Denise Welch, Rebecca Root & Harry Hepple To Star In BBC Two’s Transgender Sitcom ‘Boy Meets Girl’

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BBC Two has locked down the core cast for comedy series Boy Meets Girl.

Denise Welch (Benidorm), Rebecca Root (Normal) and Harry Hepple (Misfits) have been tapped to play the three leads in the six episode series, which has been hailed by BBC Two as the country’s first transgender sitcom, TVWise has learned.

Boy Meets Girl follows Leo, whose bad day gets worse when 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.

Denise Welch has been cast as Pam, Leo’s mother; Rebecca Root will play Judy, Leo’s love interest; and Harry Hepple is set to portray Leo. In addition to the trio, Janine Duvitski (Benidorm), Nigel Betts (Emmerdale), Lizzie Roper (Hollyoaks) and Jonny Dixon (Coronation Street) have also joined the cast of Boy Meets Girl.

Boy Meets Girl, which was unveiled by the BBC’s Director of Television Danny Cohen at the Edinburgh Television Festival 2014, hails from the Endemol owned indie Tiger Aspect Productions, who are also behind BBC Three’s Murder In Successville and I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse.

The comedy series came out of the BBC’s Trans Comedy Award – a talent search to find the best comedy project revoliving around transgender issues – and was created by Elliott Kerrigan, who penned the scripts alongside Simon Carlyle and Andrew Mettam. Margot Gavan Duffy is the series producer, while the BBC’s Kristian Smith and Tiger Aspect’s Sophie Clarke-Jervoise will executive produce. Paul Walker is attached to direct.