BBC’s new sitcom Boy Meets Girl isn’t another spin off of Boy Meets World…it’s actually Britain’s first transgender sitcom series.
The romantic comedy show follows Leo, a 26-year-old man whose feelings for Judy, a 40-year-old transgender woman, develop.
After being discovered through the Trans Comedy Award, a talent search for the promotion of positive portrayal of transgender characters, Boy Meets Girl screened a pilot episode at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase in March. It was so well-received that the show was commissioned to a full series.
“Leo’s had a bad day. He’s been fired [again], is being given a hard time by his mum and, to cap it all, his blind date fails to show up,” BBC said. “But then he bumps into Judy and finds himself deeply attracted to this surprising and beguiling woman,” the show description reads. “They bond over drinks, and unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. Leo’s mother is unhappy he’s having dinner with an older woman. But Leo doesn’t care what she thinks’ he knows that he’s just met someone very special.”
Rebecca Root, a transgender actress, played Judy in the pilot.
Root transitioned from a male role in 2003 and had gender reassignment surgery in 2005.
“Trans people are a minority,” she told The Independent. “But for every person like me who’s made a conscious step to do something about the feeling we’ve had all our lives, there are plenty who’ve gone part-way or not at all yet.”
Root is a voice coach, helping transsexual and transgender people find a voice that fits their gender. She is also a stand-up comic and actress.
“The BBC should reflect the lives of the rainbow gendered because that’s what we pay it to do,” she said. “If it’s picked up, and they cast another trans actor who’s better than me, it would still be a fabulous piece to see on British TV. The public [is] ready for it.”
Casting for the full series has yet to be determined, however, a trans actor will play the role of Judy.