Del Boy enters the world of fine art when he attempts to pull the wool over 'posh tart' antique dealer Miranda Davenport. He unsuccessfully tries to tell her a rickety old cabinet is in ... See full summary »

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Del Boy enters the world of fine art when he attempts to pull the wool over 'posh tart' antique dealer Miranda Davenport. He unsuccessfully tries to tell her a rickety old cabinet is in fact a 'Queen Anne' original, but wise to the ruse, she coolly declines. Her attitude towards Del does warm when she responds to an advertisement placed by the Trotters in the local paper. When a painting Del has in stock catches her eye, Miranda soon worms her way into Del's affections and in no time at all, he has given her the painting as a gift. Keen to see her again, Del pays a visit to her shop, and is informed that she's at the local auction house. Arriving at the auction, Miranda seems quite surprised to see him there, but not as half as surprised as Del Boy when Lot 24 is announced. The Lot turns out to be Del's painting - a valuable work by 19th century painter Joshua Blythe that Miranda is hoping to make a huge profit on. It seems like Miranda has stung Del good and proper, but as usual, he ... Written by Rune Thandy

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The idea for the script was based on John Sullivan's mother, who was a cleaner at an art gallery. See more »

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Only Fools And Horses
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Written by John Sullivan
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A solid episode
21 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not ever likely to win in a poll of the best 'Only Fools' episodes ever, this is still a solid enough episode, with a winning performance as ever from Sir David Jason.

After a slow start there is some nice interplay between Del and Rodney in the kitchen, and it's lovely to see some vulnerability from Del as it makes him more three dimensional as a character.

The reveal at the end is good too - it's a joy to see how the writer, John Sullivan, springs it on us.

However the 'Miranda' character is a bit dull and underdeveloped, and that stops the episode in my opinion ever being brilliant. I would have liked to have seen more reaction to her from Rodney and Granddad too.

Not classic 'Fools' but still decent enough.


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