Victor's cousin Geoffrey, who had also just taken early retirement at the age of 60, dies. The Meldrews attend his atheist funeral and receive a visit from what Victor calls "the Jehovah's Witness police".



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Episode complete credited cast:
Faye Maguire ...
Window Cleaner
Christopher Saul ...
1st Jehovah's Witness
David Peart ...
2nd Jehovah's Witness
Keep Fit Instructress
Len Lowe ...
Len (as Leonard Lowe)
Pamela Lane ...
the Nurse
Lisa Bluthal ...
Make-Up Girl
Helen Fraser ...
Dr. Snellgrove
Colin Ward-Lewis ...
Radio DJ (voice)


A misunderstanding whereby a female window cleaner accuses Victor of flashing does not help his depression at the number of his contemporaries - and Margaret's fitness instructor - dropping down dead. After attending his cousin's atheist funeral he falls asleep in the garden, wakes up in a fog,knocks himself unconscious with a rake and comes to in hospital,where he thinks he has died and the doctor is God. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 January 1990 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The copy of The Daily Mirror Victor is reading before he falls asleep in his garden is from September 1989 and features the sports page headline about Crystal Palace sacking goal keeper Perry Digweed following their 9 - Nil thrashing by Liverpool at Anfield on 12/9/89. See more »


[first lines]
Margaret Meldrew: Are you sure you don't want to have...
Window Cleaner: I don't want anything. I want me four pound fifty, then I'm going straight back and reporting this to the police.
Margaret Meldrew: Yes, well, look, I'm sure it's just a misunderstanding.
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The Big Sleep
20 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is surprising in hindsight how quickly One Foot in the Grave established the theme of a sitcom with a melancholy and dark undercurrent from the very beginning.

The second episode sees Victor being accused of exposure by the female window cleaner in his own bathroom. When he thinks he has been visited by the police they turn out to be off duty as they are Jehovah's Witness in their spare time.

The theme is death, Victor's cousin has died soon after taking early retirement. This makes Victor worried about his own health. His attempt at keep fit ends in disaster as the keep fit instructor dies during a class.

The only solace Victor gets is looking after a robin in his garden but he local cat has other ideas about that.

Already Victor is established as quiet a character, grouchy, angry frustrated with what life throws at him which includes neighbours playing music too loud and littering his garden. Victor also shows his tender side as well with the scenes with the robin and of course the slapstick bit as well when he wakes up in the garden in the mist and steps on the rake.

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