Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi Star in Hilarious Sit-com Coming to KUED
Following a rich tradition of British sitcoms known for their broad, boisterous humor, Vicious tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance, and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.
Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) and Ash, (Iwan Rheon) their young, upstairs neighbor.
The comedy series airs on KUED, Sundays at 9:30 p.m., beginning June 29.
“Vicious brings together the talents of two highly regarded British actors — Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen — in this entertaining series,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We’re excited to add it to our lineup on Sunday nights to give audiences a new dose of humor.”
Gary Janetti (Will & Grace, Family Guy) is the creator and executive Producer of Vicious. “I couldn't be more delighted for Vicious to be airing on PBS,” he said. “Creating the series was a complete joy for all of us involved, and we hope the viewers in the U.S. will have as much fun watching it as we had making it.”