Lost Boys & Fairies viewers praise 'special' Welsh-made BBC drama that's 'got the lot'

Gabriel (Sion Daniel Young) and Andy (Fra Fee) star in Lost Boys & Fairies.
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Brand new BBC drama Lost Boys & Fairies has made its TV debut and viewers, famous and otherwise, have been quick to share their thoughts on the Welsh-made three-parter. The series tells the fictional, tender story of singer and artiste-extraordinaire Gabriel and his partner Andy and their journey to adoption.

Written by Daf James, the story recalls the writer's own “trauma” he faced as a parent and is based on his own experiences of gay adoption. A few weeks ago we spoke to Daf and he told WalesOnline that while the project is “not autobiographical” it is “personally-inspired”. He and his husband adopted children eight years ago and Daf says that it “changed” him as a person.

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Some famous faces have shared their appreciation of the programme, with actress, documentary host and all round icon, Kathy Burke writing on X: "Loved the first episode of #LostBoysandFairies and can’t wait to see the rest. Gorgeous, heartwarming, sad and funny. It’s got the lot."

Other viewers were in awe of the tender drama, too, and praised it as an "incredible portrayal" of LGBTQ+ life. One fan said: "One of the best dramas I’ve seen in a long time. Run, don’t walk!!"

Another added: "We have binged all episodes of #lostboysandfairies and we were not ready for the journey of emotions the show took us on. An incredible portrayal of LGBTQ+ life and the challenges and prejudices with adoption. I cannot recommend this show enough." A third said: "Just finished #LostBoysAndFairies and f**k was that an amazing yet heartbreaking series."

Welsh star, Mali Ann Rees, who you'll have seen in The Pact and Mammoth, stars in the drama which she says is a "special one" for her and a great way to "celebrate Pride month." Cardiff-born Mali said: "What better way to celebrate Pride Month than binging @Dafydd__James beautiful queer drama #LostBoysAndFairies. This is a very special one for me, set in the area of Cardiff I grew up in, little Mali would be so proud. I can’t wait for you all to see it!"

Filmed in and around Cardiff, the series is now available in full on BBC iPlayer and is being shown weekly on BBC One.