indication of just how huge 'Only Fools' would become, and indeed none of these episodes stand out as any of 'the best', they showcase a sitcom with plenty of potential. The three main actors have brilliant chemistry, almost as if they had been playing these parts together all their lives, and were brilliantly supported by a host of colourful characters, including super brag Boycie, and air head Trigger.

David Jason is a master of his work, and created one of sitcom's best loved characters in Del, a cocky, unlucky in love, fast talking wheeler dealer. Nicholas Lyndhurst had a great teacher in David, and has matured into a fine actor in his own right, although if I'm honest, I still believe his best portrayal has always been Rodney.

This DVD contains all six episodes, plus the Christmas Special which were originally broadcast on BBC One between September-December 1981.

The episodes are:
1. Big Brother
2. Go West Young Man
3. Cash and Curry
4. The Second Time Around
5. A Slow Bus to Chingford
6. The Russians Are Coming
7. Christmas Crackers

'Only Fools' is comedy gold, the brain child of writer John Sullivan, and can be enjoyed by the whole family. They don't make them like this anymore - lovely jubbly.
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This whole series of Only Fools and Horses is an excellent example of British Comedy at its best. Parents out there can let their children watch it without fear of any 'bad' scenes or distasteful language.

The Series 1 was aired on TV long before my sixteen year old son was born and he watches this and the other series constantly. There is continuous laughter coming from his room and it is good to see him and his siblings enjoy something that doesn't contain gratuitous sex and bad language.

I recommend this to everyone both young and old.
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The start of one of the BBC's great comedy success stories. Ironically if this was suggested today it would probably never be commissioned.

The first three episodes are great. "Big Brother" involves one of Del's dodgy dealings (suitcases) going belly-up and manages to introduce the three leads and their little quirks well. Episodes two and three involve a doomed attempt to hit the West end in Boycie's car and a lesson that con-artistry often rebounds on itself. The rest of the series is mostly kind of slow, although the characters make it watchable (all great actors). The most interesting episode is "The Russians are Coming". Not only does this educate through the back door but it manages to be a dark musing on warfare and the possible nature of a post-nuclear apocalypse world without ever losing sight of comedy. Made pre-Falklands when it seemed inconceivable Britain would go to war again, it's also historically intriguing.

This first series is a shaky start, but that's the case with a lot of comedies (see also Red Dwarf and Spitting Image). And I honestly believe even the weaker moments of this still stand up well today, certainly loom over any of the unfunny comedies and celeb vehicles of today with their non-descript characters. No matter how society changes I'm certain the Trotters will live forever.
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