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)
Owen Brenman ...
 Nick Swainey (15 episodes, 1990-2000)
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 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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A number of complaints were made during the series' run for its depiction of animal deaths. For example, in One Foot in the Grave: The Valley of Fear (1990), a dead cat is found in the Meldrews' freezer; in another, a tortoise is roasted in a brazier. The programme was censured, however, for a scene in One Foot in the Grave: Hearts of Darkness (1993) in which an elderly resident is abused in an old people's home, and following complaints, the scene was slightly cut when the episode was repeated.[24] In the DVD commentary for the episode, David Renwick stated his continued opposition to the cuts. Another controversial scene in One Foot in the Grave: Tales of Terror (2000) saw the Meldrews visit Ronnie and Mildred on the understanding that Mildred had gone upstairs during a game of Happy Families and not returned; Ronnie then shows her feet hanging outside of the window, revealing that she has committed suicide. The Broadcasting Standards Commission received complaints about this scene. See more »

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[repeated line]
Victor Meldrew: What in the name of bloody hell?
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One of the funniest British comedies of all time
21 May 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I happened across this show quite by accident whilst channel surfing on Christmas Eve a couple of years back. I came across this show featuring a couple in their sixties: him a catankerous old codger who seemed to be a magnet for misfortune and trouble; her, his wife who suffered his constant moanings and groanings. Through the plot, which involved all manner of mayhem, I simply could not stop laughing. Unfortunately, it was only a one-off to fill time on the night: I did not hear of more episodes of this show until six months or more later. However, it again disappeared after only a handful of episodes, until six weeks ago it returned to my television screen. However, tonight I have just watched the final episode (ever), which leads me to believe its seasons were very short indeed.

Anyone who has not seen this show will do well to find videos of it. And those who have not seen the finale for the show, watch it. From the first time you hear Victor Meldrew's famous signature quote, "I do not BELIEVE this!", you'll be hooked. 10/10


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