Charlie Hunnam is up for Queer as Folk reunion 20 years later
Charlie Hunnam is up for a reunion series of Queer as Folk, nearly 20 years after the original show aired.
The pioneering Channel 4 series, created by Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies, chronicled the lives of three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village.
The show, which starred Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam, ran for just ten episodes but won a huge cult LGBT following, and even sparked a US remake.
Speaking to The Sun, Hunnam – who has since gone on to star in blockbusters Pacific Rim and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – revealed he’d love to get the gang back together.
He said: “I’d be game for a reunion. It’s a long time ago, I’m an old b****rd now — that was 20 years ago.”
The actor added: “When I’m back in England, people still recognise me as Nathan.
“It was the beginning of my career, so I have very fond memories of it.
“I’m very proud of being a part of that show. I’m very happy when people bring it up.
“I’m just surprised because it was so long ago.”
He also expressed gratitude to Aidan Gillen, who also stars in upcoming film King Arthur.
Hunnam continued: “I always felt like I owed him a grand debt of gratitude. I really thanked him for the impact he had on me. He thought I was mad but I felt it deeply.”
Queer of Folk had a semi-sequel in 2015, when Russell T Davies penned LGBT-focused shows Cucumber and Banana.
Like Queer as Folk, Cucumber and Banana were set in Manchester – and a link between the shows was confirmed when Queer as Folk character Hazel Tyler (Denise Black) made a surprise appearance as a ghost.
The US version of the show has also been rumoured for a comeback.
Speaking at an event to celebrate ten years since the US show ended, showrunners Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman signalled their interest in bringing it back to screens.
Peter Paige – who appeared as Emmett Honeycutt on the US series – also said he’d “love” the chance for the show to come back.
He said: “We were all serious. We’d love to do it. It’s not our choice, you know what I mean?
“There are other powers that be that control that material and have to put up the millions and millions of dollars and have to decide if that’s the business model they want to engage in at any given time.
“It’s amazing to think 10 years after we ended, the show is still being found and still circulating around the world. It’s just incredible.”
Of course, revivals are in vogue right now.
Will & Grace is returning to screens later this year after more than a decade away.