Rodney has ran out of yuletide cheer, as the annual routing of the Trotter festivities are wearing thin. Burnt turkey, charred Christmas pudding, the same old things on television, and ... See full summary »

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Rodney has ran out of yuletide cheer, as the annual routing of the Trotter festivities are wearing thin. Burnt turkey, charred Christmas pudding, the same old things on television, and nothing but a book lent to him by Mickey Pierce: 'Body Language: The Lost Art.' When Grandad puts on his glad rags and heads to the OAPs' party at the community centre, the Trotter boys head to The Monte Carlo Club. Rodney puts his new-found knowledge of the unspoken language of love to use, but Del Boy has other ideas. As the brothers argue over who's technique is best, the objects of their affections are whisked away from under their noses. Written by Rune Thandy

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The Production Manager, Jo Austin, was so unfamiliar with Cockney rhyming slang that she thought the actors were misreading the script in rehearsals. See more »

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Written by Johnny Kidd
Performed by Cliff Richard
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Not a cracker
20 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the first 'Only Fools' Christmas special, and one of the few that was actually set during the festive season. It's not however one of the best remembered ones though, and quite rightly.

As other reviewers have stated, it feels like three very long sketches rather than an episode. There are some nice lines and ideas along the way, but the scene between Del and Rodney in the club is overly long, and not that funny.

But the show was still finding its feet during this time, John Sullivan was still learning about the characters and what worked/what didn't. It's a decent enough episode without ever being spectacular, but much like Rodney, we do start to feel a bit bored.


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