British Comedy Guide

Boy Meets Girl. Image shows from L to R: Judy (Rebecca Root), Leo (Harry Hepple). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Boy Meets Girl

BBC Two sitcom about a couple and their families. 12 episodes (2 series), 2015 - 2016. Stars Rebecca Root, Harry Hepple, Denise Welch, Nigel Betts and others.

Boy Meets Girl. Image shows from L to R: Peggy (Janine Duvitski), Pam (Denise Welch). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Series 2, Episode 1

Leo and Judy are living together happily at Peggy's house. When Leo receives an enticing job offer the couple's relationship faces a major challenge. Meanwhile, Tony cooks up a plan to use his redundancy money to start a new business venture.

Full synopsis

Leo and Judy are living together happily at Peggy's house, even if there's not a lot of privacy to be had with Jackie in residence too. However, when Leo receives an enticing job offer - at the same time that Peggy starts experiencing some worrying health issues - the couple's relationship faces a major challenge and there are big questions to be resolved.

Anji is alarmed to find that the salon has issues with rats but Jackie turns the situation to her advantage when she hooks up with the pest controller. Tony cooks up a plan to use his redundancy money to start a new business venture and James has a surprising romantic encounter - and is even more surprised to find that he might, finally, be joining the workforce.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes
Ratings
0.62 million viewers (3.50% audience share)

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rebecca Root Judy
Harry Hepple Leo
Denise Welch Pam
Nigel Betts Tony
Jonny Dixon James
Janine Duvitski Peggy
Lizzie Roper Jackie
Vineeta Rishi Anji
Steve Marsh Dean
Guest cast
Paris Lees Moderator
Nitin Kundra Ravi
Kim Tserkezie Jobcentre Woman
Rhyannon Styles Trans Woman
Writing team
Elliott Kerrigan Writer
Simon Carlyle Writer
Production team
Paul Norton Walker Director
Paul McKenzie Producer
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
Kristian Smith Executive Producer
Margot Gavan Duffy Executive Producer
Russell Beeden Editor
Andrea Hughes Production Designer
Adrian Burch Composer

Video

The morning after

It's the morning after and James didn't come home...

Featuring: Rebecca Root (Judy), Denise Welch (Pam), Jonny Dixon (James), Vineeta Rishi (Anji).

Press

When this romcom about a man falling for a transgender woman first arrived, it was all a bit controversial.

What a thoroughly modern love story, and hip hip hooray to the BBC we thought as we applauded trans actress Rebecca Root for her lead role.

Now, of course, as Judy (Root) and Leo (Harry Hepple) return for a second series, the controversy has gone but we can still enjoy this wonderfully sweet comedy drama.

The plot hardly rattles along, in fact it pootles, with perhaps the odd skip. But that's fine. Not everything we watch should require an emergency manicure the next day.

As we rejoin Judy and Leo, they are in love, totally committed and making plans for a future together. But, plot twist alert, Leo has been offered a new job.

Good salary, pension, five weeks holiday. Perfect?

No, it's in London, a fair few miles from their Newcastle home. Well, we needed some kind of spanner in the works to keep us interested.

"It will be ok, we'll see each other every weekend," says Leo. Oh right, because that always goes without a hitch in sitcoms.

Meanwhile, Harry's mum Pam (Denise Welch) decides to join Judy's mum Peggy (Janine Duvitski) at a transgender support group, but is horrified when someone asks how long she's been living as a woman.

"It's the butch haircut and the way you walk," explains Peggy, helpful as ever.

And elsewhere, Anji is alarmed to discover the salon has rats. But there's a silver lining for Jackie, who takes a shine to the pest controller.

Sara Wallis, The Mirror, 6th July 2016

A welcome return for the cockle-warming comedy, with Judy and Leo attempting to get on with being in love while their families can't help sticking their oars in. As is customary in sitcoms set in the north, Leo gets offered a job in London, which is a cue for much pained decision-making. Meanwhile, Pam plays the stereotypical enthusiastic mother with gusto as she heads to a trans support group. Lovely stuff; Rebecca Root's laidback delivery makes Judy shine.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 6th July 2016

Boy Meets Girl season 2 episode 1 review

All things being done, this is a triumphant return for Boy Meets Girl. The charm and heart-warming nature of the first year is still present. The first season had education and acceptance very much at its core and thankfully, this second run looks set to carry on that theme.

Emma Jewkes, Cult Box, 6th July 2016

Boy Meets Girl: A welcome return?

It's almost as if they didn't have any ideas and instead have given us a lot of well-worn cliches instead. The long distance job offer, the creation of a new business and a secret relationship are all well-worn comic tropes and Boy Meets Girl doesn't seem to what to do anything particularly new with any of them.

Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 6th July 2016

Boy Meets Girl review

As the United Kingdom is convulsed by a post-referendum outbreak of intolerance, goodness knows the nation needs all the harmony-enhancing, bridge-building entertainment it can lay its eyeballs on. Anything that promotes civilised values and challenges fear of otherness is to be welcomed and supported. It was in this spirit that, last year, Boy Meets Girl became the first mainstream comedy with a transgender lead character. Its return for a second series couldn't come at a more propitious moment. It's not much fun, then, to report that its good intentions are the best thing about Boy Meets Girl.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 6th July 2016

Boy Meets Girl review

Yes, it's groundbreaking, but it's also a jarringly traditional sitcom.

Tim Dowling, The Guardian, 7th July 2016

Boy Meets Girl was hailed, in its first series, as groundbreaking - as indeed it was, being the first mainstream UK programme, let alone comedy, to feature transgender people with any degree of prominence. The standout Rebecca Root still intrigues, her relationship with Leo endangered now not by prejudice but by his imminent job in London (in Geordieland this is somehow still perceived as gilded cobbles rather than the ceaseless throb of a larger, twisted normality). There's a resolution, of sorts, thanks to difficulties involving the mother (the increasingly splendid Janine Duvitski, now much older than Abigail's Party, still as magnetising). The problem is that it's not very, if at all, funny. A sitcom without the com is simply a sit. And the sit, in these lovely enlightened days, is not that interesting.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 10th July 2016

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