A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America.

Beautiful People, written by Jonathan Harvey of Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful Thing fame, is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barneys, New York.

“This glittering and hilarious series delves inside Simon’s youthful memories and his desire to escape suburban Reading and live amongst the “beautiful people” – from his perspective as a window dresser in a New York department store,” the BBC said.

“Surrounded by dreams of the big and all the beautiful people that go with it, 13-year-old Simon can’t open a fridge door without belting out a show tune.

“But such behaviour will always fall flat on a family even more eccentric than Simon’s latest attempts to be fabulous.

“The Britain of 1997 might be changing, but the Doonan clan remain consistently nuts.”

American LGBT broadcaster Logo, owned by MTV Networks, has bought the rights to show series one and two.

The second series goes into production later this year.

The first series will air in the US from May 26th.

Beautiful People is the first BBC comedy programme to be bought by Logo.