Michael "Mike" Fisher was a fictional character in the BBC sit-com Only Fools and Horses. He was publican of the Nag's Head and appeared in the show from 1983 to 1996. Mike was portrayed by the late Kenneth MacDonald.
Mike first appeared in Only Fools and Horses in the episode, Who's a Pretty Boy?, in which Del ingratiated himself with the new landlord by agreeing to a deal which would see Mike accept Del's £2000 offer to re-decorate the pub, leaving them with £500 apiece and using the remaining £1000 to pay Brendan O' Shaugnassy. With many scenes in subsequent episodes set in the Nag's Head, Mike became a regular character.
Good-natured but often gullible, Mike was often on the receiving end of Del's scams or attempts to sell his low-quality goods. He rarely managed to get to Del to pay off his bar tab or even to pay for his drinks as he ordered them (instead putting them on the 'slate'. He later comments that it's gotten so far out of hand he could retile the roof with them). Among the goods he bought from Del were a hairdryer which was actually a paint stripper (leaving Mike with severe burns to the head), a deep fryer (which soon exploded) and a fax machine which didn't work. On the other hand, he was quite happy to con people out of their money when he could, evidenced by one occasion where he charged Denzil a pound for a plate of stew, then sold exactly the same thing to a yuppie, only this time calling it "Boeuf Bourguignon" and charging £2.50.
When Kenneth MacDonald died in 2001, writer John Sullivan added a storyline to new episode If They Could See Us Now, which explained that Mike had been caught up in Del and Rodney's shady financial dealings and attempted to embezzle the brewery in order to cover his losses, for which he was imprisoned. Cafe owner Sid took over Mike's position of landlord.
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