"The Russians Are Coming
" is an episode of the BBC sit-com
, Only Fools and Horses
. It was first screened on 13 October 1981, as the final episode of series 1.
purchases a pile of bricks and discovers several boxes of lead underneath, Rodney discovers (in some old paperwork found with the lead) that the lead is for a do it yourself nuclear fallout shelter
. The episode was first screened whilst the real-life Soviet war in Afghanistan
was ongoing, and Rodney
persuades Del that, with a potential World War III
looming, they should build the shelter rather than sell it. Del agrees to test out the shelter over the weekend.
Several potential locations for the shelter, including Grandad
and Grandad's own idea of a spot in the New Forest
, prove unworkable as the trio are unable to beat the four minute warning
(due to a run-in with the police).
The remainder of the episode is set in the shelter, where the discussion turns to war and the potential aftermath of the impending one. Del suggests that the present generation of British youngsters have been denied their birthright of a war, which sparks a tirade by Grandad, who gives a passionate "war is hell" speech. The episode ends with Del Boy dreaming aloud of what could become of the world in the event of nuclear fallout, while the camera zooms out to reveal the location of the Trotters' fallout shelter; at the top of their tower block, Nelson Mandela House.