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This is where you’ll be able to watch the Queer as Folk reboot

Nick Duffy August 16, 2019
Charlie Hunman, Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly in Queer as Folk.

Charlie Hunman, Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly in Queer as Folk. (Channel 4)

The much-rumoured Queer of Folk reboot is reportedly set to launch on a new streaming service.

The reboot of the acclaimed gay drama, which was revealed to be in development in 2018, has reportedly found a home on a new NBCUniversal streaming service.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama is set to launch on the as-yet unnamed streaming service, after previously being touted for Bravo.

The new streaming service is set to launch in April 2020, though it is unclear when Queer as Folk will land.

Queer as Folk director to be helmed by Stephen Dunn

The outlet reports that out Closet Monster director Stephen Dunn is in line to write and direct on the project, which will serve as an update of the original.

Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies will return as an executive producer, alongside Lee Eisenberg and Emily Brecht.

Variety previously said the reboot will be a “modern take on the original British series that centres on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.”

Queer as Folk followed the lives of three gay characters.
Queer as Folk followed the lives of three gay characters.

The original British series starred Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam as three gay men living in Manchester. Throughout the series, the show featured storylines involving recreational drug use, gay adoption, HIV/Aids, and cruising.

In 2000, Queer as Folk spawned an American version which ran on Showtime until 2005. The series, starring Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige and Scott Lowell, followed the lives of five gay men living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ultimately ran for 83 episodes.

The US show’s executive producer Daniel Lipman previously suggested a potential revival could change the energy of the original series, adding: “With Tinder and Grindr, it’s a very, very different world than it used to be.”

The revival follows reboots of LGBT+ cult classics Will & Grace and The L Word.

Russell T Davies says his parents found Queer as Folk ‘difficult’

Speaking about the show’s legacy in May, Russell T Davies said: “Queer as Folk was quite difficult for them in the sense that a lot of people, especially of [my parents’] age, just saw it as porn.

“The day it was transmitted was my mum’s 70th birthday and some people didn’t come to her party because I was going to be there. Not because they hated me, but they were embarrassed.”

Davies said that despite the awkwardness, his parents remained supportive and loving.

“Maybe they wished there wasn’t nakedness and gay sex on screen, but they never ever said that to me. They just said they loved me no matter what.”

More: LGBT, queer as folk, TV, US

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