8.3
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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 Worst Episodes of Waiting for God

Waiting for God - S3E11

#1 - Christmas At Bayview

0.00

Season 3 - Episode 11

It's Christmas and, unsurprisingly, Diana is not in the Christmassy mood. She's already told off a very young Santa to whom she took her great-niece and she's not bothered that there will be no entertainment, thanks to Baines fiddling the funds to get a new jacket. When Tom takes over as the house pianist ear-plugs are the order of the day for her. Her dire warnings seem to come true after Tom has invited Sally and Dave, a young homeless couple he met in town,to spend the holiday at Bayview and they run off with some of the residents' Christmas presents. After the police have been called, the couple return, having had the presents gift-wrapped, as a thank you .

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 0 votes.

Waiting for God - S4E11

#2 - Another Christmas At Bayview

7.00

Season 4 - Episode 11

Jane's grandfather Jamie arrives at Bayview where tom and Diana are putting on a Christmas play for the residents, though Diana is as curmudgeonly as ever in respect of the festive season. She and Tom play a trick on Baines who is consequently injured and undergoes a personality change for the better.

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

Waiting for God - S3E4

#3 - Harvey's Fiancee

7.11

Season 3 - Episode 4

Baines meets a girl-friend, Lucy Maitland, at the hunt ball. His mother is coming to visit before going to stay with his sister so Jane poses as Lucy Maitland to put Mother off Harvey's new fiancee whilst Tom and Diana ham it up mercilessly pretending to be Baines' parents talking to Lucy. The result is that Lucy does not stay around and Jane has got her Baines back all to herself.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E10

#4 - The Boring Son

7.25

Season 2 - Episode 10

In addition to her alcoholism, Marion's fling with Bob becomes the last straw for Geoffrey, who finally decides to leave her. But where can he go? Answer, move in with his father at Bayview but Geoffrey is so boring that before long Diana and Tom are planning to get him back with Marion.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 8 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E9

#5 - Young People

7.30

Season 2 - Episode 9

A group of students comes to Bayview and Baines bribes Bob, one of them, into being seen in a compromising situation with Diana. This will enable him, under an old church covenant from the 1600's which was bestowed upon the home, to have her thrown out for immoral actions. As it happens Bob much prefers Marion and goes off with her instead.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 10 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E7

#6 - Glamorous Grannies

7.36

Season 2 - Episode 7

Tom has a bet with Diana that she can't be nice to people for a week. Such untypical actions only lead to confusion. Baines wants to organize a glamorous grandmother contest for the old ladies in the home, the prize being a cruise for two. Since Basil wants to marry Betty, Tom approaches his son-in-law Geoffrey, whose firm are sponsoring the contest to let Betty win, but when Betty gets cold feet and refuses to enter, Diana, having made sure a journalist friend is present to expose any 'fixing' the contest; replaces her and wins. She lets Betty and Basil have the prize.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E3

#7 - Daisy Takes Charge

7.38

Season 2 - Episode 3

Baines threatens Diana with expulsion unless she removes the partition but they both have more pressing matters to consider as Daisy becomes completely domineering, taking over the home with her ideas and threatening to get current staff sacked. Finally, Tom organizes a revolt against her, causing her to leave . . . and Diana to remove the partition.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 13 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E3

#8 - A Royal Visit

7.43

Season 5 - Episode 3

A letter from the mayor's office suggests that a royal personage will be gracing Bayview with a visit. Diana, already even more crotchety than ever, due to a painfully swollen foot, does not share Tom's monarchist views and holds forth on the pointlessness of the royals. Just as predictably the royal visit turns out to be very much less 'royal' than expected.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 7 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E8

#9 - Foreign Workers

7.45

Season 2 - Episode 8

In order to cut costs Baines decides to employ illegal immigrant workers at Bayview. To Diana one incompetent foreigner, the gardener, is enough and, after the residents have staged a protest, order is restored. Tom has been overdoing physical exercise in his efforts to get as fit as Linford Christie and his collapse leads Diana to persuade him to slow down.

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

Waiting for God - S3E1

#10 - The Funeral

7.45

Season 3 - Episode 1

Depressed vicar Dennis Sparrow is conducting the funeral of ex-Bayview resident Jimmy, but is making heavy weather of the eulogy and later he tells Tom and Diana that he is losing his faith. Geoffrey is back with Marion but their life is far from being a bed of roses and it's suggested Dennis tries to help them sort out their marriage. Not long afterwards Geoffrey announces that Marion and the vicar are now living together in Wales. Baines, meanwhile, is looking for a wife - a plan which involves Jane, though, sadly for her, not as a possible candidate, but as a helper.

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

Waiting for God - S3E3
#11 - Looking for Work
7.50
Season 3 - Episode 3

It's April and yet it's still very cold so the residents do not appreciate it when Baines turns off the central heating and suggest the residents go jogging to keep warm. Tom and Diana decide to get jobs to get out of the icy-cold home. Tom gets a job working with Geoffrey, but he is such a pain that ,in order to get rid of him, Geoffrey pays Baines to put the heating back on.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 8 votes.

Waiting for God - S1E7
#12 - The Helicopter
7.55
Season 1 - Episode 7

With upcoming by-elections Councillor Ferguson is courting the grey vote and comes to the home. At the same time Diana, once a photo-journalist, takes Tom up in a helicopter to take aerial shots of local houses to sell to their owners. Among her shots is one of Ferguson and the Swedish nanny being very naughty on the lawn. This comes in very handy at scuppering Ferguson's plan to support a Japanese spare parts factory being built next to Bayview.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E5
#13 - Trouble with Men
7.56
Season 5 - Episode 5

Diana and Jane are both taken aback by the bizarre ways of men, following their respective marriage proposals. Tom's proposal to Diana has brought on a shock and she collapses and is taken to hospital. Jane's decision that she will become a nun after all has tempted Harvey to consider joining the priesthood.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 9 votes.

Waiting for God - S3E5
#14 - The Estate Agent
7.64
Season 3 - Episode 5

After she has been accused of selfishness, Diana goes to work as a volunteer at a charity for elderly people and takes up the cause of an old lady about to be evicted by unscrupulous estate agent Janet Follett. Diana learns that Ms. Follett is Baines' new girl-friend and she has plans for Bayview which will not go down well with the residents. With a little help from Tom and her media background Diana sets out to expose Ms. Follett.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E1
#15 - Counselling for the Dying
7.69
Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the death,alone, of a resident, Tom puts himself forward as a counsellor to aid and comfort the terminally ill. A new female resident arrives and has afternoon delight with old Basil. Some time later Basil seems to be dying and Tom rushers to counsel him but he is merely suffering from exertion after sex with the lady. However, the lady dies and Tom organizes a splendid send-off for her.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 13 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E5
#16 - Tell the Truth
7.70
Season 2 - Episode 5

Tom 's belief that one should always tell the truth offends Jane, who has made herself look glamorous to appeal to Baines and Tom says she looks hideous. He also upsets Marion by telling her what he thinks of her, leading to a big row. Sarah introduces her boy-friend Sam, who is looking for investors for his proposed beauty salon franchise, but Diana and Tom suspect he is a con-man and Tom - to make his peace with Marion - 'persuades' Sam to let his daughter run her own beauty salon for free.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 10 votes.

Waiting for God - S5E8
#17 - A Double Wedding?
7.71
Season 5 - Episode 8

After confiding her doubts about marriage to Sarah, Diana has a raucous hen night with male strippers whilst Tom's stag night is a very staid affair. The befuddled Dennis Sparrow is to conduct the two wedding ceremonies separately but due to a double booking involving a funeral, a double wedding is on the cards after all - despite Marion's efforts to sabotage Tom's marrying Diana. She need not have worried because, whilst Jane becomes Mrs. Harvey Baines, Tom and Diana happily agree not to marry after all but to live in sin.

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

Waiting for God - S1E6
#18 - The Psychiatrist
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 6

Baines decides that if Diana and Tom are seen to be mentally incompetent it will give him power of attorney over them and end all his troubles, particularly as the home is in financial difficulties. So he refers them to psychiatrist Dr.Darrow, for whom they act out a well-rehearsed pantomine of odd behaviour, leading the doctor to conclude that they are not mad, just a touch eccentric, with unexpected help coming from Sarah.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 11 votes.

Waiting for God - S2E2
#19 - The Partition
7.75
Season 2 - Episode 2

Tom is depressed because he is missing his late wife but Marion and Geoffrey are not keen to have him home on respite. He turns his attentions to Diana and suggests that they shack up together, a proposition that offends her so much that she has a partition built between their two rooms. Her mood is not helped by the arrival of new resident Daisy, who has a strong personality like herself and with whom she soon clashes, though Tom gets on well with her.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 12 votes.

Waiting for God - S1E5
#20 - Fraulein Mueller
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 5

Jane wants to become a nun so Baines sacks her and brings in stern German matron Greta Mueller, who is a tyrant and tells Sarah where Diana hid the Porsche. Tom cons Baines into making him the head of the Residents' Association and gets up a petition, which Baines thinks is to get rid of Diana, so he signs it. Actually it's to get rid of Greta, so he is forced to fire her and reinstate Jane.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Waiting for God from 11 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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