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One of the best LGBTQ+ TV dramas has dropped on BBC just in time for Pride-Asyia Iftikhar-Entertainment – Metro

‘Lost for words.’

One of the best LGBTQ+ TV dramas has dropped on BBC just in time for Pride-Asyia Iftikhar-Entertainment – Metro

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Lost Boys and Fairies, a new BBC series from writer Daf James, has been praised by fans for its tender portrayal of gay adoption.

The three-part drama, partly inspired by real life, follows queer club performer Gabriel (Sion Daniel Young) and his accountant partner Andy (Fra Fee) on their journey to adoption.

The musical series – written in both Welsh and English – comes eight years after Daf and his husband adopted two children under the age of six and have since adopted a third.

In the show, the first episode begins with couple of eight years Andy and Gabriel getting interviewed by social worker Jackie (Elizabeth Berrington) about why they want to adopt.

What ensues is a heartfelt look at the shame around growing up gay during the Thatcher-era and the joy of embracing who you truly are as our protagonists look towards building a family.

Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee in Lost Boys and Fairies (Picture: BBC / Duck Soup Films / Simon Ridgway)

Andy and Gabriel are the heart of the show (Picture: BBC / Duck Soup Films)

Lost Boys and Fairies has moved critics with its ‘incredibly emotional’ storyline.

‘Though it has undertones of quiet melancholy, in the end, it is an extravagant drama, unafraid to belt out the high notes and play to the crowd,’ the Guardian wrote.

While the i paper called the new series ‘meaty, experimental and deeply moving’.

And fans couldn’t be more in agreement, as they flocked to social media to celebrate the meaningful series.

Gabriel is a queer artist in the new series (Picture: BBC / Duck Soup Films / Simon Ridgway)

‘Cannot recommend this highly enough. Beautifully written, multilayered script that has a lot to say about how the traumas of recent queer history continue to affect the lives of gay men today,’ @brightoncelt said.

‘I stumbled upon it on iPlayer this morning and it’s the most poignant, funny, devastating and real thing I’ve watched in the longest time. A tender, gorgeous MASTERPIECE,’ @atishyoktii added.

While @terrettcorey raved: ‘Lost for words. I knew it would be good and something special but it took my breath away.

‘Literally. I felt that in my bones. Every scene. Every line. Every look. This is television at its finest. Love. It’s all about love. Just… wow.’

Creator Daf – who is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, composer and performer – spoke to the BBC about how groundbreaking it is to have a series that centres both the LGBTQ+ experience and the Welsh language.

‘Although politically I do want to have this out there… representation is so, so important,’ the 48-year-old said.

He then added: ‘This drama is about inclusion and breaking down those binaries, shifting the world into somewhere more inclusive, where people can live and breathe and feel safe in their own identities.’

While talking to Virgin Radio UK about why he decided to include more heavy themes such as the AIDS crisis, he said he ‘had to put that in’.

‘I think it’s amazing that we have these [very positive] shows like Heartstopper… we need those stories, But we also need these stories as well which acknowledge the pain and trauma that [the queer community] have gone through,’ the writer added.

‘It does go to the darkness, but hopefully it comes out into the light as well.’

Lost Boys and Fairies is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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