Meanwhile, to mark the 20th anniversary of Queer as Folk – one of television’s most ground-breaking dramas, writer Russell T Davies and executive producer Nicola Shindler, join an exclusive masterclass at the Festival.

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.

In this session, multi-award-winning writer Davies and Shindler, founder of Red Production Company and CEO of StudioCanal UK, will join a panel of stars to discuss their collaboration on Queer as Folk, what it meant to them, the genesis of the show and the impact it had.

The panel will consider how 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.

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 and upcoming Channel 4 series The Boys.