BBC2 has commissioned Britain’s — and probably the world’s — first transgender sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, which follows the developing relationship between Leo, a 26-year-old man, and Judy, a 40-year-old trans woman.
Described as a “funny, sensitive and progressive” romantic comedy, Boy Meets Girl stars transgender actress Rebecca Root in the role of Judy. Root, a voice and acting coach, specializes in vocal adaptation for trans clients. Full casting has yet to be announced, but the show will be set and shot around Manchester.
According to a synopsis from a screening earlier this year:
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. But Leo doesn’t care what she thinks; he knows that he’s just met someone very special.
The show was created by Elliot Kerrigan after his script was chosen last year by the Trans Comedy Awards for promoting positive portrayals of transgender characters. The sitcom hopes to find mainstream success, and if it does, maybe we can hope for a U.S. adaptation. I’m ready for Laverne Cox’s first Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy.