One Foot in the Grave

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 7

    Comic Relief Special 2001

    Aired 3/16/01

  • S 6 : Ep 6

    Things Aren't Simple Anymore

    Aired 11/20/00

  • S 6 : Ep 5

    The Dawn of Man

    Aired 11/13/00

  • S 6 : Ep 4

    Threatening Weather

    Aired 11/6/00

  • S 6 : Ep 3

    The Futility of the Fly

    Aired 10/30/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Wilson (III)

    Victor Meldrew

  • Annette Crosbie

    Margaret Meldrew

  • Doreen Mantle

    Jean Warboys

  • Angus Deayton

    Patrick Trench

  • Janine Duvitski

    Pippa Trench

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  • show Description
  • Victor Meldrew, a man who, put simply, is annoyed by every one of life's 'challenges' and when forced to take early retirement, he suddenly has plenty of time on his hands to rage against the petty annoyances of life and the people in it. Victor (Richard Wilson) has more than his fair share of complete and total idiots causing mayhem in his life and they always seem to culminate together to form one huge, disastrous conclusion that inevitably leaves Victor uttering his most famous catchphrase; "I don't believe it!" His long-suffering wife, Margaret (Annette Crosby), tries her best to cope with Victor’s rantings but, at the end of the day, she knows that deep down he has a heart of gold and wouldn’t want to have him any other way. Other regular characters are neighbours, Patrick Trench (Angus Deayton) and his wife Pippa (Janine Duvitski), who always seem to be on the wrong end of a misunderstanding with Victor, 'Family' friend Mrs Warboys (Doreen Mantle), who usually adds to Victor's despair, and Nick Swainey (Owen Brenman), a kind hearted eccentric fellow next door whose bizarre antics are the only thing that makes Victor speechless. • One Foot in the Grave was written and created by David Renwick and was produced and broadcast by the BBC. • The shows theme song was written, composed and sung by ex-python Eric Idle. • The show came 10th in the 'Britain's Best Sitcom' pole in 2004.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Margaret: She's dead! Victor: She can't be dead! She's the bloody health and fitness instructor!

    • Victor: (talking in his sleep) Not with the pastry... Not with the pastry! Margaret: For God's sake, shut up! Victor: (waking up) What's the matter? Margaret: Will you stop going on about that bloody pastry every time you fall asleep? Victor: Pastry? Why on earth would I talk about pastry in my sleep? Margaret: I don't know.

    • Victor: I wish I was dead! Margaret: I wish you were dead. Then we might get some peace.

    • Victor: The first 50 miles on the go all the way - a sense of direction - bowling along. Get past 60 and everything slows down to a sudden crawl and you realise you're not going anywhere any more. All the things you thought you were going to do that never came to anything. You can't turn the clock back. It's one way traffic just gradually grinding to a complete halt.

    • Car Mechanics: (singing on tape to the tune of the hymn 'Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer') There's a bloke we can't stand any longer, Always on the bleedin' moan. Every time we mend his bloody Honda, He starts groaning on the phone. First, we fixed his car's ignition, Checked his brakes and clutch and then, Overhauled his whole transmission. He just brought it back again. Victor Meldrew, Victor Meldrew He can stick it up his bum (up his bum). He can bugger off to kingdom come.

    • Nick Swainey: Wakey, wakey, everyone! It's a beautiful morning! I've just been watching two frogs having sex!

    • Victor: Im sorry what language are you speaking in now, it appears to be bollocks.

    • Patrick: This is the mother of all nightmares you pray will never happen. I'm about to go into the most important business meeting in my career ... wearing Victor Meldrew's underpants.

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    Notes (6)

    • Eric Idle of Monty Python's Flying Circus fame wrote and sang the theme song

    • One scene: This entire episode features only one location - the Meldrew's car. No time shifting occurs either so the whole episode is consistantly in 'real time'.

    • Victor's been rushed to casualty, caught fleas, and started a new job - a typical week in the life of suburbia's one man vigilante. Whatever could happen next? Cue a visit from the infamous Ronnie and Mildred, armed with photographs and a tin of assorted biscuits.

    • Memorable scene: This episode contains one of the most memorable scenes of the show and it involves Victor, a ringing phone and an unpredicted appearance of a certain new character.

    • Complaint: When originally broadcast the BBC received complaints about some scenes of violent acts against elderly people. Subsequent repeats of this episode have had the scenes scaled down so violence is only suggested and not seen.

    • Opening titles: There are no regular opening titles for this episode, instead the captions (including main title) appear over the opening shots of the episode.

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    Trivia (3)

    • This is the first and only episode of the whole series to mention Victor and Margaret's only child; A son named Stuart, who died in infancy for reasons that are not elaborated on.

    • Goof: (Revealing Mistake) When Victor is using the dictaphone he records a message to his brother saying "We thought you'd flushed yourself down the toilet in error". However, when he plays back the message, we hear him say "We thought you'd flushed yourself down the lavatory in error".

    • After Victor inserts the cassette into the car's player, the display shows '1089', indicating that a radio station, and not the cassette, is being played.

    Allusions (4)

    • The Adventure of the Speckled Band was a Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle

    • TV Show: 'Neighbours' When Victor's in hospital visiting a lady who he thinks is Mrs Warboys, he volunteers to switch on the TV so she can watch her favourite programme. The music heard from the TV is instantly recognisable as day time soap opera 'Neighbours' theme tune.

    • The names of the two main characters in the housekeeper's play, based on Victor and Margaret, are Hilton and Ruthie. These are the names of the two main characters in the American show "Cosby", which is a loose adaptation of "One Foot in the Grave".

    • Movie: 'The Sixth Sense' The plot of this episode is a nod to the motion picture 'The Sixth Sense'.

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • A Tv series about a senior citizen and what he gets upto in the life or retirement. He can always find something to complain about and always ends up in some kind of trouble.

    By kingkearney, Apr 06, 2010

  • An absolutely brilliant take on character - each one a real gem.

    By qstevie, Aug 24, 2008

  • A really funny show.

    By CurrieG, Jan 19, 2008

  • I don't believe it!

    By Vertibrains, Nov 28, 2007

  • One Foot in The Grave

    By gdwilliams, Apr 23, 2006

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