One Foot in the Grave

The BEST episodes of One Foot in the Grave

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 3/27/2022Network: BBC One
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Dramatic Fever
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8.96
93 votes

#1 - Dramatic Fever

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/1990

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

Directors: Susan Belbin
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Tales Of Terror
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8.95
115 votes

#2 - Tales Of Terror

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/23/2000

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!

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''We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb''
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8.94
150 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/1990

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

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Pit and the Pendulum
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8.89
87 votes

#4 - The Pit and the Pendulum

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/31/1993

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.

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Warm Champagne
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8.84
119 votes

#5 - Warm Champagne

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/21/1993

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.

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The Executioner's Song
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8.83
87 votes

#6 - The Executioner's Song

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/16/2000

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.

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Only a Story
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8.81
111 votes

#7 - Only a Story

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/1/1995

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.

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Hearts Of Darkness
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8.76
119 votes

#8 - Hearts Of Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/14/1993

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.

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The Dawn Of Man
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8.74
112 votes

#9 - The Dawn Of Man

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/13/2000

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.

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I'll Retire To Bedlam
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8.74
193 votes

#10 - I'll Retire To Bedlam

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/25/1990

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Futility Of The Fly
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8.72
116 votes

#11 - The Futility Of The Fly

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/30/2000

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

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The Exterminating Angel
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8.72
112 votes

#12 - The Exterminating Angel

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/29/1995

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.

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The Valley Of Fear
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8.69
176 votes

#13 - The Valley Of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/18/1990

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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Rearranging The Dust
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8.65
81 votes

#14 - Rearranging The Dust

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/15/1995

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

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The Worst Horror of All
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8.63
115 votes

#15 - The Worst Horror of All

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/8/1992

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers
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8.59
112 votes

#16 - Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/7/1993

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.

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Descent Into The Maelstrom
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8.58
116 votes

#17 - Descent Into The Maelstrom

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/7/1993

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.

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Love and Death
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8.55
119 votes

#18 - Love and Death

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/8/1990

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

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Dreamland
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8.54
120 votes

#19 - Dreamland

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/9/1992

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Eternal Quadrangle
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8.51
136 votes

#20 - The Eternal Quadrangle

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/1/1990

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Trial
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8.43
115 votes

#21 - The Trial

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/28/1993

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.

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The Beast In The Cage
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8.42
112 votes

#22 - The Beast In The Cage

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/23/1992

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

Directors: Susan Belbin
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Monday Morning Will Be Fine
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8.41
127 votes

#23 - Monday Morning Will Be Fine

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/2/1992

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Broken Reflection
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8.36
123 votes

#24 - The Broken Reflection

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/16/1992

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.

Directors: Susan Belbin
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The Affair Of The Hollow Lady
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8.36
87 votes

#25 - The Affair Of The Hollow Lady

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/8/1995

Victor thinks that the woman in the greengrocers fancies him. Meanwhile, Mrs Warboys has won a wax model of herself and the Meldrews are having problems with their door locks.

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