One Foot in the Grave: Season 3
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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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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!
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great British series with that dry British humor. Between Retirement and death and the lead character complains about EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY to our laughing pleasure.Published 2 months ago by MickeyT
Hilarious! I highly recommend if you like British comedies. Richard Wilson and Annette Crosby are perfect together.Published 3 months ago by Catatonic
I love this series! This is the grumpiest person on the planet but his rantings will make you laugh out loud!Published 15 months ago by Pamela L. Fernald
If you like British comedy, and I LOVE IT, you'll certainly want to get this series. I rarely buy DVD's, but I had to have this series.Published 18 months ago by Gayle Schafer
The Victor Meldrew character in this show is so funny. He's a grumpy old man and everything seems to go wrong for him. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marie J Hall
not the funniest of this series but certainly enjoyable, especially for those who love these characters. cracks me up! Read morePublished 21 months ago by The Lilac Poet
I'm an American who came late to the show... Saw a few episodes on PBS and wasn't sure what to expect from the series as a whole. Hooked!! Buy it!Published on January 21, 2014 by Falensmom
We saw some of this on BBC and wanted more. Victor is absolutely hilarious in his frustration with life after mandatory retirement. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Carolyn Jean Mack
Season Three is hilarious. Victor keeps moaning and complaining and his wife nags right back. I have to wonder what they were like before Victor was forced to retire. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by SitcomBuddy