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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 4, Episode 6 - Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

Victor's conjuring hobbyists group meets at his and Margaret's house, but they run into serious trouble when a trick goes horribly wrong. On the up side, he at least has a new job to look forward to - as a lollipop man.

Further details

Margaret has invited Patrick and Pippa round for dinner in order to clear the air between the couples, but Patrick - still convinced his neighbour is a psychotic maniac who targets him at every juncture - is apprehensive for fear of what may be in store.

Meanwhile, Victor is being plagued by someone who keeps hoax-calling the fire brigade out to him, causing great annoyance and inconvenience to all concerned. He's also organised a gathering of his magicians' group at the house, but when one of the members fails to emerge from an escapology trick, and another faints in shock, lunacy quickly unfolds!

All of that, and there's still dinner with the neighbours to prepare for...

Broadcast details

Sunday 7th March 1993
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle Mrs Warboys
Owen Brenman Nick Swainey
Angus Deayton Patrick Trench
Janine Duvitski Pippa Trench
Guest cast
Chris Walker Fire Officer
John Cassady Window Cleaner
Simon Fisher-Becker Magician
Vince Leigh (as Vincent Leigh) Fire Officer
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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