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Second outing for Trotters
on 7 July 2007
In 1981, the first six episodes of Only Fools And Horses were broadcast. The series was not an immediate hit with the viewing public, generating only average ratings, and the BBC could have easily decided not to give The Trotter's a further run. Instead however another series was commissioned and as with near rival Minder, the programme was a slow burner before becaming a huge success with the general public.
For the second series, a new theme tune was adopted for the programme and used for all subsequent episodes, although it is also on the first series DVD replacing the original instrumental theme by Ronnie Hazelhurst. The theme as written and sung by series creator, John Sullivan, was in part says Sullivan, used to explain the origins of the title of the programme, which had confused many viewers.
As well as the central characters Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad, familar regulars Boycie and Trigger also make their second appearances in the series. One of the best episodes in series 2 is an episode, The Losing Streak, in which the characters all gather together to play a game of poker. Card games always seem to work well in comedy ,a memorable early episode of Cheers featured a poker game involving the regulars and confidence trickster Harry The Hat. Here the cheat is Boycie, although Del may have more up his sleeve then he lets on. This episode was actually inspired by John Sullivan's dad who enjoyed gambling sessions.
Also in this series, we see The Trotter's involved in painting a restaurant, and Rodney dating to Del's horror, a Policewoman and then later deciding to take her back to the flat, containing all of Del's dodgy goods. For the first time in the programme, the Trotter's go on holiday visiting Spain. Although the budget restrictions for the early episodes, meant that the episode was not actually filmed there.
Many fans have said that the season finale, Diamonds are for Heather, is amongst the weakest of the series. Although the episode is short on laughs and there is a strange sequence in which Del is seen to romance Heather to the tune of Fat Larry Band's song Zoom, the episode does offer the viewer a chance to see what it would be like if Del did settle down and is in someways a prelude to later episodes when Raquel became Del's girlfriend. The most famous episode here is the classic A Touch of Glass, when the Trotter's become involved in cleaning the chandelers. In many ways the famous sequence in this episode really helped to turn into the success it became.
As with all the Only Fools DVD's, no extras are included. Maybe the BBC will release these again with an added commentary.