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BBC Two commissions 'UK's first transgender sitcom'

2014-08-21
1280px-BBC_Two.svgBBC Two has commissioned what it says is the UK's first sitcom centred on a transgender character. Titled Boy Meets Girl, the six-episode comedy series was co-written by Elliot Kerrigan, one of the winners of the BBC's 2013 Trans Comedy Award, which aimed to find writers who could deal with transgender themes in a positive and informed manner. The sitcom, co-written by Kerrigan with Simon Carlyle, who recently served as a Script Editor on Jack Whitehall's Channel 4 sitcom Bad Education, is set in Manchester and will air in six 30-minute instalments. A pilot episode was shown at the BBC's Salford Sitcom Showcase earlier this year - read the synopsis below.
Leo’s had a bad day. He’s been fired (again), is being given a hard time by his mum and, to cap it all, his blind date fails to show up. But then he bumps into Judy and finds himself deeply attracted to this surprising and beguiling woman. They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. Leo’s mother is unhappy that he’s having dinner with an older woman.
Casting for Boy Meets Girl has yet to be announced, though the pilot episode featured actors including Denise Welch and former Emmerdale star Nigel Betts. More TV news:  TV Pick of the Week: ‘Educating Yorkshire: One Year On’ ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ to return with Harry Hill as host