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 5, Christmas Special is repeated on Drama on Thursday at 7pm.

Series 1, Episode 4 - I'll Retire To Bedlam

Victor and Margaret are trapped in their garden shed by a swarm of bees. Later, a trip to the eye clinic gives Victor a chance to moan about the NHS. While he's out, Margaret agrees to look after her niece's two children for a day.

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Victor awakes cheerfully! It doesn't last long, as he and Margaret become stuck in the garden shed surrounded by a huge swarm of killer-bees. Victor's niece, Iris, calls by to ask if Victor can baby sit her children, and Margaret says that she'll wait until he's in a good mood before asking. Naturally, this rare event never happens, but Margaret agrees that he'll mind the children anyway. Victor goes to the optician and is left there with his eyes shut and full of eye drops all day long. The cleaner, eventually, attends to him as she does her after-hours work.

Stroppy from the experience, he returns to find a giant bee in the toilet: it's the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate in fancy-dress, who then leaves the house in quite a shaky state! Margaret invites her friend Iris' children over, and after suffering torture from them they get on Victor's nerves so he ties them up in the garage! Whilst waiting to have injuries attended to at Casualty sustained by a mental patient shaving his stomach before supposedly having his appendix out, he shouts support of the Monster Raving Loony Party to the local Conservative candidate after ranting at him.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 25th January 1990
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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