The comedies were re-commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy. Vicious and The Job Lot aired their first six-part series earlier this year on ITV; the two were paired together on Monday evenings to form a comedy block.
Vicious starred Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as gay couple Freddie and Stuart who hurl insults at each other and frequent guests to their flat such as friend Violet (Frances De La Tour), neighbour Ash (Iwan Rheon) and the ever-forgetful Penelope (Marcia Warren).
The comedy received a mixed reaction from critics with some feeling it was cliched and stereotypical in its portrayal of gay characters. Harsher critics claimed Vicious was a relic from the1970s comedy era. ATV Today resident critic Queenie Le Trout was positive of Vicious praising its laugh-out-loud comedy.
On the renewal of the comedy Queenie Le Trout says “Brilliant news. Vicious is the best sitcom to come our way since Mrs Brown’s Boys and the fact its on ITV is even more surprising. I am already looking forward to more insults and one-liners from Freddie and Stuart”
The Job Lot revolved around a job centre focusing on the staff and the regular job-seekers to come through the doors. The series starred Sarah Hadland as the ineffective manager Trish who had a crush on colleague Karl (Russell Tovey). The cast of the comedy also included Sophie McShera, Jo Enright and Angela Curran. Series 2 will move across to ITV2 next year.
Vicious will return to ITV later this year for a Christmas Special before returning for series 2 next year.