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Queer as Folk 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Series (1999–2000)
A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.
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Series cast summary:
Aidan Gillen ...  Stuart Jones 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Craig Kelly ...  Vince Tyler 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Charlie Hunnam ...  Nathan Maloney 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Denise Black ...  Hazel Tyler 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Andy Devine Andy Devine ...  Bernard Thomas / ... 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Esther Hall Esther Hall ...  Romey Sullivan 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Alison Burrows Alison Burrows ...  Sandra Docherty 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Caroline O'Neill ...  Janice Maloney 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Carla Henry ...  Donna Clarke 8 episodes, 1999
Caroline Pegg Caroline Pegg ...  Rosalie Cotter 8 episodes, 1999-2000
Alfie Robinson Alfie Robinson ...  Baby Alfred 8 episodes, 1999
Antony Cotton ...  Alexander Perry 7 episodes, 1999-2000
Saira Todd Saira Todd ...  Lisa Levene 7 episodes, 1999
Ben Maguire Ben Maguire ...  Christian Hobbs 7 episodes, 1999-2000
Juley McCann Juley McCann ...  Siobhan Potter 6 episodes, 1999
Sarah Jones Sarah Jones ...  Suzie Smith 6 episodes, 1999
Peter O'Brien ...  Cameron Roberts 5 episodes, 1999
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Storyline

Two gay friends, Vince and Stuart, live on a cocktail of sex, drugs and clubbing. They are both 29, and Stuart is the type of guy who cops off every time he goes out. One night, he spots 15-year-old Nathan, and brings him back to his apartment where they make love. Now, Nathan is still after Stuart, but Stuart just thinks of Nathan as one in a long line of one night stands. Written by Anonymous

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23 February 1999 (UK) See more »

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Diferentes Como Nós See more »

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16 : 9
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The role of Alexander was written for Phil Collinson, a good friend of writer and creator Russell T. Davies. However when Antony Cotton arrived for the audition, everyone agreed that he was better suited to the role. Collinson went on to be a producer, and was hired by Davies to produce Doctor Who (2005). See more »

Quotes

Stuart Alan Jones: Right, do you want sex? Suppose I owe you a favour, come on then.
Nathan: I didn't do it for a shag.
Stuart Alan Jones: Nathan, that's all I've got to offer.
Nathan: How many men have had sex in here?
Stuart Alan Jones: 27 million.
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Original Version Shines
21 July 2001 | by harry-76See all my reviews

It's easy to see where this original British version of "Queer as Folk" generated talk when it debuted in the UK. Its liberated tone and sassy manner flings itself at the viewer with uninhibited abandonment.

It's certainly time for more honest depiction of alterative lifestyles, even though these characters may represent a cultural minority. Russel T. Davies' script is pointed and efficient, and Charles McDougal's and Sarah Harding's direction (of episodes 1-4 and 5-8, respectively) keeps the action moving and the dialogue sparkling.

Harding's direction is particularly effective, as Davies escalates character development as the series moves toward the end. The viewer begins to understand the selfish arrogance of Stuart, and the dependent relationship of Vince, to the viewer's dismay. Even the young Nathan emerges as a bit of a disappointment in the ethical department.

The driving rock beat of the score adds a flippant touch to these characters whose lives are closely attached to the flashy bar scene and superficial materialism. One night shagging, drug taking, and regular boozing complete a pretty empty portrait.

Selfish, self-centered, and immature, these characters are more to be pitied than censured as they engage in "La Ronde"-type laisons several nights a week. There's very little Canal Street has to offer, other than elaborate distraction, and these fellows play into its fold with addictive verve.

Turn up the volume, spin the crystal, boogie til dawn . . . it's all part of the escapist route-of-no-return. No matter that a mate ODed on heroine, as a result of a quick, irresponsible pickup. The funeral is as routine and unfeeling as as the last relationship. A stark and thought-provoking drama has been fashion by Davies, and played up a storm by a highly talented cast, headed by Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam.

Gillen's work seems particularly reminiscent of Gary Oldman's in "Prick Up Your Ears." It's a highly detailed characterization that seems to come from the inside out. Both Kelly and Hunnam are seasoned professionals, and provide skillful insight to their presentations.

If anyone thought the cockney in "Beautiful Thing" was difficult to understand, give a listen to the dialect here. It can be uniformly cut with a knife, yet it also adds to the authenticity of its blue collar setting.

"Queer as Folk" certainly did what it set out to do: set a genuine precedent in mature and intelligent television filmmaking.


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