Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi) are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.




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Series cast summary:
Derek Jacobi ...  Stuart Bixby 14 episodes, 2013-2016
Ian McKellen ...  Freddie Thornhill 14 episodes, 2013-2016
Frances de la Tour ...  Violet Crosby 14 episodes, 2013-2016
Iwan Rheon ...  Ash Weston 14 episodes, 2013-2016
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ...  Penelope 12 episodes, 2013-2016
Philip Voss ...  Mason 11 episodes, 2013-2016


This show tells the story of partners Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly fifty years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other's throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other's age, appearance, and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet Crosby (Frances de la Tour) and Ash Weston (Iwan Rheon), their young, upstairs neighbor.

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According to Sir Ian McKellen (Freddie Thornhill), he and Sir Derek Jacobi (Stuart Bixby) went to drama school together, and both had crushes on each other, but never admitted it at the time, and so never entered into a relationship. See more »


Freddie Thornhill: So, who were you squawking on the phone to just now?
Stuart Bixby: My mother, if you must know. She was very distraught.
Freddie Thornhill: Why, did you finally tell her about us?
Stuart Bixby: I'm waiting for the right time.
Freddie Thornhill: It's been forty-eight years!
Stuart Bixby: And there has not been a right time!
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Never Can Say Goodbye
Written by Clifton Davis (uncredited)
Performed by The Communards
Series theme song played over the opening credits
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30 June 2013 | by martin_krajniakSee all my reviews

This show isn't for everyone, you have to like dark sometimes even morbid humour and be a fan of sarcasm, if you qualify you will love this show. All the actors are just amazing and perfectly executing their roles, with the exception of Iwan Rheon, not that he would be a bad actor, but the character of Ash is a little badly written. He was obviously meant as a source of attraction for the gay couple and not much more, which can be seen in his lines (sort of shallow, empty and basically just fillers) as opposed to all other characters, including Penelope and Mason which have pearls for lines. It takes a little to getting used to the character of Ash, but once you do and you understand the character you get to see the "charm" of it.

But honestly, I love the show, the only thing I wish is that there would be more, 6 episodes is too few in my opinion but truthfully its better to have 6 outstanding episodes than 12 mediocre. Hoping for a new series soon and I definitely recommend this show.

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