Queer as Folk reboot with Russell T Davies will stream on Peacock

Amy West
·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Russell T Davies' new Queer as Folk reboot has found its broadcaster.

The upcoming show, which will be set in New Orleans, is gearing up to air on NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming platform and will centre on "a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy," according to Entertainment Weekly.

Original creator Davies, who recently wowed audiences with moving AIDS drama It's A Sin, is on board as executive producer this time round, while Closet Monster's Stephen Dunn will act as writer and direct the pilot.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, Nicola Shindler, and Richard Halliwell will also executive produce.

It'll be the second time the 1999 series – which took place in Manchester – has been revamped, after Showtime developed their own Pittsburgh-based version in the early 2000s.

"It is a surreal honor to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T Davies. When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch Queer as Folk in secret," Dunn said in a prepared statement.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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"But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful would it be if the next generation didn't have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max."

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