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 5, Episode 3 - Rearranging The Dust

Victor and Margaret visit a solicitor to sort out some legal matters. But a long, non-eventful wait then brings more misery.

Further details

Victor and Margaret are bored in their solicitor's waiting room so Victor passes the time by counting the leaves on the plastic plant. Moreover, his testicles become trapped in the elastic, and he discovers a spider in his flies. Victor paces around the waiting room bored out of his brains, and when Margaret tells him to sit down and behave, so he accidentally wrecks a glass table when he puts hit feet up on it.

Victor gets up and complains about the amount of dust on the window ledges, and finds a bird nest on the inside of it. He also wrecks the blind when he plays with it. Victor then spends some time philosophising about dust and death. As Victor looks out of the window, he sees a dog urinating on his car so he throws a meringue at it, then argues with the owner out of the window. He goes to the toilet next door but the trickling noise can be heard very loudly indeed in the waiting room, much to Margaret's embarrassment. A solicitor comes into the waiting room not to invite Victor in but to hand him an assault charge regarding the meringue and dog incident!

Broadcast details

Sunday 15th January 1995
30 minutes


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Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Guest cast
Antony Sher Businessman
Damaris Hayman Receptionist
Valerie Minifie Woman
Laura Cox Woman
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Susan Belbin Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Linda Conoboy Production Designer
Laurence Williams Production Designer
Richard Winter Costume Designer
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Chris Kempton (as Christopher Kempton) Lighting Designer
Eric Idle Composer
Ed Welch Composer

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