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Ian McKellen has spoken about the return of ITV sitcom Vicious and "getting it better".

The comedy series drew a mixed reception from critics, with McKellen telling Advocate.com that his own performance "needs attention".

"It was particularly difficult for me to work out how to play to an audience of 500 people - who are in the studio with us - and play more subtly to the camera," he said.

"I think there's a level of playing that I'm interested in getting right [this time]."

McKellen also voiced his desire for there to be "more signs of modern gay life" in the second series.

"I've heard hints that the characters are going to be getting out of the house a bit more, and I like that," he said.

However, the veteran actor defended Vicious from accusations that it is homophobic.

"I think there's been some confusion with people who've been critical of »

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