The Vicious Christmas special will premiere on ITV on Friday December 27th at 9pm, it has been announced.
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. The special tells the story of Freddie and Stuart, who have invited the whole gang over for a traditional Christmas Dinner.
Big thanks to Lu, we finally have screencaptures of Iwan from his last three episodes of Game of Thrones! You can check them out in the gallery. Enjoy!
The Music Ninja: I guess the first question we have is…between acting and music, when do you sleep? Seriously though, everyone hears about the time demands of acting and most of us know the time demands for playing an instrument proficiently. How do you balance the two artistic endeavors?
Iwan Rheon: I don’t know to be honest, I just play when I can. Take a guitar with me when I’m working and stuff. Sleeping’s boring anyway!
The Music Ninja: I noted that Oasis and Radiohead are two of your musical inspirations according to your IBDm bio page. Are there some singer song writers that you look to for inspiration? If I were to guess – Ben Howard? Maybe David Grey?
Iwan Rheon: I really like Ray Lamontagne, Joe Pug and Bon Iver…not sure if I sound like any of them.
The Music Ninja: I was a little surprised to read about your punk rock roots! Does any of that energy carry over into your music as an adult?
Iwan Rheon: I’m still secretly a bit of a punk. Love The Clash and a bit of the Pistols. I guess as I’ve got older I’ve chilled out a bit. But, my teenage angst is still stirring somewhere!
The Music Ninja: What does your creative process look like?
Iwan Rheon: I normally write the melody first. Just jamming to find a progression or a riff, singing random words. Then, a lyric creeps in and I develop that. Basically it’s just luck!
Recent photos of Iwan leaving the BBC Studios have been added to the gallery.
- Miscellaneous > April 29, 2013 – Leaving the BBC studios
Iwan Rheon is the youngest main cast member in Vicious. He plays Ash…
What was your first reaction when you were approached about Vicious?
I got a call asking if I wanted to audition for a new sitcom starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. I replied, “Er, yes.” Who wouldn’t want to work with two of our greatest actors?
What appealed to you about the show?
I love the script. It’s really sharp writing with very well observed characters who feel like they’ve got great depth. The relationships are tremendous.
Please describe Ash to us…
He is a very honest, good-natured, polite young man from Wigan. It’s wonderful for me to play a nice guy for a change! Ash is very game, he’s up for anything.
Screencaptures from the first episode of Vicious have been added to the gallery! If you haven’t watched it yet, do it now!
- Vicious (2013) > Episode #1.1
Here is the complete interview Iwan did with Digital Spy to promote Vicious.
If someone on the street came up and asked you what Vicious is about, what would you tell them?
“It’s basically about a mature gay couple who have been together for 48 years and who are quite vicious with each other, but it’s not in a horrible way – you really like the characters and it comes from their love for each other. You do get these lovely gentle moments with them. And then it’s about their group of mates as well, who are all older, shall we say! My character Ash moves in upstairs, but then he becomes really good friends with them as well.”
How does Ash affect Freddie and Stuart when he moves in upstairs?
“It’s kind of, ‘Ooh, who’s this young man?’ But they do become really good friends, which is lovely. It’s quite a sweet relationship where they kind of adopt him in a way and bring him into their little family, and they help him with stuff. They’re also detrimental to him, but in a funny way – it’s always from a place of affection. He gets to be a part of their world, which is a world that he’s not experienced before.”
What kind of humor is in the show? The name Vicious suggests it’s kind of biting…
“Yeah, it’s very witty – back and forth exchanges. It’s all kind of based on the character, which is, I think, the strong thing about it. You get the relationships very quickly, and the audience are very quickly on board, because Ian and Derek are incredible actors and everyone else in the cast is – it’s just been a dream to work with them all. But yeah, you get the relationships very quickly and the script’s very sharp and witty as well. It’s kind of non-stop.”
Iwan chats to Digital Spy about a possible Misfits film and whether he’d do it or not.
Iwan Rheon has suggested that he would be an “idiot” if he turned down the chance to appear in a Misfits movie.
Howard Overman – the creator of the hit E4 series – revealed last year that Rheon’s character Simon and Antonia Thomas’s Alisha could return in a big screen adaptation of the show.
Rheon has now told Digital Spy that he would be open to returning to the franchise if the script and the storyline were good enough.
“I think I’d be an idiot not to [do it],” he said. “I think it’d be a really fun thing to go back and revisit, because obviously I feel so much love for Misfits and gratitude to them and those guys at [production company] Clerkenwell Films and E4, and how they gave me such a huge opportunity and gave me a lot of really challenging stuff to do while I was there. So yeah, if I get the opportunity, I’d love to.”
Sorry for the delay on these! Screencaptures from Iwan’s first three episodes of Game Of Thrones have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
- Game of Thrones (2013) > Episode #3.2 – Dark Wings, Dark Words
- Game of Thrones (2013) > Episode #3.3 – Walk of Punishment
- Game of Thrones (2013) > Episode #3.4 – And Now His Watch Is Ended