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

Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 4 - Who Will Buy?

Unexpected visitors drop in and mistakenly believe Victor has killed an elderly blind man. A charity concert gives Victor the chance to use his ventriloquist's dummy.

Further details

Victor has retrieved his old ventriloquist's dummy from storage and begun practicing with it. Unfortunately, the aged prop keeps bursting and spilling sawdust, so, finding it somewhat creepy at the best of times, Margaret banishes it to the downstairs toilet when not in active use.

Margaret goes out to work, and whilst delivering a bouquet of flowers comes across an elderly blind man, living alone in a less salubrious part of town, and without contact from his Australia-living son or grandchildren on his seventieth birthday. She attempts to lift the gent's spirits and pretends his son has in fact written to him, before making her excuses and departing.

She returns home to find Victor entertaining Patrick and Pippa - but neither Meldrew has any idea where they've seen the couple before! It has grown late so, as good hosts, Victor enthusiastically encourages them to stay and use their bed. It's only at this point Margaret realises who they are - their new next-door neighbours who went on an extended holiday the day they moved in!

Later that week, talked into performing a short ventriloquist routine at a local fundraising show by Nick, Victor is giving his best on stage when dreadful news reaches them - the old blind man, someone Nick regularly helped, has been found murdered, his flat robbed and ransacked. When Pippa learns of this, her mind goes into overdrive.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th October 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 26th September 2011 4:40pm Gold
Monday 30th January 2012 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 31st January 2012 2:00pm Gold
Friday 13th April 2012 1:00pm Gold
Friday 13th April 2012 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 15th April 2012 7:40pm Gold
Monday 16th April 2012 3:00pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2012 1:40pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2012 8:20pm Gold
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Thursday 17th January 2013 9:40pm Gold
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Wednesday 24th April 2013 4:20pm Gold
Thursday 25th April 2013 10:20am Gold
Friday 13th September 2013 5:40pm Gold
Saturday 14th September 2013 10:00am Gold
Monday 2nd December 2013 5:40pm Drama
Saturday 11th January 2014 5:40pm Drama
Sunday 12th January 2014 1:50pm Drama
Friday 21st March 2014 10:20am Gold
Friday 21st March 2014 4:50pm Gold
Saturday 7th June 2014 5:20pm Drama
Sunday 8th June 2014 4:40pm Drama
Friday 27th June 2014 9:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 28th June 2014 7:40pm Yesterday
Monday 18th August 2014 4:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th August 2014 11:00am Gold
Monday 3rd November 2014 11:20am Gold
Monday 3rd November 2014 6:00pm Gold
Monday 23rd February 2015 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 1st August 2015 4:00pm Drama
Wednesday 16th September 2015 7:30am Gold
Wednesday 16th September 2015 2:00pm Gold
Saturday 27th February 2016 5:00pm Gold
Sunday 28th February 2016 10:55am Gold
Monday 6th June 2016 1:00pm Gold
Monday 6th June 2016 7:40pm Gold
Monday 15th August 2016 10:55am Gold
Monday 15th August 2016 4:55pm Gold
Thursday 17th November 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Friday 18th November 2016 8:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 28th January 2017 5:00pm Drama
Tuesday 25th April 2017 9:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 26th April 2017 4:20pm Yesterday
Friday 16th June 2017 8:40am Gold
Friday 16th June 2017 2:30pm Gold
Sunday 25th June 2017 8:00am Gold
Tuesday 4th July 2017 8:40am Gold
Tuesday 4th July 2017 3:10pm Gold
Monday 15th January 2018 6:00pm Drama
Tuesday 20th March 2018 12:20am Yesterday
Tuesday 20th March 2018 10:20pm Yesterday
Wednesday 20th June 2018 12:20am Yesterday
Wednesday 20th June 2018 10:20pm Yesterday
Monday 2nd July 2018 11:20am Gold
Monday 2nd July 2018 3:20pm Gold
Tuesday 10th July 2018 12:50pm Gold
Wednesday 11th July 2018 10:55am Gold
Sunday 19th August 2018 8:00am Gold
Tuesday 16th February 2021 11:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 17th February 2021 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 29th May 2021 8:40pm Yesterday
Sunday 29th August 2021 10:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 2nd October 2021 1:00pm Drama
Sunday 24th October 2021 9:00pm Yesterday
Tuesday 7th December 2021 8:30pm BBC4
Saturday 12th February 2022 2:00pm Drama
Saturday 26th February 2022 8:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 14th May 2022 11:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 11th June 2022 7:30am Drama
Saturday 11th June 2022 4:00pm Drama
Tuesday 26th July 2022 7:00am Drama
Tuesday 26th July 2022 6:00pm Drama
Saturday 3rd September 2022 10:40pm Yesterday
Sunday 30th October 2022 6:40pm Drama
Sunday 9th April 2023 8:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 20th May 2023 10:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 2nd September 2023 11:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 16th December 2023 10:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 24th February 2024 10:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 4th May 2024 10:00pm Yesterday

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Owen Brenman Nick Swainey
Angus Deayton Patrick Trench
Janine Duvitski Pippa Trench
Guest cast
William Vanderpuye Toy Salesman
Patricia Greene Jill Archer
Jimmy Jewel Albert Warris
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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