Diamonds Are for Heather

Diamonds Are for Heather
Only Fools and Horses episode
"Diamonds Are for Heather"
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Series Christmas Special
Writer John Sullivan
Director Ray Butt
Producer Ray Butt
Duration 30 minutes
Airdate 30 December, 1982
Audience 9.3 million

"Diamonds Are for Heather" is an episode of the BBC sit-com, Only Fools and Horses. It was the second Christmas special, and was first screened on 30 December, 1982.



At the Nag's Head, Del Boy is drowning his sorrows due to his loneliness, and cheers himself up by ordering a mariachi band to sing "Old Shep". He also meets a beautiful woman named Heather, who seems to be one friend short of company. Del, ever the gentleman, entertains her and escorts her home safely.

When he brings her back to her flat, Del discovers that Heather has a son named Darren, aged 3 and a half, and a husband named Vic, who seems to have joined a very long queue at the Job Centre 18 months earlier and never came back.

Over the next six weeks, Del and Heather's romance blossoms, Del gets along well with Darren, and all is running so smoothly, that Del decides to propose to Heather, even if it means moving away from Rodney and Grandad.

However, at a candle-lit curry dinner, Heather refuses Del's proposal, because her husband Vic wrote to her one week earlier and is now living in Southampton, working as a department store Father Christmas. He also wants to give his marriage with Heather a second chance by asking her and Darren to move in with him. Heather says she never knew Del felt so strongly for her and sees him like a brother. Heather then says goodbye to Del, who manages to cheer himself up by asking some carol singers to sing "Old Shep".

Episode cast

Actor Role
David Jason Del Boy
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Lennard Pearce Grandad
Rosalind Lloyd Heather
John Moreno Enrico
Roger Brierley Brian
Dev Sagoo Waiter

Episode concept

The idea for the script was to demonstrate Del Boy's love for children, and that he really could be a family man if he put his mind to it.[1]


The song that's playing while Del courts Heather and takes her and her son to various London landmarks is "Zoom" by Fat Larry's Band.


  1. ^ Did You Know?

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Preceded by
"Christmas Trees"
Only Fools and Horses
30 December, 1982
Succeeded by

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