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 - One Foot In The Algarve

One Foot In The Grave. Image shows from L to R: Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson), Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie). Copyright: BBC
Victor and Margaret accompany Mrs Warboys, who is hoping for romance with her pen pal Alfonso, on holiday to meet him in his native Portugal. Fleet Street paparazzo Martin Trout is hot on their tail after an encounter at Victoria station leads him to believe they have accidentally taken possession of an extremely valuable and politically explosive roll of film...

Further details

Victor, Margaret and Jean are looking forward to a holiday in the Portuguese sun so the recently divorced Mrs Warboys can meet - and, she hopes, strike up a romance with - her widowed pen pal, Alfonso. Meanwhile, top Fleet Street muck-raking photographer Martin Trout has just returned from the very same region where he's captured red-hot photographs of a senior figure in a very compromising position.

Colliding with the departing Meldrew party at Victoria station as he returns and they leave, he misplaces the film and gives chase - all the way back to the Algarve.

Having arrived in Portugal, the Meldrews and Mrs Warboys struggle to find their rented villa; Victor accidentally prostitutes Jean whilst practicing his rusty Portuguese; and they soon find themselves in trouble with the police, seemingly locked in a prison cell for days on end. They're horrified, therefore, to discover that the 'cell' is in fact a room in their decrepit holiday villa and the door has not been locked but simply stiff!

If that wasn't bad enough, it's not long before Jean goes missing and is feared dead in much the same way as Alfonso's first wife. As a search is mounted, Victor calls on the help of their neighbouring holidaymakers, a black British family, who find themselves caught up in further trouble as a result!

Following many hours of fretful confusion, the Meldrews and Mrs Warboys are eventually reunited, but when Jean realises Alfonso's wife's death was faked, their situation becomes altogether much more menacing.

Broadcast details

Sunday 26th December 1993
90 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 18th December 2010 6:50pm Gold
Saturday 19th February 2011 2:00pm Gold
Saturday 2nd April 2011 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 9th July 2011 9:50am Gold
Sunday 10th July 2011 7:55am Gold
Wednesday 27th July 2011 11:20am Gold
Wednesday 27th July 2011 4:40pm Gold
Saturday 20th August 2011 8:00pm Gold
Sunday 21st August 2011 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 20th December 2011 7:55pm Gold
Wednesday 21st December 2011 12:25pm Gold
Saturday 28th January 2012 6:40pm Gold
Sunday 29th January 2012 11:40am Gold
Wednesday 11th April 2012 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 12th April 2012 2:20pm Gold
Sunday 6th May 2012 7:00pm Gold
Monday 7th May 2012 2:00pm Gold
Tuesday 17th July 2012 9:45pm Gold
Wednesday 18th July 2012 1:10am Gold
Friday 5th October 2012 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 6th October 2012 12:30am Gold
Saturday 13th October 2012 9:05am Gold
Saturday 13th October 2012 2:55pm Gold
Monday 24th December 2012 11:25am Gold
Monday 24th December 2012 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 25th May 2013 2:15pm Gold
Sunday 26th May 2013 7:10am Gold
Sunday 18th August 2013 8:20am Gold
Sunday 18th August 2013 2:00pm Gold
Saturday 14th September 2013 2:55pm Gold
Sunday 15th September 2013 6:40am Gold
Thursday 26th December 2013 7:00pm Drama
Friday 27th December 2013 12:10pm Drama
Friday 3rd January 2014 8:00pm Gold
Saturday 4th January 2014 2:00pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 1:40pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 9:40am Gold
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 24th July 2014 3:00pm Gold
Friday 8th August 2014 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 9th August 2014 7:00pm Yesterday
Monday 25th August 2014 2:45pm Gold
Tuesday 26th August 2014 11:00am Gold
Saturday 13th December 2014 10:40am Gold
Saturday 13th December 2014 6:55pm Gold
Sunday 26th April 2015 10:00am Gold
Sunday 26th April 2015 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 2nd May 2015 9:20am Gold
Saturday 2nd May 2015 4:00pm Gold
Sunday 7th June 2015 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 8th August 2015 1:35pm Gold
Friday 28th August 2015 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 29th August 2015 1:45pm Gold
Saturday 19th December 2015 3:10pm Gold
Sunday 20th December 2015 9:05am Gold
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 6:00pm Drama
Monday 8th August 2016 6:45pm Gold
Tuesday 9th August 2016 5:00pm Gold
Saturday 18th November 2017 10:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 2nd December 2017 10:30am Gold
Sunday 3rd December 2017 9:20am Gold
Friday 8th December 2017 10:55am Gold
Friday 8th December 2017 4:20pm Gold
Saturday 30th December 2017 4:40pm Drama
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 11:20am Gold
Saturday 20th October 2018 9:45am Gold
Sunday 21st October 2018 2:15am Gold
Saturday 29th December 2018 7:00pm Drama
Sunday 20th January 2019 6:00pm Drama
Saturday 9th March 2019 4:00pm Drama
Saturday 12th October 2019 5:00pm Drama
Thursday 26th December 2019 9:00pm BBC4
Saturday 15th August 2020 4:00pm Drama
Saturday 5th December 2020 4:00pm Drama
Sunday 24th December 2023 9:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle Mrs Warboys
Guest cast
Peter Cook Martin Trout
Joan Sims Lady on Plane
Edward de Souza Afonso
Louis Mahoney Humphrey
Eamonn Walker Hugo
Louise Duprey Shirley
Craig Ferguson Glaswegian
Anna Nicholas Isabella
Benjamim Falcão Old Man
Margarida Rose Rodrigues (as Margarida Rodrigues) Waitress
Augusto Portela Policeman
Eduardo Viana Policeman
José Gomes Farmworker
Jorge Parente Farmworker
André Maia Fisherman
Jorge Sequerra Coastguard
João D'Ávila (as João D'Avila) Mortuary Attendant
Maria d'Aires Mortuary Assistant
Luís Zagalo (as Luis Zagalo) Photo Shop Owner
Lidia Franco Maria
João Lagarto Cabbie
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Susan Belbin Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Jeff Gay Editor
Nick Somerville Production Designer
Richard Winter Costume Designer
Eric Idle Composer
Ed Welch Composer
John Rhodes Director of Photography
Vivien Riley (as Viv Riley) Make-up Designer
Angie De Chastelai Smith (as Angela De Chastelai Smith) 1st Assistant Director

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