John Sullivan's Rock & Chips Blog
While Rock & Chips was in production, John Sullivan kindly wrote this blog post for us. Here is his introduction to tonight's episode, which sadly only leaves us wanting more...
"A manned-rocket is launched from Cape Canaveral and the iconic prayer of "God speed, John Glenn" rings out from the world’s tv sets as we meet 1962 and join the space-race that in seven years time will lead to the moon-landing. The first outer-space circumnavigation of the earth attracts little interest in the Trotter household; Reg is hung-over whilst his wife, Joan, is still deeply in love with local bad-boy Freddie The Frog Robdal.
Meanwhile, Del-Boy and the hounds are drooling over Lambrettas and Vespas as the Mod generation takes its first tentative steps into the big world. Hollywood films are all the go and optimism is high as Del has come up with "the most original idea for a film ever!"
Surprisingly, someone in the "film-industry" hears of Del’s idea and thinks it’s brilliant; "the film of the year", so things are looking up – in more ways than one.
Joan and Fred (and baby Rodney) make plans to sail away to a new life together at Fred’s place by the sea, but there are a couple of minor obstacle; Joan refuses to leave her teenage son behind until she has seen him settled down with a nice girl who will look after him, and, with Del getting engaged on a weekly basis, she feels confident that one of them will eventually stick, and Fred’s arrest for murder also places something of a dampener over their plans.
True to course, Del meets “the beautiful Barbara”, the daughter of a successful and wealthy local businessman and his future seems set to be with the family firm, but (you knew that was coming), to paraphrase Robert Burns, “the plans of mice and mods oft’ go awry”, and, as is becoming the young man’s habit, he let the opportunity slip through his hands with disastrous consequences for Joan’s dream and “the beautiful Barbara’s” family.
But, in his hour of despair, Del is not to know that literally just round the corner a new and true love awaits him.
February 1962 and a time for decisions : Courage and commitment... or craven cowardice?
Who runs... who stays?
And as they all consider not just their futures but their very next move, John Glenn, albeit unseen, is still whizzing round the earth a few miles above their heads – and The Beatles still haven’t put in an appearance."
Don't miss tonight's episode of Rock & Chips: The Frog and The Pussycat.... 9pm on BBC One.
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