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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware BBC editing, 19 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Series 6 [1989] [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
The BBC released this DVD set as complete series 6. Yet people should be aware the first episode "Yuppie Love" is in fact, cut. The scene where Rodney asks Cassandra for a dance is edited, a shameful act on the part of the BBC yet again.

The episode "In Sickness and Wealth" contains about five minutes extra from the original broadcast version, which was edited at the time because the episode over ran. No extra scene, but some dialogue was edited out. This only makes the decision to cut the Dance scene from Yuppie Love all the more baffling.

Only Fools ran at it's peak for 15 years, successfully integrating new characters such as Uncle Albert, Raquel, and Cassandra along the way. Over time, it's success has amounted to being considered by many the greatest sitcom ever produced, not only for it's comedy, but also the depth of characters and range of emotions it was capable of producing. It was cable of great dialogue, and also visual comedy. Not all comedy can combine those two elements, some only have dialogue and little visual jokes, others the opposite. But Only Fools provided both in abundence.

The character of Del and Rodney's Mother, who we never saw, was neverthe less a central figure to the series. We only get impressions of her, such as Del's romantisied images of a saintly woman, whom the Angels loved too much, and succedded to a higher calling than life in this world. That, compared to Boycie's cynical memories of her "propping up a bar beside two Fella's....This can surreal imagery perhaps be considered a legacy from another comedy great "Steptoe and Son", along side Del's own view of his mission in life to look after his family, feelings of family loyalty, balanced against his own aspirations.

This series charts the meeting, and romance of Rodney and Cassandra, mixed with Del's aspirations of moving into Yuppie circles, as his camel hair coat gives way to Gordon Gekko style braces and trench coat, not forgetting the filofax...It was the first series to run for 50 minutes, from the traditional sitcom 30 minute slot. Such was the quality of the storylines and acting, the transition was seemless, a natural progression. Witness Del's unforgettable leaning on the bar which no longer exists, the exploding dolls, Rodney's winning entry in an under 15 art competition, and his marriage to Cassandra

The BBC has produced some great programmes over the years, it's a shame they always seem to pay little notice to the presentation of it's DVD releases. Far from being the definitive version of the programme, they continue to be released like this disc, video quality, no special features whatsoever, and worst of all, cuts in the episodes. The rating I've given here is a reflection of my feelings about this television gem, not of it's cheapened, undervalued DVD release.
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