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 3 - Dramatic Fever

Margaret joins the local amateur dramatic society and takes Victor to a Bergerac watching party. Meanwhile, Margaret's mother manages to get stuck in the bath with wallpaper paste.

Further details

Margaret has just joined the local amateur dramatic society and has been going off to rehearsals. Her mum, meanwhile, has been visiting for a few days, but Victor's reuse of old storage tins and bottles causes no end of havoc: first her dentures are accidentally set in plaster of Paris, and she then finds herself stuck fast in the bath with wallpaper paste!

Whilst Margaret takes her mother back home Victor attempts to use the quiet to pen his own comedy script, but finds himself pestered by incessant phone calls, one of which is from one of Margaret's am-dram friends, who rather misunderstands the notion of her being in Kettering.

Invited to the friend's watch-party for an episode of Bergerac she recently filmed, the Meldrews arrive - albeit late - in reasonably good humour, only to discover the full horror of their latest confusion.

Victor, meanwhile, has been attempting to put local litterbugs to rights, but - as ever - his attempts have not been without shortcomings.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th October 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 26th September 2011 10:40am Gold
Monday 26th September 2011 4:00pm Gold
Monday 23rd January 2012 7:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th January 2012 3:20pm Gold
Thursday 12th April 2012 1:00pm Gold
Thursday 12th April 2012 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 15th April 2012 7:00pm Gold
Monday 16th April 2012 2:20pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2012 1:00pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2012 7:40pm Gold
Saturday 22nd September 2012 10:40am Gold
Thursday 17th January 2013 9:00pm Gold
Friday 18th January 2013 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 24th April 2013 3:40pm Gold
Thursday 25th April 2013 9:40am Gold
Thursday 12th September 2013 5:40pm Gold
Friday 13th September 2013 11:40am Gold
Friday 29th November 2013 6:20pm Drama
Saturday 11th January 2014 5:00pm Drama
Sunday 12th January 2014 1:10pm Drama
Saturday 18th January 2014 1:55pm Gold
Sunday 19th January 2014 8:10am Gold
Thursday 20th March 2014 10:20am Gold
Thursday 20th March 2014 4:40pm Gold
Saturday 7th June 2014 4:40pm Drama
Sunday 8th June 2014 4:00pm Drama
Friday 27th June 2014 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 28th June 2014 7:00pm Yesterday
Monday 11th August 2014 5:20pm Gold
Tuesday 12th August 2014 12:20pm Gold
Monday 23rd February 2015 7:40pm Gold
Saturday 25th July 2015 5:20pm Drama
Monday 14th September 2015 2:30pm Gold
Tuesday 15th September 2015 7:30am Gold
Saturday 27th February 2016 4:20pm Gold
Sunday 28th February 2016 10:15am Gold
Friday 3rd June 2016 1:00pm Gold
Friday 3rd June 2016 7:40pm Gold
Monday 8th August 2016 12:15pm Gold
Wednesday 16th November 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 17th November 2016 8:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 21st January 2017 6:20pm Drama
Tuesday 25th April 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 26th April 2017 3:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 15th June 2017 8:40am Gold
Thursday 15th June 2017 3:20pm Gold
Sunday 25th June 2017 7:25am Gold
Monday 3rd July 2017 8:50am Gold
Monday 3rd July 2017 3:20pm Gold
Friday 7th July 2017 8:50am Gold
Saturday 8th July 2017 8:40am Gold
Friday 12th January 2018 6:00pm Drama
Monday 19th March 2018 11:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 20th March 2018 9:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 19th June 2018 11:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 20th June 2018 9:40pm Yesterday
Friday 29th June 2018 12:20pm Gold
Monday 9th July 2018 11:20am Gold
Wednesday 10th February 2021 12:20am Yesterday
Wednesday 10th February 2021 10:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 29th May 2021 8:00pm Yesterday
Sunday 29th August 2021 9:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 25th September 2021 2:20pm Drama
Sunday 17th October 2021 10:20pm Yesterday
Tuesday 30th November 2021 8:30pm BBC4
Saturday 5th February 2022 3:20pm Drama
Saturday 19th February 2022 9:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 14th May 2022 10:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 4th June 2022 5:20pm Drama
Monday 25th July 2022 7:05am Drama
Monday 25th July 2022 6:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Guest cast
Dick Sullivan Plumber
Billy Clarke Plumber's Mate
Mark Baxter Postman
Maggie Ollerenshaw Hilary
Gareth Armstrong Graham
Bill Monks Martin
Fleur Chandler Desirée Gibson
Terry Taplin Jasper Gibson
Geoff Parry Gerry
John Sessions Man on Phone (Voice)
Chris Emmett Man on Phone (Voice)
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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