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The Miracle of Peckham
Series 05, Episode 02
The Miracle of Peckham
Air Date September 7, 1986
Written by John Sullivan
Director Mandie Fletcher
Length 30 minutes
Previous episode "From Prussia With Love"
Next episode "The Longest Night"
List of episode

Del witnesses a miracle at his local church, which creates a media frenzy.

Synopsis

While Rodney worries about what a muscular man named Biffo is going to do to him after a drunken Rodney stole his trumpet, which Uncle Albert has subsequently thrown down the rubbish chute, Del Boy goes to church to seek forgiveness for some stolen goods he has recently purchased, though he doesn't say what they were. The parish priest, Father O'Keith, explains to Del how the local hospice is facing closure. Whilst there, the two are witnesses to a miracle: a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the altar appears to be weeping. Del instantly senses an opportunity to make money and save the hospice, and tells Rodney to alert the media. Within days, reporters and cameramen from all over the world are in Peckham to cover the story. Del presents himself as a modern day prophet, predicting when the statue will weep again.

A few weeks later, after several more miracles, enough money is raised to save the local hospice. It then suddenly dawns on Father O' Keith that the miracles always occur when it is raining. Upon inspecting the church's roof, he finds that all of the lead tiles are missing. Only then does it emerge that those lead tiles were the stolen goods Del had come to confess over, but he points out that the money raised from the resulting "miracle" did save the local hospice. Father O' Keith, much to Del's surprise, merely blesses him for doing it.

As they exit the church, Del and Rodney shake hands with the many reporters and cameramen, until Rodney finds out that he's shaking the hand of Biffo, who demands to know where his trumpet is. Rodney tries talking his way out of it, but then runs away with Biffo giving chase. Del senses an opportunity to make some money from this, and offers the nearby reporters and cameramen a chance to film some "genuine inner city violence".

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Other notes

Episode concept

  • The idea for the script goes all the way back five years earlier to "The Second Time Around", where Grandad told Rodney about how Del used to donate to the church roof fund.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • The scene where Rodney sprinkles Del's aftershave over Albert's kipper was done without telling Buster Merryfield. Thus, his reaction to the kipper's aftershave taste was genuine. Reportedly, Merryfield was initially irritated by this.

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