Yes Rock and Chips – The Frog and the Pussycat is about to be aired on BBC 1 on Thursday April 28th 9pm.
We rejoin the Trotters from 1961 and through to 1962. Joan is still keeping the Trotter family afloat while holding down two jobs – one at the Ritz cinema and the other as Freddie Robdal’s charlady. But she’s been working for Freddie for six months and still doesn’t know how to turn on his vacuum cleaner – their time is spent in far more romantic pursuits. Back at the Ritz, Joan is plagued by the less welcome attentions of her boss, Raynor. Every day she dreams of a new life with Freddie, but she knows she needs to see Del settled first.
Mel Smith who played DI Thomas in the previous episode of Rock and Chips is still desperate to get an arrest for the Margate jewellery heist and Freddie’s fondness for Joan proves to be his undoing.
After the previous outing in 5 Gold Rings, Del continues to get himself hitched to half of Peckham. He’s particularly keen on the lovely Barbara – whose father has a thriving funeral business and a well-appointed home in Peckham posh-spot, King’s Avenue. Things are going extremely well until Del gets trapped in the kitchen with Barbara’s inebriated mum…
With Del and his mates really looking the part as Mods on scooters, it promises to be another great insight into John Sullivan’s detailed diary of the Trotters. To think this had its foundations right back in the early episodes of Only Fools and Horses. Sullivan admits that he was fully aware that casting the characters of Del and Rodney should clearly show they came from two different fathers. This was well and truly the foundation of what we are now seeing in Rock and Chips. This hour-long comedy drama special once again stars Nicholas Lyndhurst as light-fingered Freddie Robdal, Kellie Bright as ever-hopeful Joan Trotter and James Buckley as the young Del Boy. Phil Daniels returns as Grandad, Shaun Dingwall is back as work-shy Reg Trotter and Robert Daws is Joan Trotter’s sleazy manager, Raynor. Paula Wilcox picks up her knitting needles again as Reg’s mother, Violet.
Date for the diary : Rock and Chips – The Frog and the Pussycat – BBC 1 – Thursday April 28th : 9pm.