The Robin Flies at Dawn

"The Robin Flies at Dawn"
Only Fools and Horses episode
Written by John Sullivan
Produced by Gareth Gwenlan
Production code Special edition
Original air date 1 December 1990
(British troops serving in the 1990-91 Gulf War viewers)
Running time 5 minutes, 10 seconds

"The Robin Flies at Dawn" is a special edition of the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, filmed specifically for the British troops serving in the 1990-91 Gulf War. It has never been broadcast commercially.


Shot in the style of a home movie, the episode sees Del Boy (with a folder marked "Top Secret" under his arm), Rodney and Uncle Albert addressing the troops from a "secret location in Southern England" (shortly revealed by Rodney to be High Wycombe). Their yellow Reliant Regal van has been kitted out with a Union Jack, camouflage and a machine gun and Del suggests that it can be the alliance's secret weapon. Also present are many of the troops' wives, whom Del and Rodney assure the viewers they will take care of. The scene ends with an appreciative message to the troops.

Episode cast

Actor Role
David Jason Del Boy
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Buster Merryfield Uncle Albert
Preceded by
"The Jolly Boys' Outing"
Only Fools and Horses
1 December 1990 (Goodwill message for British troops)
Succeeded by
"Rodney Come Home"
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