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Yesterday Never Comes
Series 03, Episode 04
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Air Date December 1, 1983
Written by John Sullivan
Director Ray Butt
Length 30 minutes
Previous episode "Friday the 14th"
Next episode "May The Force Be With You"
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Del goes out with an antiques dealer, who secretly wants to pilfer a painting off of him.


Del Boy enters the world of fine art when he falls for a "posh tart" antique dealer named Miranda Davenport. He tries to sell her a very old cabinet which is described as a "Queen Anne" original, but the word "Fyffes" can be clearly seen, and it has woodworm.

But she finds out about a painting - a valuable work by 19th century painter Joshua Blythe - that Del has on the wall in the lounge, but apparently doesn't realize the true value of. Miranda soon worms her way into his affections and gets the painting as a birthday gift.

Thinking that he's in love, Del heads to Miranda's shop, and is informed that she's gone to the local auction house.

Del arrives at the auction house, only to find out that Miranda had pretended to like him in order to get the painting to put up for auction and make a good profit and has registered the painting in her name as well as had her parents state that it has been in her family for generations. Del's reaction to this is relief, and tells Miranda that he's been trying to get rid of it for years. It emerges that he knew full well who painted the picture and that it was worth thousands of pounds. Miranda enquires how he would know, and Del tells her that his grandmother worked as a cleaning lady to an art dealer and stole the painting. As the painting is bought, Del gets the last laugh, wishes Miranda luck, and leaves her to her fate as two men begin to inspect the painting's legitimacy.

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Episode concept

  • The idea for the script was based on John Sullivan's friend's mother, who was a charlady at an art gallery.

Continuity Errors

  • This episode shows the lifts in Nelson Mandela House to have green, centre-open doors with a big grey frame around the outside. However, in Time on Our Hands, the lifts are now spaced further apart and have silver, single doors. In If They could See Us Now, there is only one lift shown, however this could be explained by the fact that many UK blocks of flats from the 60s had lifts that only served every other floor above ground, with one serving the odd-numbered floors and one serving the even-numbered floors. This could also explain why two lifts are seen in Time on Our Hands as both lifts would serve the Ground Floor. However in Yesterday Never Comes