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One Foot in the Grave 

Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margaret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Wilson ...  Victor Meldrew 44 episodes, 1990-2001
Annette Crosbie ...  Margaret Meldrew 43 episodes, 1990-2001
Doreen Mantle ...  Mrs Warboys / ... 18 episodes, 1990-2000
Owen Brenman ...  Nick Swainey 15 episodes, 1990-2000
Angus Deayton ...  Patrick 14 episodes, 1990-2000
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ...  Pippa 14 episodes, 1990-2000
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In this classic bittersweet sitcom from award-winning writer David Renwick, Richard Wilson plays the short-tempered Victor Meldrew, a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly, and to his misery frequently encounters them as well as enduring endless misfortune. His long-suffering wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie) struggles to cope with his rants against the world and the bad luck that befalls them. The hilarity that ensures is underpinned by a poignant, often darker edge little seen in most sitcoms. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic?

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English

Release Date:

4 January 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fél lábbal a sírban See more »

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(34 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (3 episodes) | (2 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A number of complaints were made during the series' run for its depiction of animal deaths. For example, in One Foot in the Grave: The Valley of Fear (1990), a dead cat is found in the Meldrews' freezer; in another, a tortoise is roasted in a brazier. The programme was censured, however, for a scene in One Foot in the Grave: Hearts of Darkness (1993) in which an elderly resident is abused in an old people's home, and following complaints, the scene was slightly cut when the episode was repeated.[24] In the DVD commentary for the episode, David Renwick stated his continued opposition to the cuts. Another controversial scene in One Foot in the Grave: Tales of Terror (2000) saw the Meldrews visit Ronnie and Mildred on the understanding that Mildred had gone upstairs during a game of Happy Families and not returned; Ronnie then shows her feet hanging outside of the window, revealing that she has committed suicide. The Broadcasting Standards Commission received complaints about this scene. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Victor Meldrew: I don't believe it!
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One of the funnest comedies ever
28 June 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

One Foot In the Grave has to be one of the funnest comedies to exist. It is up there with Dad's Army, Faulty Towers and Only Fools And Horses.

This is about Victor Meldrew and his long suffering wife Margaret and all the adventures they confront. Over the years, their home has had a lamppost in their bedroom, a Citreon 2CV in a rubbish skip on their front, an inn sign also on the front and a gravestone made for Victor's funeral when he dies. Plus Victor bedding an old lady, who was dropped off at their address by mistake from hospital. He thought it was Margaret! One of the best episodes was the one featuring Victor and Margaret in bed having a sleepless night.

Victor is of course noted for his well known catchphrase "I Don't Believe It".

Victor was played by Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie was Margaret and former Have I got News For You host Angus Deayton and Janine Duvitski as the suffering neighbours Patrick and Pippa. The other regular cast were Doreen Mantle as Margaret's friend Jean Warboys and Owen Brenman as the other neighbour Nick Swainey.

The BBC still regularly show repeats of One Foot In the Grave and I still sometimes watch them. Very funny.


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