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One Foot in the Grave
October 19, 2009, 2:15 pm
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One Foot in the Grave is one of my favourite programmes it is a very funny BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, with several specials over a ten year period, from 1990 to 2000. The series features the exploits of Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson, and his long-suffering wife, Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie, in their battle against the trials of modern life. After being forced to take involuntary early retirement, the series followed the protagonist’s various efforts to keep himself busy, whilst encountering various misfortunes and misunderstandings. The series was set in a typical suburban household in a suburb of London based on Luton (although was largely filmed on location in Dorset).[1] However, despite its traditional production, the series subverts its domestic sitcom setting with elements of black humor and surrealism. Describtion from www.wikipedia.com

The fact that I like One Foot in the Grave tells people that I have a good sense of humor and that I am also well educated in order to understand some of the jokes. I don’t think that I’m the programmes target audience so i think that the fact i am a big fan of the programme would be a surprise to alot of people. I have always liked the show and i got introduced to it by my mum and stepdad, and i used to stay up until ten on a school night to watch it with them every Thursday, then after it finished i had to go straight to bed, but it would often make me cry with laughter so after that it was hard to settle down. I own all the series on DVD now so i don’t have to stay up and wait for it.

Situation comedies have a wide target audience, however i think this one in particular targets people over 35. I think the programme is aimed at both genders because women would relate and feel sorry for Margaret, as men would find victor very funny relate to some of his behavior. I think that memory is important when it comes to this programme because alot of the jokes are set up at the beginning of the programme and unfold while the show goes on, for example, Victor will drop a banana skins on the drive, and 10minutes after we will hear a noise and know that someone has slipped on it. As for spectacle the show is set in an average everyday house in England that we can all relate too, and i think this is important for making the comedy seem real, so we can identify. The programme holds alot of power because it is based in the real world, so it cant make it characters too influential, either politically or religious, and they cant be racist of sexist or discriminate in anyway.


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