A solo episode featuring only Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew. While on call for jury service, Victor spends a whole day home alone.

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In a solo episode featuring only Richard Wilson,Victor is home alone waiting on a phone call regarding his jury service. For this reason he does not take kindly when Mrs Warboys rings to prattle on about her holiday. He becomes alarmed by a crack in the wall which he fears may be subsidence,diagnoses his aches and pains and rails at God for letting it rain when he wanted to do the garden. At least he is able to have a nice unhealthy meal. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 February 1993 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Victor yells on the phone to a company about an employee of theirs and refers to him as Frank Spencer. Richard Wilson guest starred in one episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em in which he played an insurance man and famously sank through Frank Spencer's broken sofa, which was technically an outtake but was kept in by the BBC despite the actors obviously struggling to each keep a straight face. See more »

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Victor Meldrew: Tch. Switchboard operators, say they're going to put you through, then leave you here to rot to death.
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Victor Meldrew: Speak to you like an insect into the bargain.
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Victor Meldrew: If I've been cut o- Hello, yes. I don't know if you remember me, Victor Meldrew, the talking cockroach.
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Brave, but succeeds...
29 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode is a brave episode because it succeeds against the paradigm of every other sitcom episode in the history of television. Richard Wilson (via the writers) carries off the episode by himself ... which is the brave bit.

The episode won't be to everyone's taste, but it must be seen in relation to the other episodes in the series. The agony that is Victor Meldrew's character is clearly on display, but the number of events he needs to navigate wins the day. I especially like the scene where he tries to solve the cryptic crossword (haven't we all been there?).

To other television episode writers: perhaps think about how an episode like this can succeed before adding other characters and events?


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