Another successful dodgy deal means Del has over a grand's worth of lead from a disused factory to get rid of. When Rodney points out the three tons of lead are in fact a D.I.Y nuclear ... See full summary »

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Another successful dodgy deal means Del has over a grand's worth of lead from a disused factory to get rid of. When Rodney points out the three tons of lead are in fact a D.I.Y nuclear fall-out shelter, Del refuses to believe him until he reads the accompanying brochure. With the threat of nuclear holocaust preying on Rodney's nerves he asks Del what he'd do if he heard the four minute warning. Without an answer, Del considers putting a survival plan into action that means reaching Grandad's allotment in time to take shelter. It's during a practice run for the Trotter counter-strike survival plan that they get stopped for speeding by the police - they never get to find out whether they'd make it in time. Written by Rune Thandy

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Protect & Survive
29 December 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 provoked outrage in the West, leading many to believe that an all-out nuclear war was on the cards. Both Thatcher and Reagan exploited the fear for their own ends, the latter famously denouncing the U.S.S.R. as the 'evil empire'.

It was in this climate that this wonderful episode of the first season of 'Only Fools & Horses' came to be made. Del has bought a lot of lead, and Rodney finds out it was intended to comprise a home-made nuclear fallout shelter. They decide to build it on Grandad's allotment. There is just one problem - it cannot be reached within the required four minutes.

Having erected it somewhere else ( we do not find out where until the end ), the Trotters prepare to spend a night there...

This provided the first signs of the show turning from just another funny sitcom into something special. Grandad's 'Heroes fit for homes' speech is emotionally affecting, beautifully written by John Sullivan and delivered immaculately by Lennard Pearce.

Funniest moment - Rodney declaring that he would not wear a uniform on principle. "What principle?" asks Del. "In case the Russians tried to shoot at it!", he says.


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