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Boy Meets Girl

UK, English, 30 mins

  • Director: Paul Norton Walker
  • Writer: Elliott Kerrigan; Simon Carlyle
  • Producer: Margot Gavan Duffy

CGiii Comment

Alas...there will be now Season 3!

It really has to be said that...considering the appalling sitcoms the BBC renew over and over again...BBC execs simply have no vision and/or imagination!

Season 2...

A most welcome return...

And, hallelujah...there are no disappointments...it's still has all the charm and integrity of the first series...with a few fine belly laughs thrown in for good measure.

Elliott Kerrigan has created characters you actually care about...especially Peggy...what a wonderful woman, a damn fine mother.

Season 1...

We sat. We waited. We held your breaths...this could go horribly wrong...

But...hallelujah...it didn't...quite the contrary.

It may even be said...that the BBC probably has a classic little comedy on its hands (about time too!) - given the warmth, charm and detail shown in episode 1.

Paul Norton Walker's direction steals the show with some impeccable timing and touches. The writing...loaded with scene-stealing one-liners...is laugh-out-loud dexterous and Cosmopolitan-fresh.

But...credit where credit is due...Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple have chemistry. Hepple's timing is inspired and Root turns her emotions in an instant, on a knife's edge...those dewy eyes could sink ships. Deft and devilish performances from both.

The opening scene, the cake, the father cuddling his son, the Pâté, the kiss...just some of the highlights in a 30-minute show...

Impressive...long may it continue...


The(ir) Blurb...

Britain’s first transgender sitcom has been commissioned following a screening of the pilot at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase in March. Created by Elliott Kerrigan and written by Elliott Kerrigan and Simon Carlyle, it will be set and filmed in and around Manchester.

The script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award - a 2013 BBC talent search, through the BBC Writersroom, which offered comedy writers up to £5,000 for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

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.

Cast & Characters

Harry Hepple as Leo;
Rebecca Root as Judy;
Denise Welch as Leo's mother;
Janine Duvitski as Peggy;
Nigel Betts as Tony;
Lizzie Roper as Jackie;
Jonny Dixon as James

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