According to The Guardian, the BBC has begun filming Boy Meets Girl a fresh, new sitcom starring trans actress Rebecca Root.
The show, in which Root stars as Judy a 40-year-old transwoman in a relationship with a 26-year-old man, was a risky proposition. Not only does it star a transwoman, but Ms. Root is also 45. In the past, Boy Meets Girl would never have made it into production, let alone mainstream television—the show will air on BBC2 later this year. The show was commissioned after its script, by Elliott Kerrigan, won the Trans Comedy Award in 2013.
“I think it is a real step forward,” says executive producer Sophie Clarke-Jervoise. “I just think people really just don’t know much about this. The idea that a trans woman might be in an everyday heterosexual relationship without it raising comment – I don’t think that is something that people really think about.
Root will share the screen with UK heartthrob Harry Hepple—of Misfits fame—and Denise Welch, who famously appeared in Waterloo Road and Coronation Street.
“It’s been a challenge, because we really want to get it right, and we’ve taken advice from members of the trans community, but it’s mainly been very interesting,” said Clarke-Jervoise.
“For the characters in our sitcom, we are picking up from the point of view of a family who has never really had anything to do with a trans person, so they don’t know the terminology, and hopefully as they learn, it will be an educational process for the audience as well.”