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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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2011   2010  

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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
Lee Long Lee Long ...  Jumbo Mills 3 episodes, 2010-2011
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
Calum MacNab ...  Roy Slater 2 episodes, 2010
Mel Smith ...  DI Thomas 2 episodes, 2010-2011
Tom Brooke ...  DC Stanton 2 episodes, 2010-2011
Katie Griffiths ...  Glenda 2 episodes, 2010
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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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

One of Mel Smith's final acting roles before his death on July 19th 2013 at the age of 60. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Features Come Dance with Me! (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Walk You Home
Written by Fats Domino and David Bartholomew
Performed by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
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An enjoyable effort but with some errors!
28 January 2010 | by fexilSee all my reviews

As others say this was an enjoyable prequel to Only Fools with a good amount of early stuff mentioned in OFAH explained. It was well cast throughout and the period detail was a good attempt! The "errors" included the tone of 1960 being very rose-tinted. Denzil for a start had a 70s afro & his manner in 1960 would have been much less loud due to how life was & the limited views of the day. The other black guy however, looking very like Muddy Waters the blues legend, was spot on.

The incessant music & record references were a bit OTT, ooh we got the original record! You could see they had no-centre ex-jukebox records & reproduction London sleeves! The music chosen was certainly the pick of the era all USA artists even though many happily listened to UK pop like Max Bygraves & other MOR artists.

The purple pill popping was wrongly called "drugs" which is not even how we spoke of such in the 80s. Slater dancing stoned saying he was like a "rock star" was foolish, such a term not used until well into the 70s.

The "intense" cinema manager was a bit out of place perhaps, it appeared to be an attempt to appeal to today's TV crowd, although it ended up hilarious & the final joke subtle enough to only be understood by those old enough, which is a nice bit of writing. The Coffee joke was nice too in typical OFAH style.

Kellie Bright & James Buckley were perfect castings. Nicholas Lyndhurst was the obvious choice for Freddy, but he wasn't consistent & ended up more like Gary from 'Goodnight Sweetheart' simply as NL is known as a nice guy.

The title itself 'Rock & Chips' was a bit feeble after the working title & only a mention of it eating such on the bus.

Overall certainly the best show of the year so far & not to continue with it would be a shame, although having covered all the story we knew about having watched OFAH anything further would need some strong writing to keep the quality. One of those shows guaranteed to please those familiar with OFAH & being over 30 but it may just confuse those younger without the show knowledge.


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Release Date:

24 January 2010 (UK) See more »

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