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One of the best episodes
on 29 March 2005
This feature length episode of Only Fools and Horses was first broadcast in 1985. It benefits greatly from the increased budget, given to the programme thanks to the then BBC controller, Michael Grade, who realised just how good this series was. When To Hull and Back was shown on Christmas Day that year, it was actually put opposite its ITV rival, Minder. At a time when many people did not have access to a video recorder, it came down to a choice between Del or Arthur, it was Del who won. From this point, Only Fools and Horses occupied the position of the nations favourite comedy for the next 15 years.
The first of the feature length specials, Hull and Back is also the best. Many of the series memorable supporting cast are present, including Trigger, Mike, and with larger roles than usual, Boycie and Denzil. Boycie basically enroles Del, with the help of Rodney and Uncle Albert. to smuggle some diamonds for him from Amsterdam to England, offering to pay him fifteen thousand for his troubles. However ofcourse events do not go to plan, and Del ends up travelling to Hull, following a meeting in the back of Denzils lorry, with Boycie and his associate Abdul. There are some great moments in the episode, Triggers misguided attempt to chat a woman up in the Nags Head, Del hiring a boat to take him to Holland, and then asking a worker on an oil rig for directions. Boycie is also very funny, particularly when he has to lie to some customers in his garage, about why he has just had a phonecall about diamonds from Del, when his naive assistant loudly stated who is on the phone and why. We also see the return of the bent copper Roy Slater, as memorably played by Jim Broadbent, a one time choice for the rolew of Del.
As with all Only Fools dvds, this does however lack extras.