Russell T Davies was born in Swansea. His first job in television was on Why Don’t You..? He became a story liner and producer at Granada, and his first original drama was Dark Season for the BBC in 1991, starring Kate Winslet. He created Queer As Folk in 1999 and in 2005 brought back Doctor Who. Following the success of the award-winning drama A Very English Scandal, Russell is currently finishing up production on Years and Years, a six-part drama for BBC One which TX’s in 2019.

Meanwhile, to mark the 20th anniversary of Queer as Folk – one of television’s most ground-breaking dramas, Russell 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.