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 6, Episode 4 - Threatening Weather

Plunged into darkness after a power cut on a sweltering summer night, Victor and Margaret reflect on their lives, hopes and fears.

Further details

There's been a power cut in the area on the hottest day of the year, leaving the Meldrews in total darkness and unbearable heat. This gives Victor the perfect opportunity to have an extended whinging session about many issues of the current time, such as self-assembly furniture, someone stubbing out a cigarette on his cap, and a dinner party they're going to host the next evening.

A fly keeps on irritating Victor's ear, and he attempts to cool down with a liquid spray, by lying on the floor (reasoning that heat rises), and attempts to stave off boredom by listening to an audiobook on a battery-operated tape player, all with little luck. Margaret is trying to cope with the situation by reading her book but she can never read more than a few lines before Victor distracts her with further torrential anger. There's a brief moment of excitement comes when the power resumes, but disappears again only seconds later.

More joy is brought to the house when an elderly, grossly obese, incontinent neighbour has to visit after his wife suffers a suspected stroke and must be taken to hospital. At least the company might prove a nice change...

Broadcast details

Monday 6th November 2000
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 8th August 2011 11:15am Gold
Monday 8th August 2011 4:40pm Gold
Thursday 27th October 2011 10:00am Gold
Thursday 27th October 2011 4:40pm Gold
Sunday 20th November 2011 8:15pm Gold
Saturday 4th February 2012 9:20am Gold
Monday 5th March 2012 12:40pm Gold
Monday 5th March 2012 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 17th May 2012 1:00pm Gold
Thursday 17th May 2012 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 30th June 2012 11:40am Gold
Tuesday 14th August 2012 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 26th June 2013 2:55pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2013 9:30am Gold
Thursday 21st November 2013 5:15pm Gold
Friday 22nd November 2013 11:35am Gold
Thursday 19th December 2013 6:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 29th March 2014 11:30am Gold
Sunday 30th March 2014 8:20am Gold
Saturday 5th April 2014 5:00pm Drama
Sunday 6th April 2014 4:40pm Drama
Saturday 17th May 2014 4:55pm Gold
Sunday 18th May 2014 1:55pm Gold
Friday 29th August 2014 8:20pm Yesterday
Friday 29th August 2014 10:20pm Yesterday
Friday 12th June 2015 12:00pm Gold
Friday 12th June 2015 5:10pm Gold
Saturday 3rd October 2015 11:05am Gold
Saturday 3rd October 2015 5:20pm Drama
Wednesday 28th October 2015 2:00pm Gold
Sunday 28th February 2016 8:10am Gold
Sunday 20th March 2016 5:35pm Gold
Monday 21st March 2016 1:20pm Gold
Tuesday 20th December 2016 10:45pm Yesterday
Wednesday 21st December 2016 8:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 16th February 2017 10:00am Gold
Saturday 4th March 2017 6:20pm Drama
Wednesday 15th March 2017 8:00am Gold
Thursday 29th June 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Friday 30th June 2017 3:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 13th April 2021 11:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 14th April 2021 9:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 24th July 2021 8:45pm Yesterday
Saturday 20th November 2021 2:15pm Drama
Sunday 12th December 2021 9:05pm Yesterday
Saturday 22nd January 2022 9:20pm Yesterday
Saturday 2nd April 2022 3:20pm Drama

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie Margaret Meldrew
Guest cast
Roy Hudd Mr. Smedley
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Christine Gernon Director
Jonathan Paul Llewellyn (as Jonathan P. Llewellyn) Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Linda Conoboy Production Designer
Jacky Levy Costume Designer
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Chris Kempton (as Christopher Kempton) Lighting Designer
Eric Idle Composer
Ed Welch Composer
Julia Smith Lighting Designer
Katie Thompstone 1st Assistant Director

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