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.
Freddie and Stuart expect a long-awaited guest at their anniversary party. When Ash accidentally mentions the party to Stuart’s mother, Stuart decides, finally, to tell her that he and Freddie are a couple. The whole clan comes around to celebrate a typically awkward and eventful evening. Freddie is excited about the arrival of a celebrity actor guest he invited, but Stuart doubts she’ll show up.
Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend, Chloe, to dinner. Infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down, but things are looking up for Ash, who has fallen in love with 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.
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 feels left out. Overcome by popularity, Freddie heads back to the club with Ash’s trendy friends, but soon realizes clubbing isn’t for him. Stuart seeks comfort in his dotty friend Penelope, who offers him some surprising advice.
Ash is confused about his career. Freddie, who has an important audition coming up, suggests Ash pursue acting and teaches him the tricks of the trade. When Ash secures an acting role after only one audition, Freddie is thrown into a state of depression. Stuart must come up with a plan to renew his confidence. Meanwhile, Violet seeks advice from Freddie and Stuart about her tumultuous love affair.
Freddie and Stuart shop for a new coat for Freddie for his fan club event. Since the coat is more expensive than they’d expected, Stuart finds a way of secretly raising some cash. Meanwhile, Ash seeks Freddie and Stuart’s advice to win back his ex-girlfriend. Violet is more than happy to help, and Ash and Violet, along with friend Penelope, take an eventful trip to the shops and make a discovery.
Freddie and Stuart host a wake to mark the passing of a dear friend. Joined by their small circle of elderly friends, the couple manages to create a splendidly awkward evening of meager food and liberal insults. Joining them is Freddie and Stuart’s young neighbor Ash, whose sexuality is a point of interest.
Chart a year in the life of Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet (Frances de la Tour) moves on from her divorce and Ash (Iwan Rheon) arrives with news.
Hear from Executive Producer and writer Gary Janetti and co-stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi about the different types of comedy in the new season.
Season’s greetings from Derek Jacobi (Stuart) and Ian McKellen (Freddie). Watch the Vicious Holiday Special Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Check your local listings.
Join Freddie and Stuart for a holiday soiree with neighbor Ash and feisty friend Violet.
Join Ian McKellen as Freddie and Derek Jacobi as Stuart as they embark on a new season of humorous mishaps, hideous break-ups and heart-warming make-ups. Returning with them are Frances de la Tour as their old friend Violet and Iwan Rheon as their neighbor Ash.
Hear from Frances de la Tour on how her character, Violet, has changed (and stayed the same) in Season 2.
The actors of Vicious discuss their experiences on set and working with one another. Hear from Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Iwan Rheon, Frances de la Tour, Marcia Warren and Philip Voss.
Hear thoughts from Vicious co-stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi about filming Episode 2 | Gym and series creator, Gary Janetti.
Chart a year in the life of Freddie and Stuart as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 8/7c. #ViciousPBS
Wedding | It’s someone’s big day, but things are far from smooth with the appearance of an unexpected guest. It’s not long before the blissful event becomes a potential disaster.
Vicious creator and writer Gary Janetti talks about the Wedding episode of Vicious Season 2 and Freddie and Stuart’s relationship.
Freddie and Stuart are having a party to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Ash accidentally tells Stuart’s mother Mildred (Hazel Douglas) about the party so Stuart decides that it is time he told her the truth about his relationship with Freddie.
The story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for 50 years.
Hear about Vicious from the show’s Producer, Gary Reich.
Hear from the Vicious cast about Iwan Rheon’s character, Ash.
Stag Do | Finding themselves both single, Violet and Ash consider dating new people. Violet has already met someone on the internet, while Ash’s ex, Chloe, returns. Freddie, meanwhile, feels under pressure from Stuart to land a major new acting role.
Ballroom | The gang joins Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class. Stuart becomes teacher’s pet, leaving Freddie in a huff, while Violet becomes a hit with the amorous teacher in other ways. Ash decides to take his relationship with Jess to the next level.
Gym | Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for a membership. With Freddie and Stuart at the gym so much, Violet and Penelope discover how pleasant their flat can be without them there.
Hear from Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen and the Vicious producers and writers to know what to expect in the new season. Season 2 airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET starting August 23, 2015. Check your local listings.
On June 28, Vicious stars Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen served as Grand Marshals in the 2015 NYC Pride March. Witness their heart-warming experience and see them play life-long partners Freddie and Stuart in new episodes of VICIOUS Season 2 on PBS.
Hear from the Vicious cast about Frances de la Tour’s character, Violet.
Go behind the scenes of Vicious Season 1 with interviews from the cast and crew.
Hear from the Vicious cast about Derek Jacobi’s character, Stuart.
Hear from the VIcious cast about Ian McKellen’s character, Freddie.