Every festive season brings another sackload of Christmas三级成人视频 specials (circling them off in the television guide is still one of the season’s great joys, of course).
But when it comes to comedy, Christmas specials still long to capture the hearts and minds of turkey-stuffed viewers as Only Fools & Horses 三级成人视频did across 18 specials between 1981 and 2003.
Fifteen years later, it’s still the benchmark – the show that will be forever associated with the Christmas special – and its peak in 1996, pulled in a cushty 24 million viewers.
三级成人视频But – from diamond smuggling and doppelgangers to Batman and blown-up coaches – which is the greatest Only Fools & Horses Christmas Special? Here’s the definitive ranking of all 18 shows. Lovely jubbly indeed.
18. If They Could See Us Now (2001)
Which One Is This? The Trotters lose their fortune and end up back in Nelson Mandela House.
You Plonker! Five years after Del and Rodney walked off into the sunset as millionaires, they make an ill-advised comeback with this episode – spoiling their perfect happy ending.
Bonne De Douche! It’s more a series of sketches than an actual story: the Trotters attend the wrong funeral after Uncle Albert dies; Del Boy goes on a game show; Rodney and Cassandra do fantasy role-play as a gladiator and policewoman.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Del Boy – bankrupt and disqualified from running a business – cons eternal dipstick Rodney into taking over Trotters Independent Traders. A flash of the old Del Boy magic.
17. Strangers on the Shore (2002)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 Del Boy and Rodders attend a naval reunion in France on behalf of Albert but accidentally smuggle back a foreigner they call “Gary”.
Chateauneuf Du Pape! This second comeback episode is slightly better. But not by much – and Gary is bordering on racist.
You Plonker!三级成人视频 Del’s teenage son Damien is beyond cringe-worthy. If you ever wondered what a 55-year-old white man thinks gangster rap is, see it here in John Sullivan’s writing.
42-Carat Moment? There are a lot of bearded men in the French town where Albert was stationed during the war. It looks like he was up to more than just being torpedoed.
16. Sleepless In Peckham (2003)
Which One Is This? Del Boy has just a few days to pay off the Inland Revenue or they lose the flat. Meanwhile, Cassandra is ready to give birth and letters from a mystery solicitor pile up.
Bonjour!三级成人视频 This was the Trotters’ final goodbye, and they go out tugging the heartstrings as hard as they can.
He Who Dares! Rodney discovers his real father was in fact “Freddy the Frog”. It’s a twist that pays off, if you can excuse the crafty continuity tinkering.
42-Carat Moment? Albert leaves them £200,000 in his will and Rodney becomes a father – tear-jerking moments, even if you don’t count these comebacks as “proper” Fools & Horses.
15. A Royal Flush (1986)
Which One Is This? Rodney meets “posh sort” Vicky, who turns out to be a Duke’s daughter. But Del’s interfering spoils it for Rodders.
Shut Up You Tart!三级成人视频 This is Del at his absolute worst. Crass and overbearing, he invites himself to the Duke’s stately home and tramples all over Rodney’s love life. It’s painfully uncomfortable.
Bunch Of Wallies!三级成人视频 Production ran out of time to film this in front of an audience – and it was still being edited on Christmas Eve. A shorter version was released in 2004, with added laughter track and edited-down Del Boy.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Del turns up to a clay pigeon shoot with a pump-action shotgun.
14. Miami Twice (1991)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 The brothers go to Florida and the mafia tries to assassinate Del Boy.
Chateauneuf du Pape! This two-parter is the obligatory “characters go on holiday” Christmas special and begins an era of more far-fetched stories.
Lovely Jubbly! There are some great gags. Del reveals that he’s tricked Rodney into going on holiday so he can escape a load of Romanian Riesling he’s bought by mistake.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Del and Rodney see Barry Gibb doing a spot of gardening in Miami, prompting Del to sing “How Deep Is You Love?” at top volume.
13. Christmas Crackers (1981)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 Granddad ruins the turkey and Del and Rodney go clubbing on Christmas night.
Bonne De Douche! John Sullivan said this script was hastily written for the sake of doing a special for the first series. But there’s a nostalgic charm to these very early episodes.
Lovely Jubbly!三级成人视频 The banter between the original trio is pukka, even this early on, before the show had found its rhythm. “Slightly underdone?” says Rodney about Granddad’s cooking. “I reckon the kiss of life would revive that turkey.”
42-Carat Moment? They realise Granddad has cooked the turkey with the giblets-in-plastic still inside.
12. Diamonds Are For Heather (1982)
Which One Is This? Del gets a taste of family life when he meets Heather and her three-year-old son.
Mais Oui!三级成人视频 The greatest myth about Derek Trotter is that he’s a one-note, catchphrase-spouting character. But this melancholy episode reveals an emotional depth.
Bonjour!三级成人视频 Heather leaves after turning down Del’s marriage proposal. Del Boy has always wanted a family but has spent his entire adult life looking after his dipstick brother Rodney.
42-Carat Moment? A heartbroken Del slips some Christmas carolers a fiver to sing his favourite song about a dead dog – Old Shep by Elvis.
11. Rodney Come Home (1990)
Which One Is This? Rodney and Cassandra’s marriage is on the rocks so Rodders is back living with Del Boy.
Au Revoir! Raquel moves into the flat to become a permanent cast member. But she’s in the spare room until Del can pluck up the courage to ask her in his bed.
Bonne De Douche! Not much happens here (it feels like Fools & Horses was booked in for Christmas Day without any solid story ideas). But it says a lot about Del’s – and to some extent, the show’s – archaic attitudes about men and women.
42-Carat Moment: Albert tries to feign shock over Rodney taking another girl to the pictures, but keeps getting it wrong. One of the series’ best jokes, and David Jason almost cracks up.
10. Modern Men (1996)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 Rodney and Cassandra are expecting a baby, and Del – inspired by a book about what it means to be a modern man – announces that he’s having a vasectomy.
You Plonker!A sub-plot about Del Boy wanting to create a turban/crash helmet for motorcycle-riding Sikhs has aged very badly.
A Fait Acopian!三级成人视频 It’s the weakest episode of the original farewell trilogy but delivers Fools & Horses’ most tragic moment when Cassandra miscarries.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Del gives Rodney a man-to-man chat about how he has to be strong and not cry in front of Cassandra – hardly modern men, then – but bursts into tears himself.
9. To Hull And Back (1985)
Which One Is This? The Trotters go to Amsterdam to do a bit of diamond smuggling for Boycie.
You Plonker! Jim Broadbent is fun as recurring villain DCI Slater. A crafty, conniving bent copper, he’s the anti-Del (appropriate as Broadbent was original choice for Del Boy).
Cushty!三级成人视频 It’s feature-length and the first episode filmed without an audience, so feels different – but is still very much classic Fools & Horses.
42-Carat Moment? Trigger on the pull at the very start of the episode. “Alright darling, where you been all my life? I always use that line… I don’t know why, it’s never worked.”
8. Time On Our Hands (1996)
Which One Is This? Raquel’s estranged parents come to dinner, and Del unearths an old watch that might be worth a few quid.
This Time Next Year! The Trotters finally become millionaires. It’s genuinely feel-good plus there’s some enjoyable nostalgic wallowing in the show’s own history.
Bonjour!三级成人视频 Del, Rodney and Albert walk off into the sunset. If only they hadn’t walked back again five years later.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 There’s a touching scene earlier in the show, as Del forces Rodney to face up to losing his baby. “It’s just a dropped stitch in life’s tapestry, that’s what mum used to say,” Del says.
7. The Frog’s Legacy (1987)
Which One Is This? Del learns about Freddy the Frog, a gentleman thief who left their dear old mum £1 million in gold. What a shame nobody knows where it’s hidden.
Lovely Jubbly!三级成人视频 This get-rich-quick tale is perhaps the archetypal Fools & Horses episode, but its real strength is how it adds layers to the show’s mythos – the Trotter family history, background characters and the original idea that Freddy might be Rodders’ real father.
Cushty!三级成人视频 This was also the basis of the surprisingly decent prequel Rock ’n’ Chips.
42-Carat Moment? Albert pretending to have chronic backache, then tap dancing in the market after a blast from Del’s dodgy infrared back massagers.
6. Fatal Extraction (1993)
Which One Is This? Raquel leaves Del and there are riots on the estate.
He Who Dares!三级成人视频 Though relatively late in the series’ run, this is classic, wheeling-dealing stuff from Del Boy. He asks out the first woman he meets after Raquel walks out just to prove he can still pull, starts a riot with his drunken singing, and then sells the rioters some hooky ski gear.
Bonne De Douche! There’s a great Fatal Attraction pastiche when Del thinks his would-be date has started stalking him.
42-Carat Moment? Del Boy is horrified when he comes home to find something boiling on the stove – not a bunny, but Albert’s old pants.
5. Heroes & Villains (1996)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 Del Boy is refused a council grant, but he’s eyeing up first prize at a fancy dress party.
Chateauneuf Du Pape!三级成人视频 It’s been three years since the last episode and the production values have gone up. Someone’s even spent a monkey (or thereabouts) on a futuristic dream sequence.
Lovely Jubbly!三级成人视频 But it still feels like Fools & Horses, something the later comeback episodes failed to do.
42-Carat Moment? Del and Rodney dash through the streets dressed as Batman and Robin, and chase of a gang of muggers. An instantly-classic scene.
4. Thicker Than Water (1983)
Which One Is This? Reg Trotter comes back after abandoning them 18 years earlier – and he has a devious plan to oust Del Boy from the family.
He Who Dares!三级成人视频 It was a risk bringing the Trotters’ father into the show, but it works. Peter Woodthorpe is perfectly cast as Del Boy’s old man.
Cushty! But it’s David Jason who makes this episode. Much more than just a comedy performance, his intensity when he confronts Reg after all these years creates real drama.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 In the final scene, Del Boy tucks a wad of notes into Reg’s pocket before throwing him out for good. A touching character detail.
3. Mother Nature’s Son (1992)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 The Trotters get into the health food boom with the Peckham Spring. Except it’s not from a spring, it’s from the tap in Del Boy’s kitchen.
Bonne De Douche! Following Miami Twice, it’s another silly plot, but an example of how astutely Fools & Horses reacted to what was happening culturally in Britain.
You Plonker! There’s a great scene with Del’s old stock/junk: men’s wigs, Bros LPs, royal wedding plates, Romanian Riesling, and Free Nelson Mandela t-shirts.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Del Boy’s first ever time in an organic health food shop. “It’s nice to know everything on your plate was once under a pile of horse s---”.
2. The Jolly Boys Outing (1989)
Which One Is This? The Nag’s Head lot go on a beano to Margate, but their coach blows up thanks to Del’s faulty car radio.
Lovely Jubbly! This is Fools & Horses at its most fun. It’s big laugh after big laugh, from Rodney and Cassandra hosting a dinner party for her yuppie boss (wannabe yuppie Del v actual yuppie: pure gold) to the jolly boys’ tour of Margate.
Au Revoir! It’s also the episode where Del meets Raquel again, now working as a magician’s assistant in a Margate nightclub. Del punches the magician, naturally.
42-Carat Moment?三级成人视频 Inspired by Del’s machismo, Rodney goes home and punches Cassandra’s boss.
1. Dates (1988)
Which One Is This?三级成人视频 Del Boy meets Raquel – but he’s humiliated when she turns out to be the stripper he booked for Albert’s birthday.
Cushty! Not just the best Christmas special, but the best Fools & Horses episode of all.
You Plonker! 三级成人视频Del meets Raquel through a dating agency. Derek’s specifications – “She’s got to be a bit of a sort” – are hilarious, but there’s an underlying sense that he’s getting older. Pulling birds isn’t as easy as it used to be.
42-Carat Moment? Del misses out on his chance to rekindle his romance with Raquel when he’s unexpectedly arrested over another police/stripper mix up.