See also The Driscoll Brothers.
Danny Driscoll was born in about 1942. His father was a labourer at a mansion house. The family was very poor. Danny had a brother Tony Driscoll. After their dad killed himself in prison, Danny and Tony vowed no one would ever dump on them and they would never ever be poor. They spent time in a young offenders home. When they left, Danny and Tony went into a life of crime and soon gained a reputation. They knew of Freddie "The Frog" - Freddie Robdal. When Freddie died in 1963 after sitting on a detonator, Danny and Tony knew he had hidden some gold bullion.
By the 1980s, the Driscoll Brothers were the crime lords of Peckham and no one messed with them. They even backed Boycie in his pirate video schemes. In 1986, Rodney Trotter and Mickey Pearce were given a council grant to make a local film. But Mickey wanted to make a dirty movie. Derek "Del Boy" Trotter was worried that this would muscle in on the Driscoll Brothers backing Boycie, and as the Driscolls had not yet heard of Rodney, Del flushed the film down the toilet.
In 1987, Del was given the confirmation about Freddie Robdal and the gold going missing in 1963 and never being found.
Danny and Tony Driscoll followed a strict code when they beat up people who crossed them. They did not touch the face at all but knocked the hell out of the body, a way to avoid problems with the police if ever found out.
Little Problems (1989)
In 1989, Mickey and Jevon started trading and got a few hundred mobile phones off Danny and Tony Driscoll. Del Boy, not knowing who supplied the phones, took 100 off Mickey and Jevon to help them out. The phones were not Mickey and Jevon's they were on sale and return. When the Driscolls found out, they gave Mickey and Jevon a beating, leaving Jevon with a sprained neck and Mickey a broken arm. They had to tell Danny and Tony that Del had taken 100 of the phones. They were looking for Del. Mickey and Jevon told Del.
A short time later, Danny and Tony turned up in The Nags Head. Trigger had raised the alarm when he saw their Mercedes in the car park so Del, Mickey, Jevon and even Trigger all hid upstairs. The Driscolls decided to check the pub themselves. They went upstairs into the function room when Del and the gang were hiding behind the stage curtain. Danny thought no one was behind the curtain so decided to check the bogs. But a phone aerial went up Del's nose and the Driscolls returned. They told Mickey, Jevon and Trigger to clear off.
Danny said that Del owes them £2000.
The Green Green Grass (2005-2009)
In 2005 the Driscoll Brothers were after Boycie's blood de to Boycie trying to get them put away. This alarmed Boycie so he decided to up sticks and leave London for good and move 150 miles west to Shropshire. They moved overnight, a moonlight flit.
The Driscolls found that that Boycie was going to meet two men in Switzerland to carry out a deal which could earn Boycie millions (unaware to Boycie at the time they were intending to con him). Boycie was unable to fly out to Switzerland after being snowed in, and later discovered on the festive special of Crimewatch that the people he was dealing with were con artists. He was then shocked to discover on television that the Driscolls had followed the con artists to Switzerland hoping to finally get a hold of Boycie, only to get arrested along with the conmen. Boycie was thankful to be snowed in, realising that this had spared his life. But unfortunately the Driscolls weren't held for long, and they returned to Peckham, awaiting another opportunity to discover Boycie's whereabouts.
When Marlene's sister Pertunia Lane returned to London after divorcing from another marriage, the Driscolls began to befriend her. A year following Boycie and Marlene going into hiding, Marlene phoned her sister and arranged for her to meet them in Shropshire, believing that the heat surely would have died down at this point. She was wrong as the brothers followed Pertunia to Shropshire and infiltrated the farm with their goons, where they tied up Boycie's staff in the barn (as well as his pet dog). Boycie stumbled upon them, and was led back to the house by the brothers. The brothers had the rest of the staff untied and apologised for the way they behaved. Rather than doing Boycie in, they got him to do a favour for them which involved burying something on his land - although what that is exactly is not disclosed to the audience. Boycie agrees, and the mysterious item is buried. The brothers stay the night in the spare room (and share a bed with Pertunia) before then leaving in the morning to return to Peckham.
Searching through his loft Boycie discovers an ancient scroll giving the recipe for Ye Potato Cyder and a Royal charter giving him the rights to produce and sell it. This leads him to set up his own distillery on the farm and to buy up all the potatoes in the area. He attracts a lot of attention, though unfortunately this includes the attention of the Driscoll brothers who return to reclaim what was buried on Boycie's land and to burst his bubble. Due to being on the run as there is a turf war in Penckham, they decide to finally retire, although they find the cash they stashed is out of date and worthless in Spain. They discover that Boycie was behind the potato cider that caused the turf war in the first place, and claim the business for themselves in exchange for not kneecapping Boycie and his associates at the farm, which they agree to.
Despite this outcome, the Driscoll Brothers didn't return to Peckham, and presumably went and started a new life elsewhere. They were still presumed dead back in Peckham, and Boycie and his family returned there, much to the relief of their friends.
Born: Danny about 1942, Tony about 1945
Parents: Bill Driscoll and Mrs Driscoll
Occupation: Gangsters, career criminals
- In a 1983 episode, May The Force Be With You, corrupt Detective Inspector Roy Slater wants to force Del Boy to reveal
the name of the mush who nicked the microwave, as Del had supposedly recieved the stolen microwave. Del applies for immunity from prosecution. Slater says Del will be one of his grasses, and if Del ever stepped out of line with Slater then Slater would tell the criminal underworld that Del is an informer, thus have Del killed. No doubt this criminal underworld involved The Driscoll Brothers and maybe Eugene McCarthy.
- The show's writer John Sullivan loosely based the Driscolls on the real life Richardson gang of South London.
- John Sullivan also used a similar joke to the different-looking Del and
Rodney being brothers, the Driscoll brothers also differ in height, but by a good 18 inches (460 mm), though in their case the taller brother has the brains. This is a small hint that while they have the same mother, the Driscoll Brothers may have different biological fathers, like Del and Rodney.
Only Fools And Horses
The Green Green Grass