Out Actors Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi Starring In Gay Sitcom “Vicious Old Queens”

Britain’s ITV has ordered a new sitcom starring out actors Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen as an elderly gay couple.

Vicious Old Queens will feature the legendary actors as a catty couple living in the posh London neighborhood of Covent Garden. Six 30-minute episodes are being produced by Gary Janetti, a former writer and executive producer for Family Guy and Will and Grace. “No one can quite believe ITV have managed to get Sir Ian on board,” a source told The Star on Sunday. “Brit stars don’t get much bigger than him. It’s a great coup  to get these two.”

This week, McKellen, 73, told students at a London school that hiding his sexuality when he was younger actually made him a better actor: “I think that’s why so many great British actors are gay—we spent so long pretending to be straight, to be someone else, that eventually we became very good at it.”


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  • Shanestud

    Great actors and production team but the stereotypical title VICIOUS OLD QUEENS which dates back to a repressive age when mature men were disparaged and deminished makes me squirm somewhat.

  • Shanestud

    Great actors and production team but the stereotypical title VICIOUS OLD QUEENS which dates back to a repressive era when mature gay men were disparaged and diminished by young gays makes me squirm somewhat.

  • sfbeast

    When I first saw the headline, I thought it must be april fools’ day. But I am eager to see this production. Too bad Jeremy Brett is no longer around.

  • fagburn

    There’s no such newspaper as the Star On Sunday.
    The story is from Daily Star Sunday, which is a notoriously unreliable tabloid, and no-one else has covered it.
    I can’t see why they would have made this up, but how about contacting ITV to check?

  • fagburn

    Spoke to ITV press office.
    They told me this story is “pure specualtion”…

  • Lefty

    @fagburn: Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has gone round all the usual gay “news” sites basically copy and pasted verbatim without a single one having checked the story.
    So depressing.

  • Kieran

    Rumor has it ABC is considering a sitcom starring Kirk Douglas and Don Rickles that is to be called “Vicious Old Hebes”.

  • toren123

    Kirk Douglas and Don Rickles? I’ll pass. But Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen? Might
    be a romp, so I’ll give that a try, despite the stereotypical title of the sitcom.

  • boring

    Holy shit, I would love to see both Viscious Old Queens AND Viscious Old Hebes.

    That’s an hour-long block of awesome.

  • Spike

    It will be a huge hit, and in a few years some idiot in LA will have the bright idea of bringing it to American television, with John Goodman and Tim Allen, and he will be so not funny and a huge flop.

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