ITV will air a big name series about a transgender child in October.
Anna Friel stars as the mum of a trans girl in Butterfly, a three part series.
The channel describe it as “a heartfelt and sensitive drama about the complex relationship between separated parents”.
The two can’t agree on how to support their youngest child, Max/Maxine as they question their gender.Max (played by Callum Booth-Ford) identifies as a girl, but has tried to suppress the feelings to try to earn the dad’s approval.
Through the three hours of the drama Max becomes Maxine.
The dad (Emmett J. Scanlan) is convinced it’s just a phase. But Anna Friel, as mum, wants to look after her child’s mental health.[/one_half_last]
The programme comes at a time of fierce debate over the rights of trans people in the UK, with its roots in plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act.
Anna Friel is no stranger to pushing back the boundaries on TV. She was part of the first Lesbian kiss in a British TV soap in the 1990s, when she starred in Brookside.
Butterfly was written by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant, and filmed early this year in Manchester.
It was produced by the RED production company. It will be aired in October 2018, but the scheduled date and time have yet to be announced.
Media Credits: Anna Friel and Callum Booth-Ford, by RED Production Company. Embedded promotional clip of series, ITV press release.