"Victor Meldrew is the ultimate People's Champion. Victor
gives a voice to the things we all hate - litter, junk mail, video
repairmen, excess packaging, more litter, rudeness, inefficiency,
car mechanics, annoying kids. He says the things we always want
to say ourselves but never dare".
"And when actions fail, Victor's main method of communication
is - RANTING"!
"Just as Victor is brave, the series itself is brave too.
Not only did 'One Foot'... do the unthinkable and undress its elderly
lead actor, it even went a step further with the nation's favourite
"One Foot must be the sitcom with the highest animal death
toll. Fatalities included two tortoises, a frozen cat, a rotting
hedgehog, a robin and a swan". Animal suffering didn't end there.
Those narrowly missing the grave, included a puppy mistaken for
a phone, a crushed dachshund and a missing snake".
"And where else would you find a sitcom brave enough to film
almost an entire episode in the dark, during a power cut? In the
end, the show was even brave enough to kill its star - though happily
not the actor himself".
"And what about the theme tune - courtesy of former Python
Eric Idle? A classic, surely. And Angus Deayton in his best pullover,
as the nasty neighbour? Priceless".
"But finally, who could forget possibly the most famous catchphrase
in sitcom history".
"'I don't believe it' was voted No.1 catchphrase in a recent
tabloid survey, even though it was actually only ever used 15 times
in 10 years".
About the Advocate
Rowland Rivron is a comedian, television and radio producer and
writer, best known for his work with Jools Holland and Jonathan Ross.