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One Foot in the Grave: Season 3

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE: SEASON 3 (DVD)

People, in Victor Meldrew's view, were created to annoy him. And Victor annoys them too, provoking them to extremes. Sharing the misery, nightmares and confusion are his long-suffering wife Margaret (she'll never forget the day she found Victor buried up to his neck with a flowerpot over his head), friend Mrs. Warboys (she'll never forget that country walk with her foot cemented to Victor's), and neighbors Mr Swainey and his bedridden mother Pippa (she will never forget the pile of radioactive manure on her drive) and Patrick (who will never forget the hideous experience of having a crab surgically removed from his genitals).

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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YRY7VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I just love this show! I found it by accident when purchasing other British comedies on Amazon. It's a comedy along the lines of Fawlty Towers, The Thin Blue Line and Blackadder. Yet, One Foot in the Grave is distinctly unique. It covers an overlooked segment of the population (the recently retired & aging segment).

If you have never saw One Foot in the Grave, start at season 1 and work your way up. The show and characters are more enjoyable watched in order, as many times they will work off something that occured in a previous show. Season 3 is perhaps the best of the series, so far, with the characters having grown and really filling out their roles.

An overview of the story (starting at Season 1), is about a 60 year old man (Mr. Victor Meldrew) whom is forced into retirement and has his whole life turned upside down. As he battles against a world that now longer makes sense, trouble seems to find him at every corner. Richard Wilson plays Victor Meldrew and Annette Crosbie plays as his wife Margaret Meldrew. Both Crosbie and Wilson are hysterical & believable. Victor being on the brink of a breakdown all the time, and his wife the voice of sanity, that brings humor to every situation. Or is Victor the sanest of them all? The older I get the more I identify with grumpy ole' Victor Meldrew.

Great show that gets funnier every season. If you are a fan of British comedy this is a must see!
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David Renwick has created a very unique Brit-com. Created during the waning days of the Thather/Reagan era partly as a statement of how the Governments had neglected the needs of many people such as the Elderly, the young, the needy and so on. These issues were made comic fodder for our hero Victor Meldrew, a man who goes to work one day to discover that he's been replaced by a box. At 60 years old Victor feels that he has many good years left and now faces a new life and how to keep busy.

Victor's wife, Margaret tries to help as best she can, but she's not the biggest fan of his passions. (magic, ventriloquism) Victor's biggest passion seems to be correcting the wrongs of the world which he attempts with great enthusiasm. Most often these endeavors end in disaster, but on occasion they are successful such as an encounter with a computer salesman that's comic gold, as well as what happens when he awakes in the hospital, thinks he's dead and sees a man who he thinks to be God.

To some, the dark, sick and twisted scripts may be off putting. On first viewing, one would think that Mr. Renwick hates Victor but the true payoff is that after all the disasters and fights, at the heart, Victor and Margaret truly love each other and Mr. Renwick does a wonderful job of showing us this without beating us over the head with it as would happen on American TV.

Richard Wilson brings great life to Victor. We feel Victor's pain when he goes too far and tries to make amends to a world who, sadly doesn't care. This is a fairly complicated series (on American standards) i is certainly not as wild and broad as a Fawlty Towers or a Thin Blue Line but it's well worth a look
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Dark humor in the best British tradition, "One Foot in the Grave" is the sad tale of Victor and his long-suffering wife, Margaret. Victor is between jobs and spends his time getting into spats with the neighbors and just about anyone else he comes across. If anything can go wrong in his life...it will, and he will spend eternity grousing about it. The shows are about a half hour long each and they pack a lot into them. Another long-standing character who appears is Mrs Warboys, who also ends up with her life crumbling down as often as not.

This season includes a dark (of course!) Christmas special that involves radioactive allotment dirt. Another one is about a battle over garbage/littering, and another sees the Meldrew's burgled so that they end up sitting on lawn chairs in their living room staring at the place where their tv used to be. Oh...and bird's nest dropping on Victor's head during a wedding video, and trying to get a man in to shave off the bottom of their doors so they will close over new carpet.

One wonders how Margaret has put up with Victor for so long, but then an episode happens where you realize they are, quite honestly, made for each other. You also can see that they honestly do care for each other...in those instances (rare, though they are) when Victor's kinder (gasp!) nature comes through, albeit ever so briefly.

Don't expect a light-hearted slapstick romp through the daisies and you might enjoy this show. Victor is hilarious to watch, but he is definitely not the guy you want living next door to you.
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Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) seems never to be really happy, and peculiar things are always happening to him. He's not the easiest person to love and live with, but his long-suffering wife, Margaret (Annette Crosbie) handles him better than anyone else could. There is also a cast of characters who come in and out of the Meldrew's life as well as friends and neighbors who remain constant delights. Part slapstick part sitcom and part black comedy, you'll either love this series or hate it. I love it and own several of the 6 seasons. I wish there had been 6 more. I've just recently started watching them again and adding the rest of the seasons to my collection. I can't imagine any other actors playing Victor and Margaret - these two are perfect.
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