One Foot in the Grave 4.02 Descent into the Maelstrom (1993, TV) – 7/10

One Foot in the Grave 4.02 Descent into the Maelstrom (1993)

When Margaret falls ill Victor ‘looks after’ her for a couple of weeks. Her already shortened tether is almost immediately snapped thanks to Victor’s typical run of mishaps (involving giving away their video recorders… and car) but a visit from a child she used to teach, now grown up, provides a potential highlight.

7/10

A snappy episode with great chemistry between Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie (after they kiss near the end they automatically take each other’s hand, you can hardly see it) and a nice sweet tone. It’s all topped off with a splendid visual gag involving a baby, it’s father and a gnome.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Available on DVD.

One Foot in the Grave 4.03 Hearts of Darkness (1993, TV) – 7/10

One Foot in the Grave 4.03 Hearts of Darkness (1993)

Victor, Margaret, Mrs Warboys and Mr Swainey all go out for a day in the country but you just know with Victor around something unbelievable is going to happen.

7/10

Super episode that is put together much like a horror movie but contains a strong story and a couple of outstanding gags.

This One Foot in the Grave episode contains mild swear words and substance abuse and unpleasant scenes and mild male nudity.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Available on DVD.

One Foot in the Grave 4.01 The Pit and the Pendulum (1993, TV) – 8/10

One Foot in the Grave 4.01 Pit and the Pendulum, The (1993)

Victor is busy killing tropical fish and is having trouble with yet another workman.

8/10

While the clumsy emotional content is awkward (though punctured brilliantly) there are two legendary visual gags this week: Victor picking up the dog to answer the phone and Victor buried up to his head in his own garden! The dog, in particular, is one of the all-time greatest comedy moments in television history. It’s so good you wish there was a slow-motion action replay. Thank you, YouTube.

This One Foot in the Grave episode contains mild adult dialogue.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Available on DVD.