everybody's expecting the next one not to be as good as the last. Again, David had his sights set on one person – Annette Crosbie. It's been 20 years since Britain’s most popular grump, Victor Meldrew, was killed off in the final episode of the hit BBC sitcom. One of the most extreme came in The Pit and the Pendulum episode.After a disagreement with an aggressive gardener, Victor is planted up to his neck in a hole the gardener had dug in his garden. I was in it for three series! Then 53, he initially recoiled against playing a 60-year-old dumped on the unemployment scrapheap.He says: “I didn’t feel ready to play older men. With time passing very slowly in his enforced retirement, Victor gripes about newsreaders and worries about becoming a lavatory junkie. 'Before and after: Due to the loss of his job, the character (R) developed a 'grumpy' persona, and was often comforted by his kind-hearted wife MargaretThe pair reminisced on their time together on the show, with them revealing: 'Our favourite episode was when we got stuck in the traffic jam. 'Offended': Annette Crosbie and neighbour Ian Smith at the site of the proposed residential home'I don't believe it! ', Richard joked.Speaking on being killed off the series, the Duck Patrol star said: 'I had enough of Victor at that stage. One Foot in the Grave was quite subversive for it's time. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. He explained he'd admired my work in the past and thought I'd be perfect for the part of Victor's poor wife. This is a complete set of One Foot in the Grave, including Christmas specials, as it says in the title. Every man I knew owned up to being a Victor – in some way or another.”The scripts were written with Richard in mind after David had worked with him on the big-screen version of Whoops Apocalypse and Hot Metal.David, whose other successes include Jonathan Creek, says: “Richard is wonderful to write for. 'When I had my heart attack, a doctor was passing by, and my heart specialist was on duty. Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish character actor.. Career. ', the Waterloo Road star said.Showcasing her musical talent, the actress delighted the audience as she sang to conclude the show. Her big break came in 1970, when she was in her mid-thirties. It dared to be deeper and darker than most mainstream sitcoms and didn't shy away from sadder, more morbid subjects.   Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. But he was a malcontent staunchly supported by his wife, driven to the end of her tether at times, but with her devotion never faltering.In 1990, anti-hero Victor, riled by the perceived decline in moral standards and plagued by pure bad luck, struck a chord. The things irritating Victor annoyed a large part of the population.Annette says: “Everybody knew a Victor or was one. But it took three attempts to shoot the sequence.He recalls: “It wasn’t very comfortable, mainly because I couldn’t do anything, even scratch my nose.“It was miserable because I was in the hole for long spells – two or three hours – and to top it all, there was a wind blowing.”After writing a fifth season, David believed it was time to quit after one more series. 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