Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are Freddie and Stuart, an elderly gay couple who have been together for 48 years. Now retired, their lives consist of entertaining friends and frequent guests, making sure their ancient dog is still breathing, and hurling insults back and forth. Yet it's clear they still have a deep love for each other. 7 episodes, 3 1/2 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH.
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Freddie and Stuart host a wake to mark the passing on 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 insults that go that bit too far. They are also joined by Freddie and Stuart's young new neighbour Ash, whose sexuality is a point of great interest. Ash spends the evening attempting to be a good guest whilst fending off the advances of Freddie and Stuart's man-eating best friend Violet.
Freddie and Stuart go shopping for a new coat for Freddie for his fan club event. The coat is more expensive than they'd expected however, so Stuart finds a way of secretly raising some cash. Meanwhile, new neighbour Ash seeks advice from Freddie and Stuart on winning back his ex-girlfriend. Their best friend Violet is more than happy to help, and along with Penelope, Ash and Violet take an eventful trip to the shops where they make a shocking discovery.
Freddie has an important audition coming up and Ash is confused about his career. Freddie suggests that Ash pursues acting and teaches him the tricks of the trade. But, when Ash secures an acting role after just his first audition, Freddie is thrown into a state of depression, and Stuart must come up with a plan to renew his confidence. Meanwhile, Violet seeks advice from Freddie and Stuart on her tumultuous love affair with her Hungarian boyfriend.
Freddie, Stuart and the gang go clubbing after Ash gets a job handing out club fliers. By the end of the night only Freddie is left standing and Stuart is feeling left out. Overcome by popularity Freddie heads back to the club the next night with Ash's trendy friends, but soon realises clubbing is not quite for him. With Violet off with her new lover in Argentina, Stuart seeks comfort in his dotty friend Penelope who offers him some surprising advice.
Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend Chloe to dinner. Whilst infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down, things are looking up for Ash who has fallen in love with what seems to be the perfect woman. Or is she? As the evening progresses, Chloe's habits stop seeming so sweet and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.
It's Freddie and Stuart's anniversary party and they're expecting a long awaited guest. When Ash accidentally lets slip news of the party to Stuart's mother, Stuart finally decides that he is going to tell her that he and Freddie are a couple. The whole clan are round again to celebrate a typically awkward and eventful evening. Freddie is very excited about the arrival of a celebrity actor guest that he has invited, but Stuart is doubtful that she'll turn up.
It's Christmas and Freddie and Stuart have invited the whole gang for a traditional Christmas Dinner. The only problem Ash is cooking, Violet is bringing a new lover and Freddie has an incredibly demanding new acting gig. Meanwhile Penelope reveals a secret in a game of truth or dare that threatens to break up the group.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 210 minutes
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"...a witty delight."--metro.co.uk
"...fabulous new sitcom..."--mirror.co.uk