The Vicious Holiday Special airs Thursday, December 25, 2014.
Vicious premiered June 29, 2014.
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About the Program
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.
About Episode 1
Freddie and Stuart host a wake to mark the passing on of a dear friend. Joined by their small circle of elderly friends, the couple manage to create a splendidly awkward evening of very little food and insults that go that bit too far. They are also joined by Freddie and Stuart’s young new neighbour Ash, whose sexuality is a point of great interest. Ash spends the evening attempting to be a good guest while fending off the advances of Freddie and Stuart’s man-eating best friend Violet.
About Episode 2
Freddie and Stuart go shopping for a new coat for Freddie to wear to his fan club event. The coat is more expensive than they’d expected, however, so Stuart finds a way of secretly raising some cash. Meanwhile, new neighbour Ash seeks advice from Freddie and Stuart on winning back his ex-girlfriend. Their best friend Violet is more than happy to help, and along with Penelope, Ash and Violet take an eventful trip to the shops where they make a shocking discovery.
About Episode 3
Freddie has an important audition coming up and Ash is confused about his career. Freddie suggests that Ash pursue acting and teaches him the tricks of the trade. But, when Ash secures an acting role after just his first audition, Freddie is thrown into a state of depression, and Stuart must come up with a plan to renew his confidence. Meanwhile, Violet seeks advice from Freddie and Stuart on her tumultuous love affair with her Hungarian boyfriend.
About Episode 4
Freddie, Stuart and the gang go clubbing after Ash gets a job handing out club fliers. By the end of the night only Freddie is left standing, and Stuart is feeling left out. Overcome by popularity, Freddie heads back to the club the next night with Ash’s trendy friends, but soon realizes clubbing is not quite for him. With Violet off with her new lover in Argentina, Stuart seeks comfort in his dotty friend Penelope who offers him some surprising advice.
About Episode 5
Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend Chloe to dinner. While infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down, things are looking up for Ash who has fallen in love with what seems to be the perfect woman. Or is she? As the evening progresses, Chloe’s habits stop seeming so sweet and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.
About Episode 6
It’s Freddie and Stuart’s anniversary party, and they’re expecting a long awaited guest. When Ash accidentally lets slip news of the party to Stuart’s mother, Stuart finally decides that he is going to tell her that he and Freddie are a couple. The whole clan are round again to celebrate a typically awkward and eventful evening. Freddie is very excited about the arrival of a celebrity actor guest that he has invited, but Stuart is doubtful that she’ll turn up.
Vicious was produced by ITV.
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