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Publisher's 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?

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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

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  • Ibrahim G.
  • 05-25-19

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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  • Mark W.
  • 09-19-19

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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  • Frances Ravden-Green
  • 06-04-22

Buy It

There was nothing to dislike. It’s the genuine One Foot In The Grave. Listened to this several times and still love it.


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  • banythehat
  • 05-17-22

A mix of radio production and TV audio

The first few episodes are from radio/audio performances where the last few are soundtracks from the TV show.
Both are excellent though

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  • Mark Venters
  • 11-21-21

best of British

on holiday wanted something easy to listen too ,this is it very funny had me in tears

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  • TYH
  • 07-02-21

Funny, but doesn’t quite work on audio

This is well worth a watch, but does fall down when the audience obviously laugh at visual comedy.You are left wondering what just happened. It’s a pity as it is a great comedy, unfortunately not quite working on this platform.

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  • Stephen W.
  • 01-25-21

Fantastic!

Very funny! fantastic acting and hilarious story! Victor's reactions to the incredible things that happen to him are brilliant.

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  • John
  • 12-15-20

Good fun

Good classic fun I feel the only thing that lets it down is not being able to see his face while he is moaning 😄

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  • Natalie
  • 09-08-20

Laugh out loud funny

I totally enjoyed this from beginning to end. It took me back to when I was younger and I used to watch it with my mum and I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed watching on tv. I will definitely be listening to this again and recommending it to everyone. It's a bit of sunshine and laughter in this depressing world and I just wish it was longer. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I have 😆🤣

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  • 03-08-20

Terrific, relaxing and enjoyable

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