One Foot in the Grave: Season 1, Episode 4

I'll Retire to Bedlam (25 Jan. 1990)

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Victor is trapped in his shed for three hours thanks to a swarm of belligerent bees, stuck in the optician's for a day with his eyes shut, then stuck babysitting some unpleasant children.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Stevens ...
Mr. Gillespie
Mr. Jellinek
Cecily Hobbs ...
Eye Clinic Nurse
Norman Lumsden ...
Mr. Parslow
Evie Garratt ...
Old Lady
Victoria Hasted ...
TV Producer
Joolia Cappleman ...
Jim Barclay ...
Mr. Davidson
Edward Harris ...
Simon Bright ...
John Cassady ...
Hospital Nurse
Heather Canning ...
Hospital Doctor


An accident with eye-drops at the opticians leaves Victor in a less than charitable mood when he discovers the local Monster Raving Looney Party candidate,dressed as a giant bee,in his toilet. He is even less kindly disposed towards the two kids Margaret has shoe-horned him into baby-sitting and whom he ties up in the garage. The sort of incident that could only befall Victor involving a mental patient and a trip to Casualty leaves him firmly in support of the Monster Raving Loonies. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Victor Meldrew: [singing] Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.
Margaret Meldrew: You must be in a good mood.
Victor Meldrew: Sunday morning, what is there to be miserable about? Sunday morning, the first day of a new week. I'm going to a nice little potter about in the garden where the insanities of life can't possibly upset me.
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Danny Boy
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Performed by Richard Wilson
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