Del concocts a plan to get revenge on Brendan O'Shaughnessy for supplying him with apple white paint that was actually battleship grey. Having learnt that the Irishman is painting Denzil's ... See full summary »




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Lennard Pearce ...
Eva Mottley ...
David Jackson ...
Brendan O'Shaughnessy
Anthony Morton ...
Louis Lombardi
Michele Winstanley ...
Karen the Barmaid (as Michèle Winstanley)


Del concocts a plan to get revenge on Brendan O'Shaughnessy for supplying him with apple white paint that was actually battleship grey. Having learnt that the Irishman is painting Denzil's flat for £200, Del begins to lie about Brendan's reputation for drunken debauchery, and persuades Denzil that he and Rodney can do the job for a lot cheaper. Unsure about Del's motives, but keen on the saving, Denzil agrees, despite the suspicion on his wife Corrine, who is wise to Del from the very start. The Trotters' begin the job the next day, but problems arise when Rodney leaves a kettle on the boil and steams the whole apartment. As well as forking out for a new kettle, the Trotter's realise that Corrine's pet canary is dead - seemingly killed by the fumes from the paint. Grandad is despatched to find a replacement canary, and having forked out £45 for a substitute bird, he seems to have found the ideal candidate. It's only when Corrine returns home that their scam is revealed - when she left... Written by Rune Thandy

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22 December 1983 (UK)  »

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David Jason described Kenneth MacDonald, making his first appearance as Mike in this episode as jovial. See more »


When Del and Rodney arrive at Denzil's flat, the clock in the background says 1:30pm. After Del tells Denzil a lie about Brendan's latest job, the clock says 1:45pm and after, it changes back to 1:30pm See more »


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Written by John Sullivan
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Another supreme Only Fools episode.
9 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The third series of Only Fools up to this point was already legendary and after a show highlight with May The Force Be With You we get in my opinion series three's second best episode that introduces Del's school mate Denzil and Nags Head guvnor Mike along with the only seen appearance of Denzil's wife Corrine and has some very funny scenes.

Del,Rodney and Granddad convince old pal Denzil to let them redecorate his flat front room after Del lies about the Irishman who was going to do it by saying he was a drunk who burnt down another place. The job seems to go alright until Rodney leaves the kettle on the gas and Denzil's canary seems to be dead too but is everything as it seems.

A excellent penultimate episode of series three with two of the finest characters in the show introduced and Del Boys lies seeming to backfire along with some top humour.

Funniest moments include Rodney describing how Granddad used to go to work on a horse and then got the sack after wallpapering over a serving hatch,Corrine bringing up the story of how Del mucked up her wedding(how many bride and grooms do you see cutting a jam sponge),Rodney leaving the kettle on the gas which so say leads to the canary dying and then says to Del perhaps Corrine will think it was paint fumes(paint fumes when Corrine comes back in here she'll see her kettle's been nackered,her kitchen's been turned into a Turkish bath and she's got a Kentucky fried canary at the bottom of the cage)and Del describing how the Irishman mucked up his paint(it was meant to be apple white but I got battleship grey).

A classic episode of the best British series ever with real laugh out load moments,two classic characters introduced and the worst do it yourself team you could ask for.

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