Margaret collapses from nervous exhaustion which has been building up for the past 35 years. After a few days under Victor's care, she decides that going to work would be more restful.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Doreen Mantle ...
Stephen Ley ...
Unemployed Man
Andrea Temple
Laura Cox ...
Mrs Ashcroft


Margaret is diagnosed with nervous exhaustion - first brought on over thirty years earlier and needs bed rest so Victor does the chores. He burns a hole in the ironing,gives a homeless person the video,mistaking him for the repair man and looks on as Nick's attempts to mend the waste disposal unit come to grief. Fortunately for Margaret a visit from her old friend Andrea cheers her though there are even complications here when a pair of ear-rings goes missing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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7 February 1993 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Margaret Meldrew: Will you just leave that for tonight!
Victor Meldrew: Here we go; look. Three... two... one... Look at that. Look! At! That! All the models on the market, we have to end up with a waste disposal unit that can't keep its food down.
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Darkness at the end of the Tunnel
6 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's a common sign of old age to look at the past with rose-tinted glasses. A quarter of a century or so on from Victor Meldrew slumping in front of his television acerbically watching at the end of a hard-days' retirement, as we watch him, all I can say is he - and it - have aged well.

Technological advances and social networking did not interrupt his bitter-sweet days, in the Descent into Maelstrom episode, it was merely a dodgy waste disposer and confusion about his disposal of video recorders - an entirely obsolete technology, now - to the dispossessed.

This episode neatly encapsulates the dark elements of the series, which give it such a quirky but meaningful quality. Margaret collapsing from nervous exhaustion is hardly a laughing matter, yet Victor's clumsy efforts to help still amuse us. But at the core of this - and many other episodes - we are treated by David Renwick to a tour de force of farce and confusion - ranging from living impersonations of garden gnomes to unlikely mistakes at the dry cleaners leaving Victor at one point, sitting bemused on his chintz sofa surrounded by two gorilla outfits. Surrealism meets suburbia - you couldn't invent it - but David Renwick did.

The denouement, with its laugh out loud wit, was only exceeded by the farcical scene in which a woman seeking a buckshee video recorder is mistaken for an osteopath. These things happen - in One Foot In the Grave. The failure of British television to repeat the joys of this, the belly-laughs of Fawlty Towers or the cerebral charm of prison life in Porridge or - constrained by similar boundaries, Steptoe and Son, is something we have to put up with. Maybe the British sense of humour got lost in a traffic jam in the Blackwall Tunnel. Or perhaps, just perhaps, the darkness at the end of Victor's tunnel provides us with sufficient amusement even now.

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