Vicious, Part 1

Vicious, Part 1

Sunday, June 29 at 10:30 p.m.

Two giants of stage and screen, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, team up in a brand-new sitcom.

Following a rich tradition of British comedies known for their broad, boisterous humor, "Vicious" tells the story of partners Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (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 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.

In episode one, 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.

Top photo: Ian McKellen as Freddie and Derek Jacobi as Stuart.

At right: Ian McKellen as Freddie, Frances de la Tour as Violet, Iwan Rheon as Ash, Derek Jacobi as Stuart, Philip Voss as Mason and Marcia Warren as Penelope.