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 4, Episode 1 - The Pit And The Pendulum

Patrick's cherry tree launches an attack on Victor's junipers, which prompts Victor to seek professional help. Victor's interest in tropical fish causes a fresh ruction between the pair.

Further details

Victor and Patrick both have new pets: Victor has a home aquarium with various fish and aquatic life that he's desperately failing to keep alive, whilst Patrick has a miniature dog, Denzil.

The Meldrews hire a gardener, believing the roots of Patrick and Pippa's cherry tree are too extensive, taking 'their' moisture and stopping anything they plant from growing. However, the gardener resembles the "Missing Link" and appears to spend most of his time flirting with Pippa and local schoolgirls rather than getting any form of useful work done.

Meanwhile, Victor is given a present of a collection of seaweed from some local children, and dumps it in the back garden. Denzil investigates and soon extracts a hermit crab from it, which he delivers to a snoozy, sunbathing Patrick in his own garden. It crawls up his leg and makes its presence known with great vigour!

Upsetting gardener Mr Kazanzi when he mistakes his daughter for a bit of fun on the side, Victor ends up in rather the worst situation yet.


This episode features the infamous scenes both of Victor answering the phone with Patrick's small dog, and being buried in his garden.

Broadcast details

Sunday 31st January 1993
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 19th February 2011 10:15am Gold
Tuesday 19th July 2011 11:20am Gold
Tuesday 19th July 2011 4:40pm Gold
Friday 7th October 2011 10:00am Gold
Friday 7th October 2011 4:40pm Gold
Saturday 21st January 2012 8:00am Gold
Tuesday 14th February 2012 12:40pm Gold
Tuesday 14th February 2012 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 26th April 2012 1:00pm Gold
Thursday 26th April 2012 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 16th June 2012 12:20pm Gold
Thursday 23rd August 2012 11:55am Gold
Thursday 23rd August 2012 6:20pm Gold
Saturday 20th October 2012 9:40am Gold
Thursday 7th February 2013 9:40pm Gold
Friday 8th February 2013 1:30am Gold
Wednesday 15th May 2013 3:40pm Gold
Thursday 16th May 2013 9:40am Gold
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 5:35pm Gold
Thursday 3rd October 2013 11:40am Gold
Sunday 3rd November 2013 12:00pm Gold
Sunday 3rd November 2013 6:20pm Gold
Friday 6th December 2013 6:20pm Drama
Saturday 8th February 2014 12:15pm Gold
Sunday 9th February 2014 10:10am Gold
Saturday 15th February 2014 5:15pm Drama
Sunday 16th February 2014 4:10pm Drama
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 10:10am Gold
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 4:50pm Gold
Friday 25th July 2014 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 26th July 2014 7:00pm Yesterday
Thursday 4th September 2014 8:40pm Gold
Friday 5th September 2014 12:40am Gold
Thursday 6th November 2014 6:40pm Gold
Monday 23rd March 2015 7:40pm Gold
Saturday 22nd August 2015 4:00pm Drama
Friday 2nd October 2015 7:30am Gold
Friday 2nd October 2015 2:00pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 23rd June 2016 9:20pm Yesterday
Friday 5th August 2016 2:25pm Gold
Friday 5th August 2016 8:15pm Gold
Wednesday 30th November 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 1st December 2016 8:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 26th January 2017 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 26th January 2017 11:15pm Gold
Saturday 18th February 2017 5:00pm Drama
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Wednesday 23rd December 2020 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Saturday 26th December 2020 10:00pm BBC Scotland
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Saturday 25th May 2024 10:00pm Yesterday

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Angus Deayton Patrick Trench
Janine Duvitski Pippa Trench
Guest cast
Daniel Peacock Kazanzi
Sarah Bolden Daughter
Katharine Page Margaret's Mother (Voice)
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Susan Belbin Producer
Mike Houghton Editor
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Nick Somerville 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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