Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margeret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.
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 Victor Meldrew (44 episodes, 1990-2001)
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 Margaret Meldrew (43 episodes, 1990-2001)
Doreen Mantle ...
 Mrs Warboys (18 episodes, 1990-2000)
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 Nick Swainey (15 episodes, 1990-2000)
Angus Deayton ...
 Patrick (14 episodes, 1990-2000)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Pippa (14 episodes, 1990-2000)
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In this classic bitter-sweet sitcom from award winning writer David Renwick, Richard Wilson plays the short tempered Victor Meldrew, a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly and to his misery frequently encounters them as well as a bad case of misfortune. His long suffering wife Margrat played by Annette Crosbie struggles to cope with her husbands rants against the world and the bad luck that befalls them. The hilarity that ensures his also underpinned by a poignant and often darker edge little seen in most sitcoms. Written by Robert McElwaine

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The formula used in writing One Foot in the Grave (1990) is unique. The writer would first think of the most ridiculous circumstances Victor would find himself in and then work backwards, explaining the events leading to the final moments of the episode. See more »

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Nick: Is it me or is it moist?
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One of the funnest comedies ever
28 June 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

One Foot In the Grave has to be one of the funnest comedies to exist. It is up there with Dad's Army, Faulty Towers and Only Fools And Horses.

This is about Victor Meldrew and his long suffering wife Margaret and all the adventures they confront. Over the years, their home has had a lamppost in their bedroom, a Citreon 2CV in a rubbish skip on their front, an inn sign also on the front and a gravestone made for Victor's funeral when he dies. Plus Victor bedding an old lady, who was dropped off at their address by mistake from hospital. He thought it was Margaret! One of the best episodes was the one featuring Victor and Margaret in bed having a sleepless night.

Victor is of course noted for his well known catchphrase "I Don't Believe It".

Victor was played by Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie was Margaret and former Have I got News For You host Angus Deayton and Janine Duvitski as the suffering neighbours Patrick and Pippa. The other regular cast were Doreen Mantle as Margaret's friend Jean Warboys and Owen Brenman as the other neighbour Nick Swainey.

The BBC still regularly show repeats of One Foot In the Grave and I still sometimes watch them. Very funny.


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