One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
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The Dawn of Man 

A visit from Patrick's gay twin brother leaves Pippa mentally and physically exhausted, especially when Patrick sits on a cork.


Christine Gernon


David Renwick, David Renwick (by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Nicholas Frost Nicholas Frost ... Mr Gleeson (as Nick Frost)
Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Geoffrey Perkins Geoffrey Perkins ... Nigel
Owen Brenman ... Nick Swainey
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Shopkeeper


After seeing a man dump rubbish in the river, Victor throws fishing worms in his lunch. They meet again when Nick tries to sell his house to this man and his wife. Patrick's gay twin brother visits, causing confusion; when Victor is mistakenly given a porn film at the video shop he gives it to Patrick thinking he's his twin. Written by don @ minifie-1

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littering | victor meldrew | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

13 November 2000 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Final appearances of Nick Swainey and Patrick and Pippa Trench.. See more »


When the shop keeper asks victor "what exactly do you mean bit stronger?" A boom mic pops into view at the top left of the screen. See more »


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Written by Richard Strauss
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The Party Before The Tears
28 December 2019 | by stevenm-07117See all my reviews

There are essentially two 'finales' to One Foot in the Grave: whilst 'Things Aren't Simple Anymore' is the absolute last episode, presented in a different way for reasons that will become obvious when watched, 'The Dawn of Man' is in essence the final hurrah for the regular run of this exceptional comedy and most of its' regular characters, only Mrs. Warboys is absent.

While Patrick and Pippa provide several comedy elements, from brothers to wine corks to video misunderstandings, Mr. Sweeney is placed into a situation that shows a very different side to him, one which demonstrates that underneath all the positivity, eagerness to help and charity tombolas, worries about the level of fulfillment in his life and loneliness in his old age. It's another sign of concern about the future, death and the end that crops up often during this final series.

But of course, there's plenty of the usual mishaps, such as Victor getting himself very much on the wrong side of a potential new neighbour that, let's just say, isn't exactly the embodiment of suburbia.

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