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
Channel
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 and Christine Gernon
Producers
Susan Belbin and Jonathan Paul Llewellyn
Company

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.

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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 4, Episode 4: Saturday at 10pm on Yesterday
  2. Series 4, Episode 5: Saturday at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  3. Series 4, Episode 6: Saturday at 11:20pm on Yesterday
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