Vicious? Don’t make me larf, darling


The title, Vicious, promised acid banter to start the disgusted tongues clicking in Middle England. Instead we got dated, camp bitchiness and humour that would have been at home in a Victorian music hall. The cast, including two – if not three – of the best actors to have ever graced the small screen, gave hope that at least the characters would strike a few timely discords. Instead, with the exception of Frances de la Tour who delivered a couple of blinders, we are left wondering whatever happened to the talented Knights of the Realm who won their honours playing far better than this. The whole thing felt like a provincial amateur production where the actors had been instructed to make sure they offended no one.  Still, no doubt there are elderly Roman Catholic heterosexual couples who found it charming, and if it has knocked even the tiniest hole in their bigotry then it deserves some credit.

How could the writer have Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour in his hands and still come up with this pitiful offering? It’s like giving a chef fine herbs, the best Scotch beef, some Beluga caviar,  aparagus and truffles, only to be served beans on toast.

Vicious, ITV – Mondays 9pm


2 responses to “Vicious? Don’t make me larf, darling”

  1. susanroebuck Avatar

    We’ll probably only get this here in ten years time, so I didn’t see it. The trailer you posted must be the best bit so I can imagine how cheesy the rest of it was. You can only hope that, with those fabulous actors, the rest of the series will improve. I wonder why such wonderful actors took the parts? Surely they’re not short of a bob or two.

  2. Julia Kavan Avatar

    Aside from a couple of one-liners, I was mostly wondering if – a, I was missing something better on another channel…b, I’d disappeared into a wormhole when I sat on the sofa and reappeared in a time long, long ago… c, I was the only person thinking it was bad…apparently not, tho :-). Very am-dram. Mostly tired jokes I’ve heard dozens of times. Disappointed 😦

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