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'Lost episode' of Only Fools and Horses to be broadcast for the first time

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/09/2017 By Telegraph Reporters
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A lost episode of the classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses will be broadcast for the first time next month, it has been confirmed.

Licensed to Drill has been locked in a vault since 1984, when it was shown in UK schools to educate youngsters about crude oil. Produced by the Maureen Oilfield Consortium, it runs for 19 minutes and marked the final on-screen appearance by actor Lennard Pearce, who played Granddad on the long-running series and died shortly after production was completed.

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The episode sees Del Boy purchase an oil rig in yet another get-rich-quick scheme. But once he attempts to extract oil from beneath Peckham, he discovers that he's been conned.

While the episode has long been available to watch online, it has never before been shown on television.

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Scenes from the episode will be broadcast by UKTV Gold in October to celebrate the channel's 25th birthday. It is currently being preceded by The Story of Only Fools and Horses, a behind-the-scenes series featuring all-new footage of actors David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst working on the comedy nearly three decades ago, along with new cast interviews.

UKTV general manager Steve North revealed that the new footage, which includes bloopers, came courtesy of Only Fools's creator John Sullivan, and said: "I am so excited to be working with the Sullivan family to help celebrate Gold's 25th birthday this year, and really delve into the archives one of the most loved shows on the channel. Gold viewers will get a real treat."

The Story of Only Fools and Horses screens every Tuesday at 8pm on UKTV Gold, with footage from Licensed to Drill appearing in its final episode on October 3rd.

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