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Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi to star in ITV sitcom 'Vicious'

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Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi are to star in new ITV sitcom Vicious.

The series - from Will & Grace writer Gary Janetti - will star the pair as ageing partners who have lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years.

Sir Ian McKellen at the Attitude Magazine Awards 2012 (16/10/12)

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Derek Jacobi

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Retired actor Freddie (McKellen) and ex-barman Stuart (Jacobi) - joined by their feisty best friend Violet (Frances De La Tour) - now spend their days reading books, walking their dog and bickering.

However, the trio's life together is turned upside down when young man Ash becomes their new upstairs neighbour.

ITV's Myfanwy Moore said: "'ITV is thrilled this exciting and bold sitcom, with stellar performers and writing talent is to join the increasing slate of new-look comedy shows on the channel."

Gary Janetti added: "I'm incredibly excited to be working with ITV and this unbelievable cast!"

Vicious has been co-created by award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill and will be directed by Red Dwarf's Ed Bye.

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