As we evolve from the primordial soup one would have thought our base instincts, gathered like moss over recent ages, would have gone the way of the Neanderthal. This may be the case, and I hope it is, but I cannot help but think that ITV’s new sitcom, ‘Vicious’ which features two ageing queens who have lived together for nigh on fifty years, will still manage, even unintentionally, to offend some people. Why it would befuddles me. The story does not focus on gay love but concentrates instead on two old ‘crinkleys’ whose vitriolic outbursts, always aimed at each other, is the stuff of vintage comedy.
Having Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen cast as long time lovers, Freddie and Stuart, is a stroke of genius. In terms of making a point for gay rights or of being offensive the show fails but then again that was never the point. It is the relationship between the two men that set the required tension and which gives the show its laughs. This show does not make being gay funny but rather being human, growing old and having been in a long standing relationship. It is this that raises all the laughs.
I hope it is as big a hit over here as I am sure it will be over there. Let’s hope so anyway. And for anyone soft of intellect but strong on insecurity, who are still fearful of gay men well don’t be. Gays don’t like ugly fuckers.
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