The BEST Episodes of One Foot in the Grave

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2019

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.

Things Aren't Simple Anymore

#1 - Things Aren't Simple Anymore

Season 6 - Episode 6

In the very last episode of 'One Foot in the Grave', Victor's decision to attend a school reunion unwittingly delivers him into the hands of fate. Margaret deals with the aftermath with the help of her new friend, Glynis.

star 8.60
10 votes
Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

#2 - Secret Of The Seven Sorcerers

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.29
21 votes
Hearts Of Darkness

#3 - Hearts Of Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 3

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 8.11
27 votes
Warm Champagne

#4 - Warm Champagne

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 8.07
28 votes
The Valley Of Fear

#5 - The Valley Of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.94
49 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Worst Horror of All

#6 - The Worst Horror of All

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.91
23 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Dawn Of Man

#7 - The Dawn Of Man

Season 6 - Episode 5

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 7.89
19 votes
Tales Of Terror

#8 - Tales Of Terror

Season 6 - Episode 2

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 7.87
23 votes
Love and Death

#9 - Love and Death

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 7.84
25 votes
Writers: David Renwick
Descent Into The Maelstrom

#10 - Descent Into The Maelstrom

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 7.84
25 votes
In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream

#11 - In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream

Season 2 - Episode 1

When Victor and Margaret return from their holiday, they discover that their luggage has been sent to the other side of the world, and that their house has been burned down.

star 7.83
29 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Futility Of The Fly

#12 - The Futility Of The Fly

Season 6 - Episode 3

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

star 7.79
24 votes
The Exterminating Angel

#13 - The Exterminating Angel

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 7.79
19 votes
''We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb''

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

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 7.78
27 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Man Who Blew Away

#15 - The Man Who Blew Away

Season 5 - Episode 1

The Meldrews play host to a suicidal stranger from the past who they met on holiday 17 years ago. Someone has been tampering with Victor's Christmas Crackers and the Meldrews are decidedly unhappy when their stolen car is finally returned.

star 7.77
22 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Dreamland

#16 - Dreamland

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.76
25 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Return Of The Speckled Band

#17 - The Return Of The Speckled Band

Season 1 - Episode 6

Following a food poisoning incident, problems with the electricity man, the Meldrews embark on a well deserved holiday, however this is only the start of their problems?

star 7.74
43 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Threatening Weather

#18 - Threatening Weather

Season 6 - Episode 4

During a power cut, Victor realises that he had been right through the middle of an area affected by a siege as it happened. Making the power cut worse, it occurs on a hot Summer night. Victor had the misfortune to have a light fitting drop right on to his privates, a cigarette stubbed out on his cap and a mysterious pain that leads him to think that he had been shot as he passed the siege that morning. Things were made worse by the arrival of the incontinent, fat and irritating elderly neighbour, Mr. Smedley.

star 7.74
19 votes
I'll Retire To Bedlam

#19 - I'll Retire To Bedlam

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.72
39 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Alive and Buried

#20 - Alive and Buried

Season 1 - Episode 1

Victor Meldrew, 60 years old, is at last retiring from the rigors of his security guard job at Watson-Mycroft. Replaced by a talking machine, Victor soon discovers that retirement will give him just as many reasons to be grumpy.

star 7.69
65 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Trial

#21 - The Trial

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 7.68
25 votes
The Big Sleep

#22 - The Big Sleep

Season 1 - Episode 2

As retirement throws more problems for Victor Meldrew's retirement, including a next-door neighbour's noisy party, a disturbing and puzzling rash and an atheist funeral, has Victor bitten the bullett?

star 7.67
54 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Beware The Trickster On The Roof

#23 - Beware The Trickster On The Roof

Season 3 - Episode 5

Mr Swainey has brought Victor a present back from his holiday - an unlucky charm. Victor thinks that Mrs Stebbings's tv aerial is laughing at him and his resulting misfortune. Meanwhile, Patrick and Pippa are having problems trying to sell their house.

star 7.67
27 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
Dramatic Fever

#24 - Dramatic Fever

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.64
28 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick
The Eternal Quadrangle

#25 - The Eternal Quadrangle

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.63
43 votes
Directors: Susan Belbin
Writers: David Renwick