It was the show that broke the mould. It was 1999 and Channel 4 broadcast the story of three gay men living in Manchester, and things were never the same again. GAY unapologetically meant Good As You.

In a masterclass hosted by the inimitable Sue Perkins, multi-award-winning writer Russell T Davies, and founder of Red Production Company and CEO of StudioCanal UK, Nicola Shindler, will discuss their collaboration on Queer as Folk; the genesis of the show; what it meant to them; and the worldwide impact the series had. The panel will consider how, and more importantly, if, the television landscape has changed in terms of LGBTQ+ representation over the last two decades and how an unassuming eight-part drama became a global phenomenon.

Completing the panel will be Drag Race alum and Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act; and author, political journalist, and equality activist, Owen Jones.

The partnership between Davies and Shindler has spanned 20 years since Queer as Folk, and their exploration of LGBTQ+ stories continues with their collaboration on Channel 4’s Cucumber, BBC1’s Years and Years; and upcoming Channel 4 series The Boys.

Session Producer:
Sohail Shah
Non Exec Director, Elstree Studios & Former BBC Entertainment Commissioner