The Meldrews are on holiday, staying with old friends Vince and April in their boarding house. A set of coincidences leave each member of the couple thinking they have been unfaithful.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Myrtle Devenish ...
Elderly Lady on Train
Georgina Hale ...
April Bluett
Stephen Lewis ...
Vince Bluett
Debra Leigh ...
Petra (as Leigh Samuels)
Peter Burroughs ...
Paul Mari ...


The Meldrews encounter typical problems when they go to stay with Vince and April at their seaside hotel,including a dead sea-gull in the toilet and a group of performing midgets who set on Victor when he takes a midge spray to the bath-room. After the attack two Romanian girl guests are sympathetic to him and Margaret gets jealous,causing Victor to go out and get drunk. So as not to disturb Margaret the hosts put him in their bed but this leads the Meldrews to suspect them of trying to seduce Victor. As a result Victor sets fire to April's wig and Vince gets pushed off the pier. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 November 1990 (UK)  »

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Victor's year of birth is revealed as 1928. See more »


April is in her room getting ready for bed when Vince comes up the stairs. As April runs to the bed and grabs her wig, the door behind her opens a crack and then shuts. When April gets to the door, she turns a latch before opening the door, as if to unlock it. The door was already unlocked. See more »


[first lines]
Victor Meldrew: Unbelievable! Didn't you see what she was reading, at her age? Unbelievable!
Victor Meldrew: What about her at her age?
Victor Meldrew: 'The Joy of Sex'. That old woman sitting next to me. I didn't know where to put my face.
Margaret Meldrew: Well, it doesn't seem to have put you off finding words for this brain-teaser. Key word 'undemocratic'; what have you got? Mount, mate, moan, mound; ride, rude, crude, nude; rod, ram, nut; rat. Nice, cute, round, dome. And dormice. Very Freudian.
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The best episode!!!!!
12 April 2011 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without doubt the very best episode of the series. Has so many funny moments, i find myself laughing from start to finish. I've always thought this episode was stolen by the awesome Georgina Hale, she gives an amazing performance as April, as does Stephen Lewis as Vince. My favourite line has to be the 'and how's Victor, so nice to see you, alright my love' (April) ' Oh i'm sorry i thought Bruce Forsyth had just walked in (Victor) utterly hilarious!!!! I always wish later in the series that they would have reintroduced Vince and April, a much funnier pairing the Ronnie and Mildred.

My number one episode, with number 2 being Hearts of Darkness.

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