One Foot in the Grave: Season 1, Episode 3

The Valley of Fear (18 Jan. 1990)

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Victor still trying to cope with retirement decides to go out photographing badgers, But he is mugged. Victor is shouting about the loud noises from the central heating and the smell from ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Doreen Mantle ...
Gabrielle Blunt ...
Christopher Ryan ...
David Keyes ...
Plumber's Assistant (as David Keys)
Walter Sparrow ...
Peter Corey ...
Jonathan Kydd ...
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Victor still trying to cope with retirement decides to go out photographing badgers, But he is mugged. Victor is shouting about the loud noises from the central heating and the smell from the sideboard. What he dose not realize is there is a frozen cat in the freezer, he's locked a lady in the loft and he's committed an armed robbery. Written by James Booth

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Victor declares his desire to watch Prisoner: Cell Block H. The TV is playing 'On the Inside', that series' theme tune, which only featured at the end of an episode, so Victor has actually missed his programme. Additionally, the track used was the (then-recently released) chart single which never featured in an edition of the jail drama. See more »


[first lines]
Victor Meldrew: That's the last time I go out photographing badgers.
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References Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979) See more »


Emmerdale Farm Theme
Written by Tony Hatch
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Victor's Faux Pas
21 November 2014 | by (Cardiff) – See all my reviews

When I first started watching this series, I didn't know what to think of it! There wasn't any definite direction they were heading, yes there were nods to mortality and such, but in terms of a comedy, it didn't seem to have any essence to begin with, except for some standout moments. However, I can safely say that the third episode has most definitely compensated. From Victor locking poor Mrs Warboys in the attic to robbing a clothes shop in the marketplace, it turns out to be quite an hilarious run - not to mention a frozen cat in the fridge.

This is the first episode I've noticed to have defining edge to it, which allows great comedy and some well-moulded corners for the characters to be trapped. Richard Wilson, as usual, steals the show and his performance continues to develop as we start to see how his flaws influence his actions.

This is only the beginning, I can't wait to watch more!

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