Denzil Tulser was a charactor in Only Fools And Horses who first appeared in "Who's A Pretty Boy (22nd December 1983) and was often a foil for Del Boy's get rich quick schemes. Due to his gullible nature, Denzil often found it hard to say no and used to get conned by Del. On occasions, Denzil could be as gullible as Trigger but usually was quite intelligent. Denzil appeared regularly throughout the series and also in The Green, Green Grass (spin off of Only Fools And Horses) and Rock And Chips (Prequel to Only Fools And Horses). Denzil was played by Paul Barber.
Denzil Tulser was born on the 8th August 1945 in Liverpool to a Jamaican family. Denzil was one of 5 children, all boys.
Rock & Chips
In 1960, the family relocated from Liverpool to Peckham, London in 1958 or 1959 when Denzil was 13. Denzil's dad was offered a job on the London docks, leading to Del Boy and Jimbo using this connection to sell goods from the docks out of the back of a van. Denzil spent the last few years of his school years at Dockside Secondary Modern where he became good friends with fellow schoolmates Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, Trigger - aka Colin Ball, Boycie and Roy Slater.
Five Gold Rings
A few weeks following the birth of Del's brother Rodney, Del Boy Trotter and the rest of his gang including Boycie, Trigger, Denzil, Jumbo Mills, and Albie Littlewood have all left school (it's unknown what Denzil atually did following this but he still hung out with the group).
The Frog & The Pussycat
Upon telling his mates his plans to make a film called Dracula on the Moon and become a millionaire, Del Boy is met with ridicule and doubt from his mates including Denzil. On February 1962, Denzil is having a smoke outside Sir Walter Raleigh Tower alongside Del Boy, Boycie, Trigger, Jumbo and Albie. Following Del's break-up with Barbara bird, the gang steal some lambrettas and ride off into the night towards Brighton.
Only Fools & Horses (1983-1996)
A year prior to the series starting, Denzil married his Partner Corrine but Del ruined her wedding reception. He promised to supply all the food and drink but the fridge went on the blink and the goodies went
manky, thus why Denzel and Corrine had to cut a jam sponge.
In late 1983, Del and Rodney visited Denzil. They had planned to paint Denzel's flat. When Del spun him a yarn about being in the painting and decorating business, Denzil asked Del if he could paint this room for him. Del later lost out to Irish man Brendan O'Shaughnesse.
In early 1985, Denzil was made redundant. Del Boy found out, and as he was wanting to raise £2000 to buy some Louvre doors, he persuaded Denzil to hand the money over to him, claiming he would make him rich. Del frogmarched Denzil to the bank and Denzil was crying when he handed the money over. Denzil alerted his 4 brothers. They all went round to Nelson Mandela House. Albert Trotter saw them from the balcony and alerted Del and Rodney. They managed to escape and they fled to the cemetery. Del, Rodney and Albert caught a rare butterfly. Del saw Denzil roller skating through the park and called out to him. He said he has got Denzil's money but Denzil gave him a "high five" and squashed the butterfly.
By 1988, Denzil had set up his own company, Transworld Express. Del Boy insisted he becomes big and brazen, and it is all about image, as Del himself had adopted a yuppie image. One afternoon in The Nags Head, Denzel tells Del and Rodney that he took his wife, Corrine out for the evening to celebrate their anniversary, despite picking up a faulty stock of 50 dolls from a shop in High Wycombe and having to take them back to the factory, intending to take them in Monday. However there was a fire at the factory so Denzil can't take them in, and has to hand in a form to show he returned the dolls. He worries that they will think he has become unreliable or is nicking stuff. Del forges a signature from the factory and buys the dolls off Denzil. Del said they never check these signatures and according to Denzel's bosses, those 50 dolls went up with the rest of them.
In 1989, Denzil and his brother Carl Tulser met a retired jeweller called Arnie. Del Boy had also recently bumped into him. It turned out Arnie was a conman who invented a wholesaler and that wholesaler wanted to pick up the chains just after the customers had bought them off Arnie. Arnie faked a meeting with Stavros and then faked a heart attack and got his 2 sons to, using an old ambulance, pose as paramedics and take Arnie away. As Arnie never told his customers his surname or address, and there was loads of hospitals in London, none of his customers could trace him. Gary and Steven would then pose as a doctor and contact Arnie's customers to say Arnie had passed away but they would not disclose Arnie's widow's address. The truth later emerged when Rodney saw Arnie faking a heart attack. Denzil, Del Boy and the boys all hatched a plan to apprehend Steve and Gary and Arnie.
Del Boy uses Denzil and Trigger to to travel with them in Denzil's lorry to allow them to purchase a large amount of duty-free alcohol which they can sell to Sid at the pub and make some money, and then do more trips. Del tells Denzil and Trigger not to tell Rodney about the scheme.
On the way back to the ferry port at Calais, Del Boy and Rodney visit a duty free warehouse were Rodney notices notices Denzil. Del pretends to be surprised to see Denzil in France at the same time. They then see Trigger, and Rodney realises Del is up to something, who says he's doing a few booze cruises as they need the money. As they load up they all forget they did not put their watch forward an hour to French time and there is only half an hour until the ferry leaves. Del quickly hijacks a forklift truck and he loads the booze onto the back of Denzil's lorry. They then head back to England. That night, Denzel and Trigger are unloading the packets of booze into Del's garage. Up in their flat, Del and Rodney are celebrating their safe return from France. Rodney accidentally mentions Denzil and Del says they bumped into him over there, it was a coincidence. Down on the estate, 12 floors down, Denzil and Trigger find an illegal immigrant in the back of the lorry and inform Del. Him and Rodney go down to see Denzil to discuss what to do with the immigrant. Del suggests they just
let him go or take him to an immigration centre in Croydon, London. They then agree to take him up to the flat. Denzel and Trigger carry on unloading before going home.
In Sleepless in Peckham, Denzil is suspected to have ran away with Marlene since teh pair haven't been seen or heard from in a couple of days. Soon enough, the Trotter Brothers and Trigger find Denzil at a pizzeria and ask him if he made off with Marlene. Denzil says that he has not seen Marlene recently either but has been in hospital getting treatment for haemorrhoids.
The Green Green Grass (2005)
In 2005, Denzil visited Boycie to try and get his cousin Calvin a job at Boycie's Showroom, only to revealed that Calvin was in prison and that The Driscoll Brothers are getting out of prison soon. This revelation caused Boycie to panic as he was responsible for sending them down by testifying. Fearing for his life, Boycie flees Peckham along with Marlene and their son Tyler. Another time, when Marlene was creating a Calendar boys for charity,
Denzel was one of the people to send a photo of himself. When seen by Tyler, he asked why Denzel was wearing a mask, only for Marlene to explain that it's just his face.
Born: 8th August 1945
Full Name: Denzil Tulser
Parents: Clarence Tulser and Mrs Tulser
Siblings: Carl Tulser, 4 others brothers
Spouse: Corrine (??-1988)
Denzil is depicted as an easygoing guy, who's quite calm. He's cool with his friends and go easy with them - however he can be easily tricked with them, particularly with Del Boy (like when he offered to do Denzil's flat). When Del tries to make him a deal, he is persistent not to listen to him, or when Cotton gets back with him, he is willing to listen her and try to have a good relationship.
- Denzil and Boycie are the only characters to appear in all three of the Only Fools shows, that being Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass and the prequel Rock and Chips.
Only Fools And Horses
- As One Door Closes (4th April 1985)
- To Hull And Back - (25th December 1985)
- Danger UXD (15th January 1989)
- Chain Gang (22nd January 1989)
- Little Problems (12th February 1989)
- The Jolly Boys Outing (25th December 1989)
- The Class of 62 - (20th January 1991)
- Miami Twice Part 1 (24th December 1991)
- Miami Twice Part 2 (25th December 1991)
- Fatal Extraction - (25th December 1993)
- Heroes And Villains (25th December 1996)
- Modern Men (27th December 1996)
- Time On Our Hands (29th December 1996)
- If They Could See Us Now (25th December 2001)
- Strangers On The Shore (25th December 2002)
- Sleepless In Peckham (25th December 2003)
The Green Green Grass
Rock And Chips (Only Fools And Horses prequel set in 1960-1962)