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One Foot in the Grave

IMDB Logo7.9/10
Comedy Drama 7+1990 - 20006 SeasonsSeries EndedOn: Not Available Tags: British Humour 

One Foot in the Grave is a BBC television sitcom series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, including seven Christmas specials, two Comic Relief specials, over an eleven-year period, from early 1990 to late 2000. The latter Comic Relief special was shown after the series officially ended in spring 2001.The series features the exploits of Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson, and his long-suffering wife, Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie. The programmes invariably deal with Meldrew's battle against the problems he creates for himself. Living in a typical household in an unnamed English suburb, Victor takes involuntary early retirement. His various efforts to keep himself busy, while encountering various misfortunes and misunderstandings are the themes of the sitcom. The series was largely filmed on location in Walkford, near New Milton in Hampshire, although several clues show that the series may have been set in Hampshire – possibly Winchester. Despite its traditional production, the series supplants its domestic sitcom setting with elements of black humour and surrealism.The series was occasionally the subject of controversy for some of its darker story elements, but was nevertheless the recipient of a number of awards, including the 1992 BAFTA for Best Comedy. In 2004, the series came tenth in a 2004 BBC poll to find "Britain's Best Sitcom". The programme also came 80th in the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. The series, originally shown on BBC One, is now available on DVD and is regularly repeated in the United Kingdom on Gold. Seven episodes were remade for BBC Radio 2 and the series also inspired a novel.One Foot in the Grave featuring Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie is not currently available to stream, rent, or buy but you can track it for updates. It's a comedy and drama show with 36 episodes over 6 seasons. One Foot in the Grave is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 7.9 (4,086 votes).

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Season 1

Season 01, Episode 01 Alive and Buried

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Jan 4, 1990
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Alive and Buried Jan 4, 1990 Victor Meldrew, 60 years old, is at last retiring from the rigors of his security guard job at Watson-Mycroft. Replaced by a talking machine, Victor soon discovers that retirement will give him just as many reasons to be grumpy.

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Season 01, Episode 02 The Big Sleep

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Jan 11, 1990
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The Big Sleep Jan 11, 1990 As retirement throws more problems for Victor Meldrew's retirement, including a next-door neighbour's noisy party, a disturbing and puzzling rash and an atheist funeral, has Victor bitten the bullett?

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Season 01, Episode 03 The Valley of Fear

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Jan 18, 1990
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The Valley of Fear Jan 18, 1990 After being mugged whilst photographing badgers, and having his house sprayed with the phrase 'The Man Who Lives Here Is A Turd', Victor decides to hold a crime prevention meeting.

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Season 01, Episode 04 I'll Retire to Bedlam

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Jan 25, 1990
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I'll Retire to Bedlam Jan 25, 1990 After being stuck in the shed for over three hours, then forced to spend an entire day with his eyes closed after a visit to the optometrist, Victor cannot bear the trials of babysitting.

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Season 01, Episode 05 The Eternal Quadrangle

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Feb 1, 1990
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The Eternal Quadrangle Feb 1, 1990 Although Margaret is glad that Victor finally has a hobby to occupy his time, she is less pleased to discover that it involves painting nudes.

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Season 01, Episode 06 The Return of the Speckled Band

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Feb 8, 1990
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The Return of the Speckled Band Feb 8, 1990 Following a food poisoning incident, problems with the electricity man, the Meldrews embark on a well deserved holiday, however this is only the start of their problems?

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Season 2

Season 02, Episode 01 In Luton Airport, No-one Can Hear You Scream

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Oct 4, 1990
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In Luton Airport, No-one Can Hear You Scream Oct 4, 1990 When Victor and Margaret return from their holiday, they discover that their luggage has been sent to the other side of the world, and that their house has been burned down.

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Season 02, Episode 02 We Have Put Her Living in the Tomb

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Oct 11, 1990
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We Have Put Her Living in the Tomb Oct 11, 1990 The Meldrews are given the responsability of looking after their god-daughter's tortoise.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Dramatic Fever

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Oct 18, 1990
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Dramatic Fever Oct 18, 1990 Victor discovers a new talent - writing comedy. However, his views of comedy are somewhat different from everyone elses, and he finds himself without support.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Who Will Buy?

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Oct 25, 1990
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Who Will Buy? Oct 25, 1990 While Pippa believes that Victor may have murdered an elderly blind man, Victor uses a benefit concert to re-introduce his ventriloquist act.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Love and Death

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Nov 8, 1990
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Love and Death Nov 8, 1990 When the Meldrews visit some friends on the South Coast, Victor is given a surprise.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Timeless Time

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Nov 15, 1990
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Timeless Time Nov 15, 1990 A variety of bizarre factors, including a dead hedgehog, keep Victor awake. And if Victor's awake, Margaret isn't going to get much sleep either.

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Season 3

Season 03, Episode 01 Monday Morning Will Be Fine

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Feb 2, 1992
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Monday Morning Will Be Fine Feb 2, 1992 After a burglary Victor decides not to replace his television set in order to give him and Margaret more opportunity to get out of the house. However, a trip to the pub results in a disconcerting experience with an old friend.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Dreamland

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Feb 9, 1992
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Dreamland Feb 9, 1992 Margaret is having a recurring dream about murdering someone who looks like Victor. However, it's Margaret who is starting to irritate Victor. That is, until she disappears.

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Season 03, Episode 03 The Broken Reflection

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Feb 16, 1992
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The Broken Reflection Feb 16, 1992 Alfred, Victor's accident prone brother, is making his first visit from New Zealand for 25 years. Victor is not looking forward to his stay, preferring to act as a neighbourhood vigilante.

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Season 03, Episode 04 The Beast in the Cage

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Feb 23, 1992
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The Beast in the Cage Feb 23, 1992 The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys get stuck in Bank Holiday traffic.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Beware the Trickster on the Roof

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Mar 1, 1992
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Beware the Trickster on the Roof Mar 1, 1992 Mr Swainey has brought Victor a present back from his holiday - an unlucky charm. Victor thinks that Mrs Stebbings's tv aerial is laughing at him and his resulting misfortune. Meanwhile, Patrick and Pippa are having problems trying to sell their house.

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Season 03, Episode 06 The Worst Horror of All

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Mar 8, 1992
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The Worst Horror of All Mar 8, 1992 Even a shed falling on him cannot upset Victor when he finally gets a new job. However, before starting work he must first contend with some unwanted visitors and a trip to the BBC organised by Mrs Warboys.

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Season 4

Season 04, Episode 01 The Pit and the Pendulum

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Jan 31, 1993
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The Pit and the Pendulum Jan 31, 1993 Victor is employing a workman in the garden, although he never seems to do any work. On the other side of the fence, Patrick has acquired a pet daschund called Denzil.

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Season 04, Episode 02 Descent into the Maelstorm

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Feb 7, 1993
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Descent into the Maelstorm Feb 7, 1993 Margaret falls ills to nervous exhaustion that has been building up over the last 34 years. She has little chance for peace and quiet in which to recuperate, especially with Victor's problems with gorilla suits and the waste disposal system. She is however cheered by a visit from an old friend.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Hearts of Darkness

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Feb 14, 1993
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Hearts of Darkness Feb 14, 1993 During a trip to the countryside with Mrs Warboys and Mr Swainey, the Meldrews manage to get lost. Victor leaves the others to try to find help.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Warm Champagne

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Feb 21, 1993
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Warm Champagne Feb 21, 1993 Victor returns from holiday with sunburnt feet. His mood doesn't improve, thanks to rows with the neighbours and the addition of a streetlamp to his bedroom furniture. This gives Margaret a dilemma when she is contacted by Ben, a pleasant man who she met on holiday.

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Season 04, Episode 05 The Trial

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Feb 28, 1993
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The Trial Feb 28, 1993 Victor has been selected for jury service. He hasn't been required in court yet, but he is on call so he is stuck in the house all day and must somehow beat his boredom.

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Season 04, Episode 06 The Secret of Seven Sorcerers

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Mar 7, 1993
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The Secret of Seven Sorcerers Mar 7, 1993 Victor is preparing for a meeting of his magician's club. He now has a job as a lollipop man, but is being bothered by hoax calls from the fire brigade. Patrick and Pippa are due to visit the Meldrews' for a reconciliation meal, but Patrick isn't looking forward to the experience.

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Season 5

Season 05, Episode 01 Only a Story

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Dec 25, 1994
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Only a Story Dec 25, 1994 Mrs Warboys is staying with the Meldrews following the flooding of her house and is starting to irritate Margaret. However, Victor is a lot calmer than usual thanks to the reflexology treatment that he has started receiving.

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Season 05, Episode 02 The Affair of the Hollow Lady

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Jan 1, 1995
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The Affair of the Hollow Lady Jan 1, 1995 Victor thinks that the woman in the greengrocers fancies him. Meanwhile, Mrs Warboys has won a wax model of herself and the Meldrews are having problems with their door locks.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Rearranging the Dust

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Jan 8, 1995
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Rearranging the Dust Jan 8, 1995 When Victor and Margaret visit their solicitors in order to make a will they discover precisely why a waiting room is so-called.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Hole in the Sky

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Jan 15, 1995
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Hole in the Sky Jan 15, 1995 Patrick is looking forward to his trip to stay with Pippa's brother after an embarrassing visit to an Armenian restaurant in order to attempt to make up with Victor. Meanwhile, the Meldrews are employing a pair of very strange workmen and Margaret is getting jealous of a marionette.

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Season 05, Episode 05 The Exterminating Angel

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Jan 22, 1995
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The Exterminating Angel Jan 22, 1995 Romance is in the air for Mr. Swainey when he finally invites Tania the nurse out for a date. Victor takes a new job as a chauffeur but rapidly wipes out his employer's beloved fleet.

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Season 05, Episode 06 The Exterminating Angel

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Jan 29, 1995
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The Exterminating Angel Jan 29, 1995 Romance is in the air for Mr. Swainey when he finally invites Tania the nurse out for a date. Victor takes a new job as a chauffeur but rapidly wipes out his employer's beloved fleet.

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Season 6

Season 06, Episode 01 The Executioner's Song

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Oct 16, 2000
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The Executioner's Song Oct 16, 2000 Victor has a new job as a window-cleaner. Meanwhile, Patrick's plans for a quiet birthday are ruined after an unfortunate misunderstanding involving a modern art painting and Pippa finds herself in an adulterous affair.

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Season 06, Episode 02 Tales of Terror

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Oct 23, 2000
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Tales of Terror Oct 23, 2000 In Mr. Swainey's production of 'Nosferatu The vampire', the actor who was supposed to play the vampire doesn't show up so Nick asks Victor to take the part. He did. Later, blood was found in Victor's digestive system during a test - after fearing the worst, the doctors discover that the blood was from an undercooked black pudding that was earlier given to Victor by Mrs. Warboys! later that week, whie on their way to visit the dreaded Ronnie and Mildred once more, Victor and Margaret are shocked to discover that Mildred has killed herself while playing a game of 'Happy Families' - they are even more shocked to discover that her body is still hanging outside the house!

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Season 06, Episode 03 The Futility of the Fly

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Oct 30, 2000
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The Futility of the Fly Oct 30, 2000 Margaret regrets hiring an attractive cleaner to help around the house. Meanwhile, Mrs Warboys has a couple of nasty frights.

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Season 06, Episode 04 Threatening Weather

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Nov 6, 2000
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Threatening Weather Nov 6, 2000 During a power cut, Victor realises that he had been right through the middle of an area affected by a siege as it happened. Making the power cut worse, it occurs on a hot Summer night. Victor had the misfortune to have a light fitting drop right on to his privates, a cigarette stubbed out on his cap and a mysterious pain that leads him to think that he had been shot as he passed the siege that morning. Things were made worse by the arrival of the incontinent, fat and irritating elderly neighbour, Mr. Smedley.

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Season 06, Episode 05 The Dawn of Man

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Nov 13, 2000
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The Dawn of Man Nov 13, 2000 Victor's new fishing hobby leads to an unfortunate encounter with a fly-tipper. Meanwhile, a visit from Patrick's gay twin brother leaves Pippa feeling mentally and physically exhausted, especially when Patrick sits on a cork.

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Season 06, Episode 06 Things Aren't Simple Any More

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Nov 20, 2000
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Things Aren't Simple Any More Nov 20, 2000 In the very last episode of 'One Foot in the Grave', Victor's decision to attend a school reunion unwittingly delivers him into the hands of fate. Margaret deals with the aftermath with the help of her new friend, Glynis.

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