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One Foot In The Grave

Cover of tapes of the first series from 1990 with Victor and Margaret Meldrew.
Genre Situation Comedy
Running time Approximately 30 minutes per normal episode.
Creator(s) David Renwick
Starring Richard Wilson
Annette Crosbie
Doreen Mantle
Angus Deayton
Janine Duvitski
Owen Brenman
Country of origin UK
Original channel BBC One
Original run 4 January 199020 November 2000
No. of episodes

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One Foot in the Grave was a popular BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, with several specials, over a ten year period, from 1990 to 2000. In addition, four episodes were remade for BBC Radio 4 and the series also inspired a novel. The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. ... A situation comedy (sitcom) is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... David Renwick (born September 4, 1951 in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK) is a British television writer, best known for creation of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave and the mystery series Jonathan Creek Before beginning his full-time comedy writing career, he worked as a journalist on his home town... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


The series featured the exploits of Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson and his wife, Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie, in their battle against the trials of modern life. Victor Meldrew was the main character in the BBC 1 sitcom One Foot In The Grave, created by David Renwick and played by Richard Wilson. ... Richard Wilson OBE (born July 9, 1936) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC situation comedy One Foot in the Grave. ... Annette Crosbie (born February 12, 1934) is a British character actress, best known for her many television appearances. ...


One Foot in the Grave came tenth in a 2004 BBC poll to find ‘Britain's Best Sitcom’. The programme also came 80th in the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Television Programmes [1] Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ... 100 Greatest British Television Programmes was a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI) chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened. ...

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Situation

The series featured the exploits of Victor Meldrew, an irascible pensioner with attitude. In the first episode, Victor, played by Scottish born actor Richard Wilson, was prematurely retired from his job as a security guard. From then on the series followed his struggle to keep himself occupied, often with little success. In particular, Victor fell victim to surreal misfortunes, bad luck and coincidences, which led to his oft-imitated catchphrase "I don't believe it!". His long-suffering wife Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie, was often left exasperated by her husband's many misfortunes, although it was always made clear that the couple had a strong relationship. Although there is no explicit reference that Victor and Margaret had children, the episode 'Timeless Time' contained a melancholy, ambiguous reference to someone called Stuart; the suggestion was that they once had a son who had died as a child.[2] Victor Meldrew was the main character in the BBC 1 sitcom One Foot In The Grave, created by David Renwick and played by Richard Wilson. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen of the UK Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by... Richard Wilson OBE (born July 9, 1936) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC situation comedy One Foot in the Grave. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Annette Crosbie (born February 12, 1934) is a British character actress, best known for her many television appearances. ...


The other most consistent supporting character was a family friend, Jean Warboys, played by Doreen Mantle. Other regular characters were next door neighbour Patrick Trench, played by Angus Deayton, who invariably discovered Victor in inexplicably bizarre or compromising situations, his wife Pippa played by Janine Duvitski and overly cheery charity worker Nick Swainey, played by Owen Brenman. Doreen Mantle (born 1930) is an experienced British actress who has appeared in such TV shows as The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House and Casualty. ... Deayton on HIGNFY Gordon Angus Deayton (born January 6, 1956) is an English comic actor and television presenter. ... Janine Duvitski is a English character actress who trained at the East 15 Acting School in London. ... Owen Brenman is a British actor best known for his roles as Nick Swainey in One Foot In The Grave, and as Ken Thomas in the childrens programme Woof!. External links Owen Brenman at the Internet Movie Database Categories: | ...


The setting of the show is as a traditional cosy suburban sitcom, but it subverts this genre with a strong overtone of black comedy. The series featured highly innovative writing and outrageous comedy situations. If anything could go wrong, it not only went wrong but pulled half of the universe down with it (at least in a metaphorical sense). In a manner reminiscent of Alan Bennett, Renwick's scripts effectively combined farce with elements of tragedy. Indeed, in the final episode, Victor is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Margaret discovers the culprit, but the ending is ambiguous as to what she does about it. Black comedy, also known as black humour or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, rape, war etc. ... Published by Faber/Profile Books in 2005 Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor famous for his work, schoolboy-like appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. ... A farce is a comedy written for the stage, or a film, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely and extravagant - yet often possible - situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include puns and sexual innuendo, and a fast-paced... In general usage, a tragedy or tragoedy is a drama, movie or sometimes a real world event with a sad outcome. ...

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Main characters

Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) - Victor was the main protagonist of the sitcom and finds himself constantly battling against all that life throws at him, as he becomes entangled, like the pawn he is, in the machiavellian plots. Renwick once pointed out in an interview that the name ‘Victor’ was ironic, since he almost always ends up as a loser. From being buried alive, to being legally prosecuted for attacking a fiesty pit bull terrier with a collection of coconut meringues, Victor tries to adjust to life after his infamous replacement by a ‘box’ at his place of employment, alas to no avail. Richard Wilson OBE (born July 9, 1936) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC situation comedy One Foot in the Grave. ... Detail of the portrait of Machiavelli, ca 1500, in the robes of a Florentine public official Niccolò Machiavelli (May 3, 1469—June 21, 1527) was an Italian political philosopher during the Renaissance. ...


Victor is a tragic comedy character however, and sympathy is directed towards him as he becomes embroiled in complex misunderstandings, bureaucratic vanity and at times, sheer bad luck. The audience sees a philosophical ebb to his character, however, along with a degree of optimism on his behalf, yet after a while his polite façade is torn down when amounting shenanigans get the better of him, allowing for a full verbal onslaught to be delivered with the aptly famous "I don't believe it!"


Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie) - The long suffering wife of Victor tries to maintain a degree of calmness as she tries to rise above her husband's frustrations yet she too is engulfed into the same folly and often vents her anger, usually at Victor, who bears the brunt of it all. Annette Crosbie (born February 12, 1934) is a British character actress, best known for her many television appearances. ...


Patrick Trench (Angus Deayton) - Patrick, along with his wife Pippa, dwelt next door to Victor; he would almost certainly catch Victor engrossing himself in seemingly preposterous situations, all of which in their context, seemed perfectly acceptable. Patrick believed Victor to be quite insane, possibly bordering on malicious as bad luck got the better of our main protagonist. Deayton on HIGNFY Gordon Angus Deayton (born January 6, 1956) is an English comic actor and television presenter. ...


Patrick is an interesting character however, for it is his rift with Victor that morphs him into a rather cynic ridden character, much like Victor - this was shown in one episode where his face transformed into an apparition of Victor's as he gazed into a mirror. In another episode, his wife Pippa loses their baby in similar circumstances to Victor and Margaret.


Pippa Trench (Janine Duvitski) - The wife of Patrick sought friendly relations with the Meldrews and after a while, became good friends with Margaret; eventually a move of sorts is considered, fronted by Patrick, and as they settle in to their new setting, they soon realise that the Meldrew curse still envelopes them. Janine Duvitski is a English character actress who trained at the East 15 Acting School in London. ...


Jean Warboys (Doreen Mantle) - Mrs Warboys was a friend of Margaret (and a rather annoying one at that, in Victor's eyes) who attached herself to the Meldrews, accompanying them on many of their exploits. In the early series she was married to Chris, who left her for the private detective whom she had hired when she suspected him of having an affair. It was later revealed that they had divorced. Doreen Mantle (born 1930) is an experienced British actress who has appeared in such TV shows as The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House and Casualty. ...


She would often bear the brunt of Victor's temper due to muddled misunderstandings and partly due to her aloof nature at times. One such occasion saw her goading Victor into making a place, in his heart, for a dog. She had not told him that it was stuffed, much to annoyance of Victor who had just splashed out on constructing an expensive shed for it. Doreen Mantle described her charecter as "Wanting to do the right thing but always finding out that it was the wrong thing". She would often bore the Meldrews with her cravings for showing them her complete collection of holiday pictures at the most unwelcome of times, along with her equally annoying cousin, Wilfred.


Nick Swainey (Owen Brenman) - The frustratingly cheerful, and often bordering on insane, individual who resided on the other side of the Meldrews from the Trenches. He remains continuously cheery with regards to anything; even being told to 'piss off' by Victor makes him treat it in a somewhat laughable fashion. However, since this little run-in he later befriended Victor. A kind-natured individual, Mr Swainey cared, for many years, for his bed ridden senile mother, whom we never actually saw. This is not to say that he doesn't drop his guard - for on one occasion we do observe his apparent depression. Following his mother's death, he moved house near to the end of the series, but only went as far as the other side of Victor's house, into the Trenches' old house. Owen Brenman is a British actor best known for his roles as Nick Swainey in One Foot In The Grave, and as Ken Thomas in the childrens programme Woof!. External links Owen Brenman at the Internet Movie Database Categories: | ...

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Other recurring characters

Ronnie and Mildred (Gordon Peters and Barbara Ashcroft) - Ronnie and Mildred were a constantly cheerful couple who provided yet another annoyance to the Meldrews, who dreaded any upcoming visits to them. They are referenced a number of times in the series for giving the Meldrews bizarre and always unwanted presents, usually involving a garish photograph. In the final series, it becomes clear that their cheerfulness was a façade and, in a particularly dark scene, Mildred has hanged herself "during a game of Happy Families". This page is about the card game. ...


Cousin Wilfred (John Rutland) - Mrs. Warboy's cousin, Wilfred, appeared a number of times in the series. He was a fairly boring middle aged man, although by his appearance in the final series a stroke had left him mute. He therefore had to speak with an electronic voice generator and owing to his poor typing this led to several misunderstandings, such as asking Victor for a "bra of soup" (bar of soap). The MUTE Network, MUTE-net for short, is a peer-to-peer and friend-to-friend file sharing network developed with anonymity in mind. ...

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Episodes

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This is a list of the episodes in the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave, written by David Renwick, which ran from 4 January 1990 to 20 November 2000. ...

Music

The theme song was written and sung by Eric Idle, who also appeared in one episode. A remixed version was later unsuccessfully released as a single in November 1994. The series also made extensive use of incidental music, composed by Ed Welch, which often hinted at a particular genre to fit the mood of the scenes. The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Ed Welch (born October 22, 1947) is an English television composer. ...

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Awards

The programme was a recipient of a number of prestigious awards. In 1992, it won a BAFTA as Best Comedy (Programme or Series). During its ten year run, the series was nominated a further six times. Richard Wilson also won Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1992 and 1994, and Annette Crosbie was nominated for the same award in 1994. The British Academy Television Awards, also known as the BAFTAs or, to differentiate them from the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards, are the most prestigious awards given in the British television industry, analogous to the Emmy Awards in the United States. ...


The series also won the Best Television Sitcom in 1992 from the Royal Television Society and the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom in 1992, 1995 and 2001.[3] The Royal Television Society is a British-based society for the discussion, analysis and preservation of television in all its forms, past, present and future. ... The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year. ...


In 2004, One Foot in the Grave came tenth in a recent BBC poll to find "Britain's Best Sitcom" with 31,410 votes.[4] The programme also came 80th in the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Television Programmes [5] Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and... 100 Greatest British Television Programmes was a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI) chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened. ...

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Controversy

A number of complaints were made during the series' run for its depiction of animal deaths, for example in one episode, a dead cat was found in the Meldrew's freezer, in another a tortoise was roasted in an incinerator. However, this was later cited as a positive feature of the programme's daring scripts in Britain's Best Sitcom by its advocate Rowland Rivron.[6] The programme was censured, however, for a scene in the episode "Hearts of Darkness" where an elderly resident was abused in an old peoples' home, and following complaints, the scene was slighly cut when the episode was repeated.[7] Genera Chersina Dipsochelys Furculachelys Geochelone Gopherus Homopus Indotestudo Kinixys Malacochersus Manouria Psammobates Pyxis Testudo A tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile of the order Testudines. ... Rowland Rivron (born 1958) is a comedian, musician, writer and a successful British television presenter. ...


Controversy also surrounded the final, "Things Aren't Simple Anymore", when it was originally broadcast on 20 November 2000 as it coincided with the broadcast of the first jackpot winner in the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. ITV were accused of engineering this in order to damage the final episode's expected high ratings.[8] November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... In the United Kingdom, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a television game show which offers a maximum cash prize of one million pounds for correctly answering successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the...

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Cultural impact

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Despite gaining initially low audience ratings, by the third series, One Foot in the Grave was making the Top 20 ratings, with some episodes seen by more than 16 million viewers. In particular, the Christmas 1993 edition topped 20 million viewers and the 1996 Boxing Day special was only pipped in the ratings by the record-breaking finale of Only Fools And Horses.[9] Image File history File links Wikiquote-logo-en. ... Wikiquote logo Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... Only Fools and Horses was a long-running British television sit-com, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were broadcast between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. ...


Due to the series' popularity, people who constantly complain and are irritated by minor things are often compared to Victor Meldrew by the British media. Renwick disputes this usage however, claiming that Victor's reactions are entirely in proportion to the things that happen to him.


An American remake of the show, starring Bill Cosby, simply titled Cosby ran from 1996 - 2000. David Renwick was listed as an executive producer on the series. Renwick also wrote a novel based on some of the storylines, published in 1992 (ISBN 0-563-36428-9). Dr. William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... this refers to the US sitcom – for other uses see Cosby (disambiguation) Cosby was a American situation comedy television series broadcast on CBS Television from 1996 to 2000. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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In popular culture

  • In the Father Ted episode ‘The Mainland’ Ted and Dougal encounter Richard Wilson (out of character) and drive him mad by constantly repeating his One Foot in the Grave catchphrase - something that Wilson has expressed frustration about in real life.
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Father Ted is a popular 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the fictional extremely remote Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... Dermot Morgan as Father Ted Father Ted Crilly is the central character in the British Channel 4 situation comedy series Father Ted played by the late Dermot Morgan. ... Ardal OHanlon as Father Dougal Father Dougal McGuire is a character in the comedy series Father Ted, played by the actor Ardal OHanlon. ...

DVD Releases

Series one to six were released on Region 2 DVD by 16th October 2006. A 12 Disc boxset including the specials from 1996 and 1997 along with the Comic Relief 1993 and 2001 Shorts was also released on Region 2 DVD on 16th October 2006. [10]

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References

  1. ^ BFI TV100, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  2. ^ One Foot in the Grave at the BBC Guide to Comedy, by Mark Lewisohn, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  3. ^ List of Awards at IMDb, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  4. ^ Britain's Best Sitcom top ten, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  5. ^ BFI TV100, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  6. ^ Rowland Rivron's case at BBC Britain's Best Sitcom, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  7. ^ One Foot in the Grave at the Museum of Broadcast article by Pam Logan, accessed June 8th, 2006
  8. ^ Final episode controversy at IMDb, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  9. ^ One Foot in the Grave at the BBC Guide to Comedy, URL accessed June 8th, 2006
  10. ^ Confirmation of release date at Play.com, URL accessed August 24th, 2006
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