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.
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.
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!
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.moreless
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.