One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
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The Meldrews become acquainted with a reverend who thinks he has lost his faith, and Victor learns more about a video shop clerk with whom he had a conflict.


Susan Belbin


David Renwick




Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs Warboys
Catherine Shipton ... Mrs Burridge (as Cathy Shipton)
Geoffrey Chater ... Reverend Croker
Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Chase Marks Chase Marks ... Adam Burridge
Bob Appleby Bob Appleby ... Ted
Enn Reitel ... Starkey


Christmas is coming and Victor has accidentally ordered 263 garden gnomes because he confused the order number with the quantity required. The Meldrews receive a bottle of wine which they drink and later discover that it is a rare vintage costing £850 and intended as a present for Tom, Pippa's father, so Margaret re-fills and re-corks the bottle. Tom and Victor help out at a Christmas dinner for the homeless - one of whom points a gun at them and is disarmed by Pippa. The next day, Patrick, who has told Victor that Tom got the cork from the bottle stuck up his nose, shoots the garden gnomes with the gun Pippa took from the religious nut. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

27 December 1990 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Margaret Meldrew: [Talking about Cilla Black] She's got a very infectious laugh.
Victor Meldrew: So has a hyena with anthrax.
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References The Blob (1988) See more »


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Composed by Danny Elfman
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Christmas magic.
17 July 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I've said on many an occasion that One foot in the Grave is one of my very favourite sitcoms, mainly because it combines out and out fun and laughter, with sadness, seriousness, and an often black humour. Those elements are showcased wonderfully well in this episode.

It truly boasts a wealth of original funny ideas, and a tonne of wonderful surrealism. The Garden gnomes provide true belly laughs, that wonderful line 'it's like sleeping in Snow White's Cottage.' Patrick's frustration and subsequent gunning down of them. There's the sad realisation of a vicar who's lost his faith, and there's the utter tragedy of the woman who's lost her husband, and then there's that tear jerking ending.

No wonder it's so highly regarded, this is pure brilliance. I defy anyone who can't laugh at this 9/10

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