It's great when a TV comedy can come out of nowhere and surprise you and that's exactly what Boy Meets Girl did last year. BBC Two promoted Elliot Kerrigan's sitcom as groundbreaking due to the fact that it was the first to feature a transgender character in the lead role in the form of Rebecca Root's Judy. However I was surprised to learn that at its heart Boy Meets Girl was primarily a sweet-natured old-fashioned love story between Judy and Harry Hepple's Leo.
The first series saw the couple easily get over the first hurdle of Judy's revelation of being transgender but further complications arose about when to tell Leo's family. In fact Boy Meets Girl became just as much about the conflicting views of the couple's respective families particularly Leo's judgemental mother Pam (Denise Welch) who poured scorn upon her son's relationship with Judy due to the age difference between the pair. Gradually Leo's family discovered the truth about Judy with Pam finally having a heart-to-heart with her son's girlfriend about her past. The series ended on a high with the both broods celebrating Judy's birthday at a suitably bonkers party before the couple departed into the sunset.
Like most fans of the first series I was glad when a second series was announced but at the same time I was a little nervous to see the direction the series was going to take after Leo's family had all discovered the truth about Judy. It appears that I was right to feel this way as the first gag in which the leader of a support group believed that Pam was transgender felt incredibly cheap and something that would never have been included in the first series of the show. Meanwhile our central couple seem to be as happy as ever that is until the eternally jobless Leo gets offered employment in London. It does appear as if the prospect of a long term relationship may tear the couple apart that is until Leo pops the question at the end of the episode.
d Carlyle don't particularly know what to do with the characters we grew to love last year. It's almost as if they didn't have any ideas and instead have given us a lot of well-worn cliches instead. The long distance job offer, the creation of a new business and a secret relationship are all well-worn comic tropes and Boy Meets Girl doesn't seem to what to do anything particularly new with any of them.