Despite struggling ratings and being panned by critics, ITV’s two newest comedy efforts Vicious (which will also return later this year for a Christmas special) and The Job Lot will be returning for their second seasons. The announcement was made at the Edinburgh TV Festival by ITV’s Peter Fincham , who also revealed that The Job Lot would relocate to ITV2 for its second season and that (as TVWise previously reported) ITV2’s Plebs has also been renewed for a second season.
“A sharp tongued couple, a west midlands job centre, Rome in 27 BC – we’re delighted to be returning to all of them”, said ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell. “More importantly, we’re pleased to be continuing our push in scripted comedy and to have a developing raft of shows, across ITV.”
Penned by Will & Grace scribe Gary Janetti, Vicious follows ageing partners Freddie and Stuart. These two men have lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart a barman when they first met but their careers are now pretty much over and their lives now consist of reading books, walking their dog and bickering. Joining Freddie and Stuart is feisty best friend Violet. She’s young at heart with a delicious sense of humour and always on hand to calm Freddie and Stuart down during one of their many arguments. However, their world is about to be turned upside down by the arrival of a young man, Ash, as their new upstairs neighbour. The comedy series is produced by Brown Eyed Boy in association with Kudos Film & TV and stars Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon, Marcia Warren and Phillip Voss.
Produced by Big Talk Productions, The Job Lot is set in a busy West Midlands Job Centre, and focuses on the relationships between the people who work there, and the people who don’t work there, or anywhere else for that matter. The comedy series stars Sarah Hadland (Miranda) and Russell Tovey (Him & Her). The comedy series also includes a large supporting cast which includes: Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) Tony Maudsley (Benidorm) Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon), Angela Curran (This Is Jinsy), Jo Enright (Life’s Too Short) and Navin Chowdhry (Teachers).