Grandad has suddenly and sadly died, and Del, Rodney and co attend his funeral - also attended by the north London branch of the Trotter family. Once the wake is over at the flat, it seems one member of the extended family has quietly stayed on incognito - their Grandad's brother, the navy veteran Uncle Albert. When it transpires that Albert is now homeless, the Trotter brothers are left in a moral dilemma that tests their resolve with this cunning old salty sea-dog.
Did You Know?
had the idea of writing a funeral episode that dealt with Grandad's death. David Jason
privately felt that couldn't work in a sitcom, but Sullivan went away to write the script. This got Sullivan thinking about creating a long-lost relative who attends Grandad's funeral; Jason was still unconvinced but went along with it. Jason was nervous when he first read the script, because Sullivan had to get it right; the future of Only Fools and Horses....
(1981) depended on it. And Jason still didn't see how Sullivan could pull it off, but he needn't have worried. Sullivan nailed the funeral scene in the script with his adeptness at moving from comedy to drama to pathos. It was dark and sad but shot through with bright shafts of humor, like "Always in our Foughts" or dropping the vicar's hat into Grandad's grave, which made Jason collapse when he read it because it was so Trotters. See more
When Mike comes over to tell Del he is leaving, the shadow of the camera is on the bedroom door and moves backwards into the room See more
[to the gravediggers filling in Grandad's grave
Referenced in Countdown: Episode #73.62
Only Fools And Horses
Written by John Sullivan
Performed by John Sullivan See more