Have you all seen Vicious yet?
It’s a show on PBS staring Ian McKellan as Freddie, and Derek Jacobi as Stuart, a couple who have lived together for almost 50 years in the same flat in London.
I was introduced to the show by a co-worker, and am so glad that I actually sat down and watched it this weekend, unlike some of the shows that people suggest that I never can seem to hit play on; Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, whatever-is-currently-being-shared-on-everyone’s-Facebook-at-this-moment.
After the first episode I knew that would I love this show, in the same way I loved Miranda that first time I watched that British import on HULU. What’s that? You haven’t heard of Miranda? Even the notion! Get out!
Well, now that it’s just us Miranda lovers left together, let’s discuss the newest British show you should be filling your Miranda sized hole with. (Terribly Sorry) If you love British comedies or just well crafted comedy, I suggest you binge the first season (6 episodes and a Christmas special) I do love a good Christmas special, on Amazon Prime or PBS. Amazon Prime doesn’t censor the swearing, which in my opinion makes the whole show that much better. It’s how the elderly speak.
I love that the show features two gay men in a stable relationship who are older. I think it’s a great turn to see that all couples get older and over the course of a lifetime get to know each other so well that they can bicker with each other, and say some horrible things to each other, but still have that genuine love and attraction that brought them together all those years ago. Both actors are stand out in these roles and each seems to be born to play the character that he plays, but I would be lying if I said that it’s not funny every time to hear Ian McKellan say shit or fuck.
The supporting cast is so good in this too, and as the show progressed they really found a grove with their characters.
Frances de la Tour plays their friend Violet who has known them almost their whole relationship, and who is the single woman trying to find love in all the wrong places.
Iwan Rheon plays the upstairs neighbor, a man in his early 20’s who moves in as the series starts and often joins the couple on their adventures or in their flat to discuss life.
The final standout for this ensemble cast is Marcia Warren as Penelope, their older friend, who can never seem to remember the important facts, especially when it comes to Stuart. Watch all of season one now, and get to the season two premier because she is used brilliantly in this episode.
The show is spot on in the humor with these characters and once you’ve entered their lives you aren’t going to want to leave, except that you have to leave because it’s British and they only do six episodes a season.
What do you think? Have you watched the show? Do you like it? Did you know about it in 2013 when it premiered? Let me know and I’ll see you back here on Thursday!