Boy Meets Girl (2015 TV series)
Boy Meets Girl is a BBC Two sitcom starring Rebecca Root, Harry Hepple and Denise Welch. It tells the story of the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo (Hepple) and 40-year-old Judy (Root). The script, by Elliott Kerrigan, was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award, a 2013 BBC talent search for scripts with positive portrayals of transgender characters.
|Boy Meets Girl|
Photo released by the BBC from shooting Boy Meets Girl, showing (left-to-right) Welch, Root and Hepple
|Created by||Elliott Kerrigan|
|Directed by||Paul Walker|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Margot Gavan Duffy|
|Production location(s)||Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK|
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||3 September 2015 –|
4 August 2016
|Boy Meets Girl on BBC.co.uk|
Both Root and her character Judy are transgender, making this the first BBC comedy to feature transgender issues prominently, and the first sitcom to star a transgender actor. Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, the executive producer, stated "we always knew we had to get a trans actress – I don't think we auditioned anyone who wasn't trans for the role. It just didn't feel right."
The first series of six episodes aired between 3 September and 8 October 2015. A second and final series began airing from 6 July to 4 August 2016. It comprises six episodes.
|Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"Episode 1"||3 September 2015|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||10 September 2015|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||17 September 2015|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||24 September 2015|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||1 October 2015|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||8 October 2015|
|Title||Original air date|
|7||1||"Episode 1"||6 July 2016|
|8||2||"Episode 2"||13 July 2016|
|9||3||"Episode 3"||20 July 2016|
|10||4||"Episode 4"||27 July 2016|
|11||5||"Episode 5"||3 August 2016|
|12||6||"Episode 6"||4 August 2016|
Background and productionEdit
In January 2012, All About Trans organized an event, "Trans Camp", involving people from the trans community and media, and aiming to help the media provide accurate depictions of transgender people. Off the back of this, the BBC ran a talent search later that year, the Trans Comedy Award, offering comedy writers up to £5000 for scripts with positive portrayals of transgender characters. The BBC received 320 script entries, with the winners being Boy Meets Girl (then titled Love) by Elliott Kerrigan and Nobody's Perfect by Tom Glover.
Boy Meets Girl was created by Elliott Kerrigan, and written by Kerrigan, Simon Carlyle, and Andrew Mettam. It stars Rebecca Root as Judy, Harry Hepple as Leo, Denise Welch as Pam (Leo's mother). Also appearing are Janine Duvitski, Nigel Betts, Lizzie Roper, and Jonny Dixon. It is directed by Paul Walker. The producer is Margot Gavan Duffy, and the executive producers are Sophie Clarke-Jervoise for Tiger Aspect and Kristian Smith for the BBC.
A pilot episode was shown at the BBC's Salford Sitcom Showcase in March 2014, and the show was commissioned after that. The main series acquired co-writers Simon Carlyle and Andrew Mettam, and had six 30-minute episodes (including the pilot episode with some re-shot scenes) set and recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne.
On the topic of having a trans woman character played by a trans woman, Paris Lees wrote in The Guardian "About bloody time" and "It's great to see trans folk bringing authenticity to roles ... [Comedy] is at its best when it helps us to understand a complex and often cruel world by laughing at our own, previously unexamined, prejudices. I haven't seen Boy Meets Girl yet, but it has already put a smile on my face."
Jasper Rees in the newspaper The Telegraph was rather less impressed, describing the show as "packaged in a demoralisingly traditional form of comedy". Christopher Stevens in The Daily Mail said that by the final episode, the show had "...given up all pretence at being a sitcom. It’s simply an instruction manual on what to say, think and feel about sex changes. The conversations between lovebirds Leo and Judy and their parents are excruciatingly twee. This episode centred on a father-and-son chat that was so cringeworthy, it could make a plank of wood curl up in embarrassment."
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- Kerrigan, Elliott (27 August 2014). "Boy Meets Girl: The Story So Far". BBC Writers Room. – Blog entry by the series' creator in the BBC Writers Room blog.
- "How BBC Two came to commission the first UK trans-themed sitcom". All About Trans. 26 August 2014. – Background from one of the organizations involved with the initial script writing competition on the process of getting the show made.
- Root, Rebecca (30 April 2014). "Playing My Part: How I participated in the Trans Comedy Award". All About Trans. – Blog entry by one of the show's stars on the creation process.