The BEST Episodes of Waiting for God

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Network: BBC One

When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a fiesty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of Harvey Baines, the head of the home, the two form a friendship and eventually a romance, helping each other out of tight situations. Tom's son, Geoffrey, and daughter-in-law, Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like) are constantly stopping in and Jane, a worker at the home, is Diana's worst nightmare being constantly cheerful. Together, though, Tom and Diana make it together while they are waiting for God.

The Conference

#1 - The Conference

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

There is to be a conference on the needs of the elderly held, and Diana is asked to be the local representative. At the same time Tom is waiting on tests to see if he has prostate cancer, and so Diana researches the subject for the conference. Although the results of the test are as yet undisclosed, Tom declares his love for Diana.

star 9.29
7 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Sleeping Pills

#2 - Sleeping Pills

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 5, 1992

Diana collapses and is rushed to hospital where Baines tries, unsuccessfully to cop off with the lady doctor. Diana, wrongly, gets it into her head that she is dying of cancer and asks Tom to get her some sleeping pills so that she can end it all quickly. For Tom, however, there are limits as to what he will do for his best friend.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Great Aunt Diana

#3 - Great Aunt Diana

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 12, 1992

The residents are getting wet waiting for a bus but when it arrives the driver claims that they cannot get on for free for another four minutes as they are too early, so Diana hauls him off the bus and Tom hi-jacks it on behalf of the residents. Later this will come in handy when a very pregnant Sarah arrives, seeking Diana's reluctant help to deliver her baby. Ultimately a girl arrives, unsurprisingly, Sarah calls her Diana.

star 8.75
8 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Waterworks

#4 - Waterworks

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 4, 1993

After drinking a lot at a reunion, Tom has trouble passing water and becomes very sensitive about it. He tries to keep it from Diana but his secretive behaviour initially leads her to believe that he is seeing another woman. Ultimately, he sees a doctor and goes to hospital and she is upset that he had not told her the truth.

star 8.67
9 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Living Together

#5 - Living Together

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1993

To Jane's disapproval, Diana and Tom are now living in sin, or rather together, but already they start arguing, since they can't decide whose furniture they should be using. A new resident, Mrs. Kent from Gwent, arrives. She is withdrawn and nervous so Tom and Diana put on an act of being very happy together in order to bring her out of her shell. As it happens they do get a result - but only when she sees what they are really like.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Adult Education

#6 - Adult Education

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 21, 1993

When Tom and Diana's life drawing art classes at the local college are terminated and complaining yields no joy, they decide to instate their own at Bayview. Baines is to be the model, posing as Julius Caesar, bare beneath his toga for authenticity (or so Diana tells him). When an inspector calls at Bayview, Diana unties the knot holding the toga in place and leaving Baines publicly nude. As a result, he has to go to a clinic where Jane reports that he has had a breakdown.

star 8.50
10 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
A Trip to Brighton

#7 - A Trip to Brighton

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 5, 1990

Diana rows with chief carer Jane for calling her a senior citizen and Tom does his best to ignore Marion and Geoffrey. Diana's niece Sarah has left her Porsche at the home so Diana drives Tom to Brighton in it. Harvey Baines reports it missing and the couple are stopped by the police but explain that Diana has her niece's permission to use it and Harvey is threatened with arrest for wasting police time.

star 8.37
19 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Financial Difficulties

#8 - Financial Difficulties

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1993

Diana is horrified to find that she is unaccountably in the red and goes up to London to cause a fuss, only to discover that all her investments have gone into receivership. Back in Bayview, Tom's room is suffering from severe rising damp so Tom comes up with a solution that will sort things out for them both. They will live together in one large room. Diana accepts this but draws the line at being carried over the threshold.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Sabotage

#9 - Sabotage

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 22, 1992

Whilst Baines is ecstatic about his new car Tom and Diana plan a little holiday and start a vacation fund. Unfortunately, Geoffrey decides to invest the money in the new intensive care wing that Baines is having built for Bayview. When Tom finds out he and Basil show how creative they can be when somebody conveniently leaves a bulldozer lying around and the holiday is on.

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
The Bayview Conservation Society

#10 - The Bayview Conservation Society

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 15, 1994

Baines is hiring Mr. Nakamura, a Japanese hotel consultant, to advise on the building of a new,space-saving wing to be built at Bayview - thereby enabling him to pack in more residents. Tom starts the Bayview Conservation Society, eventually enlisting Diana, to demonstrate that any such building would damage the wildlife and the natural environment, thus stopping the plan from going ahead. Jane and Geoffrey get close, Marion and Baines get intimate, more down to her desperation than his enthusiasm as she initially mistook him for Geoffrey.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Bungee Jumping

#11 - Bungee Jumping

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 20, 1994

Whilst planning his pre-nuptial agreement with an eager Jane, Baines is told that he is not a proper priest and that any attempts he makes to get money from his ordination will lead to fraud charges. Diana is of course delighted but she has more pressing matters - Tom's threatened bungee jump. She agrees to marry him if only to stop the jump from going ahead but insists on her own pre-nuptial conditions.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Sent To Coventry

#12 - Sent To Coventry

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 28, 1993

A strange reversal of fortune overtakes Bayview with the hospitalised Baines seen as the victim and Diana his tormentor. She is sent to Coventry and there are threats of staff strikes unless she goes. Help comes from a most unexpected source - Marion, whose pharmaceutical knowledge leads her to see that Baines is faking his condition. Diana is vindicated though Tom has made her apologize to Baines in order for her to be allowed to stay. He knew Baines was faking it but thought the humility would do her good.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Diana's Diet

#13 - Diana's Diet

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 29, 1994

Diana's foot shows no sign of healing and Tom is anxious for her to see a doctor. For all of her brash facade she is reluctant to seek medical advice in case she is given the worst possible scenario. However, she complies and is told that she has diabetes and must alter her diet. A relieved Tom proposes. Baines also proposes to Jane, in order to get his golf club membership, but she turns him down.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Living in Miserable Sin

#14 - Living in Miserable Sin

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 23, 1993

Living together is not the bed of roses that Tom and Diana were expecting. He criticizes her sloppiness and her funny little ways, such as feeding acorns to squirrels with a sling-shot. She decides to move out and goes to stay with Sarah to be a nanny to baby Diana but this is not her forte. Tom misses her, especially when Geoffrey decides to move in with him again.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
The Christening

#15 - The Christening

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 19, 1990

Tom is going to the christening of his nephew and wants Diana to accompany him but she is not keen because her arthritis is playing her up. Because she failed to declare it on her application form, Baines tries to get her evicted from the home. Tom doctors a 'naughty' photo of Baines to blackmail him into changing his mind but Diana uses her old press contacts to 'persuade' the committee to let her stay.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
The Hip Operation

#16 - The Hip Operation

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 10, 1991

Diana falls and breaks her hip whilst throwing a brick at the home's incompetent Portuguese gardener. She is taken to hospital where she rows with the Welsh doctor over a hip replacement operation and Sarah, about to marry Sam, comes to visit. Sarah knows that Diana dislikes Sam and wonders if she will try to stop the wedding..or even attend. In the end Diana turns up for her niece's big day, using a Zimmer frame. Marion, meanwhile, is not making a success of the beauty shop and Tom suggests Sam take back the franchise.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Politics

#17 - Politics

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 29, 1992

Diana decides that she would like to enter politics and stands as an independent candidate for the Residents' Party. Baines has been asked to stand for the Tories so Tom decides he will have some fun and join in the race too. Diana is forced to stand down when Baines threatens to sack care worker Jenny but Diana makes sure that this is used against him too and his political career is a non-starter.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Shelves

#18 - Shelves

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1993

Geoffrey is getting on Tom's nerves with his obsession with shelves, which he keeps putting up all over the unit and it's a blessing when he gets a call from Marion, asking him to get back with her. Tom is not the only resident missing Diana as she is seen as a source of advice, but Diana herself, a thoroughly incompetent nanny, is missing Bayview and, after ruining a fashion show goes 'home' to Tom.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Harvey the Priest

#19 - Harvey the Priest

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 13, 1994

A combination of genuine feelings for Jane, whom he is used to having around, plus the desire to still join the golf club, causes Baines to become a priest of the Order of the Flaming Sword of Las Vegas - by post. He proposes and Jane accepts this time. Jane thinks Diana should accept Tom, who is now taking driving lessons to impress her. However, he has an accident and Diana has to go and bail him out, causing confusion when she meets arresting officer Sergeant Watt. With Diana still refusing to marry him Tom considers very drastic action.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Cheering Up Tom

#20 - Cheering Up Tom

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 12, 1990

Tom really thinks that he won't have to wait for God much longer when he says he is dying and is rushed to hospital. He is discovered to have had a heart attack but he becomes very depressed and talks about suicide,writing 'die on Thursday' in his diary. In order to talk him out of what she believes to be his plan to end it all Diana threatens to join him.

star 7.98
46 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Two Nasty Children

#21 - Two Nasty Children

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1992

Blaming Tom for introducing Marion to Dennis Sparrow, Geoffrey asks him to baby-sit his two children Skye and Tarquin, but they are little monsters who run rings round them. Fortunately, Diana is on hand to put them in their place. Baines decides to try computer dating to find his wife but Jane decides to put her oar in.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
After the Operation

#22 - After the Operation

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 8, 1994

Diana visits Tom in hospital. His operation to clear his prostate cancer has been a success and he returns to Bayview with her. Unfortunately Geoffrey, who has had yet another falling-out with Marion, decides he wants to move in with them again. Baines is rejected by an exclusive golf club because he is unmarried.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Fraulein Mueller

#23 - Fraulein Mueller

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 26, 1990

Jane wants to become a nun so Baines sacks her and brings in stern German matron Greta Mueller, who is a tyrant and tells Sarah where Diana hid the Porsche. Tom cons Baines into making him the head of the Residents' Association and gets up a petition, which Baines thinks is to get rid of Diana, so he signs it. Actually it's to get rid of Greta, so he is forced to fire her and reinstate Jane.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
The Thief

#24 - The Thief

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 26, 1991

Resident Betty claims that her sewing basket has gone missing and Tom and Diana decide to investigate. Not fully believing Betty's story they follow her and Tom intervenes when they see her apparently shop-lifting. Tom is arrested and conducts his own court case, being found not guilty of theft, but guilty of contempt of court. Later, Diana recalls that she had the sewing basket all along, having borrowed it from Betty and forgetting she still had it.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Scandal

#25 - Scandal

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 1992

Resident Dave Cartwright has died and at the wake the drink flows freely amongst the inhabitants of Bayview. Tom and Diana certainly have knocked it back and next morning wake up in bed together. Jane is shocked but Tom suddenly becomes very popular with the ladies in the home's bowling team.

star 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Gareth Gwenlan
Writers: Michael Aitkens