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

BBC One sitcom about an old man. 42 episodes (6 series), 1990 - 2000. Stars Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman and others.

Series 5 - The Man Who Blew Away

Victor is dogged by some practical jokers, and then joyriders steal his car. An old friend, Mr Foskett, comes to visit the Meldrews and his unconventional behaviour causes problems for Patrick.

Further details

Victor is reading the erotic adverts in the newspapers with great hilarity, and he has every right to be in a good mood because their rusty old car has been stolen leading to a handsome payout from the insurance company! That is, until someone rings with the good news that their car's been found in Finland, of all places.

Patrick goes for a job interview and discovers that through a washing mix-up he's wearing a pair of Victor's underwear, which puts him in a bad mood, of course! Victor is feuding with some children in the neighbourhood who keep leaving false limbs around the outside of his house, much to the horror of neighbours who assume the worst.

A party is held in the neighbourhood where the guests all sing The Laughing Policeman to Victor's annoyance. Having slept badly, he's horrified to receive a phone call from an old friend who's decided to just drop by. They entertain him begrudgingly and are surprised when he decides to climb on the roof and kill himself, first shimmying past Patrick's window naked as he entertains his clients. He leaves Victor his false teeth collection as a parting gift when he kills himself.

Broadcast details

Sunday 25th December 1994
40 minutes

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