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Series 1, Episode 1

Elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart are delighted to meet new, young neighbour Ash. They are almost equally delighted to hear of an old friend's death. Tragic, of course - but it does mean they can host a wake.

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Vicious. Image shows from L to R: Freddie (Ian McKellen), Stuart (Derek Jacobi). Copyright: Brown Eyed Boy / Kudos Productions

Freddie and Stuart host a wake to mark the passing of a dear friend. Joined by their small circle of elderly friends, the couple manage to create a splendidly awkward evening of very little food and biting insults.

The couple are also joined by Ash, their new neighbour. Ash spends the evening attempting to be a good guest whilst fending off the advances of Freddie and Stuart's best friend, Violet.

Broadcast details

Monday 29th April 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd May 2013 10:45pm ITV1
Sunday 6th April 2014 9:30pm ITV3
Saturday 5th July 2014 10:35pm ITV3
Friday 5th December 2014 11:00pm ITV3
Sunday 17th May 2015 10:00pm ITV3

Cast & crew

Derek Jacobi Stuart
Ian McKellen Freddie
Frances de la Tour Violet
Iwan Rheon Ash
Marcia Warren Penelope
Philip Voss Mason
Writing team
Gary Janetti Writer
Production team
Ed Bye Director
Gary Reich Producer
Jane Featherstone Executive Producer
Gary Janetti Executive Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Mark Wybourn Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer


Introducing Freddie and Stuart

Freddie and Stuart chat.

Featuring: Derek Jacobi (Stuart) & Ian McKellen (Freddie).

Relationship advice for Ash

Freddie has some advice for Ash.

Featuring: Derek Jacobi (Stuart), Ian McKellen (Freddie) & Iwan Rheon (Ash).

Meet Ash

Freddie seems to like Ash.

Featuring: Derek Jacobi (Stuart), Ian McKellen (Freddie) & Iwan Rheon (Ash).

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