When Queer as Folk landed on screens 20 years ago, it immediately divided opinion. It portrayed the lives of three central characters living in Manchester's Gay Village in a frank, funny and explicit way that had never been seen on screens before. And conservative critics such as then-Daily Express columnist Peter Hitchens told the BBC that "the whole thing seemed to me to be some form of cultural propaganda" intended to convince viewers that "homosexuality is normal behaviour". We spoke to viewers, critics and insiders about its impact and enduring appeal. Owen Corrigan was 15 and living in rural Ireland when he chanced upon Queer as Folk while channel-hopping at home on a Friday night.
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Queer as Folk is an American and Canadian television series co-production, produced by Showtime and Temple Street Productions which was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T Davies. The head writers were Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman who were also the executive producers of the series along with former Warner Bros. Television president Tony Jonas. Another main character, Ben , was added in the second season. Due to tax incentives, the series was filmed in Canada, with frequent location filming in Toronto's Church and Wellesley gay village. The show was noted for its somewhat frank depiction of gay life, as well as its vivid sex scenes.
Queer As Folk was a lifeline to an under-represented gay audience
During the panel, the cast -- including Peter Paige Emmett , Gale Harold Brian , Randy Harrison Justin and Robert Gant Ben -- talked through their initial reactions to the extremity of the show, which they were first introduced to in the form of a massive contract stipulating they would definitely be getting naked. If you are not down to do this, don't take this job. Once the laughter died down, Paige looked over to Cowen and Lipman.
Ethan Gold was a secondary character who appeared on the US television series, Queer as Folk for the second and third seasons. Ethan is an extremely talented violinist, and attends the same art school as Justin Taylor. He is a handsome Jewish teenager of nineteen with curly brown hair and a slim, teen build standing approximately 5'7" in height. He is about even with the wit Justin has, but has a bit more edge with a dose of over confidence without being completely arrogant that puts off a charm to him. Since Brian didn't believe in celebrating birthdays, Lindsay and Melanie took Justin to his recital for his 19th birthday.