Cramlington creator of trans sitcom touched by reaction

The creator of the UK’s first transgender sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, has spoken of his delight at the positive reaction he has received from people whose lives it touched.

Cramlington’s Elliott Kerrigan, said it was ‘very special’ to have heard that his show, which had its finale on BBC2 on Thursday, had had a positive effect on people’s lives.

“I’ve had people email me telling me what the show means to them, and that’s been the most incredible thing,” he said.

“One person said it had given them hope, which was incredible to hear. That was one of the moments I’ll never forget. That was the cherry and the cake. It was very special.”

Boy Meets Girl tells the story of the blossoming relationship between 40 year old transgender woman Judy, played by actor Rebecca Root, and 26 year old Leo, played by Harry Hepple, and has been lauded for being the first positive portrayal of a transgender leading character in a British comedy.

Elliott’s script for the show was picked up through the Trans Comedy Award, run by the BBC’s Writers Room.

“I went on the BBC Writers Room website and saw the competition, which I thought I’d love to enter but I thought I couldn’t because I know nothing about trans.

“I don’t know anyone who’s trans, but I went to bed, and by the time I woke I had the first page in my head, and that first page hasn’t changed one bit.”

Elliott has now moved on to his next project – a ‘very personal’ Radio 4 drama called Midnight at Christmas, which will be aired in 2016.