One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)

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Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with his neighbors.

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Series cast summary:
 Victor Meldrew (44 episodes, 1990-2001)
 Margaret Meldrew (43 episodes, 1990-2001)
Doreen Mantle ...
 Mrs Warboys (18 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Nick Swainey / ... (15 episodes, 1990-2000)
Angus Deayton ...
 Patrick (14 episodes, 1990-2000)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Pippa (14 episodes, 1990-2000)


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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Applauds to David Renwick for this classic sitcom.
22 March 2005 | by (Notts, UK) – See all my reviews

Forced to retire early from his job as a security guard, Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) struggles to cope with the problems that retired life throws his way alongside his long suffering wife, Margaret (played by Annette Crosbie). It is no wonder he is grumpy, if it can go wrong it will.

Annette Crosbie gives a brilliant performance and it is a delight to watch her express the wonderful array of emotions that being married to Victor requires.

Richard Wilson endeared himself to a nation with this role that catapulted him into the minds of every viewer.

One Foot in the Grave is a national treasure that is amongst the very best of British Comedy.

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