"It's packed with zingers. It's like Downton Abbey if the only character was Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess." -- The Times (3 stars)
"Acting with a capital A - thespian jousting. Take that darling, no you take that, ouch, you bitch. Which is rather fabulous." -- The Guardian
"It's a sign of how far sexual liberation has come that we're ready to laugh along with the ludicrously stereotypical pair pecking away at each other like camp woodpeckers." -- Metro (4 stars)
"The highest-rated comedy launch on any UK channel this year." -- Deadline
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, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Ash (Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones), their young, upstairs neighbor.
First season: Six episodes aired weekly on Mondays at 9pm beginning 29 April 2013