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Queer as Folk reboot ordered with Russell T. Davies serving as exec producer

The new version will focus on a diverse group of friends in New Orleans

2021-04-08

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Channel 4

Queer As Folk, the iconic Channel 4 series about the lives of gay men by Russell T. Davies, is to be rebooted for US streaming service Peacock.

The Stephen Dunn-written and New Orleans-set show was previously in development with Bravo and NBCU, reports Deadline.

Davies will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside original Queer As Folk producer Nicola Shindler. Other exec producers include Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht and Richard Halliwell.

The show will follow a 'diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy', according to the outlet.

Dunn's previous directorial efforts include 2015 film Closet Monster and an episode of Apple TV+ series Little America.

'Diverse group of friends'

Dunn said in a statement [as per Variety]: “It is a surreal honour to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T. Davies. When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch Queer As Folk in secret.

“But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer As Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max.”

Lisa Katz, president, scripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, added in a statement: "Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a groundbreaking and necessary voice for so many people. Stephen’s new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture."

The original Queer As Folk was set in Manchester and starred Charlie Hunnam, Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly. It ran for two seasons, with a US version running for five seasons.

Davies is also known for writing the recent TV hit It's A Sin starring Olly Alexander, plus Years and Years, Cucumber and Doctor Who.

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