I Thought Sir Ian McKellan Starring in a Sitcom Was a Terrible Idea Until I Saw the Title
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I Thought Sir Ian McKellan Starring in a Sitcom Was a Terrible Idea Until I Saw the Title

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 29, 2012 | Comments ()


Why would a 73-old two-time Oscar nominee, star of the stage and screen, mothereffing Gandalf star in a sitcom? That sounds like a terrible idea, right?

Not after you hear about it. It's a British sitcom tha will also star Sir Derek Jacobi, a huge theater actor in Britain (and a founding member of the Royal National Academy), and it'll be about two elderly gay men who live together in London.

But the best part? The name of the show:

"Vicious Old Queens."


(Source: WENN)

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  • BierceAmbrose

    So, how do we get this over here in the colonies?

  • FrayedMachine


  • Frank Booth

    He also did a fairly lengthy stint on Coronation Street which is anything but high brow.

  • duckandcover

    Who has an ability to comment on the Internet and didn't know Derek Jacobi was gay? This guy.

  • Cathy

    Anything Ian McKellan does is fine with me!

  • Rochelle

    I would even watch them play fiercely heterosexual opera singers.

  • Rochelle

    Yes, Encore! Encore! Is seared into my brain.

  • sean

    When does this show start? I want to watch it. Right now.

  • R Tibbetts

    I would pay to listen to these two guys read the phone book. Now if only they can get a cameo by Hugo Weaving.

  • Ian Fay

    After always remembering McKellan's completely hilarious appearance on SNL back when Jimmy Fallon was doing Weekend Update, there's no way this won't be amazing.

    The tag on this bit is pretty much perfect comedy if you ask me.


  • psemophile


  • Ginger

    ...and I just came.

  • Andy Brent


  • Stephen Nein

    Figures that the British response to Grumpy Old Men would be stylish, fabulous, majestic & wittier.

  • annie

    You forgot Derek Jacobi's most important role ever: Dr. Yana aka The Master. I'll never forgive you this oversight.

  • googergieger

    Huh. I'll wait to see the show to see how I feel about it.

  • layla

    I didn't even make it to the sitcom title... you had me at "Gandalf" & "two elderly gay men who live together in London"

  • BWeaves

    Gandalf / Richard III and Cadfael / Claudius? Perfection. I want to watch this now. I'm so used to them playing kings, that I can't wait to watch them play queens.

  • BWeaves

    Whoever downvoted this is a flaming heterosexual.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    There are at least 2 flaming heterosexuals running rampant in Pajibaland! Catch them and make them watch all the Youtube videos of Captain Jack and Ianto from Torchwood. They are like gay unicorns kissing in a field of rainbows.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    ...in tiaras

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Poor Pookie.

  • Pentadactyl

    Professor Yana!

  • Milly

    Chan he helped Chantho tho.

  • Patty O'Green

    Ah, reminds me of my dream tattoo... I have to start saving for that...

  • Scottieboy

    BUT... it's an ITV sitcom. And will therefore probably be shite. (ITV is the anti-BBC).

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno. I kinda liked "Footballers Wives," in a really trashy, sleazy way. Maybe Zoe Lucker can do a guest spot or two on this.

    Oh, and ITV is also responsible for Downton Abbey. So there.

  • ashley

    YOU SHALL NOT PASS, in those fugly ass shoes.

  • Samantha Klein


  • Fucking Awesome.

  • JenVegas

    Dear BBCAmerica, get on it. I want to see THIS show.

  • logan

    So TV shows about gay people are still cutting edge huh? Ok but seeing as every TV show has a gay character why is that?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Who called it cutting edge? I think most people just called it awesome.

  • pajiba


  • googergieger

    To be fair sometimes it really feels like you aren't as much laughing with us as at us. This is one of those moments. To be fair a lot of the "culture" or whatever seems to be about acting as gay as possible instead of just being it. And this is a minority of sorts that has existed or at least been tolerated a lot more recently than others. And again I'll wait to see the show before I judge, but it really feels like majority of the people commenting on here going, "you go girl!" are just laughing at the whole, "dur hur hur, gay" something of it all.

    (No I didn't upvote or downvote Logan.)

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    I think Sirs Ian and Derek can just be themselves, and I could NEVER love them any more. (Too bad Sir John Gielgud didn't survive long enough to play the "daft but secretly brilliant granduncle" character... and every episode has to end with someone reading one of Shakespeare's sonnets... OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE)

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Let me put it this way - lots of Pajibans love Ab Fab. We love it because it's a lot of well-performed bitchiness. This is really just the same thing. Everyone loves a zinger, and Jacobi & McKellan will probably will deliver them brilliantly.

  • googergieger

    Again I'll wait to see the show. However "article" and subsequent comments, just really gives off the vibe of straight people laughing at gay black face. Even if the actors playing it are gay.

    I mean, it is whatever, I guess. An insult is only an insult if one gets insulted and all. And I'm not insulted or offended just...

    I don't know, maybe if Pajiba was more open to not having a line to cross, this would be a total nonissue. However clearly there are lines and people seem to be crossing one right now without even knowing it. It just really seems like people are laughing at this the way people laugh at Tyler Perry that aren't his fans. Except it probably isn't even on purpose, so it is hard to hate or be angry at it. Just like it is hard to hate or be angry at two straight dudes acting gay because it is funny because "it just is." And again while for the most part I can tell you what I think and why I think it, and that includes why I find something funny. I do love Kung Pow: Enter The Fist and that typically isn't my sort of comedy at all. So who knows. Maybe I should just get drunk and say eff it. Like whoever finally decided to make Susan Boyle a real women(Now THAT'S bitchy). Meow.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    How can you tell which of the commenters are straight?

  • googergieger

    See "even if the actors playing it are gay". Same difference for commenters.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I was under the impression that they were going "Hellz yeah, two super-awesome actors doing what will most likely be an awesome sitcom! Wooo!" before tearing off their chaps and snapping their fingers and ordering Mai Tais.

    But I may have misunderstood the situation.

  • googergieger

    How do you figure? Show about two elderly gay men living in London with the name of Vicious Old Queens?

    Ignorance doesn't always lead to a hateful prejudice, sometimes it leads to Tyler Perry.

  • Tinkerville

    This news suddenly made Monday morning bearable.

  • Pants-are-a-must


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