We’re getting excited! This Thursday 3rd of September on BBC Two, the UK’s first comedy sitcom with a transgender character at its heart will air at 9.30pm.
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) August 28, 2015
Rebecca Root: “The tide is turning. Hopefully we’ll see more people who are trans playing trans characters”
In 2011, at an All About Trans event, a team of trans people, actors, comedians and key BBC comedy commissioning executives came up with the idea for the Trans Comedy Award, an initiative developed in partnership with the BBC Writers Room. The scriptwriters award – the first of its kind – led to two comedy scripts being developed with central trans characters. Out of 320 entries, the winning script then entitled ‘Love’, was Boy Meets Girl, created by Elliott Kerrigan. It was made into a pilot by Tiger Aspect and later commissioned by BBC Two. After auditioning exclusively trans actors for the role of Judy, trans actress and voice coach Rebecca Root landed the part. Writers Simon Carlyle and Andrew Mettam also came on board.
Read Elliott’s blog on how he came to win the award and check out Rebecca’s blog about her experience auditioning for the part of Judy. Rebecca, who was recently in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s critically acclaimed play Trans Scripts, is interviewed for What’s On TV where she describes the series as a “good old-fashioned love story”. She was also featured in The Guardian and the Radio Times. Co-star Denise Welch was also interviewed for the Chronicle Live.
“Personally and in television generally, Boy Meets Girl “has been a long time coming” suggests Root, stressing that with trans actors and indeed, trans people generally at various stages of transition, and with some effectively still in the closet about their assigned gender, no-one knows quite how large a part of the population they represent.” The Scotsman
Be sure to tune in to the first episode on 3rd September 2015, a watershed moment for British television.