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

BBC One sitcom about an old man. 42 episodes (6 series), 1990 - 2000. Stars Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman and others.

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

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1990 - 2000
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
42   (6 series), plus 2 Comic Relief specials
Starring
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

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.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • OFITG (Acronym)
Soundtrack
Theme tune composed and performed by Eric Idle.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 4th January 1990 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 16th March 2001 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last repeat
Saturday 12th October 2019 at 5:00pm on Drama

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