BBC Two has commissioned the UK’s first transgender sitcom, following a successful screening of a pilot at the Salford Sitcom Showcase.

Written and created by Elliott Kerrigan and co-writer, Simon Caryle, Boy Meets Girl, will be set and filmed in and around Manchester.

The script was originally discovered through a BBC talent search in 2013, which offered comedy writers up to £5k for a script which promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

It’s about Leo, who’s been fired from his job again and his love life isn’t much better as his blind date has failed to show up. Then he finds Judy. They bond over drinks and despite the age gap, arrange a second date.

The 6x30minute series is produced by Tiger Aspect for BBC Two. The series producer is Margo Gavan Duffy and the exec producer is Sophie Clarke-Jervoise.