I don’t believe it! Victor Meldrew is back… for one night only

The One Foot in the Grave actor is putting on a one-man show at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre

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Believe it or not, Victor Meldrew is making a comeback. No, One Foot in the Grave is not the latest series to undergo the reboot treatment, Richard Wilson is reprising his grumpy geriatric for one night only at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

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The actor – who hung up Victor’s flat cap 14 years ago – is appearing in a special fundraising event in which he will perform an episode of the popular BBC1 sitcom. 

“I am bringing Victor back for a night. I am going to do 20 minutes of Victor because the guy who wrote One Foot in the Grave wrote an episode of Victor by himself and it was a brilliant episode,” he told the Mirror.

The episode in question titled The Trial and is from the fourth series of the hit comedy. The evening will also include a conversation with Wilson in which he will provide an insight into his life and the highs and lows of playing Meldrew.

The 79-year-old will perform on 23rd October to raise money for Sheffield Theatres (tickets are available here), but suggested (perhaps a little tongue in cheek) that if it does well, he could take his one-man show Stateside: “I would love to go to Vegas. Do you think I am too old to do a one man show there?”

One Foot in the Grave aired for five series between 1990-1995 before a final run was broadcast in 2000. Since then, Wilson has taken a string of TV roles in shows including Born and Bred, Merlin and, most recently, Danny and the Human Zoo – and he has no plans to stop acting any time soon.

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“I am into my 80th year. I have no plans to retire… If I did I would be bored and I would get slouchy and give up.”