Vicious is the ITV sitcom that first aired in April 2013. To date there have been six episodes and a Christmas Special. Early ratings for the first episode were quite high at just under 6 million, not surprising with a cast that includes Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen. However despite mainly favourable reviews ratings for the rest of the series fell by comparison to under 3 million.
ITV clearly felt it was worth continuing with as they commissioned a second series. originally planned to air in 2014, but with Ian Mckellen’s busy acting career it was not possible and a second six part series will now air in 2015.
The plot revolves around ageing partners Freddie and Stuart, two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for 48 years.
Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are pretty much over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing, and hurling caustic insults at each other.
Frances de La Tour
Written By: Gary Janetti
Producer: Gary Reich
Original Transmission Dates: 29th April 2013 – present