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The Pit and the Pendulum 

Victor decides that Patrick's cherry tree is the cause of his garden being dry and enlists a Neanderthal gardener to cultivate the stray roots.


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
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Kazanzi
Sarah Bolden Sarah Bolden ... Daughter
Katharine Page Katharine Page ... The voice of (voice)


As ever it's not Victor's day. He picks up Patrick's dog in mistake for the phone and is angered by womanizing workman Kazanzi,who is doing some gardening for the Meldrews and who charms Margaret. When he sees Kazanzi with a very young girl - who actually turns out to be his daughter - Victor lets fly at him. When Margaret returns she find Kazanzi has buried Victor up to his neck in the garden with a pot over his head. She also hears that her mother has died. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

31 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Margaret's mother: Hello? Margaret, this is your mum speaking. I'm 'prised I'm not here now, but that's because I'm somewhere else. I say, I'm somewhere else! But I bet you'll both be up here soon, won't you? The pair of you. So, I'll see you then. Hello?
[beep sounds]
Margaret Meldrew: Hello, mum. It's Wednesday at six o'clock. I'm just ringing to say that all being well we'll be up there Sunday afternoon about three, but I'll speak to you soon. Bye-bye.
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Mr Meldrew be groovy!!
14 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Victor employs Mr Kazanzi to do some work in the Garden, he's also busy with his Aquarium, and collection of exotic marine life.

It's an iconic episode, some of the show's funniest, most memorable moments. So many to list, but the dog phone, crab on the scrotum and head under the pot are the best.

The show had taken on a more surreal tone, with all manner of crazy events. As always we go from the super funny to the super serious, the moment where Margaret explains the tragic news to Victor is a heart breaking moment, I've never known a show have the ability to make you laugh then cry with such ease. This show was exceptional.

Daniel Peacock is very funny as Mr Kazanzi, like a mountain back gorilla, was that all him?

A mix of intense humour and deep sadness, one of the very best. 9/10

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