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Vicious - Series 1 2013


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Vicious is the brand new studio sitcom starring Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) and Derek Jacobi (The King‚s Speech), joined by Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones). Vicious tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men 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, we can still see that underneath all their vicious co-dependent fighting they have a deep love for each other. Into their world steps a young man, Ash (Iwan Rheon), as their new upstairs neighbour. Joining Freddie and Stuart is feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour), young at heart and with a deliciously dry sense of humour.

Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen
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Product Details

  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 14 minutes
Starring Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen
Director Ed Bye
Genres Comedy
Studio Spirit Entertainment
Rental release 25 November 2013
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Willard on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Really love this show.
I have to admit that the writing was a little shaky at first with many of the jokes not being anywhere near as funny as they thought they were being. I also found the voice projection as if everyone was on a theatre stage a bit distracting. But it all grew on me and the final two episodes were priceless (in particular the barbs over the dinner table when Ash's girlfriend comes to visit and just about every moment of the final episode).
These may be stereotypical portrayals of gay men, but as a gay man myself I can assure everyone that there really are hundreds of Stuarts and Freddys in the real world! And to be honest, I hadn't even noticed that the two characters often refer to each other as 'she', but this too is the way 'Queens' often talk.
Special mention goes to Frances De La Tour who is absolutely priceless and often threatens to steal every scene she's in.
Bottom line is that this is not meant to be 'sophisticated' comedy but rather a return to the bawdy fun and refreshing 'politically incorrectness' of the likes of Hi Di Hi, 'Allo, 'Allo etc and is all the better and more enjoyable for it.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Toni Wiltshire on 21 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've watched the current 4 episodes that have been aired of Vicious, and I thought they were brilliant. However, I've noticed that many people have mixed feelings and there are several things that people haven't been happy with. Of course, this is all just my opinion...

The most prominent upset was about the joke whereby Violet thinks Ash is going to come out of the bathroom and rape her. I'll admit, I was a little shocked by the joke too. But people seem to have jumped to the conclusion that because Violet isn't "attractive", that is the reason why Freddie assures her "no-one wants to rape you". I disagree. I think it's more that Freddie doesn't immediately assume Ash to be capable of rape just because he is a young man. Violet is the one to jump to this conclusion, and I think Freddie's reassurance is more angled towards the fact that he doesn't immediately assume because Ash is male, he's going to run out of the bathroom and rape the first woman he sees.

Yes, the rape joke was a bit startling, and I understand completely where some people are coming from in their analysis of the joke, but that's my take on it. I wouldn't disregard the show as a good programme just because of it.

The second thing I noticed was people being angry that they sometimes refer to each other as "she". Now, I can understand why this irritates some people. The stereotype of women's behaviour when presented by men leading to them being given female pronouns is something that can be considered offensive. However, I know gay men who refer to themselves with female pronouns on occasion. So, to each their own on that front I guess. You have to remember, they're portraying two gay men, who probably would categorise certain behaviour as particularly feminine and thus refer to each other as "she".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tizzy on 11 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
There are many BAFTA winning comedies that leave me completely straight faced. I hate the prolific swearing that seems to pepper so many scripts. Vicious - I agree - is not for everyone, being very very OTT, but I found myself laughing out loud from the first episode. Yes, some of the themes could be offending to some viewers and this opinion can be respected, and to some extent understood. But Sir Ians delivery is faultless, and Sir Derek is a perfect foil for his character. Added to this, there is an underlying and subdued gentleness about the storylines which I found appealing. The supporting players are few but seem to be chosen with care and the overall formula works like a dream. Frances De La Tour is totally on form. The unseen and ailing pet dog in the kitchen is a further source of hilarity. Personally I hope that there is a second series but sadly I doubt it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2014
Format: DVD
Uncertain is a word I might use about this series. Vicious is the tale of two Gay men, Freddie, played by Ian McKellen, and Stuart, played by Derek Jacobi. They have lived together for 48 years, but Stuart has not been able to find the 'right time' to tell his mother. Freddie and Suart live in a flat in London filled with all of their old keepsakes. In Freddie's case, it is his acting awards, in Stuart's case are the urns with the remains of their friends who have died off.

Freddie seems the most vicious to me with his words, but they seem to make up soon after Stuart is finished pouting. Both of these characters play stereotypical Gay men. That is my dilemma, is this a good thing in this day and age? Into this flat, a young man named Ash , played by Iwan Rheon, arrives, looking for a new apartment. Since he is so handsome and young, they both quickly invite him in. Much of the first episode is guessing whether he is straight or Gay. Joining them is Stuart's friend, Violet, played by Frances de la Tour. What her role is, except to identify what their squabbles are all about, I am not sure. It may be that she provides some humour. I wonder if the young Gay crowd will be attracted to this show. I found it somewhat humorous except for the constant viciousness. But, after all the series is named, Vicious. I found the next three episodes to be much more charming.

Recommended. 07-05-14
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