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6 Degrees Entertainment

'One Foot in the Grave: The 1996/97 Xmas Spec.'
(Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, et al / DVD / NR / (2003) 2009 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: In these two feature length episodes ('Starbound' and 'Endgame') Victor reaches fantastic new heights of frustration, despair and exasperation - dragging Margaret and anyone else in the vicinity into the maelstrom with him.

DVD Verdict: There are two episodes on this DVD, one entitled 'Starbound' and one entitled 'Endgame'. They represent the final pieces of the 'One Foot In The Grave' series. Featuring many viewers' favorite scenes - including the Meldrew 'Surgical Support Recycling Centre' and the indecent exposure identity parade - these are priceless episodes from a magnificent series.

If you're not "into" this crackingly funny British series, 'One Foot in the Grave' is a sitcom that aired on BBC (UK). Victor Meldrew made redundant from his security job at Watson-Mycroft. His replacement is a talking machine. He soon realises that life around him is not as good as its cracked up to be.

Throughout it all, Margaret tries to rise above it all but she too sometimes vents her anger. Victor Meldrew explores the oddities of life and the inane things that we can all appreciate at some stage in our lives.

In the first special from 1996, 'Starbound,' Victor and his Mrs return home from a short holiday to find a man has moved into their shed and has even got himself a job as a gardener, not only that but Mrs Swainey is claiming to have been abducted by aliens! The very last episode of the series turned out to be the second Christmas Special on this release, 'Endgame,' and in it the Meldrews have new neightbours in the shape of the McVities, Pippa and Patrick finally having had enough. The McVities problems start when Victor manages to buy himself a caravan that turns out to be haunted!

If you have purchased seasons one through six, purchasing this disc means you will have every single episode ever produced and can watch them all in chronological order with perfect picture and sound!

This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come (unfortunately) with any Special Features.