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‘Queer As Folk’ is being rebooted – and original creator Russell T Davies is on board

The iconic '90s series about the lives of gay men in Manchester is being remade.

By Will Stroude

Words: Will Stroude

It beamed gay lives straight into living rooms across Middle England and is now rightly regarded as one of the most important breakthroughs for LGBT representation in TV history, so you can imagine our excitement to learn that Queer As Folk is being rebooted.

Variety reports that the iconic series, which chronicled the lives of gay men living in Manchester’s gay village and aired on Channel 4 for two series between 1999-2000, is being remade by US cable network Bravo.

In news that’s sure to reassure fans of the original series, creator Russell T Davies is reportedly involved in the project and will serve as executive producer.

It looks like we won’t be seeing a return of beloved faces like Stuart (played by Aidan Gillen) Vince (Craig Kelly) and Nathan (Charlie Hunnam), however – the new Queer as Folk is reportedly set to feature an entirely new cast of characters and a new setting.

According to Variety, the show will be “a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.”

The original version of Queer as Folk drew critical acclaim – not to mention a great deal of controversy – for its frank, funny and fearless depiction of LGBT life.

Following its success in the UK, the bold gay drama found a life of its own in the States, running for five seasons from 2000-05 on Showtime.

We recently took a look back at what the cast of the original series are up to these days – click here to find out.

Of course, if all this excitement has put you in the mood to rewatch Queer as Folk, you can do so in full on 4OD now.