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Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi to play lovers in new ITV sitcom

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Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances De La Tour have been cast in an ITV studio sitcom called Vicious.

The comedy is being written by Gary Janetti, who has co-created the series with playwright Mark Ravenhill.

In the show, McKellen and Jacobi play a couple whose “worlds are turned upside down” with the arrival of a new neighbour.

Vicious is being produced by Brown Eyed Boy in association with Kudos Film and TV, and will be directed by Ed Bye.

It has been commissioned for ITV1 by the broadcaster’s director of comedy and entertainment, Elaine Bedell.

The comedy will be aired next year.