About the Series
Genre: UK Sitcom
First Transmission: 1990-2000
One Foot in the Grave is a British sitcom written by David Renwick.
Set in a typical suburb in southern England, Victor takes involuntary early retirement and is stuck at home with his long-suffering wife, Margaret. His efforts to keep himself busy, while encountering various misfortunes and misunderstandings are the themes visited in the sitcom. For a sitcom, the show deals with elements of black humour and visits some very dark places.
The programme came 80th in the British Film Institute’s 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.
Richard Wilson: Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie: Margaret Meldrew
Doreen mantle: Mrs Warboys
Angus Deayton: Patrick Trench
Janine Duvitski: Pippa Trench
Owen Brenman: Mr Swainey
Best Episode [ S4 Ep3 ]
Hearts of Darkness – The Meldrews, Mrs Warboys and Mr Swainey take a trip to the countryside and find themselves where they end up stranded in a river playing Trivial Pursuit. Victor and Mrs. Warboys later end up with their feet in a concrete block. While searching for help, Victor stumbles across an old-people’s home where the residents are being abused by the staff, and hatches a plan to liberate them.
14 February 1993
Imdb Score [9.0]
Worst Episode [ S1 Ep1 ]
Alive and Buried – After 26 years in his job as a security guard, Victor Meldrew is replaced by an electronic box and a recorded message. Contemplating his future at home, sixty-year-old Victor gets a visit from Nick Swainey from the Outward Bound Scheme for the elderly. Victor also has a job interview.
4 January 1990
Imdb Score – [7.6]
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
Alive And Buried (1990) –
Sixty-year-old Victor Meldrew copes with life after retiring from his job as a security guard.
The Big Sleep (1990) –
A young female window cleaner wrongly accuses Victor of flashing and then the day becomes full of death.
The Valley Of Fear (1990) –
Victor is mugged and graffiti sprayed on his house, so he convenes a Neighbourhood Watch meeting.
I’ll Retire To Bedlam (1990) –
Victor is trapped in his shed for three hours thanks to a swarm of bees.
The Eternal Quadrangle (1990) –
Victor takes up painting nudes, but Margaret thinks that he is having an affair.
The Return Of The Speckled Band (1990) –
The Meldrew’s go to the airport for their Athen’s holiday, but Victor unwittingly has a python in his suitcase.
In Luton Airport, No-One Can Hear You Scream (1990) –
The Meldrews return from their holiday to find that their luggage has been lost and then are shocked to see that their house has been demolished.
We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb (1990) –
Victor accidentally manages to burn his goddaughter’s tortoise.
Dramatic Fever (1990) –
Victor writes a script for a new sitcom, but nobody else finds it funny. Also, Margaret joins an amateur dramatics society.
Who Will Buy? (1990) –
Victor and Margaret get worried when an unknown couple named Patrick and Pippa seemingly come to their new house.
Love And Death (1990) –
The Meldrews go on holiday staying with old friends Vince and April. Coincidences lead each person to think the others have been unfaithful.
Timeless Time (1990) –
Neither Victor nor Margaret can sleep, so they open last year’s Christmas presents from Ronnie and Mildred.
Who’s Listening? (1990) –
Victor is mistakenly sent 263 garden gnomes.
The Man In The Long Black Coat (1991) –
Victor’s feud with Patrick continues and discovers that the manure he bought is radioactive.
Monday Morning Will Be Fine (1992) –
The Meldrews head to the local pub after their TV set is stolen.
Dreamland (1992) –
Mrs Warboys recounts the recurring murderous dream had by Margaret.
The Broken Reflection (1992) –
Victor’s brother comes to stay from New Zealand and the Meldrews look after Patrick and Pippa’s house while they are away.
The Beast In The Cage (1992) –
Margaret, Victor and Mrs Warboys get stuck in the Bank Holiday traffic.
Beware The Trickster On The Roof (1992) –
The Meldrews receive a bad luck scorpion paperweight from Mr Swainey.
The Worst Horror Of All (1992) –
The Meldrews attend the filming of a TV sitcom and Victor starts his new job as a hotel doorman.
The Pit & The Pendulum (1993) –
Victor believes that Patrick’s cherry tree is the cause of his garden being dry, so he hires a hairy gardener to cultivate the stray roots.
Descent Into The Maelstrom (1993) –
Margaret collapses from nervous exhaustion but goes back to work after a few days under Victor’s care.
Hearts Of Darkness (1993) –
The Meldrews, Mrs Warboys and Mr Swainey take a trip into the countryside, where they end up stranded in a river playing Trivial Pursuit. The rest of the day descends even further into the mire.
Warm Champagne (1993) –
Margaret is so annoyed by Victor’s constant grumbling that she considers having an affair.
The Trial (1993) –
Victor spends a whole day home alone while waiting in for a jury service call.
Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers (1993) –
The Meldrews have Patrick and Pippa round for tea, but Patrick has a hideous sense of foreboding.
One Foot In The Algarve (1993) –
The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys embark upon a nightmarish holiday to Portugal.
The Man Who Blew Away (1994) –
The Meldrews get a surprise visit from Mr Foskett, a man they stayed with in the same guest house 17 years ago.
Only A Story (1995) –
Mrs Warboys and her budgie stay with the Meldrews because her flat is flooded.
The Affair Of The Hollow Lady (1995) –
A local greengrocer takes a fancy to Victor and attempts to lure him to her house when he misses a football match.
Rearranging The Dust (1995) –
In their solicitor’s waiting room, Victor and Margaret muse about life and reminisce about the past.
Hole In The Sky (1995) –
Pippa and Margaret send Victor and Patrick to an Armenian restaurant to try to sort things out;
The Exterminating Angel (1995) –
Victor takes a new job as a chauffeur, only to decimate his employer’s beloved fleet of expensive cars.
The Wisdom Of The Witch (1995) –
A witch predicts an untimely end for Victor and Patrick and Pippa prepare to move far away from the Meldrews.
Starbound (1996) –
The Meldrews find a drug-dealer living in their shed.
Endgame (1997) –
The Meldrews meet their pleasant new neighbours and Victor buys a haunted caravan.
The Executioner’s Song (2000) –
Victor has a new job as a window cleaner and a visit to a Chinese restaurant results in him accidentally visiting a brothel and in Pippa having an affair.
Tales Of Terror (2000) –
Victor is annoyed at the bad job builders have made of his new crazy paving and he also has a health scare.
The Futility Of The Fly (2000) –
A large plastic fly is delivered and Victor hires an attractive young cleaner.
Threatening Weather (2000) –
After a power-cut on the hottest day of the year, the Meldrews play host to an incontinent visitor.
The Dawn Of Man (2000) –
A visit from Patrick’s gay twin brother leaves Pippa mentally and physically exhausted.
Things Aren’t Simple Anymore (2000) –
Margeret finds it hard to cope after the death of Victor, but then comes face to face with his killer.