Boy Meets Girl, 2015
Just when I thought that perhaps writers were struggling to come up with ideas for a good sitcom, came this hilarious sitcom about a very tricky subject – Transgender.
For years many people will have read the boy to girl stories in the papers. In today’s world, where political correctness is the watch word, this looked a tricky subject.
Back in January 2012, an organisation “All About Trans” held an event, “Trans Camp”, involving people from the trans community and media. The aim was to help the media provide accurate depictions of transgender people.
Off the back of this, the BBC ran a talent search later the same year: the Trans Comedy Award. This offered comedy writers up to £5000 for scripts with positive portrayals of transgender characters.
The BBC reported that it received 320 scripts. From the submissions a script entitled “Love” (this would later change to Boy Meets Girl) was selected.
A pilot episode was shown at the BBC’s Salford Sitcom Showcase in March 2014 and the show was commissioned after that.
Political correctness aside this show really worked. It ended up running for two series, the BBC citing falling viewing figures for t’s cancellation.
Set in Newcastle Upon Tyne we meet Leo who is having a bad day. He’s been fired (again), given a hard time by his mum and, to cap it all, his blind date fails to show up.
When he bumps into Judy, a 39 year old woman whom he finds himself surprisingly attracted to, he hits it off straight away.
However things are never straightforward and Judy has a past- she was born a man, add to that the age gap and you’re in for some serious laughter. Leo’s Mother has yet to find out about Judy’s past, she’s finding the age gap thing hard enough.
Rebecca Root – Judy
Harry Hepple – Leo
Denise Welch – Pam
Nigel Betts – Tony
Jonny Dixon – James
Janine Duvitski – Peggy
Lizzie Roper – Jackie
Vineeta Rishi – Anji
Created By: Elliott Kerrigan
Original Transmission Dates: 3rd September 2015 – 8th October 2015