Russell T Davies’ planned five-part drama about three young gay men living in 1980s London in the shadow of the Aids crisis will start shooting in a few weeks’ time and is to have its title changed.
Speaking at BFI in London during a 20th anniversary celebration of his iconic series Queer As Folk, Davies said: "It’s called The Boys at the moment, but there’s an Amazon series called The Boys, so we’re going to change the title. So it’ll have a new title, but it’ll be on next year."
He continued: "I lived through those times, and it’s taken me decades to build up to this. And as time marches on, there’s a danger the story will be forgotten.
"It’s an honour to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived."
Davies’ new series focuses on three young men, each of whom moves to London in 1981. As the show’s synopsis explains: "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."
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