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One Foot in the Grave 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (1990–2001)
Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margaret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Wilson ...  Victor Meldrew 44 episodes, 1990-2001
Annette Crosbie ...  Margaret Meldrew 43 episodes, 1990-2001
Doreen Mantle ...  Mrs Warboys / ... 18 episodes, 1990-2000
Owen Brenman ...  Nick Swainey 15 episodes, 1990-2000
Angus Deayton ...  Patrick 14 episodes, 1990-2000
Janine Duvitski ...  Pippa 14 episodes, 1990-2000
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In this classic bittersweet sitcom from award-winning writer David Renwick, Richard Wilson plays the short-tempered Victor Meldrew, a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly, and to his misery frequently encounters them as well as enduring endless misfortune. His long-suffering wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie) struggles to cope with his rants against the world and the bad luck that befalls them. The hilarity that ensures is underpinned by a poignant, often darker edge little seen in most sitcoms. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic?

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English

Release Date:

4 January 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fél lábbal a sírban See more »

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(34 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (3 episodes) | (2 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Andrew Sachs turned down the role of Victor Meldrew. See more »

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[repeated line]
Victor Meldrew: What in the name of bloody hell?
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Remade as Mit einem Bein im Grab (1996) See more »

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One of the funniest British comedies of all time
21 May 2001 | by phoenix_809See all my reviews

I happened across this show quite by accident whilst channel surfing on Christmas Eve a couple of years back. I came across this show featuring a couple in their sixties: him a catankerous old codger who seemed to be a magnet for misfortune and trouble; her, his wife who suffered his constant moanings and groanings. Through the plot, which involved all manner of mayhem, I simply could not stop laughing. Unfortunately, it was only a one-off to fill time on the night: I did not hear of more episodes of this show until six months or more later. However, it again disappeared after only a handful of episodes, until six weeks ago it returned to my television screen. However, tonight I have just watched the final episode (ever), which leads me to believe its seasons were very short indeed.

Anyone who has not seen this show will do well to find videos of it. And those who have not seen the finale for the show, watch it. From the first time you hear Victor Meldrew's famous signature quote, "I do not BELIEVE this!", you'll be hooked. 10/10


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