8.3
27 votes
Waiting for God

Waiting for God

BBC One 1990

When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a fiesty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of Harvey Baines, the head of the home, the two form a friendship and eventually a romance, helping each other out of tight situations. Tom's son, Geoffrey, and daughter-in-law, Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like) are constantly stopping in and Jane, a worker at the home, is Diana's worst nightmare being constantly cheerful. Together, though, Tom and Diana make it together while they are waiting for God.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Waiting for God

Waiting for God - S4E10

#1 - The Conference

9.29

Season 4 - Episode 10

There is to be a conference on the needs of the elderly held, and Diana is asked to be the local representative. At the same time Tom is waiting on tests to see if he has prostate cancer, and so Diana researches the subject for the conference. Although the results of the test are as yet undisclosed, Tom declares his love for Diana.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E9

#2 - Sleeping Pills

8.86

Season 3 - Episode 9

Diana collapses and is rushed to hospital where Baines tries, unsuccessfully to cop off with the lady doctor. Diana, wrongly, gets it into her head that she is dying of cancer and asks Tom to get her some sleeping pills so that she can end it all quickly. For Tom, however, there are limits as to what he will do for his best friend.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E10

#3 - Great Aunt Diana

8.75

Season 3 - Episode 10

The residents are getting wet waiting for a bus but when it arrives the driver claims that they cannot get on for free for another four minutes as they are too early, so Diana hauls him off the bus and Tom hi-jacks it on behalf of the residents. Later this will come in handy when a very pregnant Sarah arrives, seeking Diana's reluctant help to deliver her baby. Ultimately a girl arrives, unsurprisingly, Sarah calls her Diana.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Waiting for God from 8 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E9

#4 - Waterworks

8.67

Season 4 - Episode 9

After drinking a lot at a reunion, Tom has trouble passing water and becomes very sensitive about it. He tries to keep it from Diana but his secretive behaviour initially leads her to believe that he is seeing another woman. Ultimately, he sees a doctor and goes to hospital and she is upset that he had not told her the truth.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Waiting for God from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E2

#5 - Living Together

8.57

Season 4 - Episode 2

To Jane's disapproval, Diana and Tom are now living in sin, or rather together, but already they start arguing, since they can't decide whose furniture they should be using. A new resident, Mrs. Kent from Gwent, arrives. She is withdrawn and nervous so Tom and Diana put on an act of being very happy together in order to bring her out of her shell. As it happens they do get a result - but only when she sees what they are really like.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E2

#6 - The Bayview Conservation Society

8.57

Season 5 - Episode 2

Baines is hiring Mr. Nakamura, a Japanese hotel consultant, to advise on the building of a new,space-saving wing to be built at Bayview - thereby enabling him to pack in more residents. Tom starts the Bayview Conservation Society, eventually enlisting Diana, to demonstrate that any such building would damage the wildlife and the natural environment, thus stopping the plan from going ahead. Jane and Geoffrey get close, Marion and Baines get intimate, more down to her desperation than his enthusiasm as she initially mistook him for Geoffrey.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E7

#7 - Adult Education

8.50

Season 4 - Episode 7

When Tom and Diana's life drawing art classes at the local college are terminated and complaining yields no joy, they decide to instate their own at Bayview. Baines is to be the model, posing as Julius Caesar, bare beneath his toga for authenticity (or so Diana tells him). When an inspector calls at Bayview, Diana unties the knot holding the toga in place and leaving Baines publicly nude. As a result, he has to go to a clinic where Jane reports that he has had a breakdown.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Waiting for God from 10 votes.

Waiting for God - S1E2

#8 - A Trip to Brighton

8.37

Season 1 - Episode 2

Diana rows with chief carer Jane for calling her a senior citizen and Tom does his best to ignore Marion and Geoffrey. Diana's niece Sarah has left her Porsche at the home so Diana drives Tom to Brighton in it. Harvey Baines reports it missing and the couple are stopped by the police but explain that Diana has her niece's permission to use it and Harvey is threatened with arrest for wasting police time.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Waiting for God from 19 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E1

#9 - Financial Difficulties

8.33

Season 4 - Episode 1

Diana is horrified to find that she is unaccountably in the red and goes up to London to cause a fuss, only to discover that all her investments have gone into receivership. Back in Bayview, Tom's room is suffering from severe rising damp so Tom comes up with a solution that will sort things out for them both. They will live together in one large room. Diana accepts this but draws the line at being carried over the threshold.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Waiting for God from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E7

#10 - Sabotage

8.27

Season 3 - Episode 7

Whilst Baines is ecstatic about his new car Tom and Diana plan a little holiday and start a vacation fund. Unfortunately, Geoffrey decides to invest the money in the new intensive care wing that Baines is having built for Bayview. When Tom finds out he and Basil show how creative they can be when somebody conveniently leaves a bulldozer lying around and the holiday is on.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S1E1
#11 - Welcome to Bayview
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 1

Tom Ballard is put in Bayview retirement home by drunken daughter Marion and her weak husband Geoffrey. Many of the residents are very passive but not retired journalist Diana Trent, whose mission in life is to annoy 'the idiot Baines' - Harvey Baines, the home's manager. Initially she thinks Tom is rather dotty but when he tries to organize the residents into action against the home's poor food she knows she has found an ally.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Waiting for God from 23 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E7
#12 - Bungee Jumping
8.17
Season 5 - Episode 7

Whilst planning his pre-nuptial agreement with an eager Jane, Baines is told that he is not a proper priest and that any attempts he makes to get money from his ordination will lead to fraud charges. Diana is of course delighted but she has more pressing matters - Tom's threatened bungee jump. She agrees to marry him if only to stop the jump from going ahead but insists on her own pre-nuptial conditions.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Waiting for God from 6 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E8
#13 - Sent To Coventry
8.14
Season 4 - Episode 8

A strange reversal of fortune overtakes Bayview with the hospitalised Baines seen as the victim and Diana his tormentor. She is sent to Coventry and there are threats of staff strikes unless she goes. Help comes from a most unexpected source - Marion, whose pharmaceutical knowledge leads her to see that Baines is faking his condition. Diana is vindicated though Tom has made her apologize to Baines in order for her to be allowed to stay. He knew Baines was faking it but thought the humility would do her good.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E4
#14 - Diana's Diet
8.11
Season 5 - Episode 4

Diana's foot shows no sign of healing and Tom is anxious for her to see a doctor. For all of her brash facade she is reluctant to seek medical advice in case she is given the worst possible scenario. However, she complies and is told that she has diabetes and must alter her diet. A relieved Tom proposes. Baines also proposes to Jane, in order to get his golf club membership, but she turns him down.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Waiting for God from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E3
#15 - Living in Miserable Sin
8.09
Season 4 - Episode 3

Living together is not the bed of roses that Tom and Diana were expecting. He criticizes her sloppiness and her funny little ways, such as feeding acorns to squirrels with a sling-shot. She decides to move out and goes to stay with Sarah to be a nanny to baby Diana but this is not her forte. Tom misses her, especially when Geoffrey decides to move in with him again.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S1E4
#16 - The Christening
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 4

Tom is going to the christening of his nephew and wants Diana to accompany him but she is not keen because her arthritis is playing her up. Because she failed to declare it on her application form, Baines tries to get her evicted from the home. Tom doctors a 'naughty' photo of Baines to blackmail him into changing his mind but Diana uses her old press contacts to 'persuade' the committee to let her stay.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Waiting for God from 18 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E6
#17 - The Hip Operation
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 6

Diana falls and breaks her hip whilst throwing a brick at the home's incompetent Portuguese gardener. She is taken to hospital where she rows with the Welsh doctor over a hip replacement operation and Sarah, about to marry Sam, comes to visit. Sarah knows that Diana dislikes Sam and wonders if she will try to stop the wedding..or even attend. In the end Diana turns up for her niece's big day, using a Zimmer frame. Marion, meanwhile, is not making a success of the beauty shop and Tom suggests Sam take back the franchise.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E8
#18 - Politics
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 8

Diana decides that she would like to enter politics and stands as an independent candidate for the Residents' Party. Baines has been asked to stand for the Tories so Tom decides he will have some fun and join in the race too. Diana is forced to stand down when Baines threatens to sack care worker Jenny but Diana makes sure that this is used against him too and his political career is a non-starter.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Waiting for God from 8 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E4
#19 - Shelves
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 4

Geoffrey is getting on Tom's nerves with his obsession with shelves, which he keeps putting up all over the unit and it's a blessing when he gets a call from Marion, asking him to get back with her. Tom is not the only resident missing Diana as she is seen as a source of advice, but Diana herself, a thoroughly incompetent nanny, is missing Bayview and, after ruining a fashion show goes 'home' to Tom.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E6
#20 - Harvey the Priest
8.00
Season 5 - Episode 6

A combination of genuine feelings for Jane, whom he is used to having around, plus the desire to still join the golf club, causes Baines to become a priest of the Order of the Flaming Sword of Las Vegas - by post. He proposes and Jane accepts this time. Jane thinks Diana should accept Tom, who is now taking driving lessons to impress her. However, he has an accident and Diana has to go and bail him out, causing confusion when she meets arresting officer Sergeant Watt. With Diana still refusing to marry him Tom considers very drastic action.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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Local PBS station running the 1992 one-hour Xmas special that features The Idiot Baines being held head down out the window by Diana and Tom, but, disappointingly, they don't drop him.

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