Viewers to get a glimpse of the ‘lost’ episode of Only Fools and Horses

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  • The episode ‘Licensed to Drill’ was filmed in 1984 and has never been aired  
  • Features Lennard Pearce in his final appearance as Grandad before his death 
  • Will air on UKTV’s Gold Channel on Tuesdays at 8pm until 3 October

Viewers are to get a glimpse of a ‘lost’ episode of Only Fools and Horses for the very first time.

The never-before-seen episode filmed in 1984, titled ‘Licensed to Drill’, is said to have been lying on a dusty shelf for years.

It features characters Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad and is especially significant as it was Lennard Pearce’s final appearance as Grandad before his death.

The episode was produced by the Maureen Oilfield Consortium and was exclusively made for British schools to teach them about crude oil and the things that can be mass-produced from it.

The programme, running for 19 minutes and 15 seconds, was shown in various schools but was never broadcast commercially.

In the episode, Del Boy, played by David Jason, thinks he’s on to a winner when he reveals his new get-rich-quick scheme.

He’s bought an oil rig for the bargain price of £400, now all they need to do is extract their ‘own black gold.’

Del says: ‘We just lay low in our boat for a while and we wait for one of the big oil companies to move off the oil field and then we whip in a bit lively and use their hole.’

But unfortunately for the Trotters, they soon become aware there’s not much in the way of oil in Peckham and Del Boy realises he’s been conned.’

It sounds like its going to be yet more excellent viewing from what has to be Britains favourite comedy series.