BBC Two to air UK’s first transgender sitcom


BBC Two’s new commissions were announced yesterday, and among them will be new sitcom Boy Meets Girl.

The six-part series, based in Manchester, will tell the story of newly-unemployed Leo, who develops a crush on Judy after a chance encounter. The couple begin a relationship, against the odds of their difference in age as well as disapproval from family.

The show was brought to attention following the 2013 BBC Writersroom Trans Comedy Award, an award that looks for new material that provide a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

Co-creators Elliott Kerrigan and Simon Carlyle come with an array of credits behind them including Carlyle’s years of experience with the BBC, most notably work on Jack Whitehall’s BBC Three hit Bad Education.

The commission of Boy Meets Girl is just the latest installment in a series of good news when it comes to portrayal of transgender characters on mainstream television, following recent successes such as Laverne Cox’ character Sophia Burset in Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Any information on casting or broadcast dates is yet to be released.


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