Boy Meets Girl: BBC’s transgender sitcom another push in the right direction
Last year, Laverne Cox made history as the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy, for her role as Sophia in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. This year, Amazon’s Transparent, which tells the coming-out story of a transgender father, won the award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes.
Now, BBC Two’s upcoming sitcom Boy Meets Girl promises to be another step forward in the representation of transgender people on the small screen.
The show was conceived when Elliot Kerrigan won the Trans Comedy Award – a writers’ talent search encouraging the positive portrayal of transgender people – and filming is now underway in Manchester.
Trans actress Rebecca Root plays Judy, a trans woman whose authenticity defies one-dimensional, negative stereotypes of ‘ladyboys’ and ‘cross-dressers’.
Meanwhile, Misfits star Harry Hepple is Leo, a young lad who falls for the beguiling older Judy, and Denise Welch of Corrie and Waterloo Road fame plays his disapproving mother.
BBC Commissioning Editor Kristian Smith says of the show: “Boy Meets Girl is a heart-warming romantic comedy that draws on the glorious differences that shape all of us. It’s a brilliant thing to be able to support comedy that is not only funny, but can also promote affirming messages of humanity and acceptance.”
Right on! We can’t wait til it hits screens later this year.