Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
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It's Only Rock and Roll 

Rodney has joined a new band, and Del immediately capitalises on this by booking them into The Shamrock Club to play for the St Patrick's night festivities. Taking his place as the band's ... See full summary »


Susan Belbin


John Sullivan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Jason ... Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Rodney Trotter
Buster Merryfield ... Uncle Albert Trotter
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ... Policeman
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Mental Mickey Maguire
Marcus Francis Marcus Francis ... Charlie
David Thewlis ... Stew
Mike Read Mike Read ... Mike Read


Rodney has joined a new band, and Del immediately capitalises on this by booking them into The Shamrock Club to play for the St Patrick's night festivities. Taking his place as the band's manager, Del winces his way through their rehearsals, and when the Shamrock gig results in a fight, the band are forced to leg it, leaving the instruments behind them. When Rodney finds out the musical equipment has vanished, he contacts the police and helps them with their enquiries. When tell sees Rodney with the constable, he quickly distracts the officer and pulls Rodney aside. It turns out that Del had the instruments on sale or return, and he'd taken them back because their band was so bad. Rodney's dreams of showbiz fame have been shattered, but he goes ballistic when he sees his group performing their old hit single on Top of the Pops and realises that without Del's interference he might have made it to number one. Written by Rune Thandy

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14 March 1985 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Near the end of the 'It's Only rock and Roll' Rodney is talking to a policeman about the supposed theft of the band equipment. In their garage they have a skeleton and bear very similar (possibly the same) as the ones found in Steptoe and Son (1962). See more »


Shortly before seeing A Bunch of Wallies on Top of the Pops, Del tells Monkey Harris that he's had the Kandy Dolls for a week. On the day Del bought the dolls, Rodney was still in the band, and another member said later he reckoned his friend's cousin could get them a recording contract. So, in the tight space of one week, A Bunch of Wallies have played the Shamrock Club, fired Rodney, hired a new drummer, bought some instruments of their own, signed a contract, recorded their song "Boys will be Boys", released it as a single, entered the charts, and appeared on Top of the Pops. See more »


Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: [after Rodney gets kicked out of A Bunch of Wallies] You didn't honestly believe all that rubbish, did you? That you and them wallies were destined for the Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall! The only hall you were destined for was Sod All.
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Features Top of the Pops (1964) See more »


Hooky Street
Written by John Sullivan
Performed by John Sullivan
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One of the best
29 October 2007 | by ereinionSee all my reviews

This is one of the best Only Fools and Horses episodes. Del tries to take advantage of Rodney's music interest when he finds out that the Shamrock pub is without a band on St.Patrick's Day. So he persuades his band, led by the "charismatic" frontman psycho called Mental Mickey, to play in a really hilarious scene. The gig goes awry and a rumble breaks out. After the game is over, Del tells poor Rodney the truth-he and his band are awful and will never make it, so he has to give up his dreams of becoming a rock star. Unfortunately Del turns out to be wrong as Rodney's band progress without him and score a hit! Rodney has to watch them play Top of the Pops.:P It really is a superb episode and features the then-uknown David Thewlis as one of Rodney's bandmates. Also the actor playing Mental Mickey does a good job. The show however is stolen by David Jason's Delboy as usual. He is simply awesome here.

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