Thursday, October 2, 2008

One Foot in the Grave "Hearts of Darkness"

This dark BBC sitcom is a US cult classic. The story of Victor Meldrew, a security man forced to retire from his desk job when he is replaced by an intercom, is frequently absurd in a way that resembles the very American classic sitcom, Seinfeld. Meldrew spends his day complaining about life's little miseries, miseries which he often goes to great lengths to get himself involved in. In one episode, he manages to get himself buried neck-deep in the garden by a man he has hired to dig a trench. In another, after he and his wife each mistakenly think that a friendly couple had invited them to spend the weekend at their sea-side residence in order to wife swap, Mr. Meldrew sets the offending wife's wig on fire while Mrs. Meldrew tosses the husband off a pier. This episode, Hearts of Darkness, starts slow, with an increasingly disastrous country outting, and ends with Meldrew leading a nursing home in revolt against its tyrannical staff. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Enjoy!

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