All you need to know about Russell T. Davis’s 1980s AIDS drama

The drama boys on Channel 4 and HBO Max are the creators and ex-doctors of years and years who produced Russell T. Davis, the showrunner, and pop musician Oli Alexander in the lead roles.

The series explores the lives of three gay men affected by the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, and Davis says, The stories are based on his own experience.

Following the Virtual Edinburgh TV Festival, we now know that the series will probably start in early 2021, after being filmed for the first time in October 2019.

Here’s what you need to know about the boys, including the casting, release date and storyline

When was Russell T. Davis’s AIDS drama on TV in the decade?

Davis’ upcoming series Boys (under the previous title The Boys, until another show is named) will probably air Channel 4 Early 2021 – Money fans have to wait a bit longer than the original expectation.

The series is a co-production of HBO Max, and in August 2020, the streamer’s head of international descent, Jane Kim, spoke at the Virtual Edinburgh TV Festival – and teased the boys with an exclusive clip.

He said: “If there’s anything out there that speaks to the audience below, with different voices and interesting subcultures, that’s what attracts me. On the contrary, we want to make sure we’re expanding our content and finding things that seem accessible and somewhat larger in scope.

“These are really beautiful, well-written stories and it’s a balance between looking for bigger, more commercial stories.”

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Earlier during an exclusive interview I was asked about the casting At the South Bank Show Awards in July 2016, Davis said: “It will all start in September. It won’t last until this time next year. “

And true to his word, Davis announced in September 2012 that he had completed and distributed five scripts – when there was a read-throw in October before filming.

What about the boys?

The five partners will examine the lives of a group of young gay men (Richie, Roscoe and Colin) who were infected with a new deadly virus, HIV, after moving to London in the 1980s.

“These are all based on my experience,” Davis said. “They were all 18 in 1981, I was 1981, in a sense they were all part of me but equally they all discovered … some of them (died of AIDS)”.

In a statement, Channel 4 said: “Richie, Roscoe and Colin left home at a young age, at first unknown, at the age of 18, to travel to London in 1981 with hope and longing and joy … and head straight for a plague that is largely ignored by the world.

“Every year, episode after episode, their lives change, when the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumor, then a threat, then a terror and then something that brings them together to fight.

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“It’s also the story of their friends, boyfriends and families, especially Jill, the girl who loves and helps them and encourages them in upcoming battles. Together they will endure the horrors of the epidemic, the pain of rejection, and the superstitions that gay men have faced over the decades. ”

Who’s on the boys’ cast?

Russell T. Davis has signed up an All-Star cast, including Kelly House, Stephen Fry and Neil Patrick Harris.

The main character will be played by the band Years and Years actor and pop musician Oli Alexander (yes, like Davis’ previous series Years and Years).

Oli played the role of Alexander Richie, Omari Douglas played his friend Roscoe, and Colin Scott Howles completed the trio as Colin. At the beginning of the story, it’s 1981 and they’re just starting a new life in London.

Lydia West (Dracula, Years & Years) played Richie’s friend Jill Baxter in college, “Simple talking, funny, and the rock on which they depend.”

Kelly House (Bodyguard, The Durables and Line of Duty) will play Richie’s Mom Valerie, and Shawn Dolly will play his father Clive.

Neil Patrick Harris as Henry Coltrane, Stephen Fry as MP Arthur Garrison, and Anne Oberman as Tracy as Carol Carter. Nathaniel Curtis played a character named Ash, “a faithful friend who grew fat and thin.”

Oli Alexander said: “I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project. His work helped shape my identity as a gay man so on the moon that we would work together. The script was amazing to read, I laughed and I cried a lot, it is a special opportunity for me to help tell this story and I am very excited. “

Neil Patrick Harris said: “I’m delighted, and incredibly proud, to be part of Russell T. Davis’ new series. , It is also a decade of deep resonant exploration when many of these lives were briefly shortened by the devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic.Russell’s scripts chart the heights of this period and the images below so beautifully and cleverly, it is an honor to help tell this story.

Is there a trailer for the boys?

Not yet – we’ll keep this page updated with any new news.

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