One Foot in the Grave

Season 6 Episode 3

The Futility of the Fly

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 30, 2000 on BBC
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The Futility of the Fly
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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

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  • Meta or just postmodern?

    9.5
    A brilliant episode that makes fun of ... the series itself. When the Meldrews' cleaner writes a play about her employers, the theatrical agent finds it hard to accept the characters and the story. (His final line in the episode is in fact Victor's catchphrase: I don't believe

    He complains that the coincidences are a bit too much and that certain incidents are never explained (such as the appearance of the giant fly). The clever thing about all of this is that the criticism is quite valid, but for six seasons the viewers have put these squabbles aside and just enjoyed the near surreal comedy. And once again the Meldrews experience a number of unusual challenges in half an hour that most people would barely collect in a lifetime.moreless

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