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.
Did You Know?
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
So, who were you squawking on the phone to just now?
My mother, if you must know. She was very distraught.
Why, did you finally tell her about us?
I'm waiting for the right time.
It's been forty-eight years!
And there has not been a right time!
Never Can Say Goodbye
Written by Clifton Davis
Performed by The Communards
Series theme song played over the opening credits See more