One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
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Mrs Warboys recounts the murderous tale of a recurring dream had by Margaret.


Susan Belbin


David Renwick, David Renwick (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs Warboys
Owen Brenman ... Nick Swainey
Damaris Hayman Damaris Hayman ... Elderly Lady
Julie Hewlett Julie Hewlett ... Policewoman
Barbara Grant Barbara Grant ... Lady in Tea Shop
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Lady in Tea Shop
Enn Reitel ... the Tramp


Mrs Warboys relates a story, to some women she meets in a cafe, about the Meldrews. After losing to Nick at Scrabble, and discovering that the black shoes he wants to buy are still on the feet of their last owner--presently deceased--Victor is even grumpier than ever, the more so when Margaret disappears without trace. It turns out she just wanted a break and, after she has returned, Victor helps Nick at a garden fete where he is pursued by an amorous chimpanzee. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

9 February 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Mrs Warboys: As I say, Mrs Meldrew swore me to complete secrecy over the entire episode. I mean, there are some things too personal and too upsetting to be just blethered all round the houses as idle gossip. Well, as far as anyone can tell, the roots of it all started one morning last June. A few of us were round having a bit of a chin-wag over coffee, and somehow or other the subject had drifted onto weird dreams and nightmares.
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Surreal, funny, bittersweet, brilliant.
10 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Mrs Warboys tells two ladies in a tea shop a tale of misfortune regarding Victor and Margaret. Margaret's having nightmares, and the pair are getting under each other's skin Suddenly Margaret disappears without a trace, leaving Victor lost and alone.

I love the part when Nick tells Victor about the skin disease and towels, Victor walks through looking like Edward Scissorhands. The sequences that follow with Nick's mother and the code book are so surreal.

Halfway through the episode we get the switch in tone, Margaret disappears without a trace, can you imagine any other sitcom being brave enough to do that sequence? I love Margaret's explanation, and the story of the budgies.

I'll say it again humour works so much better when it has a darker element running through it, an element of sadness. In my opinion no comedy did it better then One foot in the Grave, there was always a bit of sadness, it made the laughs that followed that bit louder.

As always with his writing David Renwicke loved to add a touch of surrealism to it, no finer example then Dreamland, the sequence with the shoes and tramp is so typical of him, as was the ending, the ladies not knowing who Mrs Warboys was.

Tremendously well acted, Series 3 was a purple patch in One foot's history, and this was one of the finest episodes. 9/10

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