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.

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BBC cancels Boy Meets Girl

BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl has been cancelled after two series.

British Comedy Guide, 29th September 2016

Series finale of the sitcom about a transgender woman's romance with a younger man. Judy (Rebecca Root) and Leo (Harry Hepple) are getting married in the morning, which means mild family ructions - Janine Duvitski excels as Judy's annoying mum - and easily resolved church-on-time panics before the couple walk down the aisle. Buoyed by deserved audience goodwill, Boy Meets Girl amiably gets away with a script full of creaking, textbook jokes.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 4th August 2016

It feels like only yesterday that Boy Meets Girl returned, but sadly this week sees the final two episodes of what has been a brilliant second series play out, but not before a stag do, a hen party and a wedding. Tony and Pam fear that the stag and hen parties, organised by James and Jackie respectively, may not be very classy affairs. Whilst James' Polish trip doesn't go entirely according to plan, Judy's hen night gets hijacked by a petty (and surprisingly messy) row between Pam and Anji. It's a night full of surprises, especially when James can't resist blabbing about a recent sexual encounter. In the final episode, Peggy's boiler bursts the night before Leo and Judy's wedding. It's a disaster! But Pam comes to the rescue, insisting that the Arkleys move in with the Macdonalds for the night. Pam soon regrets her generous offer though when Jackie and Peggy make themselves a little too much at home. The following morning all seems well until a freak accident results in a seething Pam stuck in A&E, a distraught Peggy locked in a bathroom and a desperate Leo waiting at the church for his absent bride. Is this the end of the road for the happy couple?

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 1st August 2016

The gentle sitcom about an age-gap romance between Leo and transgender fiance Judy trundles on. This week, Judy's friend Charlie finds himself without a place to stay, so Pam lets him in - a decision she soon comes to regret. Elsewhere, Peggy begins planning a Christmas-themed wedding for the couple and Anji has some surprising news for James. Good-natured stuff, but a sitcom this groundbreaking in terms of theme could be a little less predictable in content.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 20th 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

Boy Meets Girl review

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

Tim Dowling, The Guardian, 7th July 2016

Meet the transgender actors breaking new ground

Rebecca Root and Tyler Luke Cunningham from Boy Meets Girl talk about their careers as trans actors.

Emma Cox, Radio Times, 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: 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 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