It’s 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie (Olly Alexander, of the band Years & Years), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill (Lydia West – Years and Years), find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever.
From BAFTA Award winning Russell T Davies, the Boys cast also includes Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Durrells, Line of Duty), who plays Ritchie’s mum Valerie; Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack, Broadchurch, Woman in Black) who plays his dad Clive; Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl, A Series of Unfortunate Events) as Henry Coltrane; Stephen Fry (Wilde, Gosford Park, Bones) as MP Arthur Garrison; and Tracy Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner, Toast of London, After Life) as Carol Carter.
Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS.
September 1981, and Soft Cell are Number One. Eighteen-year-old Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) is leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university.
In London, Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas) walks out of home after his parents make a shocking discovery. And Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells) arrives from Wales, to start a new career on Savile Row. The three boys meet, and life will never be the same again.
As the year unfolds, the boys – along with fellow student Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) and their best friend Jill (Lydia West) – form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. And there, they start to become who they truly are.
But a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 80s might be all too precious.
The whole series will be available to stream or download for free on All 4 following the transmission of the first episode, on Friday 22 January at 21:00.