A co-production with the BBC, Rock & Chips is a bitter-sweet comedy-drama telling the story of the Trotter family before we first met them in Only Fools and Horses. Beginning in 1960, Kellie Bright plays Joan Trotter – Peckham’s answer to Bridget Bardot. Stuck in a loveless marriage with work-shy Reg (Shaun Dingwall), Joan is holding down two part-time jobs in order to feed her family including her recently moved in father-in-law Ted (Phil Daniels).
Her only escape is the movies, working as an usherette at the Ritz cinema with her best friend, Reenie, where she loses herself in the glamour of the silver screen – and does her best to avoid her manager Mr Raynor’s (Robert Daws) very ‘hands on’ approach to uniform inspections. Before long she finds the excitement and passion she longs for when she meets and falls for ‘gentleman’ villain, Freddy ‘The Frog’ Robdal (Nicholas Lyndhurst), who is back in Peckham after a stay at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
Meanwhile a teenage Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter (James Buckley) and his mates Boycie, Trigger, Denzil, Jumbo and Albie are stepping out onto the pathway of life: birds, dodgy deals and the dream of one day becoming millionaires!