Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies’ drama about the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, The Boys, enters production next year
The Boys sees Russell T Davies return to Channel 4, the home of some of his most acclaimed series. The five part series telling the stories of a community living in the shadow of AIDS in the early 1980s.
“I lived through those times, and it’s taken me decades to build up to this,” said Davies, “and as time marches on, there’s a danger the story will be forgotten. So it’s an honour to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived.”
The series focuses on three young gay men, Colin, Roscoe and Ritchie. The three meet when they all arrive in London in 1981 in search of adventure and a new life. But soon their new lives are disrupted by rumours of a mysterious new virus… As the episodes and the years pass, the rumour becomes a terrible reality. A threat that binds them to one another in the fight of their lives. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic. Together they’ll stand up to the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.
The Boys has been commissioned by Channel 4 from RED Production Company
The Boys reunites Davies with RED Production Company, his partners on Queer as Folk, The Second Coming, Casanova and more. Nicola Shindler, founder and executive producer at RED, said; “I’m thrilled to be working with Channel 4 and Russell again on this incredibly poignant and enthralling story. It’s full of what we’ve come to expect from Russell – a powerful but heart-warming story that highlights both the emotional fragility and strength of human nature, delivered through engaging and complex characters.”
The Boys was commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Drama Beth Willis (previously executive producer of Doctor Who Series Five and Six), Commissioning Executive Jonny Richards and Commissioning Editor Lee Mason. Mason noted, “Nearly 20 years after the glorious Queer as Folk left an indelible mark on British TV … The Boys [is] an incredibly important project that feels just as landmark, just as uncompromising, and just as heartfelt.”
The Boys enters production in 2019. As details of casting and scheduling are announced, we’ll keep you up to date.