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    • Dreamland
      Dreamland
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      2/9/92
      9.4
      Margaret suffers from nightmares in which she seems to have killed her husband. Meanwhile, Victor argues with a shoe mender, tries to keep his neighbour out of the garden, buys the shoes of dead man and is painfully reminded of an earlier incident with a chimpanzee. And then Margaret disappears ...moreless
    • The Seceret of Seven Sorcerers
      The Seceret of Seven Sorcerers
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      3/7/93
      9.4
      Victor gets a new job as a school crossing guard and learns that the previous guard met a horrible end. Meanwhile, someone keeps making hoax calls to the fire brigade, causing them to show up wherever Victor goes. Later, Victor holds a meeting of his magician's club which results in one member being left locked inside an old trunk in the living room...just as Patrick and Pippa are coming over for dinner with the Meldrews.moreless
    • The Trial
      The Trial
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      2/28/93
      9.4
      Victor is stuck at home waiting for a phone call about Jury duty. He must put up with boredom of not being able to go out, annoyance at having Mrs Warboys phone and tell him about her holiday, and horror at finding a wig in the middle of his loaf of bread.moreless
    • Who's Listening?
      Who's Listening?
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      12/27/90
      9.4

      Christmas 1990 has some surprises in store for the Meldrews. There's an unexpected delivery of 263 garden gnomes, a vicar who has lost his faith and a charity dinner that turns into a hostage situation. Luckily, there's still time for a real Christmas miracle.

    • The Pit and the Pendulum
      The Pit and the Pendulum
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      1/31/93
      9.1
      Victor's having his back garden dug up, but the man hired to do the job is more interested in flirting with Pippa next door. Patrick has a new pet dog, which wanders into the Meldrew's gaden and picks up a crab from a bag of seaweed. Unfortunately for Patrick, the dog decides to bring him this while he is sleeping in the garden.moreless
    • Only a Story
      Only a Story
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      1/1/95
      9.1
      As her flat has been damaged by floodwater, Mrs Warboys spends some time with the Meldrews as their house guest. She accidentally sabotages Victor's redecorating efforts and her pet bird causes further mayhem. Yet it's Margaret who gets upset while Victor stays unusually calm.
    • Things Aren't Simple Anymore
      Things Aren't Simple Anymore
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      11/20/00
      9.0
      Victor decides to attend a school reunion. After no-one shows up at the reunion Victor rings Margaret to pick him up. As Victor patiently waits for Margaret to pick him up, a car's headlights can be seen heading straight towards him, the driver clearly speeding and driving eratically. We see Victor's cap falling slowly into a puddle followed by his lifeless arm.

      Weeks later, Margaret is again talking to Glynis. While getting Glynis some paracetamol for a headache she discovers that it was Glynis that was driving the car that hit Victor - did she overdose Glynis' drink? We were left to wonder...moreless
    • The Futility of the Fly
      The Futility of the Fly
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      10/30/00
      8.9
      The Meldrews' new housekeeper writes a play about the many strange things that go on in the Meldrew household, but her colleagues find it way too unbelievable. Who would believe that Victor accidentally sat on Mrs Warboys in the bath on the same night that a deep-fried finger found its way into her fish and chips? Who would believe that Victor could take Mrs Warboys to a tattoo artist, believing he was taking her to the dentist? Naturally no one would also believe Victor would be writing love letters to Mrs Warboys either. However, anything can and does happen at the Meldrew home.moreless
    • Hearts of Darkness
      Hearts of Darkness
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      2/14/93
      8.8
      Victor, Margaret, Jean and Mr Swaney decide to go for a drive in the country, but they soon find themselves lost. While looking for help, Victor stumbles on what turns out to be an old people's home where he observes the elderly residents are being mistreated by the staff. Can Victor liberate his fellow pensioners and turn the tables on their would-be captors?moreless
    • Who Will Buy?
      Who Will Buy?
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/25/90
      8.7
      While Pippa believes that Victor may have murdered an elderly blind man, Victor uses a benefit concert to re-introduce his ventriloquist act.
    • The Wisdom of the Witch
      The Wisdom of the Witch
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      12/25/95
      8.6
      Patrick and Pippa are finally moving and they can't get away soon enough. Unfortunately, Patrick's new secretary has told her psychopathic boyfriend that she's been sleeping with Patrick. Meanwhile, Margaret's Cousin Ursula has died and the Meldrews must now go and clean out her house. A witch has predicted that Victor will die soon, but that won't stop him from doing what has to be done. After he quits his new dead end job as a human scarecrow, he heads to Ursula's, hoping he won't encounter the dreaded Edwin while he's there. When he arrives in the midst of a terrible snowstorm, he finds that Patrick has been mistakenly locked in the trunk of the car, and now the two of them must spend the night together in Ursula's house. If that isn't bad enough, a killer boyfriend is lurking in the night and Edwin is loose in the house. Maybe the witch's prediction will come true after all...moreless
    • Comic Relief Special 2001
      Comic Relief Special 2001
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      3/16/01
      8.5
      Short post-finale outing for the Meldrews in aid of Comic Relief.

      Margaret is visiting a relative in hospital. Victor is his usual self; complaining about everything, and Margaret is her usual self; pretending not to hear him... or is she?
    • I'll Retire to Bedlam
      I'll Retire to Bedlam
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      1/25/90
      8.4
      After being stuck in the shed for over three hours, then forced to spend an entire day with his eyes closed after a visit to the optemetrist, Victor cannot bear the trials of babysitting.
    • In Luton Airport, No-one Can Hear You Scream
      10/4/90
      8.4
      Victor and Margaret return from their holiday to the usual chaos, naturally their luggage has been sent to the other side of the world and their house has been burned down.
    • Warm Champagne
      Warm Champagne
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      2/21/93
      8.3
      The Meldrew's return home from holiday, and within five seconds, Victor is arguing with the neighbours. Margaret gets a phone call from a man she met on holiday, and arranges to go on a date with him. As it seems she is about to start having an affair with this man, will she realise how much she loves Victor despite his moanings? Meanwhile Patrick has been writing a diary on his computer about his run-ins with Victor, but when Pippa prints out a letter intended for Victor to send to the local dairy it's not hard to guess what happens next...moreless
    • Timeless Time
      Timeless Time
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/15/90
      8.3
      A variety of bizarre factors, including a dead hedgehog, keep Victor awake. And if Victor's awake, Margaret isn't going to get much sleep either.
    • Descent into the Maelstorm
      Descent into the Maelstorm
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      1/31/93
      8.2
      Margaret collapses in bed. She's diagnosed with stress and it's not difficult to find out why. She soon finds that, although life with Victor was pretty tedius before, it's a whole lot worse when she has to cope with him all day. Luckily to keep her sanity she has a visit from a young lady she used to look after and she brings her baby along. But when valuable earings go missing is Victor hiding a dark secret?moreless
    • Tales of Terror
      Tales of Terror
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      10/23/00
      8.2
      When the main star of Mr Swainey's production of 'Nosferatu The Vampire' doesn't show up, will Victor make an apt replacement for the role of the vampire? After blood was found in Victor's digestive system during a test - he naturally fears the worst, but will doctors discover a more unlikely source for the blood? Later, while on their way to visit the dreaded Ronnie and Mildred once more, Victor and Margaret are shocked to discover that Mildred has killed herself while playing a game of 'Happy Families', but has the dearly departed actually departed yet?moreless
    • The Dawn of Man
      The Dawn of Man
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      11/13/00
      8.2
      When Victor sees a man throw trash into the river, he decides to teach the man a lesson by dumping worms into his lunch. Meanwhile, Mr. Swainey is moving and he wants Victor to meet the couple who is coming to look at his house. Unfortunately for Victor, one of them has a bone to pick with him. At the Trench household, Patrick manages to get a wine cork stuck up his rear end, and due to a series of misunderstandings, Victor delivers a pornographic videotape to Patrick, believing he is actually Patrick's gay brother.moreless
    • The Return of the Speckled Band
      The Return of the Speckled Band
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      2/8/90
      8.2
      Following a food poisoning incident, problems with the electricity man, the Meldrews embark on a well deserved holiday, however is this only the start of their problems?
    • Alive and Buried
      Alive and Buried
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      1/4/90
      8.2
      Victor Meldrew, 60 years old, is at last retiring from the rigors of his security guard job at Watson-Mycroft. Replaced by a talking machine, Victor soon discovers that retirement will give him just as much reason to be grumpy.
    • The Beast in the Cage
      The Beast in the Cage
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      2/23/92
      8.1
      The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys are stuck in Bank Holiday traffic. Victor complains about being stuck behind a horse's bottom (literally), the pub over the hill has lots of smoky bacon crisps (but Mrs. Warboys thought Victor wanted salt & vinegar), and a dead wasp frozen in an ice cube is the only thing that could've saved Victor from starvation...but he threw it out the window already. Even worse, a salon owner is hitting on two young ladies through Victor's air space, and the car mechanics have taped over his music tape with a song about some guy who's always "on the bleeding moan". Wonder who that could be...moreless
    • The Exterminating Angel
      The Exterminating Angel
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      1/29/95
      8.1
      Victor gets a job as a driver for a wealthy businessman, Mr. Atterbury. On his first day on the job he manages to wreck one of Atterbury's three very expensive cars. Then he ruins a surprise anniversary party for Atterbury's parents by locking all the guests in the conservatory. A trip to Ronnie and Mildred's in car #2 leads to disaster, and car #3 meets a horrible fate thanks to a visit from a bee. Meanwhile, Margaret urges a reluctant Mr. Swainey to ask his mother's nurse on a date.moreless
    • One Foot in the Algarve
      One Foot in the Algarve
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      12/26/93
      8.1
      Special feature length episode.

      Victor, Margaret and Jean take a holiday in Portugal to leave the chaos of home life behind for a while. Apparently that's too much to hope for, because Victor's first act in Portugal is to accidentally pimp Mrs Warboys out to one of the locals. That results in the Meldrews being arrested and locked up in jail to rot...or so they think. Later, Mrs. Warboys meets up with her Portuguese pen pal, a lonely man whose wife died falling off a cliff. He's quite obsessed with Mrs Warboys, and Victor begins to suspect that there's more to the story of his wife's death than he's telling. Meanwhile, the random acts of insanity continue as Victor's new aftershave starts attracting donkeys, Victor almost has a fling with a woman he saved from choking, and a paparazzo follows the Meldrews to Portugal believing a roll of film containing some scandalous photos (worth big money) has found its way into Margaret's purse.moreless
    • Threatening Weather
      Threatening Weather
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      11/6/00
      8.0
      During a power cut, Victor realises that he had been right through the middle of an area affected by a siege as it happened. Making the power cut worse, it occurs on a hot Summer night. Victor had the misfortune to have a light fitting drop right on to his privates, a cigarette stubbed out on his cap and a mysterious pain that leads him to think that he had been shot as he passed the siege that morning. Things were made worse by the arrival of the incontinent, fat and irritating elderly neighbour, Mr. Smedley.moreless
    • Starbound
      Starbound
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      12/26/96
      8.0
      Victor and Margaret return from holiday to discover a man living in their garden shed, and he even gets mail there! Patrick goes to work for his new boss...a female boss who obviously wants him for more than just an employee. Unfortunately for Patrick, Victor also ends up working for her as a gardener and it seems to be improving his disposition. Meanwhile, Mr. Swainey's mother thinks that aliens are coming at night and taking her to Jupiter. Victor thinks it's all a load of rubbish...until she goes missing one night after Victor sees a bright light coming from outside. Things take a turn for the worse when Margaret gets a visit from the police and learns that the man in the shed hid something there...something which Victor has taken with him to his gardening job.moreless
    • The Valley of Fear
      The Valley of Fear
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      1/18/90
      8.0
      After being mugged while photographing a sunset, and having his house sprayed with the phrase 'The Man Who Lives Here Is A Turd', Victor decides to hold a crime prevention meeting. Things go awry when Victor decides to take back his stolen jacket, and then discovers that Mrs. Warboys has armed herself with a hand grenade.moreless
    • The Affair of the Hollow Lady
      The Affair of the Hollow Lady
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      1/8/95
      7.9
      Mrs Warboys wins a competition and has a life size waxwork model made of herself but will she be happy with the results? Meanwhile, Victor takes revenge on a locksmith who's rendered his front door unpassable for four days. This is probably a good thing as crime is un the up; thieves steal the Meldrew's fridge and Millicent, the mobile green grocer, tries to steal Victor. But can Victor remain loyal to his wife?moreless
    • The Big Sleep
      The Big Sleep
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      1/11/90
      7.9
      As retirement throws more problems for Victor Meldrew, including a next-door neighbour's noisy party, a disturbing and puzzling rash and an atheist funeral, has Victor bitten the bullet?
    • Beware the Trickster on the Roof
      Beware the Trickster on the Roof
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      3/1/92
      7.8

      A holiday souvenir gift from Nick Swainey brings the Meldrews even more bad luck than usual. Worse still, the bad luck spreads to the Trenches who are desperately trying to sell their house.

    • The Worst Horror of All
      The Worst Horror of All
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      3/8/92
      7.7

      Victor tries to keep unwanted mattresses out of his skip, has a shed fall on top of him and takes the wrong man to the recording of a sitcom at the BBC. But he has the prospect of a new job!

    • The Executioner's Song
      The Executioner's Song
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      10/16/00
      7.6
      In order to mend some bridges, Margaret and Pippa arrange for a birthday dinner for Patrick with Victor in attendance. Patrick however refuses to attend as he is convinced that Victor is a sociopath intent on destroying him. More surprises are in store when it turns out Margaret's concerns about the restaurant they are dining at aren't unwarranted. Meanwhile, Victor goes art shopping, hoping to find Patrick a gift for his new office wall.moreless
    • The Man Who Blew Away
      The Man Who Blew Away
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      12/25/94
      7.6

      Apart from some pranks being played on him by neighbourhood children, Victor Meldrew is enjoying his life, deciding which car to buy next. But then his stolen caris found inFinland and a man he met at a guesthouse seventeen years ago, shows up unexpectedly at his doorstep on a Sunday morning. And Patrick Trench is on the verge of landing a huge account, but then some underwear from next door winds up in his garden.

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    • Monday Morning Will Be Fine
      Monday Morning Will Be Fine
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      2/2/92
      7.4
      The Meldrew's house is burgled and Victor must now get by without a TV. Victor & Margaret decide to go out more and they take a trip to a local pub. Victor runs into an old friend who offers to give him a lift home, but a case of mistaken identity leads to Victor being arrested for prowling.moreless
    • The Broken Reflection
      The Broken Reflection
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      2/16/92
      7.4
      Victor's accident prone brother Alfred comes for a visit and Victor is not thrilled about seeing him again, even though it's been 25 years since his last visit. As the visit drags on, Victor comes to realize he and his brother are more alike than he thought. Meanwhile, someone uses Victor's yard as a rubbish bin and he decides to give them a taste of their own medicine.moreless
    • Dramatic Fever
      Dramatic Fever
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/18/90
      7.3
      Victor discovers a new talent - writing comedy. However, his views of comedy are somewhat different from everyone elses, and he finds himself without support.
    • The Man in the Long Black Coat
      The Man in the Long Black Coat
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      12/30/91
      7.3
      The feud between Victor Meldrew and Patrick Trench turns into a war of post-it notes, some of them concerning a strategically placed, festively lit pile of horse manure. Victor's habit of not asking questions when he buys garden material also gets him into trouble at the allotment.
    • The Eternal Quadrangle
      The Eternal Quadrangle
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      2/1/90
      7.3
      Although Margaret is glad that Victor finally has a hobby to occupy his time, she is less pleased to discover that it involves painting nudes.
    • Rearranging the Dust
      Rearranging the Dust
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      1/15/95
      7.3
      Details soon...
    • Hole in the Sky
      Hole in the Sky
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      1/22/95
      7.3

      Margaret's nerves are tested by Victor's new interest in cooking seafood, his obsession with an old puppet, and by the McKendrick twins who are converting the Meldrews' loft. When Victor tries to be a Good Samaritan, he stumbles onto what he believes to be Pippa's great secret.

    • We Have Put Her Living in the Tomb
      10/11/90
      7.2
      The Meldrews are given the responsibility of looking after their god-daughter's tortoise.
    • Endgame
      Endgame
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      12/25/97
      7.2
      Victor buys an old caravan to take on holiday, and discovers that it may be haunted by the ghost of a devil worshipper. Margaret wants nothing to do with it and even tries to dispose of it, but the disposal men take and crush the neighbour's brand new caravan instead. Meanwhile, the Meldrews try to get acquainted with their new neighbours, but Victor takes things a bit too far and ends up in bed with them. Finally, Victor takes his haunted caravan on holiday, without Margaret, and he has a strange vision of Margaret appearing in bed with him. Is it a dream, or is something strange going on?moreless
    • Love and Death
      Love and Death
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      11/8/90
      7.0
      When the Meldrews visit some friends on the South Coast, there's a surprise in store for Victor.
    • We Have Put Her Living in the Tomb
      7/21/14
      0.0
      A classic episode of solid gold comedy. Amid their decorating, Victor and Margaret are entrusted with the care of Kylie the tortoise for a week.
    • Hole in the Sky
      Hole in the Sky
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      7/21/14
      0.0
      Award-winning comedy with the most grumpy of senior citizens, Victor Meldrew. Victor helps a young Dutch girl to get back on her feet, with a puppet.
    • Dramatic Fever
      Dramatic Fever
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      7/22/14
      0.0
      National treasure Richard Wilson stars in the surreal sitcom. While Margaret joins the local amateur dramatic society, Victor decides to be a comedy script writer.
    • The Exterminating Angel
      The Exterminating Angel
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      7/22/14
      0.0
      One of the great TV comic creations - Victor Meldrew. Victor gets a new job as a chauffeur, and learns the importance of keeping an eye on the tank.
    • Who Will Buy?
      Who Will Buy?
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      7/23/14
      0.0
      Murder and mystery ensue when Victor digs out his ventriloquist's dummy - and finds it promptly banished by Margaret.
    • Love and Death
      Love and Death
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      7/24/14
      0.0
      The classic surreal comedy with the great Richard Wilson. Victor and Margaret head off for a weekend by the seaside at their friends Vince and April's boarding house.
    • Timeless Time
      Timeless Time
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      7/25/14
      0.0
      A classic episode in which the whole programme takes place in the Meldrew's bedroom as Victor has a sleepless night. Naturally, Margaret suffers with him!
    • Warm Champagne
      Warm Champagne
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      7/19/14
      0.0
      More great, dark comedy as the Meldrews are back from holiday and find that their neighbours Patrick (aka Angus Deayton) and Pippa have put their house on the market.
    • Descent into the Maelstrom
      Descent into the Maelstrom
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      7/19/14
      0.0
      David Renwick's masterly comic creation Victor Meldrew. Roger, Victor's cousin, accidentally invites the couple to his 60th birthday. What a mistake!
    • The Worst Horror of All
      The Worst Horror of All
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      7/19/14
      0.0
      The superb, slightly surreal sitcom. Victor and Margaret visit the BBC with a virtually unconscious window cleaner they believe to be Mrs Warboy's cousin.
    • Comic Relief Special 1993
      Comic Relief Special 1993
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      3/12/93
      0.0
      Details soon...
    • The Heart of Darkness
      The Heart of Darkness
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      4/18/14
      0.0
      The Meldrews literally get into deep water when they get lost on a river cruise with Mrs. Warboys and Nick. Richard Wilson. Margaret: Annette Crosbie. Mrs. Warboys: Doreen Mantle.
    • The Man Who Blew Away
      The Man Who Blew Away
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      7/15/14
      0.0
      Strange things are happening to the Meldrews, who discover a creature living in their car and something else in Victor's bath water. Victor: Richard Wilson. Margaret: Annette Crosbie. Patrick: Angus Deayton.
    • Only a Story
      Only a Story
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      7/16/14
      0.0
      Genius TV with Richard Wilson. Mrs Warboys moves in with the Meldrews after rain floods her basement home, but Victor is in a mellow mood after a stint of reflexology.
    • The Affair of the Hollow Lady
      The Affair of the Hollow Lady
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      7/17/14
      0.0
      Victor and Margaret install new locks that keep crime out, but also keep them inside; Mrs. Warboys visits her sister. Victor: Richard Wilson. Margaret: Annette Crosbie. Mrs. Warboys: Doreen Mantle.
    • Rearranging the Dust
      Rearranging the Dust
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      7/18/14
      0.0
      Another classic single scene episode as Victor and Margaret visit a solicitor to sort out some legal matters. But their eventful wait then brings more misery.
    • In Luton Airport, No One Can Hear You Scream
      7/18/14
      0.0
      Victor returns from an unpleasant vacation in Greece to even more unpleasantness: his luggage is in limbo and his house is in ashes. Margaret: Annette Crosbie. Patrick: Angus Deayton. Pippa: Janine Duvitski.
    • The Trial
      The Trial
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      7/26/14
      0.0
      I don't believe it! Victor is called up for jury service and ends up home alone, with only grumbling to occupy him. Richard Wilson provides a perfect comic monologue.
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