I am still in deep shock after issuing the news about the death of Victor Lewis Smith to the Press Association earlier today. I first met Victor in 1985. He has been a constant maverick producing iconic work as a TV producer, writer and satirist. I am still struggling to come to terms with losing a unique and irreplaceable friend. When I was asked to issue the death notice – I couldn’t process it adequately. I had to check it wasn’t a bizarre stunt – something we often mused about. Let’s not forget Victor persuaded a BBC tea lady to represent him at a BBC disciplinary hearing. Victor was a satirical one off a superlative who took no prisoners. RIP, thanks for the “interesting” times.