Diamonds Are for Heather

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"Diamonds Are for Heather"
Only Fools and Horses episode
Only Fools Diamonds.jpg
Episode no. Episode 2
(Christmas Special)
Directed by Ray Butt
Written by John Sullivan
Produced by Ray Butt
Original air date 30 December 1982
(9.3 million viewers)
Running time 30 minutes
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"Diamonds Are for Heather" is the second Christmas special episode of the BBC sit-com, Only Fools and Horses. It was first broadcast on 30 December 1982, five days after Christmas. In the episode, Del goes out with Heather, a single mother with a son.


On a November evening at the Nag's Head, Del Boy is drowning his sorrows due to his loneliness, and cheers himself up by ordering a mariachi band to sing "Old Shep". He also meets a beautiful woman named Heather, who seems to be one friend short of company. Del entertains her and escorts her home safely.

When he brings her back to her flat, Del discovers that Heather has a son named Darren, aged three and a half, and a husband named Vic, who has not returned since joining a very long queue at the Job Centre 18 months earlier.

Over the next six weeks, Del and Heather's romance blossoms, Del gets along well with Darren, and all is running so smoothly, that, with Christmas imminent, Del decides to propose to Heather, even if it means moving away from Rodney and Grandad.

However, at a candle-lit curry dinner, Heather refuses Del's proposal, because her husband Vic wrote to her one week earlier and is now living in Southampton, working as a department store Father Christmas. He also wants to give his marriage with Heather a second chance by asking her and Darren to move in with him. Heather says she never knew Del felt so strongly for her and sees him like a brother. Heather then says goodbye to Del, who manages to cheer himself up by asking some carol singers to sing "Old Shep".

Episode cast[edit]

Actor Role
David Jason Derek Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney Trotter
Lennard Pearce Grandad Trotter
Rosalind Lloyd Heather
John Moreno Enrico
Roger Brierley Brian
Dev Sagoo Waiter

Episode concept[edit]

  • The idea for the script was to demonstrate Del's love for children, and that he really could be a family man if he put his mind to it.[1]


  • The episode's title is a pun of the James Bond novel and film, Diamonds Are Forever. The first time this happened with the show.



  1. ^ Did You Know?

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