James Walton

Are you being funny?

For a good sitcom, catch the latest series of BBC2’s Episodes. Plus: does BBC2’s The Game end on an infuriating cliffhanger finale with the cry of ‘second series, please’? Of course it does

Monday saw the return of possibly the weirdest TV series in living memory. Imagine a parallel universe in which Are You Being Served? had starred Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Janet Suzman, and you might get some idea of what ITV’s Vicious is like. Alternatively, I suppose, you could just watch the thing and realise that no, you’re not drunk — you really are seeing Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen and Frances de la Tour acting their socks off in a sitcom that would have been considered rather creaky in 1975.

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