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The Broken Reflection 

Victor's brother visits all the way from New Zealand.


Susan Belbin


David Renwick, David Renwick (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Paul Courtenay Hyu Paul Courtenay Hyu ... Chinese Youth (as Paul Courtenay Hugh)
John Shin John Shin ... Chinese Customer
Su Lin Looi Su Lin Looi ... Chinese Girl (as Sulin Looi)
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Chinese Chef
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Jim Sweeney Jim Sweeney ... Sales Representative
Michael Jones Michael Jones ... Toddler
Ruth Burton Ruth Burton ... Young Mother
Peter Heppelthwaite Peter Heppelthwaite ... Workman
Richard Pearson ... Alfred


Victor's brother Alfred comes to stay from New Zealand. They are actually quite similar, but Victor finds him annoying and Alfred leaves after hearing Victor's opinion of him on an audio recording. Pippa and Patrick are away and Victor has agreed to water their plants. After a row with some customers from a Chinese restaurant who drop litter on his lawn Victor drops litter back on them. They decide to get revenge by piping rubbish through his letter-box but, seeing him go into the Trents' house to water the plants, they exact their revenge on the wrong house. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

16 February 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the show, Victor says "In the name of God, go!" quietly under his breath. although, near the end of the episode, when that earlier conversation was being played back on a voice recording machine, he is instead shouting it out rather than saying it quietly. See more »


[first lines]
Chinese Youth: Two special fried rice and two sweet and sour chicken balls. Bye.
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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #1.6 (1994) See more »

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Poor Alfred.....
10 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Victor's brother Alfred is over from New Zealand to visit Victor and Margaret, they've not seen Alfred for years, but have kept in touch by letter. Alfred is quite a clumsy soul, a little accident prone, a source of pure annoyance to Victor. Victor decides to take some revenge on a sales rep that nearly ran him off the road.

The Chinese takeaway aspect is so funny, they came up with some great ideas to make Patrick think Victor was nutty as a fruit cake. Patrick catching site of him poking the rice, and later mowing the living room carpet, are so funny. Angus Deayton as always, just a joy, the eyes and facial expressions were wonderful.

Great mix of funny and sad again, the funny bits are as usual laugh out loud, Victor's tormenting the Sales rep was something I'm sure we've all thought about doing at some point, 'you daft dawdling old Ar** hole.' Victor's revenge on the girl that threw a can on his lawn, that child's face is a picture! The sadness naturally comes from brother Alfred, sensitively portrayed by the late Richard Pearson he was bound to irritate Victor, the pair talking over the photos was moving. The surrealism comes from the mummified caveman thread, it's so bizarre.8/10

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