Olly Alexander cast in new Russell T. Davies series Boys

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Years & Years meets Years And Years…

It’s been announced that Years & Years front-man Olly Alexander will star in a new 80s-set TV series from Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Years And Years). He’ll star opposite Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West in Boys, which will land on Channel 4 sometime next year.

Here’s a synopsis, via TV Wise:

Boys charts the joy and heartbreak of four friends during a decade in which everything changed It’s 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, 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.”

“I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project, I’ve been a fan of Russell T Davies ever since I watched Queer As Folk in secret at 14 years old”, Olly Alexander said of his casting. “His work helped shape my identity as a gay person so I’m absolutely over the moon we’ll be working together. The script was amazing to read, I laughed and I cried a lot, it’s a privilege to be helping to tell this story and I’m so excited.”

Five episodes of Boys are planned. We’ll bring you more as it is revealed.