Sirs take to small screen

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY/ SUNDAY EXTRA -

vet­eran the­atri­cal knights – Sir Derek Ja­cobi (pic­tured, far right) and Sir Ian McKellen (pic­tured, right) – have teamed up for a new sit­com. The pair, joined by Ris­ing Damp star Frances De La Tour, will play a bick­er­ing gay cou­ple in Vi­cious, a new se­ries that will air on UK chan­nel ITV1 next year. The show, cre­ated by Will & Grace writer Gary Janetti and award-win­ning play­wright Mark Raven­hill, is the story of Fred­die, an age­ing ac­tor played by Sir Ian, and Stu­art, played by Sir Derek, who have lived to­gether in a cramped Covent Gar­den flat for al­most 50 years. De La Tour plays their best friend Vi­o­let who has to try to make the peace be­tween them when their lives are turned up­side-down by the ar­rival of a young man, Ash, who moves in up­stairs. ‘‘I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be work­ing with ITV and this un­be­liev­able cast,’’ says Janetti, who has also writ­ten for the award-win­ning car­toon Fam­ily Guy.

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