Included here are "From Prussia With Love", in which Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Del (David Jason) take in a heavily pregnant German au pair in distress for the night. Uncle Albert assures them he can talk German and addresses her thus: "Vot izz your name?". "The Miracle of Peckham" is especially well-worked, with a plotline involving missing lead from the church roof and a "weeping statue" which attracts the worlds media. "The Longest Night" sees Del and Rodney held hostage in a supermarket by a gun-toting robber. Never has Del delivered the words "You plonker!" with such feeling as when Rodney makes a grab for the sleeping robbers cigarettes rather than his gun. "Tea for Three" sees Del sabotage Rodneys chances with Triggers niece, Lisa; though it makes no sense here, prepare to guffaw when Trigger says, "My Gran had one with a squeaky wheel". "Video Nasty" sees Mickey Pierce use Rodneys local council community film project as a means of making a cheap soft porn movie, while the concluding, characteristically poignant episode sees Del given the chance of a new life in Australia. With this series, a sitcom that once seemed like a poor Minder imitation came of age.
On the DVD: Only Fools and Horses, Series 5 is presented in 4:3 picture ratio and Dolby Digital stereo. There are no extra features.--David Stubbs
When a German damsel turns up in the Nag's Head she's definitely in distress - and nine months pregnant at that. Rodney's all beer and sympathy but Del's got an idea - could this be the answer to Boycie and Marlene's dreams of a child and a golden opportunity to make a few bob along the way?
THE MIRACLE OF PECKHAM (7th September 1986)
Del Boy gets religion (or is he just on the make ?). The Madonna at the local church is seen to shed tears, but why does she only cry when it's raining and where did all that lead come from that's in Del's garage ?
THE LONGEST NIGHT (14th September 1986)
A burglar makes a daring raid on the local supermarket just a Del and family are out buying their weekly French stick. What's worse - Del sold him a duff watch down the local market...
TEA FOR THREE (21st September 1986)
Look out ! Del's tampered with the sunbed controls and Rodney's seeing red - literally ! His face is done to a turn. He'll hardly wow Trigger's lovely niece, Lisa, with his handsome good looks now which leaves the way pretty clear for Del himself. But revenge should certainly be sweet when he volunteers Del for a spot of hang gliding....
VIDEO NASTY (28th September 1986)
Rodney's been commissioned to make a film, with Mickey Pearce in the casting couch and practising with the camera filming just a few weddings, thanks to Del, 'earn while you learn'. More extra's than Ben Hur, what could go wrong ?
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ? (5th October 1986)
Del Boy gets the chance to become a millionaire and make a fresh start with his old partner Jumbo Mills, down under in Australia, running his used car business. Both having equal shares in the company with 51% each !
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