One Foot in the Grave

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One Foot in the Grave

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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.

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  • 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.moreless

    8.0
    A TV series classic about a senior citizen and what he gets upto in the life of retirement. Victor Meldrew is his name and he always finds himself in some kind of trouble. After being forced into early retirement Victor has to try and keep himself occupied, he quickly gets bored with what ever he does and is never happy with the world around him.



    A barrel of laughs throughout the series which includes 7 Christmas specials and 2 Comic Relief specials.



    They truly dont make them like this any more.



    "I Don't Believe..... It"

    (One of Victor Meldrew's quotes that is known the world over)moreless
  • An absolutely brilliant take on character - each one a real gem.

    10
    I watched this series when it first came out, but have just bought and watched the entire DVD collection. I'd forgotten how good it is. Richard Wilson is perfectly cast as the outwardly grumpy Victor, but he's just trying to get on with life after retirement and being faced with the world that doesn't understand him, just as much as he doesn't understand the world!



    What makes this series and all the episodes in it is the way that it combines obvious comedy that any sitcom needs, with total surrealism (OK, it may be not the right definition of that word), but most people don't find themselves buried in the garden with a flowerpot on their head, or receiving hundreds of prosthetic devices through their letterbox thanks to an ill-judged comment whilst the phone was connected.



    That's what really makes it. If it were just about a grumpy older man and his wife, with him just moaning about everything and her being the put-upon one, it would be boring. Thanks to some terrific writing and the acting of all those concerned, it's truly a classic. The situations are comic (something that lots of sitcoms get wrong, just going for jokes instead). I defy anyone to watch these and not laugh - probably out loud.



    The only criticism I have is that the credits say 'starring Richard Wilson...with Annette Crosbie.' To my mind Annette Crosbie is absolutely vital and her performance outstanding. She is the queen of the comedic line met suddenly by pathos. The very last episode is truly moving and funny at the same time. Both of the Meldrews are stars to me.



    Anyway, to anyone not familiar with the series, rush out and buy it. To anyone who is, bask in its bizarreness and enjoy it again.moreless
  • A really funny show.

    8.8
    One foot in the grave is a really funny tv show. Its about a man and his wife in their sixties, Victor and Margaret which things happen to them all the time like victor getting into fights and alot of other witty stuff. Victor and Margarets neighbours Partrick and Pipa think what a strange man victor is. My favourite episode of one foot in the grave is when victor and Margaret are waiting to talk to a solicitor in the waiting room. Victors fidderling around and breaking things and hes really annoyed having to wait so long. If you have never watched one foot in the grave I would recommend it.





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  • I don't believe it!

    9.0
    This was a very funny sitcom, and didn't lose its edge or amusement factor over the years that it originally aired. Some of the plots were outlandishly unlikely, and involved just the sort of 'one time in a million' pieces of bad luck that only Victor Meldrew could find himself immersed in.

    Despite centering around the life and trials of a retired grumpy and cantankerous so-and-so, the episodes always had many 'laugh out loud' moments, and this is testament to the fantastic cast involved in the show - all of them. Great actors! Great writers!

    Although it was sad to see it end, it's always nice when a show finishes at its height, rather than running perpetually and getting stale.

    Look out for re-runs. Definitely worth watching.moreless
  • One Foot in The Grave

    10
    This is a great comedy classic from the BBC. It is about a middle aged man called Victor Meldrew who constantly moans at things which is funny especially when he says "I don't believe it" that line is a classic. Its a shame that it ended with Victor getting killed of but it went off with a bang.
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