SIR Ian McKellen’s ITV sitcom Vicious is to end after just two series.
The actor, who grew up in Wigan, played Freddie, alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, in the comedy series centred around two gay men.
But due to a drop in ratings, show bosses have decided not to make any more episodes.
Instead, it is expected to bow out for good in January with an extended final episode.
A spokesman for the show told The Sun newspaper: “It’s been an absolute delight to see Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour bring alive these wonderful characters on screen for ITV viewers. We’re over the moon all the cast are returning for one final special.”
The special episode was filmed shortly before Christmas at the London Studios in Waterloo as the audience see the main cast and will follow on from the finale of series two, which saw Freddie and Stuart tie the knot after 50 years together.
Details surrounding the special will be announced in the next week or so, while the definite future of Vicious, which proved highly popular in the US, will also be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Sir Ian recently took part in a campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for defribilators.
Sir Ian said: “Defibrillators are vital piece of emergency equipment at GOSH, used to revive children in cardiac arrest. A donation to the Give to GOSH appeal could contribute to 10 defibrillators to be used in high-dependency areas of the ward.”