Only Fools and Horses....: Season 1, Episode 5

A Slow Bus to Chingford (6 Oct. 1981)

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The trouble starts when Del persuades the local bus company to hand over one of their open-top buses in exchange for Rodney working as a Trainee Nocturnal Security Officer - part of their ... See full summary »

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The trouble starts when Del persuades the local bus company to hand over one of their open-top buses in exchange for Rodney working as a Trainee Nocturnal Security Officer - part of their latest company, Trotter Watch. As part of the deal, Rodney has to suffer the nerve-jangling experience of patrolling the bus station on Tyler Street throughout the night. The next part of Del's scheme is the launch of Trotters' Ethnic Tours: a scenic tour around Chingford and Croydon, taking in such ethnic sights as the Lee Valley Viaduct. And despite a great deal of whinging from his family, Del persuades Rodney to drive the bus, whilst Grandad agrees to distribute the publicity leaflets. But when nobody turns up to the launch of Trotters' Ethnic Tours, it is revealed that Grandad shares the legendary Trotter business acumen and has posted the advertising leaflets through the dust chute of Mandela House. Written by Rune Thandy

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According to John Sullivan, he got the idea for the script from his father's favorite pub called "The Duke of Devonshire". The man who ran it was even called "Boycie". The place suffered from terrible business, but the owner explained it was "Ethnic English", thus the idea was implanted in Sullivan's mind. See more »

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Classic Rodney Set Up
15 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite episodes as Delboy first shows us how he is prepared to stitch up Rondey for his own gain.

He cons Rodney into becoming a night watchman at the local bus depot, in return for borrowing a bus for Trotter's Ethnic Tours

Grandad also shows us what he is capable of doing when he gets caught out for not handing out the flyer's to advertise Trotter's Ethnic Tours. This is why Delboy is frustrated when another big plan of his turns to nothing,

This episode in my belief is greatly forgotten about, but to me its a true classic.

The late Leonard Pearce made Grandad the character he was and i cant imagine him being played by anyone else.


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