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5 November 2012

ITV commissions Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

"I never know when I’m going too far, but I’m always so glad when I do"

ITV is delighted to announce the commission of VICIOUS, a brand new studio sitcom for 2013. Respected luminaries of British stage and screen Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi head the cast and will be joined by Frances De La Tour in this unashamedly wicked new comedy.

The show will be written by Gary Janetti, the Emmy nominated writer/producer behind hit shows Family Guy and Will & Grace. And has been co-created by Gary and the Olivier award winning playwrite Mark Ravenhill.

Vicious tells the story of ageing partners, Freddie (played by Ian McKellen) and Stuart (played by Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart a barman when they first met but their careers are now pretty much over and their lives now consist of reading books, walking their dog and bickering.

Joining Freddie and Stuart is feisty best friend Violet (played by Frances De La Tour). She’s young at heart with a delicious sense of humour and always on hand to calm Freddie and Stuart down during one of their many arguments.

And their worlds are turned upside down with the arrival of a young man, Ash, as their new upstairs neighbour.

The comedy will be aired next year.

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