20 years of Queer As Folk
Posted on 27 Feb 2019

Can you believe that it’s 20 years since Russell T Davies’ Manchester-based drama, Queer As Folk, launched on our TV screens?


First aired on Channel Four on 23 February 1999, the show became an instant hit with its candid portrait of the lives of three central characters living in Manchester’s Gay Village.

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L-R: Charlie Hunnam as Nathan; Aidan Gillen as Stuart; Craig Kelly as Vince

Often controversial, Queer As Folk regularly attracted in excess of three million viewers but was frequently criticised by gay campaign groups for not tackling serious issues facing the LGBT community, such as HIV/AIDS and an equal age of consent.


Twenty years on, the programme is seen as a milestone in the media’s representation of the LGBTQ community. It also empowered many individuals to openly declare their sexuality.


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