Only Fools and Horses....: Season 1, Episode 6

The Russians Are Coming (13 Oct. 1981)

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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 ... 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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The idea for the script was based on a true story which John Sullivan was reading about, which involved a group of people who did as the script suggested: purchased lead and built an air-raid shelter. See more »


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17 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The streak has really started. "The Russians are Coming" is a brilliant, hilarious and ingenious episode. It's also clever, full of brilliant anti- war comments and hilarious one-liners. The story goes: Del Boy finds a make-it-yourself bomb-shelter and they build it on top of the building. The rest of the episode is an amazing batch of one-liners, clever dialog's.

"The Russians are Coming" is one of the greatest episodes ever and it is a proud member of the golden collection of BBC. I have to compliment John Sullivan's brilliant development of writing dialog's and one-liners. The performances of the three leads are brilliant and unforgettable twist at the very end is a clever, well-directed long shot revealing the position of the bomb-shelter.

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