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Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi to play gay couple in ITV sitcom

Sir Ian McKellen in X-Men: The Last Stand

Story by Jack Foley

IAN McKellen and Derek Jacobi are to play a gay couple in a new ITV sitcom called Vicious.

Co-created by Gary Janetti (Family Guy writer and Will & Grace executive producer) and British playwright Mark Ravenhill, the show is being billed as a comedy about “friends that bicker, argue and are delightfully vicious to each other”.

ITV said it will start airing the show in 2013.

McKellen and Jacobi will play long-time couple Freddie and Stuart who have lived together in a small London apartment for nearly 50 years.

A former actor and an ex-barman, their lives now consist mainly of reading, walking their dog and bickering.

Frances De La Tour is also on board to co-star.

McKellen will shortly be seen reprising his role of Gandalf in the first part of The Hobbit.

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