The BEST Episodes of One Foot in the Grave

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2020

Network: BBC One

Victor Meldrew, a man who, put simply, is annoyed by every one of life's 'challenges'!, has never been renowned for his patience and tolerance. When he's forced to take early retirement, he suddenly has plenty of time on his hands to rage against the petty annoyances of life and the people in it. His long-suffering wife Margaret just has to grin and bear it as her husband constantly moans and battles his way through his retirement years. Other regular characters are his neighbours, Patrick Trench and his wife Pippa, 'Family' friend Mrs Warboys and Nick Swainey, another neighbour.

''We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb''

#1 - ''We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb''

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 1990

The Meldrews are given the responsability of looking after their god-daughter's tortoise.

star 9.01
144 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Tales Of Terror

#2 - Tales Of Terror

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 23, 2000

In Mr. Swainey's production of 'Nosferatu The vampire', the actor who was supposed to play the vampire doesn't show up so Nick asks Victor to take the part. He did. Later, blood was found in Victor's digestive system during a test - after fearing the worst, the doctors discover that the blood was from an undercooked black pudding that was earlier given to Victor by Mrs. Warboys! later that week, whie on their way to visit the dreaded Ronnie and Mildred once more, Victor and Margaret are shocked to discover that Mildred has killed herself while playing a game of 'Happy Families' - they are even more shocked to discover that her body is still hanging outside the house!

star 8.98
111 votes
The Pit and the Pendulum

#3 - The Pit and the Pendulum

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 31, 1993

Victor is employing a workman in the garden, although he never seems to do any work. On the other side of the fence, Patrick has acquired a pet daschund called Denzil.

star 8.91
85 votes
Dramatic Fever

#4 - Dramatic Fever

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 1990

Victor discovers a new talent - writing comedy. However, his views of comedy are somewhat different from everyone elses, and he finds himself without support.

star 8.89
87 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Executioner's Song

#5 - The Executioner's Song

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 16, 2000

Victor has a new job as a window-cleaner. Meanwhile, Patrick's plans for a quiet birthday are ruined after an unfortunate misunderstanding involving a modern art painting and Pippa finds herself in an adulterous affair.

star 8.88
83 votes
The Exterminating Angel

#6 - The Exterminating Angel

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 29, 1995

Romance is in the air for Mr. Swainey when he finally invites Tania the nurse out for a date. Victor takes a new job as a chauffeur but rapidly wipes out his employer's beloved fleet.

star 8.79
107 votes
The Dawn Of Man

#7 - The Dawn Of Man

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 2000

Victor's new fishing hobby leads to an unfortunate encounter with a fly-tipper. Meanwhile, a visit from Patrick's gay twin brother leaves Pippa feeling mentally and physically exhausted, especially when Patrick sits on a cork.

star 8.79
107 votes
Hearts Of Darkness

#8 - Hearts Of Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 14, 1993

During a trip to the countryside with Mrs Warboys and Mr Swainey, the Meldrews manage to get lost. Victor leaves the others to try to find help.

star 8.78
116 votes
Warm Champagne

#9 - Warm Champagne

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 21, 1993

Victor returns from holiday with sunburnt feet. His mood doesn't improve, thanks to rows with the neighbours and the addition of a streetlamp to his bedroom furniture. This gives Margaret a dilemma when she is contacted by Ben, a pleasant man who she met on holiday.

star 8.76
116 votes
The Futility Of The Fly

#10 - The Futility Of The Fly

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 30, 2000

Margaret regrets hiring an attractive cleaner to help around the house. Meanwhile, Mrs Warboys has a couple of nasty frights.

star 8.72
112 votes
Only a Story

#11 - Only a Story

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 1, 1995

Mrs Warboys is staying with the Meldrews following the flooding of her house and is starting to irritate Margaret. However, Victor is a lot calmer than usual thanks to the reflexology treatment that he has started receiving.

star 8.72
109 votes
I'll Retire To Bedlam

#12 - I'll Retire To Bedlam

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 1990

After being stuck in the shed for over three hours, then forced to spend an entire day with his eyes closed after a visit to the optometrist, Victor cannot bear the trials of babysitting.

star 8.71
185 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Valley Of Fear

#13 - The Valley Of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 1990

After being mugged whilst photographing badgers, and having his house sprayed with the phrase 'The Man Who Lives Here Is A Turd', Victor decides to hold a crime prevention meeting.

star 8.67
166 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

#14 - Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 7, 1993

Victor is preparing for a meeting of his magician's club. He now has a job as a lollipop man, but is being bothered by hoax calls from the fire brigade. Patrick and Pippa are due to visit the Meldrews' for a reconciliation meal, but Patrick isn't looking forward to the experience.

star 8.61
109 votes
Rearranging The Dust

#15 - Rearranging The Dust

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 15, 1995

When Victor and Margaret visit their solicitors in order to make a will they discover precisely why a waiting room is so-called.

star 8.57
76 votes
The Eternal Quadrangle

#16 - The Eternal Quadrangle

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 1, 1990

Although Margaret is glad that Victor finally has a hobby to occupy his time, she is less pleased to discover that it involves painting nudes.

star 8.54
131 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Worst Horror of All

#17 - The Worst Horror of All

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 8, 1992

Even a shed falling on him cannot upset Victor when he finally gets a new job. However, before starting work he must first contend with some unwanted visitors and a trip to the BBC organised by Mrs Warboys.

star 8.53
111 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Descent Into The Maelstrom

#18 - Descent Into The Maelstrom

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 7, 1993

Margaret falls ills to nervous exhaustion that has been building up over the last 34 years. She has little chance for peace and quiet in which to recuperate, especially with Victor's problems with gorilla suits and the waste disposal system. She is however cheered by a visit from an old friend.

star 8.50
113 votes
Love and Death

#19 - Love and Death

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 1990

When the Meldrews visit some friends on the South Coast, Victor is given a surprise.

star 8.49
113 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Trial

#20 - The Trial

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 28, 1993

Victor has been selected for jury service. He hasn't been required in court yet, but he is on call so he is stuck in the house all day and must somehow beat his boredom.

star 8.47
113 votes
The Beast In The Cage

#21 - The Beast In The Cage

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 23, 1992

The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys get stuck in Bank Holiday traffic.

star 8.46
108 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Dreamland

#22 - Dreamland

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 9, 1992

Margaret is having a recurring dream about murdering someone who looks like Victor. However, it's Margaret who is starting to irritate Victor. That is, until she disappears.

star 8.46
115 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Broken Reflection

#23 - The Broken Reflection

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 16, 1992

Alfred, Victor's accident prone brother, is making his first visit from New Zealand for 25 years. Victor is not looking forward to his stay, preferring to act as a neighbourhood vigilante.

star 8.41
118 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Monday Morning Will Be Fine

#24 - Monday Morning Will Be Fine

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 2, 1992

After a burglary Victor decides not to replace his television set in order to give him and Margaret more opportunity to get out of the house. However, a trip to the pub results in a disconcerting experience with an old friend.

star 8.38
122 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Hole In The Sky

#25 - Hole In The Sky

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 22, 1995

Patrick is looking forward to his trip to stay with Pippa's brother after an embarrassing visit to an Armenian restaurant in order to attempt to make up with Victor. Meanwhile, the Meldrews are employing a pair of very strange workmen and Margaret is getting jealous of a marionette.

star 8.24
84 votes