Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies new drama The Boys, about the impact of the 1980s AIDS crisis, has been snapped up by Channel 4.
Davies has been talking about the drama series for several years – and he also claims it is his most heavily-researched piece of his career – but it did not have a broadcaster attached.
The five-part drama will follow the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and the story of three boys, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin.
“Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin are young lads, strangers at first, leaving home at 18 and heading off to London in 1981 with hope and ambition and joy… and walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores. Year by year, episode by episode, their lives change, as the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumour, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.
“It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill, the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanises them in the battles to come. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.”
Explaining his motivation for writing the series, Davies said:
“I lived through those times, and it’s taken me decades to build up to this. And as time marches on, there’s a danger the story will be forgotten. So it’s an honour to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived.”
The five-part series will be written by Davies and produced by RED Production Company, which Davies has previously worked with on the likes of Queer as Folk, Casanova, Cucumber and Banana.