Years and Years

Russel T Davies creates new drama for Channel 4

Russel T Davies and the cast of Boys (Credit: Channel 4)

Beginning in 1981 and tracking through the decade, Boys charts three young men discovering and celebrating their gay identity in the backdrop of the devastating AIDS crisis.

The five-part series stars singer Olly Alexander from the band Years and Years as 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer. As Tozer begins a new life in London, he meets party boy Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and the unassuming Colin (Callum Scott Howells), two fellow gay men who soon become his closest friends.

Why Trump's win inspired Russell T Davies to write Years and Years

On the eve of the 2016 US presidential election, when Donald Trump was getting his first inkling that he would be elected to the world’s highest political office, Russell T Davies was texting the controller of BBC drama about an idea they had long been discussing. “I wrote to Piers Wenger and said, ‘If he wins tomor­row, it’s time I write this show now’ – and he said yes,” recalls Davies.

Emma Thompson to star in Russell T Davies drama Years and Years

Emma Thompson DBE (Credit: BBC)

Set in a Britain rocked by political, economic and technological changes, the six-part drama follows the Lyons family as their busy live converge one night in 2019.

Over the next fifteen years, the drama tracks the twists and turns of everyday life to find out if this ordinary family can change the world.

Starring in the family saga is two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Love Actually) as Vivienne Rook, an outspoken and controversial public figure whose rise to power brings an uncertain future.