Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West have been tapped to star in Boys, Channel 4’s 5-part 1980s set drama from Russell T. Davies.
Boys charts the joy and heartbreak of four friends during a decade in which everything changed It’s 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined.
As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. Olly Alexander has been cast as 18-year-old Ritchie; Keeley Hawes as Valerie, Ritchie’s mum; Stephen Fry as Arthur Garrison MP; Neil Patrick Harris as Henry Coltrane; Tracy Ann Oberman as Carol Carter; Shaun Dooley as Clive, Ritchie’s dad; Omari Douglas as Roscoe; Callum Scott Howells as Colin and Lydia West as Jill. Red Production Company are producing, with Nicola Shindler and Russell T. Davies serving as executive producers. Peter Hoar is directing. Filming gets underway net week ahead of a 2020 premiere.
“I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project, I’ve been a fan of Russell T Davies ever since I watched Queer As Folk in secret at 14 years old”, Olly Alexander said in a statement. “His work helped shape my identity as a gay person so I’m absolutely over the moon we’ll be working together. The script was amazing to read, I laughed and I cried a lot, it’s a privilege to be helping to tell this story and I’m so excited.”