One Foot In The Grave. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie), Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC
One Foot In The Grave

One Foot In The Grave

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1990 - 2000
  • 42 episodes (6 series)

The grumpy complainer and accident prone Victor Meldrew takes early retirement and finds he has far too much time on his hands. His long suffering wife and neighbours just have to grin and bear it. Stars Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman, Angus Deayton and Janine Duvitski

One Foot In The Grave. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie), Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1990 - 2000
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
42 (6 series), plus 2 Comic Relief specials
Stars
Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman, Angus Deayton and Janine Duvitski
Writer
David Renwick
Directors
Susan Belbin, Christine Gernon and Katie Thompstone
Producers
Susan Belbin and Jonathan Paul Llewellyn
Companies

When grumpy, accident-prone Victor Meldrew takes early retirement, he soon finds he has far too much time on his hands.

His low tolerance level for the stupidity of others and his lack of diplomacy regularly combine to unleash all manner of hell upon the unsuspecting pensioner, and by proxy his wife, Margaret, and their neighbours.

The seriousness of the situation doesn't matter - Victor's luck means it can always get worse. And does.

Additional details

Also known as
  • OFITG (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme tune composed and performed by Eric Idle. Incidental music by Ed Welch.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 4th January 1990 at 9:30pm on BBC One
Next repeats
  1. Series 1, Episode 4: Today at 2pm on Drama
  2. Series 1, Episode 5: Today at 2:40pm on Drama
  3. Series 1, Episode 6: Today at 3:20pm on Drama
  4. Series 6, Episode 5: Today at 8pm on Yesterday
  5. Series 6, Episode 6: Today at 8:40pm on Yesterday
  6. Series 2, Episode 1: Saturday 5th February at 2pm on Drama
  7. Series 2, Episode 2: Saturday 5th February at 2:40pm on Drama
  8. Series 2, Episode 3: Saturday 5th February at 3:20pm on Drama
  9. Series 1, Episode 1: Saturday 5th February at 8pm on Yesterday
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