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How realistic do you find the character of Victor Meldrew in 'One Foot in the Grave', base your answer on an analysis of 'In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream'

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Joe Hyland 10 C1 September 2003 Mrs O'Leary Media Coursework How realistic do you find the character of Victor Meldrew in 'One Foot in the Grave', base your answer on an analysis of 'In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream' Victor Meldrew is the main character in a TV programme named 'One Foot in the Grave' which is a BBC made sitcom. The word sitcom is short for situation comedy. Sitcoms were founded in America, with the first one 'I Love Lucy' being a great success all over the world. It was shown on I.T.V, with almost every one enthralled week in and week out. This meant the BBC needed to create a sitcom of their own to try and justify the television licence, and 'One Foot in the Grave' was one of those sitcoms. Sitcoms are a very popular genre of TV because they contain many subliminal messages. Sitcom productions such as 'One Foot in the Grave' have many conventions which are there are few main characters, the episodes are episodic (each episode is separate) ...read more.


There are many quotes in the theme tune which are meant to explain old men, such as "Wrinkly, Crinkly" and "Past my sell by date" 'One Foot in the Grave' is made up of many different types of humour as are many sitcoms. Meldrews humour tends to be visual, sarcastic and slapstick. In sitcoms the contrast between normal everyday experiences and ridiculous situations can differ in sitcoms. For example during the episode 'In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream' Meldrew came home to find his house to be nothing more than rubble. This is not really an everyday experience which the audience can relate to its more of a ridiculous situation which makes the audience laugh. During sitcoms the audience may wonder whether the programme they are watching is realistic in any way. They may think this when for example when Meldrew is in his back garden sun bathing with his buttocks showing. ...read more.


The props used are packing cases and boxes. The lighting is very bright to show us that Meldrew is agitated. The camera shot is a medium shot, and his body language tells us that he is disgusted. Still 4 is of Meldrew sunbathing in his back garden in his trunks with his buttocks showing. The props used are a towel and some sunglasses. The sun provides all the sun for this shot, the camera angle used is a low shot to show us that Melldrew is helpless. His body language used shows us that he is shocked as his neighbour stumbles across him sun bathing. The conclusion to this is that Meldrew is not a realistic character he is merely a stereotype designed to make us laugh. If Meldrew was realistic most people would not find it funny and therefore not watch the programme. The idea of a sitcom is to make us laugh so if they had masses of characters or a complex setting it would take all the fun out of the programme and defy the whole point of a sitcom. ...read more.

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