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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 28 September 2001
I have seen every Only Fools and Horses episodes and this is by far one of their very best. Del and Rodney decide to become couriers for Boycie and Abdul's diamond smuggling scheme. So when it turns out 'Chief' Inspector Slater is on to the gang Del and Rodney go by sea, only to have Uncle Albert at the healm. And having the episode on DVD makes it twice as fantastic. With a great episode of Only Fools and Horses and a DVD player you are guaranteed 90 minutes of incredible laughs.
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on 14 March 2007
released in 1985 and also the first of the feature length episodes,to hull and back is the real deal in terms of lovely jubbly brilliance,a real classic that is packed with classic moments and the episode is just so watchable and repeated viewing take nothing away from this 22 year old classic.

The story involves del and rodney and albert heading to amsterdam to obtain diamonds on behalf of boycie and an associate,and the police are aware of something going down so they are on the look out for those involved in the deal so del decides that if airports arent safe then they will sail across with the help of uncle albert.

The show is filled with key moments in only fools folklore such as rodney chasing after del in the three wheel van,denzel losing his mind as he keeps seeing del in places he shouldnt and del and rodney and albert running from the police when it isnt the police,this is a 64 carrot diamond episode in all ways.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 December 2014
'To Hull and Back' was the fourth 'Only Fools and Horses' Christmas special, and one of my all time favourites. Originally broadcast back in 1985, it has one of the best storylines of any episode of 'Only Fools'. The Trotters agree to smuggle diamonds from Amsterdam for Boycie - but Del's old school chum/foe John Slater (beautifully played by the great Jim Broadbent) is onto them, and things don't exactly work out too well for him either.

The majority of 'Only Fools and Horses' is very funny, but this film is a real tonic, and the one I find myself turning to whenever I need a guaranteed laugh. If you have yet to see 'To Hull and Back', don't be a plonker all you're life - buy this DVD!

Like all the official DVD releases of 'Only Fools and Horses' episodes and specials, the disc comes with no special features whatsoever, whilst that's a shame, this is after-all the nation's favourite sitcom, it's the main feature that matters at the end of the day, and was just happy to be able to ditch my over-played VHS tape.
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on 22 August 2013
This is the cherrie on the cake to my Fools and Horses collection.
Now to watch them over and over ...........
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on 21 January 2003
This episode is one of my favourites and that is from someone who is a true fan of the show. The review by Amazon doesn't do it justice, Del would not be amused! The comedy is classic Only Fools and you just get it from start to end, there are no slow parts. The supporting cast as ever is superb, and Uncle Albert comes into his own! Just watching Uncle Albert navigate his way out of Hull's harbour is enough, let alone trying to get it to Holland and back! It doesn't get any better and on DVD we have it for ever more. Enjoy.
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on 13 April 2016
This is one of the best OFH specials. And I'm happy to report this is the version as originally shown on TV, with no audience laughter. There are tiny edits for what I'd guess are music copyright reasons re background songs in the cafe & lorry cab settings but they're in no way detrimental to the viewers' enjoyment. Unlike the butcher-esque cutting of the classic A Royal Flush from 75 to 58 minutes, To Hull & Back is the full 90 minute experience. There are some plot holes but they're easily forgiven because the overall story is so good, funny & engaging. High points include Rodney driving the van over the Humber Bridge & Uncle Albert trying to navigate the North Sea; brilliant!
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on 30 May 2013
As with all Fools and Horses most enjoyable and certainly brightens up all these rainy days. I have the complete set and watch them over and over, always a good laugh.
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on 16 May 2013
Yeah I remember watching this back in 96 , awesome ! The traveling to Amsterdam to bring back some diamonds while DCI Slater is hot on their trail is great fun ! I love the earlier episodes of only fools and horses as it did not feature the later regular UK female cast member , Cassandra and Rachel who are as funny as brain surgery . Don`t get me wrong from 88 to 91 Rachel was a hotie so her personality and lack of humor was not really noticed over her rack and other assets , but after that ...please .A must buy !This DVD !!
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on 19 February 2014
Got this to finish the collection.. got to love only fools and horses great dvd very funny... will watch it over and over
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