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Television Review: Vicious Stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

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Vicious Series 1 Episode 6 (ITV) Review

People may, on mass, have hated Vicious, but for me it has been a charming tale of love at an age and of a persuasion that, sadly, isn’t seen much in primetime. It wasn’t perfect by any means, and a couple of the six episodes were almost impossible to get through, but every week it raised at least one smile for me, and that, I think, is all it aimed to do. For as different as it was, it never preached its values or related it’s set-up to politics or specific social issues – at a time when they would be especially relevant, no less. READ MORE... ">READ MORE...

Vicious Series 1 Episode 5 (ITV) Review

After a strong fourth instalment and a week off for ITV’s annual Britain’s Got Talent takeover, Vicious has come back to our screens with a bit of a dud. Focusing heavily on Ash, surely the series’ worst character, this fifth episode never takes off in the way you’d hope in a penultimate adventure. Ash has a new girlfriend and, curious as to what woman could snare a man they’re still convinced is in the closet, Freddie and Stuart invite her over for dinner. The couple that knocks on the door that evening are the picture of chirpy functionality – that is until the cracks begin to show. The entire episode is an exercise in normalising our central couple’s behaviour, as they cluelessly comment on how awfully couples can speak to each other – all while trading biting insults of their own across the dinner table. READ MORE...

Vicious Series 1 Episode 4 (ITV) Review

So far, Vicious has resisted the urge to delve into the physical troubles growing older can bring, despite mining absolutely everything else for comedy, but episode four is all about Stuart and Freddie’s perceived lost youth, looks and social stamina, as Ash invites them to a club he’s working at. Why a guy in his mid-20s would invite his strange neighbours in their 70s along to a club note isn’t explained, as it seems this is just the way it’s going to be, but the set-up offers its fair share of chuckles. The argument over who is better looking only ignites further when Freddie gets more male attention at the club and, while Freddie fits in with Ash’s friends, Stuart is more comfortable with his easy evenings at home. It’s not long before Freddie realises that the young lifestyle he’s adopted isn’t for him however, and the two reunite. READ MORE...

Vicious Series 1 Episode 3 (ITV) Review

Another week, another half hour spent in Freddie and Stuart’s stuffy living room – despite last week’s refreshing escapades to the department store, trips outside of the flat obviously aren’t going to be a weekly thing. This third episode of Vicious does use some new dynamics to tell more than one story, however, and the split focus was a slight improvement. The first two episodes leaned heavily on the chemistry between Freddie and Stuart, but here we get to see Freddie and Ash delve into the acting world while Stuart and Violet dealt with her volatile love life. Both pairings worked really well and, with only five cast members that we know of, I hope future episodes mix it up as well. I particularly enjoyed Freddie’s storyline, which involved him auditioning for a part on Downton Abbey, playing Cook Staff Number 4. READ MORE...

Vicious Series 1 Episode 2 (ITV) Review

Vicious got a mixed reaction after it debuted last week, but this second episode improves on a lot of the problems it was picked on for. The supporting cast are given more chances to shine, for example, and there’s an increased sense of warmth between the central couple that got a little lost in translation the first time out. The biggest change is that we leave the flat, however, and the characters’ excursions to a brightly-lit department store do the world of good after being stuck in the stuffy London flat for so long. The plot surrounds a science-fiction convention at which Freddie will be honored for being Doctor Who’s tenth best villain. It’s the highlight of his career, and Stuart wants to buy him a new coat for the occasion. The trouble is that he can’t afford it without taking a job at the store. Shenanigans, of course, ensue. READ MORE...

Vicious Series 1 Episode 1 (ITV) Review

If you’re sick of all the cynicism and sarcasm in modern sitcoms, then we might have found the perfect antidote in ITV’s new effort, Vicious. So old-fashioned it’s hard to fathom it’s actually been made and shown at primetime in 2013, in Broadchurch’s slot nonetheless, and featuring screen and stage legends Sirs Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi. Basically a twenty-minute comedy kick around from two old showbiz friends, the two actors are having a whale of a time and letting us watch. The premise is almost too simple – a gay couple in their twilight years bitch and moan at each other as more and more of their old acquaintances kick the bucket. Previously titled Vicious Old Queens, it’s safe to say that you’ll get the idea pretty quickly. The ‘action’ itself takes place solely in Freddie and Stuart’s claustrophobic living room, with people dropping in and out to excite the excitable live audience. READ MORE...