Time on our Hands Episode Review
Brief: Rodney is very depressed (So are we for that matter as it’s the last ever Only Fools) but with Raquel’s parents Audrey and James coming round Del has to sort him out then it happens they find this Watch (Victorian egg timer) and there lives change forever.
Duration: 60 minutes
Viewing Figures: 24.3 million
- In Time on our Hands, When Raquel’s dad is pouring coffe over his dinner after Albert mixed the coffee and gravy up, if you look, that is actually gravy he is pouring on his dinner. It looks too thick to be coffee.
- In Time on our Hands, you can see Raquel writing down ingredients seconds later Del comes out saying why are you up at this time at 6.30am then albert wakes up and comes to the table and Cassandra phones asking for Rodney and Rodney walks through the door but how did he get into the flat so early did Raquael unlock the door at 6.30am how did this happen so early in the morning. del got in at 4.30am in the morning he must have only had only two hours in bed.
- In Time on our Hands, I wonder which Beatle Andy thinks is singing “Our House” at the end of “Time On Our Hands”? The song is by Crosby, Stills and Nash.
- In Time On Our Hands, as Del goes back to his flat for one more look around the song our house is being played. On the TV screening it was sung by the Beatels but on the video it is sung by a girl!
- In Time On Our Hands, The reason the video version of “Time on our Hands” features a different rendition of “Our House” at the end of the broadcast is that copyright clearance for home video is extortionately expensive compared to broadcast clearance.Therefore the BBC bought the rights to the song only [rather than the performance of the song] and had it re-recorded.
- In Time On Our Hands, When this episode was first screened, the song our house played as Del goes to take one last look at the club was performed by the Beatles. On the BBC video the song is perforrmed by a female.
- In Time on our Hands, At the scene where Del and Rodney are in the van at the end of the auction you can clearly see a stack of boxes behind them, yet when they start cheering and shaking the van you can clearly see (through the back window) that there is light through the front windscreen.
- In Time on our Hands, When the van brakes down the trotters say it is Peckham when it is in fact Central Bristol.
- In Time on our Hands, About 25 minutes into the episode you can see Del making himself a drink in the flat. First he pours some Tia Maria in a glass and then tops it up with Lucozade! He first tasted this in the episode “To Hull And Back” after Rodney ordered it for him at the bar.
- In Time on our Hands, When Rodney and Del are in the Garage, Rodney mentions the dream he had “a couple of weeks ago”. He also says that Cassy lost the baby “a fortnight ago”. In “Heros & Villains” Rodney has the dream before he even tells everyone that they are expecting a baby, so if what Rodney says is true, technically they would have already lost the baby before he had told anyone about it.
- In Time on our Hands, in the scene where Rodney is looking through the garage Rodney lifts up two of the Russian Video Cameras at the same time – whereas in Fatal Extraction Rodney can barely carry one camera because they were so heavy.
- In Time On Our Hands, in the scene where Del and Rodney are in Sothebys and the auctioneer says the biddng starts at £150,000, Del faints. Listen just before he is about to land, you can here a ping sound maybe from a bell perhaps thats the queue for the speacial effects (the crash noise) but listen again before Rodney faints (that split second.)
- In Time On Our Hands, after the Watch fetches £6.2 Million, Del and Rodney return to the van outside Sotherbys. The scene where they discuss `having worse days` is shot from in front of the windscreen. But it is obviously a STUDIO shot and the Windscreen has been completely REMOVED to avoid glare. A piece of plastic has been attached to the top of the `windscreen` to make it look as if the window wipers have left a mark. As they sit in the van, Rodneys head rubs against it and gives the game away!
- In Time On Our Hands, at the scene before they go to the auction and they are in the pub while Rodney is talking to Del and co behind Rodney is Boycie if you look close above Rodneys Shoulder you can see Boyice shaking his hand while holding his cigar.(last minute nerves before his last ever scene.
- In Time On Our Hands, When they are eating dinner, Del suggests that Raquels dad leaves the car in their garage for safety if he has become attached to the wheels, but in the scene the next morning at the garage, how did they get the car in the garage when the garage is very small and also full of junk?
- In Time On Our Hands, before Del and Rodney get stuck in the lift, they are seen in the garage with Del chucking “the watch” into a pan on a cooker. Note the position of the watch slightly off centre and the winder showing. Later when James spots “the watch” it is centred with no winder showing, yet Del and Rodney hadn’t been there since.
- In Time On Our Hands, during the time Del and Rodney are stuck in the lift, we take a look at Denzil and Mickey taking furniture out of Del and Raquels flat. On the door of there flat the number is clearly 127 yet Uncle Albert reveals in “Hole in One” while in court, that they live at 368 Nelson Mandela House.
- In Time On Our Hands, the greatest connection was revealed. The receipt Rodney finds to legally prove the watches belonged to the Trotters was no doubt amongst the receipts Rodney is leafing through in “Big Brother” scene one.
- In Time On Our Hands, Raquels dad when looking at the watch says that the date on it is ad1779 yet later on say that people have been searching for it for 300 years so really we should not see the watch until 2079! (I think the date is ad 1779 as I am writing this from memory but the error is the same.
- In Time On Our Hands, the garage is far smaller and faces other garages unlike the garage seen in “It’s Only Rock and Roll”, there it has a wall opposite and is much larger.
- In Time On Our Hands, When “Jimbo’s” (Raquel’s father’s) car is first seen outside the garage when he comes to pick it up the morning after the big meal it is a navy blue car, but when we see a mid shot of Del sitting on the bonnet a couple of minutes later as James examines the watch the car he is sitting on is red! (I can’t remember if that’s the right way round, but that’s the mistake anyway.)
- In Time On Our Hands, at the very end of the episode, when Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert are leaving the flat, the BBC sign is in the background. I don’t know if this is a mistake or the Beeb just stamping their mark on the finale!B
- In Time On Our Hands, The Dates are all wrong. They say the watch is over 300 years old, but that does not correspond with the given date, which is 1774.
Time on our Hands Script
Del, Rodney, and Uncle Albert were originally intended to become cartoon characters as they walked into an animated sunset. It was John Sullivan’s opinion that they could no longer be real, and thus end the series. At the last minute it was changed to enable a follow on.
Hertz removal vans for the emptying of the flat.
Time on our Hands Locations
This lock up garage stages the main feature of Del and Rodneys fortune when they discover the lost time piece. Dels garage is actually number 22, Whitemead House, Bedminster, Bristol.