The Meldrews and Mrs. Warboys embark upon a hellish holiday to Portugal. After an entanglement with the police, they finally arrive at their unpleasant villa.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doreen Mantle ...
Joan Sims ...
Edward de Souza ...
Louis Mahoney ...
Louise Duprey ...
Anna Nicholas ...
Benjamim Falcão ...
Old Man
Margarida Rosa Rodrigues ...
Waitress (as Margarida Rodrigues)
Augusto Portela ...
Eduardo Viana ...


The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys are going on holiday to the Algarve,where Mrs Warboys will meet her pen-pal,widowed Alfonso. They are trailed by tabloid reporter Martin Trout,who seems to have mistakenly dropped a saucy film of a celebrity into Margaret's bag. On arrival in Portugal Mrs Warboys is mistaken for a prostitute and,as the trio escape,they are stopped by the police for speeding. They assume they have been put in jail but they are in the barn to their villa,where they survive off lemons before realizing their mistake. As Mrs Warboys discovers that Alfonso's wife faked her death to escape him,Victor's after-shave attracts a donkey which urinates in the bath in the villa next door,causing its occupant,a boxer who lacks aggression,to suddenly recover it on seeing Victor. Trout eventually discovers that he had the film on him all along but,as the Meldrews and Mrs Warboys depart for home,it seems unlikely that he will make it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 December 1993 (UK)  »

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Doreen Mantle is credited alongside Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie in the title sequence. This was the only occasion in the show's ten year run that another actor received top billing alongside Wilson and Crosbie. See more »


Margaret Meldrew: I wasn't that keen on coming to Portugal at first. But now that we're about to leave, I never want to see the bloody place again as long as I live.
Victor Meldrew: Yes, that's the good thing about a bad holiday, is going home, which is a positive joy. I remember the last time we went on holiday, we came home to find that our house had been demolished.
Mrs Warboys: [laughs] Yes, funny you can laugh about it now, right?
Margaret MeldrewVictor Meldrew: [They both stare at her angrily, not laughing]
Mrs Warboys: I suppose you can't really.
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Disappointing, but consistently funny!
1 December 2014 | by (Cardiff) – See all my reviews

I hadn't realised how long this one was until I started watching. That was when I started to wonder how they would keep me contained for the entirety of the story. As usual, they were successful in intriguing me, however, there was a lot that made me feel uneasy, such as the out- of-place setting of the story, certainly in ambitious terms!

Sufficed to say, there's a lot to enjoy including the massive faux-pas of thinking they were locked inside a prison, but were actually already inside their villa, however unlikely it may seem. Victor's bewildered expression is priceless, and Margaret's near insanity matches it. Other typically funny moments are Victor's problems with donkeys, the man in the cupboard and Victor's language skills.

On a more serious note, the themes involved were quite thoughtful, including that of Margaret's paranoia about her appearance to her husband, and the mystery around Alfonso's lost love. The mix of emotions in these areas are well threaded, and you can understand the characters' feelings.

What let it down for me was the overuse of silly jokes and at some points where too many characters became involved in the story. The story around the boxer in particular reached ridiculousness by the end. Not to mention the business with the lost camera film was a distraction all the way through that came to nowhere in its conclusion.

In my own eyes, it was over-ambitious, and fell short because of this. I would recommend it however for one of Victor's most ridiculous faux pas yet!


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