Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

We meet for the first time the residents of Harpurhey in Manchester, which 10 years ago was named the most deprived place in Britain.

18-year-old Amber Wakefield’s family run the local launderette. Amber’s just finished college and was facing the prospect of a summer stuck in the ‘Wishy Washy’. Instead, she’s booked a fun-filled holiday to Magaluf with eight of her mates including best-friend Codie, who spends so much time at Amber’s house she’s practically one of the family. For Amber, it’ll be her first holiday without her parents, and for Codie, her very first time abroad. Amber’s mum Karen is worried by all the things she’s heard about Magaluf, but the girls are more concerned with getting some drinking practice in with a pre-holiday night on the town. How will they fare on their Spanish sunfest?

At the heart of the local area is Harpurhey Market, where we meet Jamie, 19, a discount DVD trader with a bit of a reputation as a ladies man. Two nights ago, Jamie unexpectedly proposed to his on/off girlfriend, Lucy. But Jamie’s mum is worried that her son doesn’t love really Lucy, and warns Jamie can’t be trusted to stay faithful. Can a leopard change its spots?

A mile down the road from the Wishy Washy launderette is a local newsagent owned by 26-year-old David and his boyfriend, also called David. By day, David works behind the shop counter, but by night, David transforms into his drag queen alter ego, Diana Dior. Diana’s a regular on the gay scene in Central Manchester, but David’s never dared to introduce her to the local community. Now he’s decided it's time for Diana to stop hiding above the newsagent. What will the locals make of Diana when she stages a drag show in a local pub?

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Natalie Casey
Series Producer
Sophie Leonard
Bruce Fletcher
Executive Producer
Simon Dickson
Executive Producer
Samantha Anstiss
Rowan Deacon
Lara Akeju
Lucy Fyson
Max Shapira


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