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ITV commissions new gay sitcom starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

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  1. Can’t wait to see the results of this programm.
    Hope that they can bring in Brendan Frasier if as a tease interest vor them??

    1. Not at all sure about the programme but Brendan Frasier. Yum!

  2. I’m really looking forward to this – we don’t see enough of either of these actors

    1. I find it difficult to believe that TV would be able to afford either of these stars for a sitcom, or that either would appear under that title.

  3. Vicious Old Queens <= is Sir Ian entirely happy with this title?

    1. I suspect this is a big joke, especially bearing in mind the source of the original story

  4. Trick or treat?

  5. Spanner1960 29 Oct 2012, 11:04am

    I’m really pleased that this has been commissioned, but I do have some reservations: firstly even the title implies the usual stereotyping, and I really hope we are not going to end up with some tacky send-up of what everybody seems to think we all act like. This should be about gay people being laughed with, not laughed at.

    Many gay situations can be incredibly funny, without actually directing the humour at the sexuality itself, and I really they don’t end up falling into that trap of “Let’s go see what camp old poofs really get up to.”

    My second thought is I really don’t hope this is not going to get shoved to some midweek dead water slot that nobody even knows exists, let alone watches.
    The BBC did that to the totally brilliant “Beautiful People” by putting it on a late BBC3 Thursday night slot that essentially killed it stone dead, which was a crying shame.

    If ITV are going to get such luminaries as McKellen and Jacobi, they have to put their money where their mouths are.

  6. Even if it’s meant ultimately to be ironic, I can’t believe they’d choose such a ghastly title.

  7. The idea of this show chills me to the bone. I have enormous respect for both of them as actors but are they funny??? Gary Janetti has a good track record but….
    We’ll see.

  8. Just don’t like that title at all.

    Why have an elderley gay couple got be “Vicious Old Queens”?

    What about an elderley straight couple- would they be “vicious”? I doubt it. Stereotyping of the worse kind if you ask me.

  9. Rather like the title, “Vicious Old Queens”. It conjures up images of “grumpy old men/women” – with the two Sirs in the show, I’m hoping for some really excoriating wit…..waiting with baited breath.

  10. I am so looking forward to this! Love both actors!! And what I REALLY love is that both actors are gay!!! Excellent!!!

  11. ITV’s press office told me this story was “purely speculative” – hardly surprising as it was in the Daily Star.
    Maybe you could contact them, too, see if they tell you the same – you know, like journalists are meant to do – and update this tomorrow?

  12. Somewhat concerned about throwing those tired old sterotypes Americans lap up into a UK show. We’re light years ahead of them with regards our representation – hope an ITV show doesn’t go with the weak sterotypes the yanks love so much. I do however, have every faith in these actors to produce a quality show. Also, nice to see some of the old folk in the spotlight for a change.

  13. On the surface, I am delighted. Underneath, I am cringing.

  14. We all know that young gay people are completely promiscous and old gay people are vicious old queens. That’s it. That’s ALL we are. Isn’t it?
    Pulleese!! Can’t we get rid of these stereotypes????

    1. Spanner1960 30 Oct 2012, 12:20pm

      Well, there’s no smoke without fire, stereotypes don’t just come out of nowhere and that is actually the general way of things, but equally, some people are not like that, and even if we do, there is a bit more to us than that, or at least I like to think so.

  15. I really want this to be true, but I’m having trouble finding independent corroboration elsewhere. Neither the ITV website, nor IMDB have anything about it. While I think it sounds awesome, I’m currently taking this news with a grain of salt.

    1. Now on BBC’s site, so I presume it’s true:

  16. I agree with reservations about the title. It does seem a bit stereotypical. That gay men are ‘vicious Queens’ does seem a bit of a dated stereotype. Maybe call it ‘Uncivil Partnership’ or something

  17. I do hope the Old Sirs know what they’re doing – ‘Vicious Old Queens’ is a really nasty phrase.

  18. shanemahaffy 31 Oct 2012, 3:03pm

    The actors are wonderful but I am a bit uncomfortable with VICIOUS OLD QUEENS title, a slur used by young gays to disparage mature gay men. Sounds like the repressive 60s language that should not be fostered for an inclusive new century.

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