Another Vicious show?

Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour in Vicious
Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour in Vicious

THE future of Vicious which stars Sir Ian Mckellen is still under debate, but co-star Sir Derek Jacobi hopes for another series

The comedy - which stars the pair as an ageing gay couple - is yet to be officially renewed by ITV, but Jacobi - speaking at the BAFTA Television Awards remains optimistic and thinks filming could take place next year,

He said: “It’s a whole new world for me - I’m in sitcom hell now!

“We’ve done a Christmas special to remind people that we’re still around, because Ian, of course, is a movie star.

“He goes off and does the movies, and he’s not free now - God damn him - ‘til this time [May] next year, so we can’t do another one until he’s free.”

Jacobi’s BBC One drama Last Tango in Halifax was the ‘Drama Series’ winner at Sunday night’s BAFTA TV Awards.

Meanwhile Sir Ian’s face is one of more than 1,000 headshots used to create a mosaic to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

Faces of Wellington, done by Wellington photographer Brady Dyer, is a composite image of Cuba St’s Bucket Fountain

The photographer teamed up with the area’s local radio station to visit different spots around the city to take people’s photos.

He played with creating images of Wellington Railway Station and Mount Victoria, but settled on the Bucket Fountain, grouping people’s clothing colours together to create the overall effect.

Dyer said: “When you look at the photo from a distance you know exactly what it is, then you look into it and see it’s made up of faces.”

Gathering the headshots took longer than expected, and Dyer had planned to sell the rights of the resulting image before deciding to sell canvas or photo prints from his website,

The former Wigan resident spent a lot of time in Wellington whilst filming The Hobbit last year.

The earthquake, which happened in February 2011, severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation’s deadliest peacetime disasters.

Sir Ian has also backed London’s newest auditorium - The Park Theatre - which was opened earlier this month for the first time.

Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives was the first play to be performed in the new space.

British actress Celia Imrie has also lent her support to the theatre, in Finsbury Park

As it will operate as a charity, it will rely on local support to keep going.