One Foot in the Grave stars Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie were reunited by Loose Women earlier today.
Annette Crosbie and Richard Wilson in BBC One sitcom One Foot In The Grave.
Annette Crosbie and Richard Wilson were reunited on-screen by ITV afternoon debate series Loose Women earlier today (Nov 12th) for a fond look back at the BBC sitcom One Foot In The Grave which revolved around the Richard’s character of Victor Meldrew and his various escapades, often disastrous ones – as the result of his continual grumpy complaining.
Speaking as part of Loose Women’s Retro Week Richard admitted he wanted his character killed off, while Annette, who played his long suffering wife Margaret teased the ending could be re-written for a return. Chatting about the famously grumpy character Richard said:
“Yes. David [Renwick] came to see a play I was in and he said, ‘I’m thinking of killing Victor’. I said, ‘Yeah, kill him.’”
Annette however had a different view of the show, and would have liked it to run and run:
“I didn’t want it ever to end but I could understand why it had to.”
The loose ladies pondered if One Foot In The Grave was ever likely to return in some format, with Richard dismissing any chance of a television revival due to Victor being deceased. However Annette suggested she ‘wouldn’t mind it all being a bad dream and he’s not dead.’ Speaking of it being turned into a musical or a stage show Richard observed he’d do it if the Loose Women organised it, adding ‘we’d do it. If you get [us] the right fee.’
Both performers have worked on many other television series before the sitcom, with Annette part of the Golden Globe and BAFTA winning ATV drama Edward the Seventh, while Richard was a regular on Yorkshire Television hospital based comedy Only When I Laugh, however it’s Victor and his catchphrase that he is best remembered. Speaking of his ‘I don’t believe it’ catchphrase, Richard said people often shout it at him in street:
“Oh, yes. No [I can’t still do it…].”
After ten years working together on the Beeb show the pair joked they didn’t really keep in touch. Richard noted: “We don’t remember when we last met.” While Annette observed:
“Basically, we didn’t keep in touch… he lived in North London and I lived in South. As far as he was concerned, I lived in the back of beyond.”
One Foot In The Grave launched in 1990. Running for a decade the show clocked up six television series, over 42 episodes, and a four-part radio adaption for BBC Radio 2. The final television episode, airing in 2000, saw Victor killed in a hit-and-run incident.