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Beware the Trickster on the Roof 

The Meldrews receive a bad luck charm from Mr Swainey.


Susan Belbin


David Renwick, David Renwick (by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Owen Brenman ... Nick Swainey
Britt Morrow Britt Morrow ... Young Wife
Hilda Braid Hilda Braid ... Mrs Skimpson
Steve Perry Steve Perry ... The Cyclist
Peter Aubrey Peter Aubrey ... Mr Tildsley
Louise Kerr Louise Kerr ... Wife
John Challis ... Jack the Burglar (voice)


Patrick and Pippa are hoping to sell their house but, thanks to Victor, they aren't having much luck. Their first prospective buyers are put off when their child finds a grotesque hybrid Teddy bear made by Victor; the second see him shouting abuse from the bedroom window; and the third are present when a cow, accidentally delivered to the Meldrews, crashes into the lounge. To cap it all, the burglar who stole Victor's VCR rings to ask how it works. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

1 March 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Victor Meldrew: [singing] People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.
[doorbell rings]
Victor Meldrew: Yut-sun dah dah dah dah dah-di.
[opens door]
Woman at Door: Good morning!
Victor Meldrew: Good-bye.
[closes door]
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References The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

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Good Morning, Goodbye....
11 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Patrick and Pippa have reached the end of their tether and are desperately trying to sell. Seems Victor is going out of his way to sabotage the sale. Mr Sweeney has been away and brought home a dead scorpion, seemingly an evil talisman which brings doom on the owner. Firstly Victor's had a mishap with ordering a taxi, calling a toy shop in error, more mishaps occur, Margaret was remembered in a will, but didn't exactly get what she wanted.

Utterly hilarious start, Victor singing, 'Good Morning, Goodbye.' The whole concept of Patrick seeing Victor become more and more crazy is so funny, the Teddy bear scenes are hilarious. Angus Deayton's facial expressions as always very funny.

Hilda Braid is so funny as Mrs Skimpson, I love her scenes with Victor, the are both true professionals.

That's not a Teddy bear, that's the Abominable Doctor Fybes in a fur coat. Brilliant. 9/10

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