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It Never Rains...
Series 02, Episode 06
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Air Date November 25, 1982
Written by John Sullivan
Director Ray Butt
Length 30 minutes
Previous episode "The Yellow Peril"
Next episode "A Touch of Glass"
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The Trotters go on a holiday to Spain, but something is not right with Grandad...

Synopsis

It has been endlessly raining for four days in Peckham, and the Trotters haven't been able to flog any of their sun-hats.

At The Nag's Head, Del Boy bumps into his friend Alex, a down-on-his-luck travel agent. They have a chat about how they can boost their businesses, and Del suggests that Alex offer an 80% discount on a holiday to the next customer, who just happens to be Del.

Back at the flat, Del tells Rodney and Grandad that they're going to Benidorm, Spain. Rodney is worried that Grandad will cramp their style, but Del just tells him to shrug it off.

When they get to Benidorm, Del and Rodney score themselves a couple of girls, but when they go back to their hotel room, they find Grandad asleep with his false teeth by his bedside and so the night ends there.

A few days later, on the beach, Rodney and Del wonder about why Grandad has been acting very strangely since they landed. Del tries chatting up a "French" woman but loses out to a burly Englishman. Meanwhile, Rodney discovers that Grandad's been arrested and after telling Del, the Trotter Brothers search for Grandad.

At the police station, Grandad tells his grandsons why he's been arrested: it was way back in 1936, the Trotters were very poor, so Grandad and his friend Nobby Clarke hitchiked all the way to Southampton, got a boat to Tangier, and became gun-runners, until they were captured, and Nobby was tortured, before the pair got home to Peckham. That's the reason why Grandad thinks the Spanish authorities arrested him. After hearing the story, Del bribes the guard into letting Grandad go, but it soon turns out that Grandad was only arrested for jaywalking and was free to go with no charge anyway, leaving Del out of pocket.

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Other notes

Story arc

  • Grandad mentions that the Trotters have never been good sailors, setting the scene for Uncle Albert's escapades.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • This episode was originally going to be filmed in Spain, but the BBC had to settle for an extremely cold Bournemouth due to the budget running out.
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