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Rock & Chips 

Tells the story of Del Boy's youth, growing up in Peckham in the 1960's.

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John Sullivan
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Freddie Robdal 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Kellie Bright ...  Joan Trotter 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Phil Daniels ...  Ted Trotter 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Shaun Dingwall ...  Reg Trotter 3 episodes, 2010-2011
James Buckley ...  Del Trotter 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd ...  Boycie 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Lewis Osborne Lewis Osborne ...  Trigger 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Ashley Gerlach Ashley Gerlach ...  Denzil 3 episodes, 2010-2011
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Jonathan Readwin ...  Albie Littlewood 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Paul Putner ...  Gerald 'Jelly' Kelly / ... 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Robert Daws ...  Ernie Rayner 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Emma Cooke ...  Reenie Turpin 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Billy Seymour ...  Raymond 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Bobby Bragg Bobby Bragg ...  Don 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Alison Pargeter ...  Val 3 episodes, 2010-2011
Paula Wilcox ...  Vi Trotter 2 episodes, 2010-2011
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Joan Hodges ...  Gwen 2 episodes, 2010-2011
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ...  Alberto / ... 2 episodes, 2010-2011
Dave Lamb Dave Lamb ...  Sergeant Foster 2 episodes, 2010-2011
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Storyline

Take a trip back in time and pay a visit to the ever popular Trotter family, circa 1960. Del Boy's mother Joan is less than happy with work dodger husband Reg. Her head is instantly turned following the return of jailbird and gentleman thief, Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal. Written by Christopher Downie

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Chips See more »

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Trivia

Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney Trotter in the original series Only Fools and Horses (1981) plays Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal in this series, who was Rodney's biological father. See more »

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On the tube ride from Borough station, the underground train is a Mark 1 or Mark 2 train stock. Mark 1 were built in 1967 and introduced in 1969 for the Victoria Line, and the Mark 2 (built in 1972/1973) were introduced in 1973 and 1975. These trains would not have been around in 1960. Borough is on the Northern Line which used a mixture of 1938 and 1959 stock until 1975 and 1998 respectively. See more »

Quotes

[a Hood throws a paper aeroplane at Freddie and Jelly]
Young Hood: Sorry.
[Hood changes the song on the Jukebox]
Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal: Put Johnnie Ray on.
Young Hood: What?
Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal: Put Johnnie Ray on.
Young Hood: Johnnie Ray?
Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal: Yeah, put Johnnie Ray on.
Young Hood: Why?
Gerald 'Jelly' Kelly: 'Cuz he said.
[...]
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Featured in The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan (2011) See more »

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I Want To Walk You Home
Written by Fats Domino and David Bartholomew
Performed by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
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Trotting on
27 November 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As a fan of the television series Only Fools and Horses I was well aware that write John Sullivan had at times retcon the Trotter family history here and there when the comedy series was running.

When the prequel Rock & Chips was made I felt the reconning went to overtime and by this period I felt Mr Sullivan who was soon to pass away had lost his comedy mojo.

The pilot episode started brightly enough and with high viewing figures with a mixture of music, nostalgia and comedy-drama.

We are transported to the Peckham of the 1960s when Del boy was younger, cocky but a little bit green.

It is more about Joan Trotter much mentioned in the original series living a downtrodden life with a no good husband, Reg. A character who only once appeared in OFAH as their long lost dad. A younger version of Granddad is also there showing traits we saw in the original comedy show.

Joan is a cinema usher with a pervy boss and meets the charming ex- con Freddie Robdal played by Nicholas Lyndhurst who charms her takes her away from her humdrum life.

Lyndhurst is having a ball plying the charming but also ruthless Freddie the Frog. You simply forget Rodney the Plonker. However he was a minor character in the OFAH canon who is playing a bigger role in events and the surrounding characters. I always assumed he was someone Joan had a fling with, around for a short time and disappeared. He may or may not had been Rodney's dad. A mute point now given that Lyndhurst plays Friddie.

The show was not too funny because it was more of a drama which left young Del Boy out in the cold and his friends such as Boycie were too minor as characters. For OFAH geeks like me Joan was painted very much as an angel here as in the original show, although she was spoken in the past tense as she died when Rodney was an infant, she was supposedly a bit of a floozy.

By the time the third episode came around the viewers lost interest in the show. The main reason was because the show was disjointed and lacked focus. We expected a comedy about the misadventures of young Del boy and we did not get it.


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