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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

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Series 2, Episode 1 - In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream

The Meldrews return from a disastrous Greek holiday to discover that their home has burnt down. Six months and a pile of insurance headaches later, they are ensconced in their new abode and decide to throw a house-warming party. What could possibly go wrong?

Further details

Victor and Margaret return from their unfortunate holiday (whereupon they found the snake from the end of Series 1 dead in their suitcase) to hear that their house has been demolished. First a fire struck - with their neighbour unable to call the fire brigade, instead summoning the services of a singing telegram agency - and then a freak hurricane, leaving the remnants of the property to be razed to the ground.

After six months and endless arguments with the insurance company, the Meldrews are finally able to move in to a new home. They attempt to throw a housewarming party and invite all of their friends, but confusion is never far from Victor and they end up having three different parties in three different houses!

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th October 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle Mrs Warboys
Owen Brenman Nick Swainey
Guest cast
Peter Corey Mr. Prout
Michael Robbins Irate Neighbour
Doremy Vernon Irate Neighbour
Michael Bilton Mr. Drewitt
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Susan Belbin Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
John Dunstan Editor
John Asbridge Production Designer
Richard Winter Costume Designer
Jean Steward Make-up Designer
Chris Kempton Lighting Designer
Eric Idle Composer
Ed Welch Composer
Pete Wane Graphics

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