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ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
British TV's best-ever Mr. Misery, Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson), is one of comedy's great anti-heroes. Most Brits try to conceal their anger and irritation, but, Victor, like Basil Fawlty, is a character who just lets rip in a way most viewers would like to emulate.
Annette Crosbie is Victor's wife, Margaret, who, though she still loves him, finds his perpetual grumpiness and pettiness exasperating. Smug neighbour Patrick (Angus Deayton - Angus playing himself?) fully deserves to have Victor living next door. Patrick's wife, Pippa (Janine Duvitski), also finds her husband exasperating, and so we have the formulaic idiot husband/wise wife syndrome.
Mrs. Warboys (Doreen Mantle) and Nick Swainey (Owen Brenman) are also memorable characters, and regulars in the show. Mrs. Warboys is the eccentric friend of the Meldrews, and Nick the slightly strange neighbour. There is a lot of surreal stuff in 'One Foot In The Grave'. Eric Idle's theme song seems very normal, but alludes to a weird underbelly! Victor may have said, "I don't believe it!" with such conviction, but you felt that he knew, deep down, that anything was possible! When you get older, you realise that life is like that.
half hour series ran from 1990 to 2000, on BBC1, with 44 episodes
in all, including 8 specials, and two short specials for Comic
Relief - the last being in 2001. This brilliantly acted, and
brilliantly written series, by David Renwick, had an impressive
list of guest stars, including: Phil Daniels, Eric Idle, Michael
Robbins, Hilda Braid, Daniel Peacock, Peter Cook, Barbara
Windsor, Christopher Ryan, Rula Lenska, Ray Winstone, Helen
Fraser, Susie Blake, Valerie Minifie, Marian McLoughlin, Roy
Hudd, Hannah Gordon, Paul Merton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Bird,
Antony Sher, Brian Murphy, Joan Sims, Craig Ferguson, Helen
Lederer, Arabella Weir, Jean Challis, Enn Reitel, Barbara Grant,
Diana Coupland, Jan Ravens, Stephen Lewis, Georgina Hale, Jimmy
Jewel, John Sessions, Clive Mantle, and John Bluthal. Certainly
one of the all-time great sitcoms, and it produced the comedy
legend that was, and is, Victor Meldrew.
One Foot In The Grave Main Cast & Credits List
Writer, Directors, Producers
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