The Meldrews, Mrs. Warboys, and Mr. Swainey take a trip into the countryside, where they end up stranded in a river and play Trivial Pursuit, Mrs. Warboys ends up concreted to Victor.

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Victor, Margaret, Jean and Nick decide to go for a drive in the country but it does not go according to plan. After losing the route on a boat trip and playing Trivial Pursuit for an hour, Victor has had enough. Eventually they abandon the boat and go in search of the car. When it starts to rain they take shelter in a van. After the rain passes Victor and Jean find their feet are stuck in concrete. After a long walk, Victor gets free and searches for the car. Victor finds a nursing home where the patients are abused. Victor does the the right thing and all the staff are set in concrete. Written by James Booth

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14 February 1993 (UK)  »

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Scenes which included an elderly man being physically abused by staff, an elderly woman and an elderly man being locked in the cupboard under the stairs was temporarily cut out in subsequent re-runs, after its first broadcast after it attracted several complaints. The cuts have since been restored, along with them being available in the box sets. See more »

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Victor Meldrew: What language are you talking in now? It appears to be Bollocks.
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Out of Town
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Robin Beaumont
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The darkest comedy of all?
13 June 2017 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A day out in the country promises so much for Victor, Margaret, Mr Sweeney and of course Mrs Warboys, it starts badly when Margaret and Jean turn up in the same dress, but soon takes a darker turn, an accident involving a bag of concrete sends Victor to find help, and when he discovers a home for the elderly he discovers a barbaric level of care.

This is the episode I can remember most vividly from its original transmission, I remember the barrage of complaints the BBC received also. It's hilarious and shocking, I can think of very few shows that would have dared to be this bold. I always thought David Renwick wrote a script that would get viewers talking and asking questions.

Humour for me has always worked at its best when it's combined with sadness, with a darker tone, I can think of no other comedy that dared to go this dark, the brutal scenes in the home are genuinely distressing, no wonder they were cut from the repeats.

An episode of two halves, firstly the bright sunny start, Max Bygraves, and exactly half way there's a deliberate switch in tone. I doubt we will ever see a sitcom like this again.

The scene where Mrs Warboys and Mr Sweeney discover their feet are bound in cement is hilarious, the comic timing just outstanding. Once again Victor is a hero for social justice.

God bless you Victor Meldrew 10/10


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