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One Foot in the Grave

The Collected BBC Radio Comedies
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

Crabby, crusty, and curmudgeonly he may be, but Victor Meldrew, played brilliantly by Richard Wilson, voices the exasperation of the once silent majority. Accompanied by his long-suffering wife, Margaret (Annette Crosbie), Victor's howlingly funny battles against what he perceives as modern-day ills have turned him into one of the great comic creations of our time. 

This collection gathers three of the best TV episodes from the well-known BBC 1 series and an additional four scripts that were specially adapted for radio by One Foot in the Grave creator David Renwick and fully rerecorded by the cast.

The episodes are:
'Alive and Buried': made redundant at 60, Victor Meldrew has plenty of time on his hands, except now he has to contend with Age Concern workers and unreliable mechanics.

'Timeless Time': it's nighttime. Victor can't sleep, which means that Margaret won't be able to either.

'In Luton Airport No-one Can Hear You Scream': Victor and Margaret return from holiday to find their home has been demolished.

'The Beast in the Cage': Victor encounters road rage when he's stuck in a bank-holiday traffic jam.

'The Man in the Long Black Coat': following the garden gnome incident, Victor Meldrew's feud with neighbour Patrick continues apace. Added to that, Victor has also bought some radioactive manure for his allotment.

'The Broken Reflection': Victor is acting as a neighbourhood vigilante and is not looking forward to his accident-prone brother coming to visit from New Zealand.

'The Trial': although selected for jury service, Victor hasn't yet been required in court. However, he is still on call and therefore stuck at home all day. Can he survive the boredom?

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I don’t believe it at last together in one collection

1 foot in the grave was one of my favourite situation comedies growing up, so I was delighted to see this collection available on audible of the complete radio adaptations. Although only a tiny subset of all the episodes add, this collection is hilariously funny and for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to listen to 1 foot in the grave, a really good taster of what it might be like to watch. Anyone who has the DVD box set, this is a great companion and well worth a listen :-)

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I don't believe it.

This was just like listening to the episodes of the TV show. There's lots of laughs to be had.

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Terrific, relaxing and enjoyable

Great to listen to, relax by and will be looking for similar radio 4 type plays.

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Laughs and Giggles all the way!! 💖

Fabulous way to experience One Foot In The Grave!! Have seen it so many times on TV, was nice to see it played out on the stage in my mind's eye for a change!

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Fun Listen

Since I'm a fan of the television show, I could easily visualize each scene. I enjoy the witty dialogue. So much fun!