Boy Meets Girl
A few years ago I turned on my laptop and wrote the word ‘LOVE’. That was the original title. I’ve felt a lot of love from a lot of people on this project. If a fraction of that love reaches the audience I’ll feel like it was all worth while.Elliott Kerrigan
From entering a BBC Writersroom talent search to creating the UK's first transgender sitcom commissioned for BBC Two.
Boy Meets Girl is the UK's first transgender sitcom, commissioned as a full series on BBC Two for broadcast beginning in September 2015.
Created and written by Elliott Kerrigan and Simon Carlyle, the Manchester-based comedy was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award – a BBC Writersroom talent search in partnership with Trans Comedy, which offered aspiring writers up to £5,000 for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.
In 2012, All About Trans held ‘Trans Camp’ - an innovative event for transgender people of different backgrounds and media professionals, to come together and look at ways to change the representation and portrayal of trans people in the media. The idea for the Trans Comedy Award was born. It went on to develop and be led by known trans comedians and the BBC Head of Creative Resources.
In November 2012 BBC Writersroom in partnership with Trans Comedy launched the Trans Comedy Award at the Creative Diversity Network Awards - the Trans Comedy Award was looking for original television comedy shows featuring transgender characters and/or themes. Elliott Kerrigan was one of the winning writers and received further development by the BBC in association with Jon Plowman and Sophie Clarke-Jervoise (Tiger Aspect), towards a staged reading held by BBC Writersroom. As a result of this 'Boy Meets Girl' was filmed as a studio pilot for the 2014 BBC Salford Comedy Festival’s sitcom showcase and was subsequently commissioned for a full BBC Two series.
'Boy Meets Girl' Series 1 was broadcast on BBC Two beginning on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 9.30pm.
A second series of 'Boy Meets Girl' was broadcast on BBC Two beginning on Wednesday 6th July 2016.
Boy Meets Girl won the Royal Television Society North West award 2016 for Best Comedy Programme. Elliott Kerrigan was shortlisted for Best Script Writer.
Various deadlines. Green Curtain Theatre will be staging their 3rd festival of fringe plays in the summer and autumn of 2019 in London. The theme of the festival will be “Breaking Away”. They are looking for one act plays on this theme that reflect any aspect of the lives or experiences of Irish people living in multi-cultural Britain. They also have open opportunities for 10 minute monologues/duologues on the theme 'Leaving' and for short plays based on or connected to an Irish song.
Deadline: 15th December 2018. The third International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest is now open for submissions of bold and powerful plays for young audiences from writers worldwide.
Deadline: 5 December 2018. The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Proposals can be pieces of writing, events, publications or productions on any subject and in any form, including (but not limited to) prose fiction or non-fiction, short stories, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic fiction, biography or travel-writing.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Comedy archive.