Queer as Folk: Season 2, Episode 1

Episode #2.1 (15 Feb. 2000)

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Nathan returns from London to live back with Janice. Each is now more understanding of the other and they enjoy laughing at his line in camp boyfriends though Christian is still giving him ... See full summary »

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Nathan returns from London to live back with Janice. Each is now more understanding of the other and they enjoy laughing at his line in camp boyfriends though Christian is still giving him trouble at school. Vince has broken up with Cameron and is going for promotion at work. Hazel is nonetheless disapproving of the hold that Stuart has on him,especially when they all attend Vince's half-sister's wedding and Stuart gets Vince to do a slow dance with him to prove a point. Alexander also attends. His father is dying following a stroke but his parents cast him out on the discovery that he was gay and he feels there can be no reconciliation. Stuart's young nephew Thomas discovers his gay websites and threatens to out him unless he gives him money. Inevitably Stuart's reaction is to out himself to his now reconciled parents and as wordily as possible like the drama queen he is. His father is not approving and asks him to stay away from an upcoming family gathering. His mother however is ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Stuart Allen Jones: We don't do hammers, or nails, or saws. We do joints and screws, but that's different.
Marie Jones: Who does?
Stuart Allen Jones: Queers. Because I'm queer. I'm gay. I'm homosexual. I'm a poof, I'm a poofter, I'm a ponce. I'm a bumboy, baddieboy, backside artist, bugger. I'm bent. I am that arsebandit. I lift those shirts. I'm a faggot-ass, fudge-packing, shit-stabbing uphill gardener. I dine at the downstairs restaurant, I dance at the other end of the ballroom. I'm Moses and the parting of the red cheeks. I fuck and I am ...
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I think this is a quality piece of drama, satirical and light-hearted at the same time
17 April 2006 | by (Bristol) – See all my reviews

After reading a very negative comment about Queer As Folk (+2) I felt it necessary to make a comment so that the first thing someone reads about this show isn't 'it went to badly wrong' but, it went so marvellously right that nothing has been made to compare to it since.

The show realistically portrays a hedonistic lifestyle in the gay Manchester scene of Canal Street (of which the C has since been removed from the road, or so I have been told by a Mancunian friend of mine). Yes, it could be seen to give off negative connotations, if one was to watch half an episode, after suffering a major frontal lobotomy - but for those of us who have watched both series with all our faculties it is plain to see that the writer, Russell T Davies, was only too aware that what he wanted to show, was that for every piece of pride in their actions - these characters had suffered tremendous shame. The series excelled in showing how gay pride may well have resulted in an outwardly hedonistic (almost enviable lifestyle) - but that each character also had to battle with a number of complex and serious demons.

The main characters of Vince, Stuart and Nathan all have their good and bad points, but amazingly, it is what happens to some of the other characters that often affects the audience most. Vince's close friend Phil has a tremendously hard hitting storyline in QAF which is not forgotten in QAF2. Alexander's easy-breezy camp lifestyle is underpinned by an enormous family weight that comes to ahead in QAF2.

Gay life isn't all being kicked in the head by neo-Nazis's, but its not all easy money/ no commitments lifestyle either - this show was brave enough to show just how far Gay Pride has come in the past 30/40 years, but also just how the notion of Shame is not so far away either - for this very reason I think this is a programme that should be repeated again and again so that we can all be exposed to a wonderfully political piece of drama that really reflects all aspects of the 'queerness' in all folk.


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