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We should have listened to eco champion Rodney Trotter (and the real experts)

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Nicholas Lyndhurst's character Rodney Trotter (pictured with David Jason who played Del-Boy) was an eco-champion in Only Fools and Horses

Nicholas Lyndhurst's character Rodney Trotter (pictured with David Jason who played Del-Boy) was an eco-champion in Only Fools and Horses

Nicholas Lyndhurst's character Rodney Trotter (pictured with David Jason who played Del-Boy) was an eco-champion in Only Fools and Horses

This weekend we’ll be thinking about the environmentalists. Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and Rodney Trotter. Lanky youthful Rodney gave a voice to green issues in the 1980s when few others took it under their notice. It was all thanks to John Sullivan who wrote Only Fools and Horses. He allowed Rodney to be an eco-champion. Sullivan may have been inspired by the writers of The Good Life but his gags were better and the environmental discussion between the younger Trotter brother and the gormless Trigger delivered some classic lines.

They were chatting about the danger to the planet from fossil fuels when Trigger claimed he didn’t use any. “I don’t have none of them in my house, I use gas and oil,” said Trigger.


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