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One Foot in the Grave ()


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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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  Victor Meldrew (44 episodes, 1990-2001)
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  Margaret Meldrew (43 episodes, 1990-2001)
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  Mrs Warboys / ... (18 episodes, 1990-2000)
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  Nick Swainey (15 episodes, 1990-2000)
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  Patrick (14 episodes, 1990-2000)
Janine Duvitski ...
  Pippa (14 episodes, 1990-2000)
David Renwick ...
  Derek Pangloss / ... (4 episodes, 1993-2000)
Gordon Peters ...
  Ronnie (3 episodes, 1992-2000)
Valerie Minifie ...
  Mrs Jellis / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1995)
Damaris Hayman ...
  Elderly Lady / ... (2 episodes, 1992-1995)
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  McKendrick Twins / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1995)
Cecily Hobbs ...
  Eye Clinic Nurse / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Irate Neighbour / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Rutland ...
  Cousin Wilf / ... (2 episodes, 1992-2000)
Nick Maloney ...
  Garage Manager / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1995)
Louise Duprey ...
  Lisa / ... (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Laura Cox ...
  Mrs Ashcroft / ... (2 episodes, 1993-1995)
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  Elspeth / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1995)
Peter Corey ...
  Mr. Prout (2 episodes, 1990)
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  Mervyn Whale / ... (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
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  Chippie Joe / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jean Challis ...
  Cabaret / ... (2 episodes, 1992-2000)
Annette Kerr ...
  Lady in Tea Shop / ... (2 episodes, 1992-1995)
Katharine Page ...
  Mrs Endicott / ... (2 episodes, 1993)
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  Starkey / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
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  Hospital Nurse / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1993)
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  Barman / ... (2 episodes, 1993-2000)
Colin Ward-Lewis ...
  Chancellor / ... (2 episodes, 1990)
Susie Blake ...
  Mrs Inglis (1 episode, 1990)
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  Elderly Lady on Train (1 episode, 1990)
Angus MacKay ...
  Art Teacher (1 episode, 1990)
Faye Maguire ...
  Window Cleaner (1 episode, 1990)
Sarah Mortimer ...
  Jennifer (1 episode, 1990)
Rebecca Stevens ...
  Iris (1 episode, 1990)
Dick Sullivan ...
  Plumber (1 episode, 1990)
William Vanderpuye ...
  Toy Salesman (1 episode, 1990)
Paul Courtenay Hyu ...
  Chinese Youth (1 episode, 1992)
Tony Millan ...
  Jack Aylesbury (1 episode, 1992)
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  Nurse (1 episode, 1995)
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  Mr. Prothrow (1 episode, 1995)
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
  Derek (1 episode, 1997)
Jonathan Cecil ...
  Mr Gundry (1 episode, 2000)
Richard Evans ...
  Hilton (1 episode, 2000)
Nicholas Frost ...
  Mr Gleeson (1 episode, 2000)
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  Mr Smedley (1 episode, 2000)
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  Mrs. Mauleverer (1 episode, 1990)
Gabrielle Blunt ...
  Mrs. Birkett (1 episode, 1990)
Billy Clarke ...
  Plumber's Mate (1 episode, 1990)
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  April Bluett (1 episode, 1990)
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  Mr. Gillespie (1 episode, 1990)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Одной ногой в могиле (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • På gravens rand (Denmark)
  • Fél lábbal a sírban (Hungary)
  • Toinen jalka haudassa (Finland)
  • Jedna noga w grobie (Poland)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia The formula used in writing One Foot in the Grave (1990) is unique. The writer would first think of the most ridiculous circumstances Victor would find himself in and then work backwards, explaining the events leading to the final moments of the episode. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes (1993). See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Victor Meldrew: I don't believe it!
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