ITV doesn’t produce many sitcoms, but when they do they tend to pull in the viewers. Most TV critics may not be fans of Vicious, Benidorm or the revived Birds of a Feather, but the public like them.
In what has been dubbed the finale of the entire show, “A Year” follows the lives of newlyweds Freddie and Stuart (Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi) over the course of the four seasons. We start in spring with the couple trying to hide their inheritance from their friends, moving onto summer and Freddie gets an unexpected card on his birthday, to autumn where neighbour Ash (Iwan Rheon) has some news, and finally in winter where on Christmas everyone gets to experience Freddie’s latest acting job.
Also starring in this final episode are Frances de la Tour, Marcia Warren, Philip Voss, Dame Eileen Atkins and Frances Barber.
Vicious is available on ITV player until January 15 2017