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


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 from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E9

#2 - Sleeping Pills


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 from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E10

#3 - Great Aunt Diana


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 from 8 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E9

#4 - Waterworks


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 from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E2

#5 - Living Together


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 from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E2
#6 - The Bayview Conservation Society
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 from 7 votes.
Waiting for God - S4E7
#7 - Adult Education
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 from 10 votes.
Waiting for God - S1E2
#8 - A Trip to Brighton
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 from 19 votes.
Waiting for God - S4E1
#9 - Financial Difficulties
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 from 9 votes.
Waiting for God - S3E7
#10 - Sabotage
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 from 11 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



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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