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Vicious Preview: “Ballroom” 

Vicious Preview: “Ballroom”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

WARNING: Vicious Spoilers

Sunday night is the halfway point for the second season of the British sitcom, Vicious. The show stars Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as Freddie and Stuart, longtime lovers who act like they’re sick of each other on the surface. When you dig deep, it’s an entirely different story. Underneath the barbs and the digs and the nasty comments and the jokes at each other’s expense, there’s a real love for the ages. After all, they’ve been together for almost 50 years.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

Freddie and Stuart couldn’t be more different. Freddie’s an aging, high maintenance actor. The word “diva” could be used to describe him. He’s always ready with a putdown and rarely ready to lift a finger at home. Anything domestic falls to Stuart, who’s insecure and sometimes bored with his existence. He wants to get out and have fun with his partner. It’s often difficult to make that happen. Their life is a series of cutting remarks and compromises. And we’re all the better for it.

They are joined by Ash, their young, new friend who moved in to their building. Their group of peers includes Violet, who’s lonely and always on the hunt for a man. In eight episodes total, they’ve really grown into quite the dysfunctional family, emphasis on fun.

Now if you haven’t discovered the series yet, get thee to Amazon Prime where members can enjoy the six-episode first season. Then head over to pbs.org where you can watch the first couple of episodes of Season 2. The second one’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re all caught up, then here’s a secret: do not miss this week’s episode.

“Ballroom” Preview

Synopsis for “Ballroom”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

The gang joins Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

Stuart becomes teacher’s pet, leaving Freddie in a huff while Violet becomes a hit with the amorous teacher in other ways.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

Ash decides to take his relationship with Jess to the next level.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

From beginning to end, this episode is hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming. And, of course, you can always count on Violet (Frances de la Tour) to add a little va-va-va-voom to the action. Her husband may have suddenly disappeared but she’s not waiting around any longer.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013

Anytime McKellen and Iwan Rheon (Ash) share a scene together, it turns out to be wonderful. And, yes, that’s Georgia King guest starring as Ash’s girlfriend, Jess. You may recognize her as the lead in Ryan Murphy’s short-lived NBC comedy, The New Normal.

Vicious airs Sundays at 10:30ET on PBS — check your local listings.

Full Episode: Season 2 Episode 2, “Gym”
Airdate: August 30, 2015

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