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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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Release Date:

4 January 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fél lábbal a sírban  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although "I don't believe it" is the catchphrase of the show, the first time Victor said it was in the last few minutes of "The Return of the Speckled Band" - the final episode of the first series. See more »


[repeated line]
Victor Meldrew: I don't believe it!
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Version of Met één been in het graf (2006) See more »

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Friggen bloody fantastic
5 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest British sitcoms ever. One Foot in the Grave was thoroughly entertaining for its decade run from 1990-2000. Who could ever forget Victor Meldrew and his constant whinging and run of bad luck. I loved this show and wished it was still going. Richard Wilson is a fantastic actor and the shows guests like Mrs Warboys were hilarious also. Watch the telemovie they made in 1993 its a laugh a second. Congratulations to everyone involved in this one. Pure gold in every sense of the word, many sitcoms today you laugh at how unfunny it is, not One Foot in the Grave, a jewel in BBC's television schedule. Gone but in my mind never ever forgotten.

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