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.

Series 1, Episode 2 - The Big Sleep

Margaret tries to help her husband cope with early retirement by getting him a book from the library entitled Coping with Old Age.

Further details

The window cleaner is distressed because she claims that Victor had indecently exposed himself to her when she was cleaning the windows; he was drying himself but she says she's going to report him to the police. The police arrive, but they're off-duty officers doing their Jehovah's Witness duty, and Victor reacts rudely to them before throwing them out.

Margaret tells Victor the news of all of his relatives who are dying as of late, which depresses him, so she takes him to an exercise class for the elderly. Ironically, the fitness instructor suddenly dies of a heart attack, whilst another becomes stuck in a yoga position and faints, so he and Margaret are left dealing with these (but this goes horribly wrong when they leave the dead woman with a make-up artist!). He goes to his cousin's secular funeral which depresses him further, and a detailed reading of the medical dictionary makes him even more worried about his health. He falls asleep in the back garden but wakes up in thick fog, and assumes he's dead; he knocks himself out on a garden rake and rouses in hospital where he starts to attack a patient who he thinks is God.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 11th January 1990
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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