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 3, Episode 5 - Beware The Trickster On The Roof

Victor and Margaret battle to rid their home of an evil curse. Victor's neighbours put their house up for sale - but there are very few takers. Victor becomes convinced that a TV aerial is laughing at him.

Further details

Victor is making a teddy-bear out of lots of bits of old teddy-bears, but Margaret wishes he didn't as it looks very grotesque - almost a Franken-teddy! Patrick and Pippa think he's doing strange things to these old teddy-bears (like giving one a Caesarean section) when they look out of the window to see him doing his unique brand of DIY! This worries them because they're trying to sell the house to get away from Victor and fear a bad impression may be created to those coming to view the house!

Unfortunately the first buyers' child finds the Franken-teddy and screams hysterically; the second buyers turn up as Victor shouts abuse out of his bedroom window. Nick brings Victor and Margaret a cursed scorpion from his holiday, and it works outstandingly well. A model minicab is delivered when Victor books a taxi; there's a leak in the bedroom ceiling; the thieves from Episode 3:1 phone back asking how to work the stolen television; Victor wins the scorpion when he gives it to a raffle, and a cow rather than the requested cot is delivered to him, which crashes through into Patrick and Pippa's lounge as the third buyers are looking around!

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st March 1992
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th July 2011 11:20am Gold
Monday 18th July 2011 4:40pm Gold
Wednesday 5th October 2011 10:00am Gold
Wednesday 5th October 2011 4:40pm Gold
Saturday 14th January 2012 10:40am Gold
Friday 10th February 2012 12:40pm Gold
Friday 10th February 2012 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 24th April 2012 1:00pm Gold
Tuesday 24th April 2012 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 10th June 2012 9:30am Gold
Monday 20th August 2012 11:40am Gold
Monday 20th August 2012 6:20pm Gold
Saturday 6th October 2012 10:40am Gold
Sunday 7th October 2012 10:20am Gold
Thursday 31st January 2013 9:40pm Gold
Friday 1st February 2013 1:30am Gold
Wednesday 15th May 2013 3:00pm Gold
Thursday 16th May 2013 9:00am Gold
Thursday 26th September 2013 5:40pm Gold
Friday 27th September 2013 11:40am Gold
Friday 6th December 2013 5:40pm Drama
Saturday 8th February 2014 11:35am Gold
Saturday 8th February 2014 4:40pm Drama
Sunday 9th February 2014 9:30am Gold
Sunday 9th February 2014 1:10pm Drama
Monday 31st March 2014 10:30am Gold
Monday 31st March 2014 5:00pm Gold
Tuesday 1st July 2014 8:20pm Gold
Friday 18th July 2014 9:30pm Yesterday
Saturday 19th July 2014 7:30pm Yesterday
Wednesday 5th November 2014 6:40pm Gold
Monday 16th March 2015 7:40pm Gold
Saturday 15th August 2015 4:40pm Drama
Monday 28th September 2015 2:30pm Gold
Tuesday 29th September 2015 7:25am Gold
Saturday 19th March 2016 5:30pm Gold
Sunday 20th March 2016 11:00am Gold
Wednesday 15th June 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 16th June 2016 9:20pm Yesterday
Friday 29th July 2016 7:40pm Gold
Monday 28th November 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 29th November 2016 8:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 11th February 2017 5:40pm Drama
Sunday 23rd April 2017 8:20am Gold
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 24th May 2017 3:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 28th June 2017 9:00am Gold
Wednesday 28th June 2017 4:00pm Gold
Tuesday 31st October 2017 8:10am Gold
Tuesday 31st October 2017 12:10pm Gold
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 6:00pm Drama
Tuesday 27th March 2018 12:20am Yesterday
Tuesday 27th March 2018 10:20pm Yesterday
Thursday 6th September 2018 12:20am Yesterday
Thursday 6th September 2018 10:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 12th January 2019 8:20am Gold
Tuesday 2nd March 2021 11:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 9:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 12th June 2021 10:20pm Yesterday
Sunday 19th September 2021 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 16th October 2021 1:40pm Drama
Sunday 7th November 2021 9:40pm 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
Britt Morrow Young Wife
Hilda Braid Mrs. Skimpson
Steve Perry Cyclist
Peter Aubrey Mr. Tildsley
Louise Kerr Wife
Enn Reitel Voice (Voice)
John Challis Voice (Voice)
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Susan Belbin Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
John Dunstan Editor
John Bristow Production Designer
Richard Winter Costume Designer
Jean Steward Make-up Designer
Chris Kempton (as Christopher Kempton) Lighting Designer
Eric Idle Composer
Ed Welch Composer

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