One Foot In The Grave’s Victor Meldrew haunted by ‘I don’t believe it’ catchphrase

Richard, 83, is still dogged by the catchphrase 19 years after the last episode went out.

The actor is constantly pestered to say the line.

He said: “Taxi drivers I get it from a lot. I suppose they’ve got me trapped.


“I feel a bit bad not saying it to kids but I’ve got to have my freedom. Most of them think they’re the only one who’s ever asked.

“If it’s someone’s birthday I may say it.”

He said writer David Renwick would allow it in one episode, then have the next one without it.

“Or he would just put in half the line: ‘I! Don’t!’ And that would be enough.”

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