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Russell T Davies is hopeful for Queer as Folk reboot

The original Queer as Folk cast.

Queer as Folk ran for two seasons, the first episode airing on February 23, 1999. (Channel 4)

Russell T Davies has said he is hopeful for a reboot of his iconic series Queer as Folk, even if he won’t be the one to write it.

Following the runaway success of It’s a Sin, which was so popular it broke All 4 streaming records and drove a 91 per cent increase in viewership, Davies has spoken about the possibility of reviving the 1990s queer classic.

Asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether he would be involved in the project, Davies confirmed that Closet Monster director Stephen Dunn would be the one to write a Queer as Folk reboot.

He said: “Stephen Dunn has the rights to Queer as Folk and I hope he gets it made.

“We’ve read the scripts and I gave a few notes. I hope it happens, but it’s not my show anymore and I’m happy to hand it over.

“I don’t think I should be, sitting here at my age, revamping my old property. I think that’s a bit sad.”

Davies said that when he left Doctor Who, he vowed to only work on gay drama, and continued: “I did Banana and Cucumber and Tofu, and then I did the gayest production for A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One that you’ll ever see.

“Then I did Years and YearsA Very English Scandal and now It’s a Sin. I’ve reached the end of that cycle, if I have cycles. I now think whatever I write will be gay.

“Maybe it doesn’t need to be aggressively queer content, but it’s queer because I’m making it. I don’t know where that’s leading but I will find out.”

Davies, who has been outspoken since It’s a Sin’s release about his commitment to casting LGBT+ actors in LGBT+ roles, also explained why he didn’t feel this was possible when casting the original Queer as Folk.

He said: “It wasn’t possible. With hindsight, you think, should we have made more effort? Because out gay actors did exist then, but again, out gay lead actors, it’s a great fallacy to presume all actors are the same.

“You can’t point to an actor and say he’s out, that doesn’t mean they’re a lead actor. It’s my job as a program maker to make programs modern.

“To feel like they’re made in 2021. To get that energy. To get authenticity. I would be failing if I didn’t.”

Caitlyn Jenner tipped to star in Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That

Caitlyn Jenner tipped to star in Sex and the City

Caitlyn Jenner is being tipped to make an appearance in the Sex and the City reboot. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty)

Caitlyn Jenner is being tipped to star in HBO Max’s upcoming Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That in an effort to bring some diversity to the show.

The reboot of the classic series was confirmed on 10 January, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis all set to reprise their roles – but Kim Cattrall, who played fan-favourite Samantha Jones, will not be making an appearance.

Much has been made of the lack of diversity in the original run of Sex and the City, which closely followed four white, cisgender, middle-class women as they explored relationships and sex in New York City.

Ever since its original run, fans have been criticising the show for its general failure to represent LGBT+ characters and people of colour in meaningful ways – and many have wondered if And Just Like That will right those wrongs.

Caitlyn Jenner would be ‘perfect for an appearance’ in reboot

Now, an insider has told The Mirror that bosses working on the show want it to be as diverse as possible – and Caitlyn Jenner is being touted as a perfect fit to appear in the new series in an effort to make it more inclusive.

Caitlyn has been a media fixture in one way or another for going on 50 years. She’s really perfect for an appearance.

The insider said that Caitlyn Jenner, who came out publicly as transgender in April 2015, could have a cameo appearance in the Sex and the City reboot.

“Caitlyn has been a media fixture in one way or another for going on 50 years,” the insider said. “She’s really perfect for an appearance.

“They want new faces for the show, but they want people viewers actually know and care about too.”

The news comes as Jenner revealed that she hasn’t become a “spokesperson” for the trans community because many see her as being too “controversial”. 

In an interview with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, Jenner, 71, said that her background and political beliefs meant she did not receive the warm welcome into the trans community that other public figures, like Elliot Page, did.

Jenner remains a Republican, despite the fact that Donald Trump dedicated much of his presidency to rolling back LGBT+ rights.

Sex and the City spin-off will be made later this year

And Just Like That will comprise of 10 half-hour episodes and is scheduled to kick-off production late spring in New York City, US. Parker, Davis, Nixon and Michael Patrick King will executive produce.

“The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star,” a statement from HBO Max’s parent company WarnerMedia read.

“The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.”