Russell T Davies reveals he has finished the script for new series 'Boys'

The new show will chart the lives of three 18-year-olds during the Aids crisis


Words: Steve Brown

Russell T Davies has revealed he has finished all five shooting scripts for his new show, Boys.

The five-part drama, which was announced last year, is set to chart the lives of three 18-year-olds who move to London in 1981 over the course of a decade which saw the Aids crisis envelop the LGBTQ community.

Now, the Queer as Folk creator revealed he has finished the scripts for the upcoming drama and said the cast will be announced next week.

He wrote on Instagram: "Finished! All five Shooting Scripts delivered. BOYS, Channel 4, 2020. Cast announced next week!"

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Finished! All five Shooting Scripts delivered. BOYS, Channel 4, 2020. Cast announced next week! . . . #boys @channel4 @redproductionco

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According to an official synopsis, the series will see "a young trio, strangers at first, leave home at 18 and head off to London in 1981 with hope and ambition and joy. However, they’re walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores.

"Year by year, episode by episode, their lives change, as the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumour, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.

"It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill, the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanises them in the battles to come.

"Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.

"There are terrible losses and wonderful friendships. And complex families, pushed to the limit and beyond. This is a series that remembers the boys we lost, and celebrates those lives that burned so brightly."

Davies also revealed the name of the show will change as to not be confused with Amazon Prime's The Boys.