Queer Britain, presented by YouTuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf, aims to get under the skin of queer culture and shine a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Riyadh - who has a Middle Eastern and Irish heritage - uses his own personal experiences to explore issues affecting many 16-35 year-old LGBTQ+ people across the UK. Across the series, Riyadh meets those sleeping rough as a consequence of their sexuality, those who are shunned by the LGBTQ+ community to going behind the scenes with performers from the highly successful club night, Sink the Pink.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Queer Britain - Queer as Folk (UK TV series) - Netflix
Queer as Folk is a 1999 British television series that chronicles the lives of three gay men living in Manchester's gay village around Canal Street. Initially running for eight episodes, a two-part follow up called Queer as Folk 2 was shown in 2000. Both Queer as Folk and Queer as Folk 2 were written by Russell T Davies. Queer as Folk was produced by Red Production Company for Channel 4. The title of the programme comes from a dialect expression from some parts of Northern England, “there's nowt so queer as folk”, meaning “there's nothing as strange as people”; which is a word play on the modern-day English synonym of “queer”, meaning homosexual. Davies had originally titled the series this, although at the suggestion of Channel 4 executives for a period during its development and pre-production it was known as Queer as Fuck, before it reverted to the former name. In 2010, The Guardian ranked the serial at number 13 in their list of “The Top 50 TV Dramas of All Time”. Following its success, a North American version under the same title was produced, set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, running from 2000–2005, and closely following the original storylines but making changes and moving on as new seasons were made.
Queer Britain - Music - Netflix
The theme song for series was created by Murray Gold. Given a list of tracks, music producer Almighty Records had one month to compile the music. However, some tracks could not be cleared in time for the release mainly due to timescales, including one by Steps who initially said that the show would be too 'low profile' for them to be associated with. It was the success of this album that prompted Channel 4 launch their own music division when the second series of Queer As Folk was made.