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Vicious is the brand new studio sitcom starring Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) and Derek Jacobi (The Kingâs 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.

Starring:
Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

Other Formats

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Toni Wiltshire on 21 May 2013
Format: DVD
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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14 of 15 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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12 of 13 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bigbadbob on 3 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
My wife and I have been following this series since it started and we find it very funny.
Vicious by name and Vicious by nature - the writing is sharp with superbly cutting jibes and vitriolic asides. What makes this so funny however is the quality of the cast - hearing Sir Ian McKellen say B****x for example - would be crude in the hands of a lesser actor. But the delivery from the two Knights is spot on and their timing is a lesson to all who want to work in comedy.
The nature of the relationships gives this sitcom an old fashioned feel - I think I read a review in the newspaper that it was "made to be shown in the 70's". Although this was meant as a put down the 70's produced some of the best remembered sitcoms and this should go down as a classic!
I am SO pleased that the PC brigade find this objectionable because it mirrors real life in some ways.
I love this show and hope it gets another series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Rogers on 15 Dec 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this start of a new serious [I hope] is a wonderful and very clever piece of drama......... I would recommend t to anyone who loves the English language and the way that under tones can cause laughter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. McGovern on 7 Feb 2014
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Although I bought this as a gift, I did catch the show on tv when it was broadcast. I found it a little mildly amusing for the first episode or two, but once I got familiar with the characters I thought it was very funny and looked forward to seeing it each week.
The snide and bitchy comments from the characters are very well delivered by the fantastically talented Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Derek Jacobi (or should that be "Dame"?)
Roll on Series 2 :-)
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