Last Night’s TV – Rock & Chips

by Lynn Connolly

I’m not sure what to think of this new show, which is of course a prequel to the ever-so-famous Fools and Horses; it certainly wasn’t laugh out loud funny, but I’m loathe to knock anything written by John Sullivan, as he’s one of my heroes.

However, whilst there was undoubtedly value in the nostalgia element of seeing Del et al as teenagers, and Nick Lyndhurst playing Rodney’s dad, ‘Freddie The Frog’ Robdal, the jokes were, at best, hackneyed.

But somehow, whilst I’d normally be the first to say that the worth of any comedic pudding is in how well the humour can be swallowed, on this occasion, it felt rather like putting on a pair of comfy – albeit new – slippers.

The attention to detail of the props was without fault though, including a ciggy machine in the hospital. I remember when smokers had a room to smoke in on every ward, so that brought a wry smile to my face. Liberated days indeed.

But again, for every upside there seemed to be a downside, and the on-screen chemistry between Nick as Robdal and Kellie Bright as Joan Trotter – matriarch of the grown up Trotters we know and love – just didn’t work.

In fact, it felt a bit… icky. Something of the roll-your-owns about it was of course simply because Lyndhurst played Rodney, so to see him canoodling with his mum was odd. It’s just nigh on impossible for me to move on past seeing Lyndhurst as anyone other than Rodders.

But back to the plus points, I really enjoyed being reintroduced to Trig, Boycie and of course, Del. It was all a bit Back to the Future, but no less rewarding for that. And there were of course several reference points to which we could relate. It was interesting too to see how the Trotters first arrived at Mandela House.

In fact, all the back-stories were compelling and fun viewing, even if, as I mentioned earlier, the jokes were rather lame and infinitely predictable. But to be honest, if they hadn’t been, I suspect it would’ve lost some of its charm.

What did you think of seeing the Peckham boys in a whole new light?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.