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The BBC's Navdip Dhariwal
"10 million viewers watched in horror as Victor Meldrew was killed off"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 15:04 GMT
Meldrew fans lay floral tributes

Tributes to Victor have been building up
Fans of TV sitcom One Foot in the Grave have laid flowers on the spot where its central character Victor Meldrew was killed off.

Several bouquets have been placed on the road in Hampshire where Victor was mown down by a hit-and-run driver in Monday night's episode.


RIP Victor Meldrew who died outside this pub - you'd better belieeeve it

Bridge Hotel pub sign

The death of Victor, played by actor Richard Wilson, marked the end of the hit BBC show's 10-year run.

More than 10 million people are estimated to have tuned in to BBC One to watch the demise of the UK's favourite fictional grump.

The tributes began arriving on Tuesday morning near a railway bridge in a Hampshire village, where Victor had his final moments.

Some of the floral arrangements are accompanied with fond messages.

Manager of the nearby Bridge Hotel and pub Kathy Airey said locals were bemused by the bouquets.

"At first we thought it was locals but we have seen a car pull up to lay flowers.

Victor's death scene
Victor's death scene was filmed in a Hampshire village

"I think it's bizarre and a bit sad and I could not believe it when I first saw them.

"Obviously people take things seriously. We are expecting Elvis Presley to turn up at any moment."

Even so, outside the pub a chalk board makes its own reference to Victor's death, playing on his famous catchphrase.

"RIP Victor Meldrew who died outside this pub. You'd better Belieeeve it," it says.

Victor's death was filmed in July last year.

Ms Airey said Wilson had popped into her hotel pub for a couple of pints ahead of the scene.

She added: "He was really nice but he wouldn't say 'I don't believe it when we asked'."

Wilson will next be seen starring in a new ITV sitcom about international banking called High Stakes.

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