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One Foot in the Grave: Complete Series
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The exploits of irascible retiree Victor Meldrew continue in Season Six and he fights misfortune, misadventure and sheer bad luck that life just loves to throw at him. The grim reaper finally gets to Victor Meldrew. He may not arrive in the form of a strangely-shaped unordered parcel, as a workman with the intellect of an orangutan, or even as Meldrew-fixated ex-neighbor Patrick, but he better be prepared to listen: Victor might have a few complaints to make!]]>
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Accompanying Victor on his journey through the golden years of his life is his wife, Margaret. Outsiders may refer to her as long-suffering, but in her own ways she is just as bad as her husband. She too is prone to long, loud rants (sometimes because of Victor, but not always), and whenever the chance to do the right thing comes along, she almost always defaults to taking the deceitful path.
“One Foot in the Grave” is easily one of the darkest sitcoms I have ever seen, and may not be for everyone. The Christmas specials mostly have nothing to do with Christmas, and there are a lot of bottle episodes. It is also unique in that it so frequently jumps from comedy to genuine drama in mere seconds that it could leave you with emotional whiplash. Also, be warned that there is a lot of death in this series; humans and animals tend to drop like flies around the Meldrews, and not many of them are not from natural causes. This is a dark, dark comedy.
I am quite happy with having purchased this series, and find it quite worthy to share shelf space with the likes of “Fawlty Towers” and “Black Adder”. If you enjoy dark, dry, British humour, you will probably like this too.